Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil. Such a pledge would have included al-Qaida, which ...

Taliban in Moscow just days after Trump says talks 'dead'

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Taliban official says the insurgent group's negotiating team has arrived in the Russian capital just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a deal that had been nearly a ye...

Taliban want US deal, but some in bigger hurry than others

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban leaders agreed they wanted a deal with the United States, but some were in more of a hurry than others. Taliban negotiators were at odds with t...

Taliban vows future Afghanistan won't be terrorists' hotbed

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's longest war has come full circle. The United States began bombing Afghanistan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to root out al-Qaida fighters harbored ...

US hails talks with Taliban, denies troop withdrawal window

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. official says the latest round of talks with the Taliban __ now in their second week __ has been "very productive," while strenuously denying Washington sought a fixed...

US, Taliban scramble to rewrite draft on troop withdrawal

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban and U.S. negotiators are scrambling to rewrite a draft agreement that will outline the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan as well as detail a verifiable T...

Pakistan police seek to unravel networks trafficking women

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men ...

Sold into marriage, Pakistani women endure rapes in China

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn't bring herself to say what they were doing to her. All the 19-year-...

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recrui...

Reports: Christian acquitted of blasphemy leaves Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani media say Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters. ...

US watchdog: Afghans may not be ready for 'day after' peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan may not be ready for peace unless it formulates a strategy for re-integration of Taliban fighters into society, combating corruption and reining in the country's ...

Afghan women fear gains could be bargained away in talks

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — For four hours, Khadeja begged her in-laws to take her to the hospital. The skin on her face and neck was peeling. The pain was excruciating. Her husband had thrown a pot of ...

Afghan women push for voice in talks, fearing loss of rights

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's women are demanding a seat at the table in negotiations over the country's future, determined to prevent the gains they have made since the 2001 fall of the Tal...

UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and international forces had killed more civilians than insurgents in the first three months of the year, the U.N. announced Wednesday, the first time the deaths cause...

Back home, Afghan veterans of Syria war seen as Iran's pawns

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — An impoverished teenager, Mehdi, joined the wave of Afghans who left their homeland, dreaming of reaching Europe to find work. Where he ended up was entirely different: On th...