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Nov 21, 2012

Two killed in suicide bomb attack near Kabul NATO base

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed two Afghan guards outside a NATO-run compound in the main diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, Interior Ministry officials said, an attack that was quickly claimed by the Taliban.

“The bomber killed himself in front of the compound. Two people were killed and two more were wounded, all Afghan guards,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh.

Nov 19, 2012

Russia eyes rebirth in classrooms of former foe Afghanistan

KABUL, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Russian culture and language are
making a surprising comeback in Afghanistan, where the Soviets
fought a disastrous decade-long war, as Moscow vies to regain
influence ahead of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops.

Bulldozers are clearing the way for a sparkling Russian
cultural centre in Kabul, to replace its behemoth, Soviet-era
predecessor which for many came to symbolise Moscow’s war and
its humiliating 1989 defeat that cost 15,000 Soviet lives.

Sep 29, 2012

Violence stalks women workers in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Muzhgan Masoomi’s attacker stabbed her 14 times with a thick blade used to slaughter animals, tearing wide gashes in her flesh before leaving the government worker for dead on the outskirts of the Afghan capital.

With a severe limp and no control over her bladder – caused by the blade scraping her spinal cord – the 22-year-old can no longer work at the Ministry of Public Works, where she was a financial assistant before the assault.

Sep 6, 2012

Afghans use culture guides to cut “insider” attacks

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan Defense Ministry officials, trying to stop the alarming increase in ‘insider’ attacks, have given their troops tips on foreign culture, telling them not to be offended by a hearty pat on the back or an American soldier asking after your wife’s health.

A pamphlet with guidance on handling cultural differences between Afghans and their foreign partners has been produced amid great concern among Afghan and NATO leaders about attacks by Afghan soldiers and policemen on the foreign troops training them. The attacks have killed 45 NATO-led troops this year.

Jul 28, 2012

Euro zone woes weigh on Afghan aid projects

HERAT, Afghanistan July 28 (Reuters) – Italy and Spain are
scaling back the money allotted for development projects in
Afghanistan this year as their debt crises widen at home,
military officials said.

Italy, which spends almost half its Afghan aid money on
education, has wiped 400,000 euros off this year’s pledge,
leaving 5 million euros, and Spain is decreasing its amount by
millions.

Jul 27, 2012

Afghan ice cream sweetens business appetite

HERAT, Afghanistan, July 27 (Reuters) – In a nation wrenched
by decades of war, perhaps it is of no surprise that one of
Afghanistan’s most successful brands manufactures what is sorely
lacking from the conflict-scarred landscape: joy.

The rectangular vanilla bars mechanically dipped in thick
chocolate at the Herat ice cream factory in western Afghanistan
are a world away from intensifying violence in a war that has
dragged on into its 11th year.

Jul 22, 2012

Eight killed in deadly 24 hours for NATO in Afghanistan

HERAT (Reuters) – A gunman wearing an Afghan uniform turned his weapon against foreign trainers working for NATO in the western province of Herat on Sunday, killing three, in a grim 24 hours for the coalition which also saw five NATO soldiers killed.

The latest rogue shooting by an Afghan in a police or army uniform happened at a regional training center in the relatively peaceful western province near Afghanistan’s border with Iran, which is normally patrolled by Italian forces.

Jul 16, 2012

Afghan teen murder spotlights growing violence against women

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Pressing her cheek against the fresh grave of her newly married teenage daughter, Sabera yowls as she gently smears clumps of dirt over her tear-stained face.

“My daughter! Why did they kill you so brutally?” the mother screams in the sparsely filled cemetery in Parwan province, 65 km (40 miles) north of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Jul 16, 2012

Afghanistan may attract more energy firms as Exxon shows interest

KABUL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – More top-tier energy companies are likely to join the race to explore for oil and gas in Afghanistan after the world’s biggest publicly traded firm, Exxon Mobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), changed perceptions of what the country may hold by showing interest in drilling.

Energy majors are exploring new frontiers in pursuit of fresh reserves as they exhaust existing fields and Afghanistan, after decades of conflict, remains little explored.

Jul 9, 2012

Eight firms to bid for Afghan oil, gas exploration

KABUL, July 9 (Reuters) – Seven energy firms are likely to
compete with Exxon Mobil Corp for the right to explore
oil and gas blocks in northern Afghanistan, the country’s Mining
Ministry said in a statement.

Dubai-based Dragon Oil, Kuwait Energy, India’s ONGC
Videsh, Brazil’s Petra Energia, Pakistan Petroleum
, Thailand’s PTT and Turkey’s TPAO join Exxon
Mobil in their intention to bid by the October deadline.

    • 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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