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Feb 15, 2012

Taliban says the U.S. to repeat Soviet defeat in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban used the 23rd anniversary of the humiliating Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan on Wednesday to taunt the United States that it would suffer the same fate as preparations to hand over security to a shaky government are underway.

“Selfish Americans must learn a lesson from … the Russian defeat and no longer fight a meaningless battle with zealous Afghans and take their invading forces out as soon as possible,” the Afghan Taliban said in an e-mailed statement to media.

Feb 15, 2012
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Is Afghan TV anticipating Taliban return by stressing hijabs, less make-up?

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(Mariam Shakebar welcomes back Kabul's TV viewers after a five-year blackout ordered by the Taliban, outlining the evening's entertainment of a reading from the Koran followed by music, cartoons, interviews and news in Dari and Pashtu. Photo taken November 18, 2001. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov )

An Afghan government request that female television presenters don headscarves and avoid heavy make-up has angered local journalists, who said the move was proof authorities expected the Taliban to regain a share of power. Afghan and U.S. officials have been seeking peace negotiations with the Islamist group ousted over a decade ago as a means to ensure stability after foreign combat troops leave, though the talks are in a very fragile state.

Feb 14, 2012

Afghan government asks for headscarves, less make-up on TV

KABUL (Reuters) – An Afghan government request that female television presenters don headscarves and avoid heavy make-up angered journalists on Tuesday, who said the move was proof authorities expected the Taliban to regain a share of power.

Afghan and U.S. officials have been seeking peace negotiations with the Islamist group ousted over a decade ago as a means to ensure stability after foreign combat troops leave, though the talks are in a very fragile state.

Feb 14, 2012

Afghan govt asks for headscarves, less make-up on TV

KABUL, Feb 14 (Reuters) – An Afghan government request
that female television presenters don headscarves and avoid
heavy make-up angered journalists on Tuesday, who said the move
was proof authorities expected the Taliban to regain a share of
power.

Afghan and U.S. officials have been seeking peace
negotiations with the Islamist group ousted over a decade ago as
a means to ensure stability after foreign combat troops leave,
though the talks are in a very fragile state.

Feb 7, 2012

Afghan child labour fears grow as aid dries up

KABUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Dwindling development aid as
the war winds down in Afghanistan means child labour in the
impoverished country is at risk of becoming more widespread, the
International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned on Tuesday.

Half of Afghanistan’s population of 30 million are under 15,
with almost two million children in full or part-time work,
UNICEF estimates of a country where war, poverty, unemployment
and pride in having large families have created a huge underage
labour market.

Feb 1, 2012

Taliban “poised to retake Afghanistan” after NATO

KABUL (Reuters) – A secret U.S. military report says that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control over Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country, Britain’s Times of London newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Lt Col Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), confirmed the document’s existence but said it was not a strategic assessment of operations.

Feb 1, 2012

Taliban “poised to retake Afghanistan” after NATO pullout

KABUL (Reuters) – A secret U.S. military report says that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control over Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country, The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Lt Col Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), confirmed the document’s existence but said it was not a strategic assessment of operations.

Jan 31, 2012

Germany returns two millennia old Afghan sculpture

KABUL (Reuters) – Germany this week returned an ancient pre-Islamic sculpture looted during Afghanistan’s civil war, giving hope to Kabul’s cultural mavens that the rest of its stolen treasures will also make their way home.

Eight figures, one missing a torso and others without noses, make up the 30-cm high (12 inches) limestone antiquity from the second century AD, a reminder of Afghanistan’s rich classical past as a confluence of cultures on the crossroads of Asia.

Jan 23, 2012

East Afghan frontline emerges as major hurdle

COMBAT OUTPOST ZEROK/JALALABAD (Reuters) – With snow past their ankles and their view of forbidding mountains blocked by low-slung cloud, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s restive east are taking advantage of a bitter winter to brace for fresh fighting in spring.

The extreme cold has forced a lull in fighting at rugged outpost Zerok in Paktika province, located 20 km (12 miles) from the porous, unruly border with Pakistan, which teems with insurgents linked to the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Jan 23, 2012

Ancient Jewish scrolls found in north Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – A cache of ancient Jewish scrolls from northern Afghanistan that has only recently come to light is creating a storm among scholars who say the landmark find could reveal an undiscovered side of medieval Jewry.

The 150 or so documents, dated from the 11th century, were found in Afghanistan’s Samangan province and most likely smuggled out — a sorry but common fate for the impoverished and war-torn country’s antiquities.

    • 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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