bales charged with murders

In statement from Kabul, U.S military said Bales also was charged with assaulting and attempting to murder six other Afghan civilians during in the early morning hours of March 11. Gary Kolb, U.S military Kabul, said Bales is alleged to have walked off base armed with 9 mm pistol and M4..

why, and what, you should know about central asia

China has invested $3.5 billion in the Aynak copper mine near Kabul and has made offers for several oil fields in northern Afghanistan. No doubt opening up Afghanistan’s mineral wealth to the market will provide desperately needed income to Kabul and in the long term help stabilize..

the return of 'the runaway general'

This group, which hoped to topple the Communist regime, was riven by deep factionalism and overt interference by the CIA and Pakistan’s Interservices Intelligence (ISI), which the Communist government in Kabul used to its advantage by playing divide and rule among the Mujahideen’s various..

rising restrictions on religion

In Afghanistan, where misinterpretation of Islam is a punishable offense, two people were sentenced by a Kabul court in September 2008 to 20 years in prison for publishing a Dari-language translation of the Koran that did not include the parallel Arabic verses for comparison purposes. ..

the war with the taliban

In the words of Thomas Barfield, author of the impressive new Afghanistan Cultural and Political History, the enthusiasm for highly centralized government was confined to the community and Kabul elite that ran it.. ... Were Americans to leave Afghanistan, it's that Tajik warlords would take..

they’re only sleeping

In 1998, Yuldashev settled in Kabul, where the Taliban gave him a house in the diplomatic quarter of Wazir Akbar Khan. ... The Taliban allowed the I.M.U. to set up a training camp, open political offices in Kabul, Kandahar, and Mazar, and take in fresh recruits who were trickling down from..

in the heart of a dying empire

Only recently, an American sergeant major, an adviser to Afghan troops, was gunned down at a base near the Afghan capital, Kabul, in an “insider” or “green-on-blue” attack, a commonplace of that war. ..

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