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Bush criticizes Afghanistan withdrawal, fears for women

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BERLIN — Former President George W. Bush criticized the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan in an interview with a German broadcaster released Wednesday, saying he...

Russia against US troops in Central Asia near Afghanistan

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MOSCOW — Russia has strongly warned the United States against deploying its troops in the former Soviet Central Asian nations following their withdrawal from...

Taliban say they now control 85% of Afghanistan’s territory

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MOSCOW — The Taliban claimed on Friday that they now control 85% of Afghanistan's territory amid a surge in wins on the ground and...

As France plans to shrink Sahel force, jihadi threat grows

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GAO, Mali — During a grueling, weeks-long mission in northern Mali, French soldiers were confronted by a familiar threat: Extremists trying to impose the...

Germany grants 2,400 visas to Afghan employees, relatives

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BERLIN — German authorities said Monday they have granted 2,400 visas so far to Afghan employees of the country's military and their relatives, although...

US vacates key Afghan base; pullout target now ‘late August’

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 20 years after invading Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and hunt down al-Qaida, the U.S. military has vacated its biggest airfield...

Afghan pullout has US spies reorienting in terrorism fight

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WASHINGTON — The two-decade war in Afghanistan has given U.S. spies a perch for keeping tabs on terrorist groups that might once again use...

EXPLAINER: When is the US war in Afghanistan really over?

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WASHINGTON — As the last U.S. combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, the question arises: When is the war really over? ...

As troops leave, US to keep airstrike option in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. military will remain involved in the Afghanistan war into September, keeping the option of launching airstrikes against the Taliban to...

Brazil to redeploy troops to Amazon to fight deforestation

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BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil's president is sending troops back to the Amazon to bolster policing against logging and other illegal land clearance, acting amid...