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Taliban team at Afghan peace talks in Qatar to include women: spokesman

KABUL (Reuters) - Women will be included for the first time in the Taliban delegation to peace talks in Qatar this month, the movement’s main spokesman said on Monday, ahead of the latest round of meetings aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan.


Code to Inspire trains girls to code and make games in Afghanistan

Fereshteh Forough grew up as a refugee, but she learned to become a computer programmer. And she wants to give other Afghan girls that opportunity. So she founded Code to Inspire, a nonprofit that operates a school for female students to learn how to code at a school in Herat, Afghanistan.


A US soldier killed in Afghanistan left dozens of hidden love letters for his wife before deploying

Army Spc. Joseph P. Collette was one of two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Friday. Before his deployment, he hide love letters to his two wife around their home. "It was really comforting sitting down, reading through those, because it's almost like he was preparing for this exact scenario," h


Why a top Pakistani official called a senior US diplomat a “little pygmy” on Twitter

A top Pakistani official just called the US ambassador to Afghanistan a “little pygmy” on Twitter. Her angry words, in this case, are more than just an insult: They have the potential to upend the Trump administration’s delicate, years-long efforts to reach a peace deal in Afghanistan that would it


Pentagon identifies soldiers killed in Afghanistan

(CNN) — The Pentagon has identified two soldiers killed Friday in Kunduz Province in Afghanistan as a result of what it said were wounds sustained while engaged in combat. The two soldiers were identified as Spc. Joseph Collette of Lancaster, Ohio, 29, and Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, 33, of Cortez,


Bill Gates: Afghanistan and Pakistan Must 'Get to Zero' Polio Cases

Polio cases have dropped by more than 99% over the past 30 years, but unless every last child is reached with the vaccine, the disease could have a resurgence. The United Nations’ Global Goal 3 calls on countries to invest in preventative care to stop outbreaks like this. You can join us in taking a


Newly married Ohio soldier among 4 killed in Afghanistan

A Lancaster High School graduate was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. Joseph P. Collette, 29, died Friday in Kunduz province as a result of injuries he sustained on a combat mission, the DOD said in a news release.


Afghan official: Taliban killed 33 troops, police in Helmand

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says a devastating Taliban attack over the weekend on an army outpost in southern Helmand province killed 26 soldiers and seven policemen — casualties the country's defense ministry has refused to disclose.


After Deadly Insider Attack, U.S. Airstrikes Kill 14 Civilians, Afghans Say

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — After the second firefight in the past 10 days between American soldiers and their Afghan allies, at least 14 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in an airstrike on Saturday in northern Kunduz province, according to Afghan officials. At least four Af


American soldier killed in Afghanistan was Lancaster native

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has identified two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan while involved in combat operations Friday in Kunduz Province. The men were identified Saturday as Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado. Colle


US watchdog: Peace with Taliban won't resolve Afghan crises

KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.S. watchdog says Afghanistan will remain dependent on international donors and foreign help even after a peace deal with the Taliban is reached. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, monitors billions of dollars in U.S. aid to the country. It iss


UN: 10 Children Killed by US Airstrike in Afghanistan

Ten children, part of the same extended family, were killed by a US airstrike in Afghanistan, along with three adult civilians, the United Nations said on Monday. The airstrike early on Saturday was part of a battle between the Taliban and combined Afghan and US forces that lasted about 30 hours in


Afghan peace hopes clouded by U.S.-backed government's weaknesses

As American negotiators inch closer to a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, the U.S.-backed government in Kabul remains heavily dependent on foreign money and military support to fight insurgent groups, finance its security forces, and prevent regional warlords from splintering the country,


Islamic State group claims Kabul attack on Shiite shrine

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a string of bombings near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in the Afghan capital the day before that killed six people and wounded 20.


NATO: Two U.S. Military Personnel Killed In Afghanistan

NATO's operation in Afghanistan says two U.S. military personnel have been killed while conducting an operation. In a statement on March 22, the Resolute Support mission gave no further details and withheld the names of those killed.


Canadian man to stand trial after wife alleges abuse following family's Afghan kidnapping

A Canadian man who was kidnapped in Afghanistan and held hostage for five years with his wife and children is due to go on trial on Monday for 19 offences including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering death threats. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.


U.S. freezes out top Afghan official in peace talks feud: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In fallout from a feud over U.S.-Taliban peace talks, a senior U.S. diplomat has told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that U.S. officials will no longer deal with his national security adviser, four knowledgable sources said on Monday.


2 US troops killed on a mission in Afghanistan

(CNN) — Two United States service members were killed in Afghanistan, according to a statement from NATO Resolute Support in Kabul. They were killed while conducting an operation Friday, the statement said. There were no further details.


2 Fort Carson-based soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Two Fort Carson-based soldiers have died after being wounded in combat in Afghanistan. According to a release from the Department of Defense, Sergeant 1st Class Will D. Lindsay of Cortez, Colorado (left) and Specialist Joseph P. Collette of Lancaster, Ohio (right) died Friday of


IMF Staff Completes Fifth ECF Review Mission for Afghanistan

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings