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Dec 9, 2014

Afghanistan’s Bruce Lee ‘reincarnation’ becomes Web hit

KABUL (Reuters) – From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation.

Videos and photos of Abbas Alizada, 20, posted on the Facebook page “Bruce Hazara” show him performing back flips and striking Lee’s famous poses. They blazed through Afghanistan’s small Internet community this week, part of a publicity burst he hopes will catapult him to broader fame.

Dec 7, 2014

Afghan students find inspiration in Islamic State’s success

Kabul (Reuters) – A quiet student at Kabul University, 25-year-old Abdul Rahim has a dream: to join Islamic State in Syria and fight for the establishment of a global caliphate – a new, alarming form of radicalism in war-weary Afghanistan.

“When hundreds of foreigners, both men and women, leave their comfortable lives and embrace Daish, then why not us?” he asked, using a word for Islamic State common in the region.

Dec 6, 2014
Dec 3, 2014

Ambitious and impatient, Afghan leader eyes aid, peace, reform

KABUL (Reuters) – New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has set about overhauling a dysfunctional administration and containing a growing insurgency with plenty of energy, and some would say impatience, in marked contrast to his predecessor.

Where Hamid Karzai tended to invite tribal officials and ministers for talks at the presidential palace, Ghani, inaugurated in September after months of wrangling with his rival, has been more hands-on.

Dec 3, 2014
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Dec 2, 2014

Afghan projects, officials in limbo with delay of cabinet

KAREZMIR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – On the outskirts of Kabul, contractor Saif-ul Rahman Sherzad overlooks a half-finished road leading to Afghanistan’s north and pronounces much of the $5 million spent on it a waste.

Afghanistan’s government has not released the funds needed to lay two more layers of asphalt to finish the road, meaning the coming winter snow and ice will likely destroy most of the work already done, Sherzad said.

Nov 29, 2014

Taliban fighters breach Afghan army base, exchange fire with troops

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants breached the perimeter of a huge former U.S. and British base handed over to the Afghan army last month and were fighting soldiers there on Saturday, officials said.

The attack highlights the challenges facing Afghan security forces as foreign troops are gradually withdrawn and the emboldened Taliban launch more attacks.

Nov 27, 2014

Suicide bomber kills five in attack on British embassy car in Kabul – officials

KABUL, Nov 27 (Reuters) – A suicide bomber attacked a
British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday,
killing five people including one Briton, officials said.

The blast in the east of Kabul wounded 33 people, including
many bystanders, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit the
city as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to
withdraw from the country by the end of the year.

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      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
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