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Jun 18, 2011

Four insurgents hit Kabul police station: official

KABUL (Reuters) – Four suicide bombers attacked a Kabul police compound in the old city on Saturday and one remained holed up inside a building battling Afghan security forces, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry said.

“One bomber blew himself up at the gate to pave the way for the others to enter, and a second one was shot dead by the police,” spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, adding that there were no dead reported beyond the attackers.

Jun 18, 2011

Afghanistan’s Karzai confirms U.S. in talks with Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is in contact with the Taliban about a possible settlement to the near decade-long war in Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday, the first official confirmation of U.S. involvement in negotiations.

Karzai said that an Afghan push toward peace talks had not yet reached a stage where the government and insurgents were meeting, but their representatives had been in touch.

Jun 8, 2011

Q+A: Transition in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – This summer foreign troops will hand security control in parts of Afghanistan to the national police and army, launching a nearly four year-long process that Western nations and Afghan President Hamid Karzai hope will end with the departure of all international combat troops by the end of 2014.

Even though the process is seen as critical by both the Afghan government and its international counterparts, many details remain vague and officials say there is still frantic last-minute planning going on.

Jun 7, 2011

Afghanistan works to stop children serving as police

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan is making progress weeding out children from its police forces but is only starting to tackle persistent allegations of sexual abuse and may still have minors serving informally, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

Peter Wittig, Germany’s ambassador to the United Nations and head of a mission to Afghanistan looking at protection of children in war, also said that U.N. sanctions might be considered as a measure of last resort against insurgent commanders who attack schools.

Jun 7, 2011
Jun 2, 2011

Analysis: Afghan army, police need spreadsheets as much as guns

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Stocking warehouses in most police forces is low-rank, unglamorous work. In Afghanistan, where literacy and education are at a premium, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Hurley is pushing to make it a well-paid and prestigious job.

The U.S. and its allies are rushing to ready the Afghan army and police to take over control of security from July, but they are discovering they have a job far more complex than just providing guns and training about how to use them.

Jun 2, 2011

Afghan army, police need spreadsheets as much as guns

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Stocking warehouses in most police forces is low-rank, unglamorous work. In Afghanistan, where literacy and education are at a premium, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Hurley is pushing to make it a well-paid and prestigious job.

The U.S. and its allies are rushing to ready the Afghan army and police to take over control of security from July, but they are discovering they have a job far more complex than just providing guns and training about how to use them.

May 29, 2011
May 29, 2011

No paperwork on near $500 million of Kabulbank loans

KABUL, May 29 (Reuters) – A failed Afghan bank doled out
nearly half a billion dollars in unsecured, undocumented loans
to a roster of Kabul’s elite, including sitting cabinet
ministers and a powerful former warlord, anti-corruption
officials said on Sunday.

Azizullah Luddin, chairman of the High Office of Oversight
and Anti-corruption, also said that records suggested the
government would only be able to get back around two thirds of
Kabulbank’s $925 million in outstanding loans.

May 28, 2011
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      "I moved to Afghanistan in late 2010 after nearly six years reporting from China, initially covering energy issues and more recently writing about political and general news. I have also worked in Spain and Britain."
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