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Jun 1, 2011
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In Kabul’s only synagogue, Afghan merchants open up shop

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(An Afghan woman clad in burqa and her daughter walks past a restaurant built inside part of the only synagogue building in Kabul, June 1, 2011/Omar Sobhani)

A lattice of corrugated iron Star of Davids marks Afghanistan’s only working synagogue, a white-washed, two-storey building tucked into a sidestreet in the centre of Kabul. Kebabs, carpets and flowers are served and sold on the ground floor of the synagogue, which has been transformed into businesses over the last 18 months by the country’s sole remaining Jew, who lives upstairs in a small pink room.

May 31, 2011

Karzai warns NATO not to become “occupying force”

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai warned NATO-led forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday they were at risk of being seen as an occupying force rather than an ally after a spate of civilian casualties, and said he would take unspecified action if they continue.

Raids on Afghan homes in pursuit of insurgents were “not allowed” and the patience of the Afghan people with the tactic had run out, Karzai said, underlining the challenge of winning popular support for an increasingly violent war.

May 31, 2011

Afghan leader warns NATO not to become “occupying force”

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai warned NATO-led forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday that they were at risk of being seen as an occupying force rather than an ally after a spate of civilian casualties, and said he would take unspecified “action” if they continue.

Raids on Afghan homes in pursuit of insurgents were “not allowed”, and the patience of the Afghan people with the tactic had run out, Karzai said, underlining the challenge of winning popular support for an increasingly violent war.

May 31, 2011

Afghan leader tells NATO attacks on homes “not allowed”

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai warned the NATO-led force in Afghanistan on Tuesday that launching attacks on Afghan homes in pursuit of insurgents was “not allowed” and that patience with the tactic had run out after a spate of civilian casualties.

“NATO must learn that air strikes on Afghan homes are not allowed and that Afghan people have no tolerance for that anymore,” Karzai told a news conference in Kabul.

May 29, 2011

Afghan police chief attack planned abroad – govt

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan leaders on Sunday appeared to accuse Pakistan of harbouring insurgents behind a suicide bombing that killed one of the most powerful men in northern Afghanistan.

The government also said it was investigating whether security forces had been infiltrated.

May 29, 2011

Afghan police chief attack planned abroad: government

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan leaders on Sunday appeared to accuse Pakistan of harboring insurgents behind a suicide bombing that killed one of the most powerful men in northern Afghanistan.

The government also said it was investigating whether security forces had been infiltrated.

May 24, 2011

NATO says will protect Afghans, troops from Pakistani militants

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO will protect its troops and Afghans from militants based across the border in Pakistan, the NATO chief said Tuesday, reiterating pledges by the United States to target insurgents there who have escalated attacks since Osama bin Laden’s death.

President Barack Obama’s aides are divided between a “hug them” or “hit them” approach to dealing with Pakistan, where anger at the May 2 U.S. on Pakistani soil to kill bin Laden is matched in Washington by angry questions about Islamabad’s ties to militants.

May 22, 2011

NATO beefs up Afghan police training as 2014 looms

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO will extend the length of its police training course across Afghanistan from October as it takes aim at staggeringly low literacy rates and corruption among the force before all security is handed over to the Afghans by the end of 2014.

The NATO-led alliance has been training members of the 126,000-strong Afghan National Police since 2009. Afghan police had long been viewed as inept and lagging behind the training of the army, which was the focus of foreign instruction efforts since U.S.-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in 2001.

May 22, 2011

Taliban warns Muslim Kazakhstan on entering Afghan war

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban has warned majority Muslim Kazakhstan that its decision to send troops to the NATO-led war in Afghanistan would have severe consequences and was not in its regional interest.

The statement, distributed to media on Saturday, appeared to nod to a growing Islamist tendencies in ex-Soviet Central Asia, where militants enjoy support from the Taliban and have worried Kazakhstan and neighboring Russia.

May 20, 2011

Afghanistan, West hope farming will crush Taliban, poppy lure

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Lush green fields hug a canal snaking through the dusty landscape of what was once Afghanistan’s breadbasket, feeding off water from a newly restored dam aimed at tarnishing the lure for farmers to cultivate poppy and help the Taliban.

More than thirty years of warfare and chaos, starting with the Soviet invasion in 1979, has gutted Afghanistan’s farms and food industry, destroying valleys that were once rich with pomegranates, wheat and grapes.

    • 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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