Feature / Analysis

 To Boston From Kabul With Love


KABUL : After more than three decades of war, you would think Afghans would be desensitized to violent attacks like the Boston Marathon explosion. A Boston-based documentary filmmaker found just the opposite. Instead of disregard, she found empathy among Kabul's residents for the three killed and ...

 The Last Days of the Americans in Afghanistan


In researching his new history, Return of a King of the 1842 British defeat in Afghanistan, William Dalrymple traced the army’s ill-fated retreat route. Under the protection of a warlord whose ancestors helped throw out Dalrymple’s, he found parallels to the retreat of the latest foreign power to in...

 Afghan girls' school feared hit by poison gas


TALUQAN, Afghanistan : As many as 74 schoolgirls in Afghanistan's far north fell sick after smelling gas and were being examined for possible poisoning, local officials said on Sunday. While instances of poisoning are sometimes later found to be false alarms, there have been numerous substantiated...

 When The U.S. Cracks Down On Afghan Heroin, It Aids The Taliban


A new report from the United Nations shows that opium production in Afghanistan is up. This, despite efforts on the part of the United States to sharply limit opium production in the country. America’s efforts, while well intentioned, have fallen victim to the law of unintended consequences. When th...

 Who Lost Afghanistan?


Something funny happened to Richard Holbrooke on the way to the negotiating table Richard Holbrooke, the late, great American diplomat and broker of the 1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the Balkans war, has had his posthumous revenge—whether he wanted it or not. Holbrooke served as President Ba...

 Afghanistan’s transformation decade: a bumpy road ahead


OTTAWA :Since early 2001, the international community has been awash with analysis, advice and actions on ways to stabilize Afghanistan. Most of these efforts have been inspired and driven by non-Afghans and many have failed. Now, with the 2014 withdrawal of American and NATO troops on the horizon...

 As Fighting Season Begins, a Gruesome Terrorist Attack Shakes Afghanistan


Farah City : Many died instantly, execution-style, with bullet wounds in the back of their heads. Some bled to death. And others perished in the initial explosion that cleared the way for militants to take over two government buildings in this provincial capital; their grisly remains spattered nearb...

 Audit criticizes USAID on power project in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON : The U.S. goal of building a self-sufficient power network in Afghanistan is threatened by an expiring subsidy and poor project management by the U.S. Agency for International Development, according to a new federal audit. The U.S. government has committed $88 million to help Afghanist...

 Pakistan’s Former Military Ruler Arrested


ISLAMABAD : Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was arrested Friday in connection with his dismissal of top judges while he was president. Musharraf did not resist the detention, and plans to appeal his case to the Supreme Court. Several cars of armed police escorted Pakistan’s forme...

 Could mining bonanza be Afghanistan's next source of funding?


Afghanistan is weighing new regulations to extract its natural resources worth nearly $1 trillion. As foreign aid declines with the NATO forces withdrawal in 2014, this could bring the Afghan government new sources of income. Kabul, Afghanistan :An effort to make Afghanistan’s vast reserves of min...

 Soviet-Afghan Battlefield Enemies Play Soccer Friendly


The last time Afghans and Soviet soldiers faced off, it was on the battlefield. Today, more than 20 years since the end of the bloody Afghan-Soviet war, they met again on much friendlier ground -- a soccer pitch. A team of Afghan and Soviet veterans played a friendly soccer match on April 18 in Ka...

 An Afghan City’s Economic Success Extends to Its Sex Trade


MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan: This verdant town is home to some of Afghanistan’s greatest treasures: It is the birthplace of the celebrated poet Rumi, and the site of one of the country’s most storied mosques. It is the first Afghan city to have been connected with another country by rail. Among al...

 Afghanistan - the world’s most dangerous place for aid workers


KABUL: Attacks on aid workers in Afghanistan - the world’s most dangerous country for aid workers - are likely to be as high in 2013 as the worst year on record, 2011, according to a new report from the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office (ANSO) published today. The latest figures - which tally only inc...

 The Stakes for America in the Race to Replace Karzai


Passivity in the run-up to next spring's Afghan presidential election will invite trouble. Afghanistan has held two presidential elections since 2001. Hamid Karzai won both, but the most recent (in 2009) was marred by irregularities such as stuffed ballot boxes and acrimony between Mr. Karzai and t...

 News Analysis: Spring in Afghanistan season of killings


KABUL:Spring is supposed to be a season when there is serenity and peace as nature comes to life again after a long and harsh winter. But in this militancy-plagued country, serenity is just wishful thinking as the Taliban militants continued without letup its orgy of killings, the bloodiest of whi...

 Long Journey Ahead for Afghanistan


I recently found myself trundling along a muddy track heading in the direction of Kabul's International Airport, laden with flak-jacket and close protection, and contemplating the gap between what we enjoy, even in the most needy communities in the UK, and the men, women and children on the streets ...

 U.S. commander in Afghanistan calls for robust force to remain after 2014


The commander of military forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday that the United States and its allies should keep troops in Kabul and the “four corners” of the country after 2014, warning about growing uncertainty across the region as the withdrawal begins. “Many Afghans have told me they no longer f...

 “A War for No Wise Purpose”: Afghanistan Defeats the West Again


The West invades Afghanistan, tries to control it, and has to retreat in defeat. Sound familiar? It happened in 1842 to the British and it’s happening now to America. Historian William Dalrymple explains how in writing his new book, Return of a King, he found eerie historical echoes repeating in the...

 Cycling Past an Afghan Taboo


In November, Shannon Galpin was riding her single-speed mountain bike through the hills outside Kabul. It was her 11th visit to Afghanistan, and she had grown accustomed to the sight of camel caravans, abandoned Soviet tanks and soldiers sweeping the desert for land mines. One thing she had not se...

 Afghan electric company struggles to make powerful customers pay


How do you collect a $200,000 electricity bill from an Afghan warlord? Try cutting him off from the grid. Then turn off your cell phone so he can't yell at you. General Rashid Dostum - one of Afghanistan's most powerful militia leaders - found someone else to reconnect him within hours, said Mirwa...


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