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  • Afghan Candidate Escapes Assassination Attempt

    06/06/2014 10:35:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Arab News ^ | Friday 6 June 2014
    Two blasts struck a convoy carrying Afghan presidential hopeful Abdullah Abdullah after a campaign event Friday in Kabul, killing six civilians but leaving the candidate himself unharmed, officials said. The attack came just over a week before a runoff vote is to be held as Afghans choose a new leader to replace President Hamid Karzai. The Taleban have vowed to disrupt the balloting, although the first round on April 5 was relatively peaceful. Friday’s attack was the first to directly target one of the candidates in Kabul. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the violence started with a suicide bombing...
  • ‘Whoops!’ Did White House inadvertently publicly identify CIA station chief in Kabul?

    05/25/2014 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    President Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan on Sunday. There is now buzz that the White House revealed the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul to a pool of reporters:
  • Afghan security guard shoots dead 3 American doctors at hospital

    04/24/2014 4:08:27 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/24/2014 | AP
    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday that three American doctors were killed by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a Kabul hospital. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the city this year. Two others, including an American nurse, were wounded, according to Afghanistan's Health Ministry. "With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack at CURE Hospital," said a statement posted on the Embassy's Twitter page. "No other information will be released at this time." Afghanistan Minister...
  • Deadly Attack at Kabul Restaurant Hints at Changing Climate for Foreigners

    01/18/2014 4:09:18 PM PST · by robowombat · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 18, 2014 | By AZAM AHMED and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    KABUL, Afghanistan — As country director for the International Monetary Fund, Wabel Abdallah spent years navigating the shoals of scandal in Afghanistan’s financial sector. Vadim Nazarov, a top political officer at the United Nations, dedicated himself over the past nine years to looking for a peaceful solution to the Afghan war. Dhamender Singh Phangurha, a British candidate in the coming elections for the European Parliament, was here on a consulting contract. All three happened to be dining Friday at a popular Lebanese restaurant in downtown Kabul, where they were among 21 people killed in an attack for which the Taliban...
  • Kabul restaurant attack: three UN staff and local IMF head among 21 dead

    01/18/2014 4:05:25 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | Saturday 18 January 2014 11.03 EST | Conal Urquhart, Emma Graham-Harrison
    Link to video: Kabul restaurant attack: UN reaction to Taliban strike Two Britons and two Americans were among at least 21 people killed when a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked one of Kabul's most popular restaurants. The head of the International Monetary Fund's Afghanistan office and three UN staff of the were also killed in the attack on Friday evening, along with the Lebanese restaurant owner, several Afghans, and two Canadians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the well protected district in Kabul where most foreign workers live and work. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the...
  • Deadly Taliban raid targets Kabul restaurant

    01/18/2014 4:01:59 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Al Jeezera ^ | Last updated: 18 Jan 2014 21:52
    At least 21 people, including foreigners, killed in suicide assault in heavily fortified district of Afghan capital. At least 21 people - 13 foreigners and eight Afghans - were killed in an apparent Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in a heavily fortified area of Kabul. The assailants targeted Taverna du Liban, a Lebanese restaurant popular with expatriates and diplomats, in a neighbourhood of Kabul where many embassy buildings and offices of non-governmental organisations are located. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, strongly condemned Friday's attack through his spokesman, who said: "Such targeted attacks against civilians are completely...
  • IMF, UN officials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack

    01/18/2014 3:58:37 PM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies
    (Reuters) ^ | Jan 18, 2014 | Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni
    Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack Reuters IMF representative killed in Kabul, Fund says Reuters 'No possible justification' for Kabul restaurant attack: US AFP [$$] Kabul Bombing Targets Foreigners The Wall Street Journal UN staff, US academic among 21 dead in Kabul attac - A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing 21 people including three United Nations staff and the International Monetary Fund's top representative in Afghanistan. Gunmen burst into the Lebanese restaurant spraying diners with bullets after the bomber blew himself...
  • 14 killed -- including 4 U.N. staffers, IMF official -- in attack at Kabul restaurant

    01/17/2014 7:31:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 17 Jaunary 2014 | Masoud Popalzai and Greg Botelho,
    At least 14 people -- including four U.N. personnel, an International Monetary Fund representative and a British contractor -- were killed Friday in a suicide bombing and shootout at a restaurant in the center of Kabul, authorities said. The suicide attacker's bomb exploded at the restaurant's gate about 7:30 p.m. Two armed men then entered the restaurant and started shooting, Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Mohammed Ayoub Salangi said. Afghan security forces killed the gunmen during a shootout, according to Salangi.
  • US embassy in Kabul attacked on Christmas Day

    12/25/2013 2:41:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2013 4:39 AM EST | Amir Shah
    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says its compound was hit by indirect fire just before dawn on Christmas Day. It says no Americans were injured. […] The Taliban claimed they fired four rockets at the embassy on Wednesday and inflicted heavy casualties. But the insurgents often exaggerate their claims. …
  • Betting big on a citadel for the Afghan elite

    12/11/2013 8:36:35 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 11, 2013 | David Zucchino
    If Mohammed Ibrahim Caravan smells fear about Afghanistan's future, he doesn't show it. He strolls around like a country squire in the glittering new gated community he helped build, dressed in a spotless white shalwar kameez tunic, stylish shades and polished wingtips. "Worried?" the 28-year-old asked. "Hah — not me. I'm confident in the future. If you don't invest in your own country, who will?" Caravan's company is plunging $160 million into the family-run Saleem Caravan City, with its rows of salmon-colored villas with balconies and rose gardens, like some ersatz Miami Beach condo community. He's moved his family into...
  • Life Among the Barbarians

    09/22/2013 5:44:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9-22-13 | John Hinderaker
    Phyllis Chesler is a psychologist and academic whose writings we have quoted from time to time over the years. Ms. Chesler has always had a rather skeptical attitude toward Islam, in particular with regard to its treatment of women. Now we know why: Chesler has published a new book titled An American Bride In Kabul. You can read an excerpt from An American Bride in the New York Post. Chesler’s horrifying story begins in 1959 when, as an 18-year-old college student, she meets and falls in love with an older, wealthy and cosmopolitan Afghan man. Two years later, they agree...
  • When Duke Ellington played Kabul

    09/22/2013 11:02:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 September 2013 | Monica Whitlock
    Fifty years ago this week, Duke Ellington and his band played in a concert he later called one of the most memorable of his life. The performance was in Kabul, in Afghanistan, and even though Ellington was at the height of his fame, almost all traces of it have been lost. For the organiser, Faiz Khairzada, and hundreds of Afghans in the audience, the concert was a high point of the early 1960s. "It was very exciting for me to have him in Kabul," says Khairzada, then head of Afghanistan's cultural affairs organisation. It was he who met Ellington at...
  • Crisis in Kabul: Security at U.S. Embassy in disarray, diplomats at risk

    07/26/2013 11:50:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2013 | Sara Carter
    In wake of Benghazi attack, internal probe finds Afghanistan posts vulnerable. U.S. diplomatic facilities in Afghanistan have serious security lapses that pose “unnecessary risk to staff,” including poor emergency preparedness and inadequate protections that might allow classified materials to fall into the hands of attacking enemies, according to an internal report that raises fresh questions about the State Department’s commitment to safety in the aftermath of the Benghazi tragedy. The confidential State Department inspector general’s report, obtained by The Washington Times under the Freedom of Information Act, directly criticizes the department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security for failing to perform a...
  • Gunmen Attack Afghan Presidential Palace - Reuters Witnesses

    06/24/2013 7:54:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    SNIP A Reuters reporter at the palace said the attack began soon after 6.30 a.m. (0200 GMT) on the building's east gate. Reporters were gathering for a press event with President Hamid Karzai. SNIP
  • Explosions Hit NATO Headquarters at Kabul Airport

    06/09/2013 6:29:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 135 replies
    CBS News ^ | (Monday) June 10, 2013
    KABUL, Afghanistan Large explosions are being heard coming from the military side of Kabul international airport, which houses a NATO headquarters. The explosions began about 4:30 a.m. Monday from the direction of the military headquarters.
  • Kabul suicide bombing of NATO convoy kills 15

    05/16/2013 8:16:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    abc.net.eu ^ | 5/16/13 | AFP
    A suicide car bomb targeted a foreign military convoy in Kabul on Thursday, killing 15 people including five Americans in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for nearly a year. The powerful explosion, which struck at 8:00am (local time) in the Shah Shaheed south-eastern residential district, also injured about 40 passers-by including many children going to school, officials said. Nine Afghans including two children died, along with two US soldiers and four NATO-contracted civilians who were travelling through the city's busy rush-hour traffic. A Western military source in Kabul said the two soldiers and three of the contractors were...
  • UN whistleblower asks US to withhold UN payments

    04/08/2013 2:36:39 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-8-2013 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.N. whistleblower who won his case but received only 2 percent of the $2.2 million he sought in damages and costs is asking the U.S. government to withhold 15 percent of its payments to the United Nations. James Wasserstrom alleged corruption involving senior officials in the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Kosovo in 2007. He is now an anti-corruption adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Wasserstrom told a news conference Monday that he was sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and key lawmakers asking that they implement a federal law requiring...
  • The Bank Bust That Nearly Took Down Afghanistan

    12/27/2012 2:48:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    TIME ^ | 30 November 2012 | John Wendle
    ... new details about how a small group of men profited from fraudulent loans. It called out local authorities for succumbing to political pressure and the international community for not doing enough to stave off the catastrophe which led to a near-complete meltdown of Afghanistan’s banking system in 2010. The report, partly compiled from the results of a nine-month-long audit conducted by Kroll, a global investigations firm, said that the crisis was brought on by a well-hidden Ponzi scheme. More than 92% of the bank’s loan book, or $861 million, was extended to 19 related individuals and businesses, which ultimately...
  • Audit Says Kabul Bank Began as ‘Ponzi Scheme’

    11/28/2012 6:32:40 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 26 Nov 2012 | Matthew Rosenburg
    Kabul Bank became Afghanistan’s largest financial institution by offering the promise of modern banking to people who had never had a saving or checking account. What it really dealt in was modern theft: “From its very beginning,” according to a confidential forensic audit of Kabul Bank, “the bank was a well-concealed Ponzi scheme.” Afghan and American officials had for years promoted Kabul Bank as a prime example of how Western-style banking was transforming a war-ravaged economy. But the audit, prepared this year for Afghanistan’s central bank by the Kroll investigative firm, gives new details of how the bank instead was...
  • ISAF Provides More Details on Camp Bastion Attack (15 Taliban Infiltrated in U.S. Army Uniforms)

    09/15/2012 7:09:15 PM PDT · by kristinn · 63 replies
    Department of Defense ^ | Saturday, September 15, 2012
    From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2012 – International Security Assistance Force officials are providing additional details about the Sept. 14 attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in which two coalition service members were killed when insurgents attacked the base’s airfield. Because it is still early in the investigation of this attack, information is subject to change as new details become available, officials said. The attack commenced just after 10 p.m., officials said, when approximately 15 insurgents executed a well-coordinated attack against the airfield on Camp Bastion. The insurgents, organized...
  • Home

    11/16/2001 1:21:42 PM PST · by AndrewSshi · 10 replies · 626+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 15, 2001 | Elizabeth Rubin
    "Hurry hurry hurry. We can destroy the enemy. Advance." "Hit hit hit the Taliban." "Hit him hit him hit him. Fire, fire." "We're arriving in Khalakhan." "Take care about the troops." "The Taliban are surrendering." "Bring them to me." "One hundred of them are coming to you." "El Ham captured a pickup with their weapons." These were the voices on the radio of the Northern Alliance commanders we have been visiting for weeks. Several other journalists and I were standing with some Afghan soldiers on the roof of a command post--a mud house with a tank's turret and gun jutting ...
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • U.S. confirms attacks by Pakistani military units

    10/03/2011 5:20:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/02/11 8:05 PM | Sara A. Carter
    A Pakistani protester shout slogans at an anti-American rally to condemn the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan, in Multan, Pakistan, Friday, Sept 23, 2011. The top U.S. military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, accused the Haqqani network Thursday of staging an attack against the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. He claimed the Pakistani spy agency, the ISI, helped the group carry out the two attacks. KABUL, Afghanistan -- Pakistani military units fired shots at American and Afghan government troops along the Afghanistan border several times over the past...
  • Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff's Plane Hit By Taliban Rocket Attack

    08/21/2012 2:52:21 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 21, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan: Though there's been a bit of damage to the C-17 regularly used by General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff -who was thankfully off sleeping in his quarters at the time of today's pre-dawn, two-rocket volley- was not hurt. No fatalities reported either, but two ground crew were injured and -of course- the Taliban are suspected, who else.Periodic shelling of Bagram -which is situated north of Kabul- has been known to occur, though it is rare for them to hit anything of value. But General Dempsey was in town for a pow-wow...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth

    07/10/2012 4:41:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    NASA ^ | July 10, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious -- few people are able to watch the above video without...
  • Woman's Execution Over Adultery 'un-Islamic and Inhuman'

    07/08/2012 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The National ^ | Jul 9, 2012
    A video showing the public execution of a 22-year-old woman accused of adultery in Afghanistan has been condemned by the government as un-Islamic and inhuman. The video shows her being shot repeatedly in the back in front of a crowd of men in Qol village in Parwan province just north of the capital Kabul. The woman, named as Najiba, was married to a member of a Taliban militant group and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander, said Roshna Khalid, a Parwan provincial spokeswoman, yesterday. "Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death....
  • Taliban kill 7 in Afghan capital after Obama visit

    05/02/2012 8:14:30 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 2/5/12 | Amir Shah & Chris Blake
    President Barack Obama left Afghanistan on Wednesday, targeting a foreigners' housing compound with a suicide car bomb and militants disguised as women in an assault that killed at least seven people. It was the second major assault in Kabul in less than three weeks and highlighted the Taliban's continued ability to strike in the heavily guarded capital even when security had been tightened for Obama's visit and Wednesday's anniversary of the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan. Obama arrived at Bagram Air Field late Tuesday, then traveled to Kabul by helicopter for a meeting with President...
  • Taliban Blasts Kabul Hours After Obama Visit

    05/02/2012 6:57:19 AM PDT · by TopDeadCenter · 6 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Associated Press
    KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide car bomber and Taliban militants disguised in burqas attacked a compound housing hundreds of foreigners in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing seven people, officials and witnesses said. The Taliban said the attack was a response to President Barack Obama's surprise visit just hours earlier. At least 17 people were also wounded in the assault, most of them Afghan children on their way to school, the Interior Ministry said. The second major assault in Kabul in less than three weeks, the attack highlights the Taliban's continued ability to strike in the heavily guarded capital even...
  • Obama Visits Afghanistan, Will Make Televised Address Tuesday Evening [Free Campaign Commercial]

    05/01/2012 1:26:29 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/1/12 | George E. Condon Jr.
    President Obama has arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, on a surprise trip to sign a strategic agreement with Afghanistan. He will address the nation at 7:30 p.m. EDT from Bagram Air Base on Tuesday evening. In going to Afghanistan on the ninth anniversary of the most notorious example of premature presidential gloating, Obama risks turning the high point of his presidency into a political weapon for his enemies. But it will be how the president conducts himself while in the war zone that will determine if this trip is lumped in with George W. Bush's donning of a flight suit and...
  • Obama pays unannounced visit to Afghanistan

    05/01/2012 10:54:30 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    xinhuanet.com ^ | May 1, 2012
    KABUL, May 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday for an unannounced visit, Afghan officials said. During his trip here, the U.S. president is expected to sign a strategic agreement with Afghanistan, unnamed Afghan government officials were quoted as saying by local TV channels.
  • Taliban Launches Largest Attack On Kabul In 11 Years [Has Obama Lost Afghanistan?]

    04/15/2012 6:46:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | April 15, 2012
    Taliban Launches Largest Attack On Kabul In 11 Years Government areas in Kabul and several other key locations in Afghanistan rocked by gunfire and explosions Jon Boone Emma Graham Harrison in Kabul 15 April 2012 10.44 EDT In a brazen demonstration of its ability to hit some of the best defended targets in Kabul, the Taliban mounted its largest ever co-ordinated attack in 11 years of resistance to Afghanistan's post-2001 rulers. Dozens of fighters launched gun, rocket and suicide attacks on embassies, Nato bases, parliament and government buildings in the capital, as well as Nato targets in three eastern provinces,...
  • Multiple Attacks On Kabul, Taliban Claims "Spring Offensive"

    04/15/2012 6:46:22 AM PDT · by edpc · 13 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 15 April 2012 | Amie Ferris-Rotman and Rob Taylor
    KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault, one of the most serious on the capital since U.S.-backed Afghan forces removed the group from power in 2001.
  • Taliban Strike Afghan Capital and Provinces

    04/15/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    The Taliban staged multiple and sustained attacks across Kabul and eastern Afghanistan on Sunday hitting the heavily secured diplomatic neighborhood of Kabul and the Parliament area as well as Afghan government installations in at least two provinces. A NATO spokesman confirmed multiple attacks had occurred across Kabul, potentially in as many as seven locations.
  • Large Scale Attack on Afghan Parlament

    04/15/2012 3:28:04 AM PDT · by An.American.Expatriate · 32 replies
    20 Minuten ^ | 15.04.2012 | self
    According to 20 Minuten (Swiss), there is a large scal attack underway against the Parlament buildings in Kabul. The Russian Embassy has reportedly taken rocket hits. Headline only .....
  • Afghan Officer Fires on NATO Troops, Kills 9

    04/27/2011 5:13:56 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 55 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Eight NATO service members and a contractor are dead after an Afghan military pilot opened fire on the foreign troops following a dispute at the airport in Kabul. Wednesday's shooting was the deadliest incident in which a member of the Afghan security forces turned against coalition forces.
  • Official: 13 U.S. Troops Killed In Afghan Bombing

    10/29/2011 6:38:28 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 21 replies
    indychannel ^ | 10.29.11
    KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- At least 13 U.S. troops were killed in Kabul on Saturday when a suicide bomber struck a vehicle in a military convoy, a U.S. military official said. The official emphasized these are first reports of the incident and details are continuing to unfold. The attack severely damaged one of its vehicles, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. There were Afghan and international casualties, but the exact numbers are unavailable, said Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt, a spokesman for ISAF.Hasmat Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul's police chief, said two students, a civilian on a motorbike and...
  • Kabul: Streets with no names

    09/30/2011 2:15:55 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 18 replies
    BBC Persian ^ | September 29th 2011 | Tahir Qadiry
    There are few formal street names or house numbers in Kabul - so just how does a postman deliver the mail? For the postmen of Kabul, navigating the maze of the city is a daunting task. It is a city of more than four million people and one in which hundreds of homes and streets are being developed every year. There are few street names and house numbers, and the Central Post Office has yet to introduce a full postal code system. There is often little information to work with So how does a letter find its way to the...
  • Gunfire, Possible Explosion at Kabul Building Believed to House CIA

    09/25/2011 11:57:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    Gunfire, Possible Explosion at Kabul Building Believed to House CIA Gunfire and a possible explosion Sunday night rattled the building believed to house the CIA office in Kabul. It wasn’t clear if the incident took place inside the building or just outside the entrance. At least one helicopter has landed outside the building, according to local journalists. The building is in the single most secure part of Kabul and used to be known as the Arianna Hotel until 2002, when it was believed to have been taken over by the CIA. It is just a few feet from one of...
  • Taliban attacks Afghan capital, U.S. Embassy

    09/13/2011 3:01:25 AM PDT · by xjcsa · 72 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 13, 2011
    A complicated attack involving multiple gunmen and apparent suicide bombers was underway in the heart of the Afghan capital Tuesday morning, and it appeared to be focused near the U.S. Embassy. CBS News staff in Kabul reported hearing heavy gunfire and at least seven explosions, some of them large. The situation was described as "chaotic", and it remained unclear how many people were wounded. A Taliban spokesman claimed there were several militants inside at least one building near the embassy district in Kabul, and that the targets of the attack were Afghan government ministries and the intelligence services. The Taliban's...
  • Rockets fired at US embassy

    09/13/2011 3:57:37 AM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies
    Wavy10 News ^ | 9/13/2011 | AMIR SHAH and RAHIM FAIEZ
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Insurgents fired rockets and assault rifles in the direction of the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other official buildings Tuesday as gunfire and explosions rocked the heart of the Afghan capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The surge of violence was a stark reminder of the instability that continues to plague Afghanistan nearly a decade after the U.S. invasion that ousted the Taliban in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States. Police said the gunmen were firing from a tall office building that is under construction at Kabul's Abdul...
  • Attack on British Council in Kabul Kills 10

    08/19/2011 4:11:39 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    NATO forces backed by helicopters were battling Friday with insurgents who killed at least 10 people, including a foreign soldier, in an assault on a British cultural center in the Afghan capital. At least five blasts, claimed by the Taliban, rocked the British Council offices in Kabul from the early hours of the morning, during a public holiday marking Afghanistan's independence from Britain in 1919. -excerpt- One soldier said he thought that the Britons inside the compound took refuge in a safe room, The (London) Times reported.
  • Cat fight at U.S. Embassy in Kabul

    08/04/2011 6:52:11 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 3, 2011 | Joshua Partlow
    KABUL — Veteran diplomat Ryan C. Crocker can handle Islamist insurgencies, hostile heads of state and management of some of the world’s largest embassies. But what’s he going to do about the cats? The new leader of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has probably already walked past (and possibly petted?) Gordo, Freckles, Dusty, Ferdinand and Maria Teresa or any of the other 25 to 30 felines that populate the downtown diplomatic campus. But in case he has not been briefed on the bizarre battle over their fate (kill them! save them! fly them to Berkeley!), here are the basics. Somewhere...
  • Gunmen kill adviser to Afghan president, lawmaker

    07/17/2011 3:34:51 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Defense Ministry official says a close adviser to the Afghan president and a member of parliament have been killed during an attack in the capital.
  • A Reality Check in Afghan Homeland (Oldie but goodie about NJ Afghans getting the shaft in Kabul)

    07/12/2011 2:01:29 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 15, 2002 | DAVID ZUCCHINO
    Until last week, Solaiman Faizi's biggest problems were making sure that guests at his newly opened hotel didn't burn the place down with their small propane stoves or overload the tenuous power supply. But after an unpleasant encounter with post-Taliban vengeance and justice, Faizi isn't so sure that he should have left New Jersey to help reopen his family's hotel in one of the world's most treacherous cities. One of his brothers is stewing in Kabul's central jail, recovering from a beating by soldiers. Another brother just got out of the hospital, where he says he was treated for a...
  • Afghanistan: June 2011

    07/04/2011 7:44:45 PM PDT · by Gene Eric · 5 replies
    the Atlantic ^ | Jun 29, 2011 | In Focus w/ Alan Taylor
    Last week, after a decade of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, President Obama announced a plan to begin withdrawing thousands of U.S. troops from the country this year. The war has been expensive -- a Brown University research project released Wednesday estimates the total cost of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at nearly $4 trillion (a figure that includes the ongoing cost of veterans' care). The human cost is more difficult to quantify, as more than 2,500 coalition troops (1,644 of them American) have now been killed, and civilian casualties are estimated at well over 100,000. Canadian combat...
  • Kabul Intercontinental hotel under attack

    06/28/2011 1:12:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/28/11
    The Kabul Intercontinental Hotel is under attack by gunmen with reports of at least ten deaths and suicide bombers on the roof of the hotel. Streets leading to the Intercontinental hotel were blocked. The hotel is situated on a hill overlooking the Afghan capital. The scene was dark as electricity was out at the hotel. Azizullah, an Afghan police officer who uses only one name, told an Associated Press reporter at the scene that at least one bomber entered the hotel and detonated a vest of explosives. Another police officer, who would not disclose his name, said there were at...
  • 3-6 Suicide Bombers detonate explosives inside Kabul Intercontinental Hotel

    06/28/2011 12:34:39 PM PDT · by library user · 18 replies
    breakingnews.com ^ | June 28, 2011 | Staff
    Just a headline for now. AP: The Taliban claim responsibility for the attack at the Intercontinental Hotel in telephone call to the AP. Gunshots heard from inside hotel.
  • Afghan Police: 6 Die in Kabul Supermarket Blast

    01/28/2011 4:15:51 AM PST · by Prole · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 28, 2011 | Associated Press
    Afghan Police: 6 Die in Kabul Supermarket Blast Associated Press January 28, 2011 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Police and eyewitnesses say at least six people were killed in an explosion that rocked a grocery store frequented by foreigners in Kabul. Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada, chief of counterterrorism at the Ministry of Interior, says both Afghans and foreigners are among the dead in Friday's blast. He says police were still investigating what caused the blast. The explosion ignited a fire inside the store and mounds of canned goods and other merchandise were strewn across the floor of the smoke-filled building, making it...
  • Afghan officials cite security firms with U.S. ties for violations

    01/23/2011 2:02:37 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 3 replies · 1+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | Jan. 22, 2011 | Joshua Partlow
    KABUL - The Afghan government has accused several prominent private security companies, including some that work with the U.S. government, of committing "major offenses," a move that U.S. officials fear could hasten their departure from the country. A list compiled by Afghan officials cites 16 companies, including several American and British firms, for unspecified serious violations and seven others for having links to high-ranking Afghan officials, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. A decision to ban the major violators and those that have relationships with senior Afghan officials would affect firms that provide about 800 guards for...
  • Police: Missing Afghan Boy Was Homesick (Afghanistan Teen disappears in Indianapolis)

    10/22/2010 8:36:32 AM PDT · by conservativegramma · 26 replies · 2+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | October 22, 2010 | Channel 6 News
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis police said Friday morning that a 15-year-old boy from Afghanistan who has been missing since Thursday night was homesick and likely ran away. Authorities have been in contact with the U.S. State Department as the search for Mohammed Karim Azizi, 15, continues. Azizi, an exchange student who was staying with a host family in Forest, Ohio, was with a group of FFA students from his exchange school, Riverdale High School, visiting Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention. Indianapolis police Lt. Jeff Duhamell said Azizi has been in the U.S. for two months and comes from a large...