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Apr 15, 2012

Gunmen attack embassies, parliament in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west, witnesses and officials said.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault, one of the boldest on the capital since U.S.-backed Afghan forces removed the group from power in 2001.

Apr 14, 2012

Afghan woman MP sets sights on presidency

KABUL (Reuters) – Condemned to die shortly after birth for being a girl, outspoken Afghan member of parliament Fawzia Koofi lived to become a champion of women’s rights and is now eyeing the presidency in 2014.

The 36-year-old expects harsh opposition, threats of violence and pressure against her family as her campaign gets underway to replace Hamid Karzai, who must step down that year after serving the constitutional limit of two consecutive terms.

Apr 12, 2012

Afghan amputees a grim signature of more powerful bombs

KABUL (Reuters) – Gently massaging the soft flesh under his knees, 20-year-old Abdul Ahmat recalls the suicide bomb six months ago that destroyed his legs.

The former construction worker, in a wheelchair after his legs were amputated, is among a growing number of Afghans severely wounded by bombs that have grown grimly more powerful than ever before in three decades of conflict.

Apr 1, 2012

Insight: Lifting the veil on Afghanistan’s female addicts

KABUL (Reuters) – Anita lifted the sky-blue burqa from her face, revealing glazed eyes and cracked lips from years of smoking opium, and touched her saggy belly, still round from giving birth to her seventh child a month ago.

“I can’t give breast milk to my baby,” said the 32-year-old Anita, who like other women interviewed for this story, declined to give her full name. “I’m scared he’ll get addicted

Apr 1, 2012

Lifting the veil on Afghanistan’s female addicts

KABUL, April 1 (Reuters) – Anita lifted the sky-blue burqa
from her face, revealing glazed eyes and cracked lips from years
of smoking opium, and touched her saggy belly, still round from
giving birth to her seventh child a month ago.

“I can’t give breast milk to my baby,” said the 32-year-old
Anita, who like other women interviewed for this story, declined
to give her full name. “I’m scared he’ll get addicted

Mar 8, 2012

Afghanistan opens first women-only internet cafe

KABUL, March 8 (Reuters) – Afghanistan opened its
first female-only internet cafe on Thursday, hoping to give
women a chance to connect to the world without verbal and sexual
harassment and free from the unwanted gazes of their countrymen.

Swarms of hijab-wearing young visitors poured into the small
cafe on a quiet street in central Kabul on International Women’s
Day in a country where women still face enormous struggles even
though the Taliban were toppled over a decade ago.

Mar 8, 2012

Health gains in Afghanistan at risk, warns Red Cross

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan risks giving up advances made in healthcare and humanitarian development as global attention and financial support wane ahead of the planned withdrawal of foreign combat troops in 2014, the Red Cross has warned.

Development aid is already dwindling in the impoverished and highly unstable country, putting at risk the hundreds of medical centres and schools that were set up following the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.

Mar 4, 2012

Afghan army chief warns against another NATO blunder

KABUL (Reuters) – The burning of Korans at a NATO base in Afghanistan advanced the Taliban’s cause and any repeat of similar “negligence” by Western forces would be disastrous, the Afghan army chief of staff has warned.

The destruction of the holy books, which the United States described as unintentional, triggered widespread protests and fatal attacks on U.S. troops by Afghan security forces and heavily strained ties between Kabul and Washington.

Mar 1, 2012

U.N. in Afghanistan says Koran burners should be punished

KABUL (Reuters) – The United Nations joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday in calling on the U.S. military to take disciplinary action against those who burned copies of the Koran at a NATO air base, calling the incident a “grave mistake”.

Despite an apology from U.S. President Barack Obama, the burning of the Muslim holy book at the Bagram base north of the capital ignited a wave of anti-Western fury across the country.

Feb 28, 2012

U.S. cites “heightened threat”; 9 killed in Afghan airport bomb

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber killed nine people in an attack on a military airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, the latest bloodshed since copies of the Koran were burned at a NATO base last week.

There was no official indication the explosion at the gates of Jalalabad airport was linked to the deadly protests, but the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack as “revenge” for the Koran burnings.

    • 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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