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Young Afghans see opportunities dwindle as security worsens

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:43:11 GMT

In this Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 photo, Maryam Hossaini, left, whose sister Najiba was killed in a suicide attack last month, looks at a poster showing her sister during an interview with The Associated Press, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Najiba and Maryam, were part of the first generation of Afghan women to attend school after the fall of the Taliban, who had outlawed women's education.

War-court exclusive: To go home, Saudi terrorist IDs al-Qaida commander

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:21:21 GMT

This June 16, 2014 Pentagon-approved sketch showed the captive charged as Abd al Hadi al Iraqi at his arraignment on on war crimes charges at the U.S. Navy Base at GuantA namo Bay, Cuba. At left are members of his defense team at the time, who have since been replaced.

Seven months into his term, Trump has yet to approve a new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:48:33 GMT

While President Trump ratchets up a verbal war with North Korea, he can't seem to decide what to do about the real war in Afghanistan. The U.S. effort to stabilize that country has dragged on for 16 years, since the 2001 defeat of the Taliban, who had harbored al-Qaeda.

Three Aid Workers Killed In Central Afghanistan, Officials Say

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:16:51 GMT

Unidentified attackers have gunned down and killed three Afghan employees of a U.S.-based aid organization in the central province of Ghor, officials say. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are both active in the area.

US Marines train Georgian soldiers for a deployment to Afghanistan

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:51:11 GMT

The platoon-size element of Marines, comprising active and reserve units, is assisting the Georgian Army's 31st Light Infantry Battalion during its deployment to secure Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. The 15-day mission rehearsal exercise, which ends on Aug. 22, is the final step to certifying the Georgian unit is ready to deploy with coalition forces in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Suicide attack kills two security personnel in northern Afghanistan

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:19:30 GMT

At least two security personnel have been confirmed dead and four others wounded as a suicide attacker targeted a security checkpoint in Chardara district of the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Tuesday, police said. "A suicide bomber blew himself up near a security checkpoint in Chardara district of Kunduz province, killing at least two security members of the checkpoint and wounding four others," police spokesman Mahfuzzullah Akbari told reporters here.

Taliban leader assassinated by his guards in Afghanistan

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:48:41 GMT

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 15 : A key provincial leader of Afghanistan's insurgent group Taliban was killed by own guards in eastern Nangarhar province. The provincial police commandment, according to Khaama Press, has confirmed that Taliban leader Fazal Subhan and his four companions were shot dead in Khogyani district.

Mattis: Administration 'very, very close' to Afghanistan decision

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:27:56 GMT

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that the Trump administration was "very, very close" to finalizing its new strategy in Afghanistan, but warned it had not been settled yet. During comments at the Pentagon press area, Mattis insisted "all options" remained on the table for how to approach Afghanistan, and said those options included a full withdrawal as well as a proposal for the use of more contractors to manage the US effort there.

From Afghanistan with love & sincerity

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:11:17 GMT

India is a byword in every Afghan household when it comes to matters of energy, higher education, rural development, medicine, medical tourism, food, TV dramas, and of course Bollywood. India celebrates her 70th year of independence alongside the confidence and strength to project power more than ever before.

US Obliterates Top Contender To Lead Afghan ISIS Chapter

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:48:40 GMT

The leading candidate to take the helm of the Islamic State's affiliate in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. air-strike on August 10th, U.S. forces Afghanistan announced Sunday. Abdul Rahman and three other senior ISIS militants were killed in the strike marking the latest in a series of decapitation strikes by the U.S. on the terrorist group in Afghanistan.

Afghan official: Gunmen kill 3 local aid workers

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:08:29 GMT

Iqbal Nezami, spokesman for the police chief in the western Ghor province, said a woman was also wounded in Monday's attack, but that it was not clear whether she worked for the group. Nezami says the three who were killed worked for the Catholic Relief Services, a humanitarian group.

'Rough Translation': NPR's Newest Podcast

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:48:28 GMT

The Rough Translation podcast explores how ideas we wrestle with in the U.S. are being discussed in the rest of the world. Cornelia Li for NPR hide caption The Rough Translation podcast explores how ideas we wrestle with in the U.S. are being discussed in the rest of the world.

Editorial: Before You Rip Up That Iran Deal ...

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:23:27 GMT

Opponents of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal often complain that the deal doesn't address the nefarious ways in which Iran is expanding its influence and further destabilizing the Middle East. Such concerns, while valid, are no reason to blow up the agreement, as President Trump is recklessly trying to do by pressing his administration to declare, with absolutely no evidence, that Iran is in violation of the terms.

70 years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs search for home

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:01:47 GMT

The year was 1901: The British ruled the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan wasn't even a glimmer in the eye of its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and Peshawar held the promise of work and adventure. Singh's grandfather would never return to his village, not even in 1947, when the Indian subcontinent was divided into majority Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan, generating one of the largest migrations in modern history and unleashing a brutality that left few untouched as mobs of Hindus and Muslims turned on each other.

70 years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs search for home

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:01:46 GMT

In this Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 photo, Pakistani Sikh Radesh Singh, left, talks at a temple in Peshawar, Pakistan. Singh's said that his grandfather was just 11 years old when he left his "simple village" in India's Punjab province to move to Peshawar, in the far northwest of the country on the border with Afghanistan.

Years After Acid Attack, an Afghan Story of Survival Takes a Dark Turn

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:48:58 GMT

Mumtaz is a 23-year-old woman from the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, the victim of an acid attack when she was 18, whose tormentors were jailed. It was a rare legal victory in the struggle for women's rights in Afghanistan , hailed at the time as proof that justice for female victims was possible.

Afghan forces kill 17 militants as clash continues for control of northern district

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:25:07 GMT

Seventeen militants including two of their senior commanders have been killed and five others injured during Afghan forces operations to reclaim Mirza Olang district of northern Sari Pul province from insurgents, an official said Sunday. Launched Saturday night to evict militants and recapture the strategically important Mirza Olang, according to police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, some villages have been liberated and the militants are in the run.