Tag: Afghanistan

Richard Holbrooke and a Certain Idea of America

On July 6, 1939, a couple of months before the outbreak of World War II, a young Polish Jewish immigrant named Abraham Dan Golbraich went before a judge and changed his name to Dan A. Holbrooke. He was to be the father of Richard Holbrooke, a diplomat whose fierce talent ended a European war and […]

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Afghanistan Moves to Arrest Soccer Chief on Sexual Abuse Charges

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officials issued an arrest warrant on Sunday for the powerful head of the nation’s soccer federation, Keramuddin Keram, on criminal charges accusing him of sexually abusing female soccer players, a day after FIFA barred him from the sport for life. Mr. Keram would be the world’s most senior soccer official to […]

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FIFA Bars Afghan Soccer Chief for Life After Sexual Assault Accusations

PARIS — FIFA on Saturday barred the president of Afghanistan’s soccer association from the sport for life, months after reports emerged that he had sexually assaulted players and had threatened them when they went public with their accusations. Soccer’s global governing body announced the punishment against the Afghan official, Keramuddin Keram, on the second day […]

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Why Are the Australian Police Rummaging Through Journalists’ Files?

It is typical of authoritarian governments that assail press freedoms to claim they are defending national security, since any effort by the news media to expose official misconduct can be construed as a revelation of state “secrets.” And it is typical of democratic governments to recognize that this role of the press is essential to […]

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I Met the Taliban and Saw Hope for Peace in Afghanistan

Afghanistan remains the worst place in the world to be a woman, and the continuation of war makes it additionally difficult for Afghan women to live full, secure lives. Kabul has recently witnessed a new wave of shootings of women, including the murder of a prominent Afghan journalist by her husband’s family. To put an […]

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The Sum of All Beards

“Saigon … shit. I’m still only in Saigon,” says a scruffy, broken Capt. Benjamin Willard, peering out through slatted window blinds while on the violent bender that opens Apocalypse Now. “Every time I think I’m going to wake up back in the jungle.” But when we see the Special Forces assassin travel deep into that […]

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A Taliban Commander’s Double Life, in a War He Couldn’t Leave Behind

SURKHROD, Afghanistan — In one life, he was Zabet Khan, a 25-year-old with a high school diploma, four children and a fondness for taking photos with his pink selfie stick. In the other, he was Commander Zarqawi, a Taliban veteran in eastern Afghanistan with 10 years of combat experience in a war he couldn’t break […]

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Afghan Peace Marchers Take Cease-Fire Plea Directly to Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — For almost a year, Taliban leaders in Afghanistan have consistently rejected calls for a cease-fire by officials working to negotiate peace. So a group of grass-roots Afghan activists are going to try asking them in person. Members of the People’s Peace Movement have been walking across Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan since […]

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Denmark Rejects Final Asylum Appeal by Afghan Woman With Dementia

COPENHAGEN — Zarmena Waziri once fought for women’s rights in Afghanistan, but now, at age 72, she is a refugee in Denmark living with increasingly advanced dementia — and is facing possible deportation within weeks. Ms. Waziri’s repeated requests for asylum since November 2012 have been denied by the Danish government, which on May 15 […]

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Afghan Forces Hit With Wave of Attacks on Eve of Taliban Talks

KABUL, Afghanistan — More than 40 people were killed across Afghanistan on Tuesday on the eve of talks between Afghan politicians and Taliban leaders in Moscow, as the militant group pursued a familiar tactic of intensifying its attacks before high-profile meetings. Thirteen Afghan soldiers were killed by Taliban fighters in Khost Province, and 23 people, […]

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Attacks by Extremists on Afghan Schools Triple, Report Says

KABUL, Afghanistan — Attacks on Afghan schools tripled from 2017 to 2018, a Unicef report said Tuesday, as the Taliban and other extremist groups in Afghanistan continue to wage a campaign of violence against so-called softer targets, far from the battlefield. The number of attacks increased to 192 from 68, a surge not seen since […]

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Ex-Official Levels New Corruption Accusations at Afghan Government

KABUL, Afghanistan — A former Afghan official has accused President Ashraf Ghani’s administration of engaging in widespread corruption, including the exchange of sexual favors for government posts, adding to a string of recent setbacks for the government. The accusations, leveled by Gen. Habibullah Ahmadzai, a former senior adviser to the president, during a TV interview […]

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To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics

After serious setbacks in April led to a cluster of new polio cases, Pakistan is revamping its vaccination strategy in a renewed effort to wipe out the virus. The country is one of just three — along with Afghanistan and perhaps Nigeria — in which polio is still endemic. Eradication of the virus in Pakistan […]

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My Best Friend and I Did Everything Together — Until He Was Killed in Afghanistan

As explosions echoed through the Afghan mountains, I knew that each blast that tore through the night was also tearing through the flesh of my friends. It was October 2013; we had been caught in an ambush, and though the Taliban in the area had been killed quickly, the explosives they left behind for us […]

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Who Actually Wants War Criminals Pardoned?

On first glance, it’s hard to see who would support pardons for these men. Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher was reported to his commanders by seven of the Navy SEALs who served under him in Iraq, where they witnessed him “[s]tabbing a defenseless teenage captive to death. Picking off a school-age girl and an old […]

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