Many Afghans had been awaiting Barack Obama’s announcement of a troop drawdown with a mixture of dread and happiness. In Kabul, the big surprise was not the announcement that U.S.
False, almost jubilant reports last fortnight had it that King Amanullah of Afghanistan and Queen Thuraya had been driven out of Kabul, their capital, by insurgents who objected to the King's dictum that all male Afghans wear pants.Last week came more authoritative despatches.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for additional security for U.N. staff in Afghanistan, citing a “dramatically escalated threat” due to the world body’s support for that nation’s electoral process
Militants who control parts of Somalia’s capital city are beating women in broad daylight for violating their radical brand of Islamic law, according to local officials and witnesses in Mogadishu. Ban also said the U.N.
Taliban militants attacked a private guesthouse in central Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing up to six U.N. staff members and wounding nine more, according to a U.N
Weapons fire and explosions ripped through central Kabul on Wednesday morning.
Four civilians died when NATO-led troops in southern Afghanistan fired on a vehicle accelerating in their direction on Saturday, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said.
The streets of Kabul were eerily quiet on Thursday, as polls for Afghanistan’s second presidential election since the fall of the Taliban opened to little fanfare and even smaller crowds. Children, taking advantage of the trafficless streets, flew kites. Watermelon sellers languished in the shade of their carts waiting for a sale
It has been nearly eight years since U.S. forces overthrew the Taliban leaders of Afghanistan, but the war against the Taliban insurgency is bloodier than ever. The number of Afghan civilians killed in the wake of the war has increased 24 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same time period last year, according to the United Nations.
When Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office recently said it was holding peace talks with the Taliban, the Taliban countered with a press release.