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THE BACKGROUND: For Afghanistan, 2021 was punctuated by the chaos of a U.S. withdrawal and an uncertain next chapter. The Taliban, who were unseated as the country's rulers by a U.S.-led coalition after the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago, could not be stopped by a collapsing Afghan military and Western-backed government that fled. They quickly took power back in mid-August — asked, The Associated Press has revealed, by former President Hamid Karzai to help keep Kabul from falling into chaos and deadly violence.
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The Biden administration has struck a deal with Mexico to reinstate a Trump-era border policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings.
The U.S. on Friday opened COVID-19 booster shots to all adults and took the extra step of urging people 50 and older to seek one, aiming to ward off a winter surge as coronavirus cases rise.
Older Americans and other groups particularly vulnerable to the virus have had access to a third dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine since September.
President Biden knew migration flows would spike if he scrapped Trump's border policies. An AP review shows how his administration was unprepared for the challenge.
An independent Pentagon review has concluded that the U.S. drone strike that killed innocent Kabul civilians and children in the final days of the Afghanistan war was not caused by misconduct or negligence.
With only hours to spare, Congress passed legislation that would avoid a partial federal shutdown and keep the government funded through Dec. 3, and sent the bill to President Joe Biden.
No migrants remained Friday at the Texas border encampment where almost 15,000 people — most of them Haitians — had converged just days earlier seeking asylum, local and federal officials said.
The Pentagon announced Friday that an internal review revealed that only civilians were killed in an Afghanistan drone strike, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.
The document details contacts the hijackers had with Saudi associates in the U.S. but does not provide proof that senior Saudi government officials were complicit in the plot.
Twenty years ago, the 11th of September dawned as just a date. By midnight, it was 9/11, the staggering starting point for a new era of terror, war, politics, patriotism and tragedy.
In the ghastly rubble of Ground Zero's fallen towers 20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived, a chance to start anew.
America's longest war has ended after 20 years. The last U.S. troops have departed Afghanistan, concluding a final, frantic airlift.
An Afghan official says at least 60 Afghans were killed and another 143 were wounded in the attack outside Kabul airport. U.S. officials say 12 military service members were also killed.
Potential Islamic State threats against Americans in Afghanistan are forcing the U.S. military to develop new ways to get evacuees to the Kabul airport.
President Biden said the United States is committed to evacuating all Afghans who assisted the war effort — a potentially vast expansion of the administration's commitments on the airlift so far.
President Joe Biden said Monday he stands "squarely behind" his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan and that the government's collapse was quicker than anticipated.
The Taliban edged closer to solidifying control of Afghanistan on Sunday, including entering the presidential palace. Here's what you need to know about what happened this weekend and how we got here.
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