Tag: Kabul (Afghanistan)

Afghans Vote in Presidential Election Under Threat of Violence

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans voted on Saturday to elect the president of a country suffering through one of the most violent periods in its recent history, with nearly two dozen of the country’s 34 provinces facing attacks on any given day and Taliban militants threatening all-out war on the democratic process. And the Taliban aren’t […]

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Afghans Push Back on U.S. Deal With Taliban, as Violence Intensifies

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government is pushing back against American diplomats on the eve of a troop withdrawal deal with the Taliban, concerned that the proposed agreement lacks assurances that the insurgents will honor their promises once American troops leave. Zalmay Khalilzad, the American special envoy who has finalized “in principle” a deal with […]

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After Bombing, Afghans Demand That Foreigners Leave Their Neighborhood

KABUL, Afghanistan — Samsor Dawlatzai, a part-time laborer, settled in after dinner Monday night to watch a television interview with the American peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad. The envoy had just mentioned reaching a peace agreement “in principle” with the Taliban when Mr. Dawlatzai’s house collapsed on top of him, his family and his guests. A […]

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One Minute It Was an Afghan Wedding. The Next, a Funeral for 63.

KABUL, Afghanistan — One minute, it was a wedding — nearly a thousand guests packed under one roof, a thin partition segregating them by gender. Men shimmied to a live band, women spun to a D.J. Their invitation cards read: We celebrate “with a world of hope and desire.” The next minute, a suicide bomber […]

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Explosion Turns Kabul Wedding Into Carnage; Dozens Feared Dead

KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosion ripped through a packed wedding hall in Kabul late on Saturday evening, and dozens were feared dead. Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, confirmed the explosion, but could not provide numbers on casualties. He said the blast, which local news media reports said was probably caused by a […]

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Big Death Toll Feared in Kabul Bombing as Taliban Continue Talks With U.S.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A powerful Taliban car bomb exploded Wednesday outside the entrance of a police station in Kabul, the Afghan capital, injuring at least 95 people and raising fears of a large death toll as peace negotiations between the militants and United States diplomats continued. The explosion, following repeated warnings from the United Nations […]

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The Taliban Promise to Protect Women. Here’s Why Women Don’t Believe Them.

KABUL, Afghanistan — At just 29, Zainab Fayez made herself into one of Afghanistan’s foremost defenders of women. As the first and only female prosecutor in Kandahar Province, deep in the conservative south of the country, she sent 21 men to jail for beating and abusing their wives or fiancées. I thought I should speak […]

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Missing Millions Put an American-Funded Afghan College Under Scrutiny

KABUL, Afghanistan — One of the many investigators of the American University in Afghanistan summed things up this way: If the United States government had paid to send every Afghan graduate to college in the United States, it would have spent less money than it did on financing a troubled, English-language university for them in […]

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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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