Quantcast

Afghanistan

Operation Enduring Freedom: A look back in photos

With the curtain coming down on combat operations, Stars and Stripes is looking back at the U.S. troops who have fought in the war, what they encountered, and how they coped. We present three photo galleries featuring the work of our photographers and reporters who have covered the war in Afghanistan.




Topics

US forces pack up

UN chief urges speedy Afghan government and Taliban talks

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for immediate talks between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban, saying the current moment represents "perhaps the most significant chance" to find a negotiated resolution of the country's 17-year war.





Reports from SIGAR

Afghan troops accused of abusing contractors and confiscating equipment, US watchdog says

Afghan security forces have been harassing contractors and confiscating their equipment at military bases across the country, costing the U.S. hundreds of thousands of dollars, a government watchdog said.


Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities.




Election coverage



Recent videos





More recent reports

Afghan troops accused of abusing contractors and confiscating equipment, US watchdog says

Afghan security forces have been harassing contractors and confiscating their equipment at military bases across the country, costing the U.S. hundreds of thousands of dollars, a government watchdog said.


US-backed force says it captured suspects in bombing that killed 4 Americans

Navy Chief Petty Officer Shannon M. Kent, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, Defense Intelligence Agency civilian Scott A. Wirtz and interpreter Ghadir Taher were among 16 people killed in the January incident at a restaurant in northern Syria.


ANALYSIS

Afghan government short on options after being shut out of US-Taliban peace talks

President Ashraf Ghani, who once hoped to win re-election as a champion and orchestrator of peace after 17 years of grueling conflict, has been denied that role at Taliban insistence.


Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Years after the death of his father at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan, it is now Hamza bin Laden who finds himself squarely in the crosshairs of world powers.


Taliban kill 22 Afghan forces in attack on checkpoints

Battles mark the latest setbacks for the country's battered security forces, who come under daily attack by the insurgents and have suffered staggering casualties in recent years.


US military officials say commander did not visit Mazar-e-Sharif

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan did not travel to the northern city, according to the U.S.-led NATO Resolute Support mission. An Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday that Army Gen. Scott Miller had made the trip.


US and China clash over 'belt and road' in Afghan resolution

The United States and China clashed Friday over Beijing's $1 trillion "belt and road" global infrastructure program after the Security Council unanimously approved a bare bones resolution extending the mandate of the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan for six months.


Trump, top national security officials meet at Pentagon to discuss Afghanistan

President Donald Trump had an hour-long, classified meeting with top national security officials on Afghanistan Friday a day after an Afghan official complained that the Trump administration was keeping his government in the dark about its negotiations with the Taliban.


‘Stop looking at these kids as heroes,’ says veteran who made documentary featuring wartime footage of Marines

Former Marine Miles Lagoze hopes his film “Combat Obscura” will alter the “sanitized and sanctified view of the military” many Americans hold by showing them his view of what combat is actually like.


Afghan official says any US deal with Taliban would 'dishonor' American troops

The Afghan national security adviser, Hamidullah Mohib, charged that any U.S. deal with the Taliban would "dishonor" American troops who have fought and died in the war.


Afghans probe US mistaken airstrike of Afghan army base

Authorities are investigating an errant U.S. strike on an Afghan military base in the country's south that killed at least five Afghan troops, a lawmaker said Thursday.


US-Taliban peace talks see progress, but no breakthrough

The United States and the Taliban have drafted an agreement in principle on two of four core issues at the center of peace talks intended to end the U.S.’s longest war, but officials and experts say much work remains.


Friendly fire between Afghan, American forces leaves five dead

The firefight was a result of a lack of communication between Afghan forces, a senior Defense Ministry official said. No Americans were killed or wounded in the incident, said a spokesman for NATO’S Resolute Support mission.


Afghan journalist wounded in bombing; 10 troops killed

The attacks were the latest violence in war-torn Afghanistan even as the Taliban and the U.S. concluded another round of negotiations held in Qatar, with both sides reporting progress in the talks.


Longest US-Taliban peace talks see 'progress' in Qatar

The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been made.



AP headlines

Afghanistan
Mideast
Pakistan



Recent blogs