Photo of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Political Turmoil in Kabul Dogs Negotiations With Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — After months of deliberation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it as not inclusive enough. The deal calls for the eventu...
Photo of Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha

US, Taliban to Begin a Countdown to Afghan Peace Deal

ISLAMABAD — The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States on Feb. 29 to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin at midnight Friday, when a seven-day “reduction of violence" promised by the Taliban goes in...
Suraya Shaheedi, 26, Tattoo artist

A Tattoo at a Time, Afghan Woman Takes on Society’s Taboos

KABUL, Afghanistan — A female tattoo artist, a rarity in ultra-conservative Afghanistan, is taking a big risk with every customer she takes on. It’s been 18 months since Suraya Shaheedi started her mobile tattoo shop in the capital, Kabul. She’s received de...
Photo of wounded afghans in a hospital

Taliban Send High-Level Delegation to Islamabad

ISLAMABAD — The Taliban announced Wednesday they are sending a high-level delegation to Pakistan's capital as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push to resurrect an Afghanistan peace ...

Did Reagan Meet With Taliban?

NOT REAL NEWS: A Look at What Didn't Happen This Week A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them o...