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Jun 15, 2013

Expect more attacks on foreigners in Afghanistan, warns deputy commander

KABUL (Reuters) – The international community in Afghanistan, recently hit by two high-profile attacks on aid organizations, should brace itself for more Taliban violence in the coming months, the deputy commander of foreign forces said.

“I think we should expect (the Taliban) to attack international forces and internationals more generally,” Lt General Nick Carter, Britain’s top soldier in Afghanistan, said in an interview late on Friday, referring to the summer months.

Jun 12, 2013

Pakistan fighter pilot wins battle of sexes, now she’s ready for war

MUSHAF AIR BASE, Pakistan (Reuters) – With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan.

Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat.

May 29, 2013

Growing crystal meth use blurs drug-hungry Afghanistan’s future

KABUL (Reuters) – Impoverished Afghanistan, already plagued by insurgency and struggling to contain crippling rates of opium addiction, faces another potential headache with spiraling usage of the synthetic drug crystal methamphetamine.

The growing use of the drug, known as crystal meth or ice, comes at a critical time. Some fear that, with the exit of most foreign troops by the end of next year and dwindling interest and aid from the international community, significant addiction to the relatively new drug could wreak social havoc.

May 25, 2013

Taliban attack international compound in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants launched a large-scale attack involving the United Nations in the center of the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, sparking a five-hour battle with security forces.

A plume of smoke hung over Kabul after the attack was launched, with the sound of .50 caliber heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and sniper fire clearly audible throughout the city center as night fell.

May 24, 2013

Taliban attack U.N. compound in Afghan capital: police

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on a U.N. compound in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday setting off explosions and battling the security forces.

A plume of smoke hung over the city center after the attack was launched, eight days after six Americans, soldiers and civilians, and nine Afghans were killed in a suicide car bombing in Kabul.

May 24, 2013

Taliban attack U.N. compound in Afghan capital: police

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on a U.N. compound in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday setting off explosions and battling the security forces.

A plume of smoke hung over the city center after the attack was launched, eight days after six Americans, soldiers and civilians, and nine Afghans were killed in a suicide car bombing in Kabul.

May 21, 2013

Sharp rise in number Afghan women in prison for “moral crimes”

KABUL (Reuters) – About 600 Afghan women and girls are behind bars for so-called moral crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday, the highest number since the Taliban were toppled almost twelve years ago.

Running away from home, usually from abuse and forced marriage, and alleged adultery, which often involves rape, have landed most of the 600 women in prison. That figure is an increase of 50 percent over the last 18 months.

May 20, 2013

With end of Afghan war in sight, Europe pushes business

HERAT, Afghanistan, May 20 (Reuters) – The European Union
threw its weight behind developing Afghanistan’s small but
promising private sector this week, in the hope that business
can usher in stability and peace once foreign troops leave by
the end of next year.

In the largest ever EU visit outside the capital Kabul in 12
years of war, a 21-country delegation of envoys jetted to the
western city of Herat on Sunday, whose flurry of business
activity is largely seen as a rare success story in desperately
poor, insurgency-plagued Afghanistan.

May 17, 2013

Fearing Afghan instability, Russia mulls border troops

KABUL (Reuters) – Russia, predicting instability once NATO-led troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of next year, is considering deploying border guards on the Tajik-Afghan border, Moscow’s envoy to Kabul told Reuters in an interview.

Moscow, still sore from its disastrous, decade-long war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, is increasingly concerned by what it describes as the combined threat of narcotics and terrorism reaching Russia through former Soviet Central Asian countries.

May 15, 2013

Afghan scrap yards eye unwanted U.S. gear for steel industry

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. forces in Afghanistan are hoping that a small steel industry can be born from the mammoth task of withdrawing equipment by the end of next year, jump-starting a scrap trade and injecting cash into local businesses.

It will cost the United States almost $6 billion to remove the enormous amount of materiel scattered in hundreds of bases across Afghanistan from the longest war in U.S. history.

    • About Amie

      "Based in Kabul, Amie reports on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. She was previously based in Moscow, where she reported across the former Soviet Union for almost five years, covering energy, politics and lifestyle stories. For over two years there, she focused on the Islamist insurgency in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus. She has also reported in Greece and Britain."
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