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February 25, 2009 | Laura King
There's one bookstore in the world where you'll never, ever find a copy of "The Bookseller of Kabul." That would be the Bookseller's. The epic literary feud that erupted with the book's publication more than five years ago still endures -- at least from the perspective of Shah Muhammad Rais, who hated his depiction as Sultan Khan, a liberal intellectual in public but a tyrant in his own home.
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April 24, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - Three American doctors were killed Thursday when an Afghan police officer opened fire inside one of Kabul's leading hospitals in the latest deadly attack aimed at foreigners in Afghanistan. The shooting occurred at Cure International Hospital of Kabul, a 100-bed hospital that specializes in surgery and maternal and child health and treats 37,000 patients annually, the vast majority of them Afghans. The facility is run by Cure, a Christian medical charity that runs hospitals and health programs in 29 countries.
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December 27, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan--Three international service members were killed Friday and at least seven civilians were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in eastern Kabul, authorities said. In an email sent to journalists, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the International Security Assistance Force, the name given to the U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, the three died when the vehicle exploded nearby. Their names and nationalities were not immediately available.
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April 24, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan - The fatal shooting of three Americans in a charity hospital Thursday punctuated a dismal new trend that has emerged in the waning months of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan: Just as many foreign civilians are being killed as troops. The brazen attack by a police officer at the CURE International hospital in Kabul, which serves 37,000 Afghans a year, shocked even this war-weary city and seemed likely to diminish the already dwindling population of foreigners working in the capital.
WORLD
January 20, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen armed with suicide vests stormed the headquarters of the Kabul traffic department before dawn Monday, setting off a firefight that continued hours later, officials said. Initial reports indicated that at least 10 people were injured, including four police officers and six civilians, said Gen. Mohammad Ayob Salangi, the city's police chief. The assault began about 5:30 a.m., when one of the assailants blew himself up at the entrance gate to the compound in western Kabul, Salangi said in a statement.
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December 24, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan policewoman on Monday shot and killed a foreign advisor at the police headquarters in Kabul, officials said. Kabul's deputy police chief, Mohammad Daoud Amin, identified the shooter as a member of the force's gender rights section but said it was not clear whether the shooting was intentional. The woman is in police custody and an investigation is underway, he said. Air Force Lt. Col. Les Carroll, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, said the victim was a civilian advisor to the Afghan police.
OPINION
April 24, 2012 | By Nick Turse
Recently, after Afghan militants unleashed sophisticated, synchronized attacks across Afghanistan, including in the capital, Kabul, the Pentagon was quick to emphasize what hadn't happened. "I'm not minimizing the seriousness of this, but this was in no way akin to the Tet offensive," said George Little, the Pentagon's top spokesman. "We are looking at suicide bombers, RPG [rocket-propelled grenade], mortar fire, etc. This was not a large-scale offensive sweeping into Kabul or other parts of the country.
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August 1, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Dy, a.k.a. "Dysprosium," a name taken from a rare chemical element and meant to suggest his elusive nature, glides across the underbelly of the edgy city. It's after midnight in Kabul, approaching a favored hour for would-be suicide bombers to enter the city while security forces sleep, so they can strike during the morning rush. Dy, however, is armed only with cans of spray paint, and his intentions are peaceful: to alter the drab contours of this embattled city. Identifying a wall, Dy pulls the paint cans out of his bag and works quickly, writing slogans and crafting images that rail against corruption, repression and the malign influence of drug money.
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January 12, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide attacker on a bicycle detonated a large bomb near an Afghan police precinct in the capital Sunday, killing two police officers and wounding 21 police and civilians, including three children.  The attack occurred about 3:30 p.m., targeting a bus carrying police from a training center on Kabul's busy Pul-e-Charki road, said Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai.  The force of the blast was so great the bus was...
WORLD
March 8, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
KABUL, Afghanistan --A loud explosion struck outside Afghanistan's Defense Ministry in Kabul on Saturday, reportedly killing at least nine civilians in an attack less than a mile from where U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was staying in the capital. Gunshots were heard after the blast, which occurred a day after Hagel arrived in a surprise visit to Kabul. The Associated Press reported that Afghan officials said an apparent suicide attacker on a bicycle hit the main entrance to the Defense Ministry about 9 a.m., killing nine people and wounding several others.
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April 16, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two security incidents within 24 hours involving Afghan government officials have taken some of the glimmer off of this month's generally successful presidential election and renewed concerns about safety in Kabul. Hours after unknown gunmen kidnapped a deputy minister in President Hamid Karzai's government, a police officer engaged in an argument with a female member of parliament opened fire and wounded the lawmaker in the leg, officials said Wednesday. The lawmaker, Maryam Koofi, was in stable condition at a local hospital, according to a statement from the Afghan Interior Ministry.
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April 7, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - One year after a 25-year-old diplomat from the Chicago area was killed in a car bombing in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul remembered Anne Smedinghoff on Monday by reading poetry and releasing balloons in a courtyard that was named for her. “She was a truly remarkable young woman and friend,” U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham said in a solemn ceremony on a sun-splashed afternoon in Kabul. The River Forest, Ill., native is the only State Department diplomat to die in the 13-year war in Afghanistan.
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April 3, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - The last time Abdullah Abdullah ran for president of Afghanistan the election devolved into a bloody farce. Votes cast in some areas in 2009 exceeded the number of voters. One in 5 ballots nationwide was tossed out because of fraud. Thirty-one people died in insurgent attacks. Days before a runoff against President Hamid Karzai, Abdullah withdrew from the race, fearing more fraud in the incumbent's favor. Five years later, the Karzai era is ending, as is the dominant role of the United States in Afghan life.
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April 2, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Taliban suicide bomber managed to get past a security checkpoint Wednesday and then blew himself up at the entrance to the Afghan Interior Ministry, killing six police officers on the last day of campaigning in this country's closely watched presidential election. The midafternoon bombing outside one of Kabul's most heavily guarded government installations was the latest of several major attacks that have sown fear in the Afghan capital ahead of Saturday's contest that will determine President Hamid Karzai's successor.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- In a quick decision, a jury convicted Osama bin Laden's son-in-law of conspiring to kill Americans in his role as the angry voice of Al Qaeda after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Sulaiman abu Ghaith, 48, faces life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 8. The case has given the public its first and possibly only chance to watch a terrorism trial related to the 2001 attacks unfold in civilian court. Unlike other high-profile terrorism suspects accused of crimes arising from the attacks, Abu Ghaith bypassed the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after his arrest last year.
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March 25, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - - Taliban insurgents opposed to Afghanistan's upcoming presidential vote stormed an election office in Kabul on Tuesday and killed five people, officials said. The sound of gunfire echoed across Kabul's Darul Aman neighborhood for several hours as insurgents battled Afghan security forces while dozens of election commission workers remained trapped in the building. At the end, authorities said 70 people were rescued from the siege but two police officers, two civilians and one candidate running for a provincial office were killed.
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October 18, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber driving a Toyota Corolla targeted a convoy of foreign vehicles Friday near a residential complex on the outskirts of Kabul that houses members of the international community, killing two civilians and wounding four, officials said. The two-car convoy was hit as it passed the heavily fortified Green Village that houses many contractors who work as security guards for the United Nations and other international agencies. Most foreigners were evacuated from the area, said Sidiq Sidiqqi, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, so it wasn't immediately clear whether any suffered fatalities.
NEWS
May 26, 1987 | From Reuters
Afghan security forces seized 262 pounds of heroin in a vehicle in the Paghman district near Kabul, the official Bakhtar news agency said Monday. The agency, monitored in Islamabad, said the drug had been brought from Pakistan.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - A cleric who gave a rousing speech urging jihad against "Jews, Christians and America" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks testified at his terrorism trial Wednesday that he was speaking for Muslims, not for Al Qaeda, even though he delivered his message while sitting beside Osama bin Laden outside his mountain hide-out in Afghanistan. Sulaiman abu Ghaith held the witness stand for about four hours after defense attorney Stanley Cohen surprised the courtroom by calling the defendant to testify on his own behalf - something Cohen said he had done only twice in his 30-year career.
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January 26, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Extending a spate of bloodshed in the Afghan capital, a suicide bomber attacked a military bus Sunday morning, killing two soldiers and two civilians and injuring 20, officials said. The bomber was on foot and detonated his explosives around 7 a.m. as the bus carrying air force officers approached in the eastern Kabul district of Karte Naw, according to Afghan defense officials.  Two Afghan army officers and two civilians, a man and a woman, were killed, said Zahir Azimy, a spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists.
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