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Feb 27, 2012

Nine killed in Afghan airport bomb, NATO base attacked

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

There was no official indication the explosion at the gates of Jalalabad airport was linked to other deadly protests and riots, although the Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack as “revenge” for the Koran burning.

Feb 27, 2012

Afghan NATO base attacked, seven U.S. soldiers wounded

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

There was no official indication the explosion at the gates of Jalalabad airport was linked to other deadly protests and riots, although the Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack as “revenge” for the Koran burning.

Feb 27, 2012

Afghan actors gear up for Shakespeare at London Olympics

KABUL (Reuters) – The odds were against them: Taliban suicide bombers laid siege to their rehearsal space and the search for actresses in ultra-conservative Afghanistan was long and arduous.

But come late May, a band of Afghan performers will be staging a play by William Shakespeare in their native Dari at London’s Globe Theatre, part of a cultural festival designed to lead up to the Olympics.

Feb 25, 2012

American officers killed in Afghan Interior Ministry

KABUL (Reuters) – Two American officers were shot dead inside Afghanistan’s interior ministry on Saturday while rage gripped the country for a fifth day over the burning of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base.

NATO recalled all staff working at ministries in the Afghan capital Kabul following the attack, with its top commander in Afghanistan calling the killer a “coward”.

Feb 23, 2012

Afghanistan demands NATO put Koran-burners on trial

KABUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Afghanistan wants NATO to
put on public trial those who burned copies of the Koran at a
NATO base, President Hamid Karzai’s office said on Thursday,
after a third day of bloody protests over the incident.

It said NATO had agreed to a trial, but that could not be
immediately confirmed.

Feb 23, 2012

Afghan soldier “kills two NATO troops” at protests

KABUL (Reuters) – An Afghan soldier joined protests on Thursday against the burning of copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base and shot dead two foreign troops, western military sources said.

The killings came hours after the Taliban urged Afghans to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for the burning of the Korans at Bagram airfield on Tuesday.

Feb 22, 2012

NATO troops in Afghanistan celebrate Mardi Gras

KABUL (Reuters) – With feathered masks, glitter, cakes and even guns, America’s most raucous holiday was feted by NATO troops and colleagues in Kabul late on Tuesday behind the towering concrete walls surrounding headquarters in the Afghan capital.

Decorated in the tri-color green, yellow and purple scheme of Mardi Gras, the sprawling military base’s gym was transformed for the carnival marked over much of the Christian world as the last day before Lent.

Feb 20, 2012

In war-ravaged Afghanistan, combat sports reign

KABUL (Reuters) – The sounds produced by the three Afghan athletes going to the London summer Olympics are fierce: elongated wails ricochet off the chipped and dilapidated walls of the taekwondo centre, while leather smacks and slaps at the boxing gym.

In a country wrenched by decades of war, perhaps it is no surprise that all three, a taekwondo male duo including Beijing bronze medalist Rohullah Nikpai, and teenage female boxer Sadaf Rahimi, followed fighting sports.

Feb 20, 2012

Olympics-In war-ravaged Afghanistan, combat sports reign

KABUL, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The sounds produced by the
three Afghan athletes going to the London summer Olympics are
fierce: elongated wails ricochet off the chipped and dilapidated
walls of the taekwondo centre, while leather smacks and slaps at
the boxing gym.

In a country wrenched by decades of war, perhaps it is no
surprise that all three, a taekwondo male duo including Beijing
bronze medallist Rohullah Nikpai, and teenage female boxer Sadaf
Rahimi, followed fighting sports.

Feb 16, 2012

Moscow hopes its Afghan rebuild to usher in stability

KABUL (Reuters) – Russia hopes to embark on a series of ambitious construction projects in Afghanistan aimed at reinforcing fragile stability in the country where Soviet troops fought a disastrous, decade-long war, its envoy to Kabul said Thursday.

Though not connected by land, Moscow sees war-ravaged Afghanistan as a neighbor and is concerned by what it describes as the two-pronged threat of drugs and terrorism which reach Russia through ex-Soviet Central Asian countries.

    • 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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      September 2006
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