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December 23, 2001
City officials are considering forming a sister-city relationship with Kabul, Afghanistan. Fremont is home to about 10,000 Afghan Americans. A section of the city has even been nicknamed Little Kabul. Afghanistan has no sister cities. The idea was recently proposed by Sister Cities International, a nonprofit corporation that handles such relationships. Fremont's other sister cities include Fukaya, Japan; Puerto Penasco, Mexico; Horta, Portugal; and Jaipur, India.
July 14, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - Zainab's baby was a pale, shrunken figure not much bigger than a man's hand. He lay on his back, crying softly, unable to suckle. He weighed barely 3 pounds at birth. He was now 7 days old, wheezing from a respiratory infection. This child of an impoverished Afghan mother almost certainly would have died if his family did not live near Afshar Hospital, where he lay in a fully equipped neonatal nursery, his pencil-thin left leg hooked to a fetal monitor. The new ward at Afshar, a hospital built and maintained by a nonprofit group based in Fresno, is just the second in Afghanistan to offer modern, high-quality neonatal care.
May 27, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Old-timers remember this as a lively, playfully irreverent city. Once, street urchins had a standard greeting for Westerners strolling down the market lanes: "Hey, Mr. Katchalu, " they would shout. That means "Mr. Potato" in the local Dari language. The nickname dates back two centuries to the Europeans who introduced potatoes to this remote Central Asian land ringed with mountains. But it is no longer heard on the streets of Kabul.
September 13, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Afghan authorities on Wednesday morning said the last of six attackers who laid siege to the U.S. Embassy and other buildings from a high-rise structure had been killed and the area was secure. The midmorning announcement by the Interior Ministry came nearly 21 hours after the start of the attack, raising troubling questions about why it took so long to secure the building under construction that the assailants used as a staging ground. From its upper floors, they rained rockets and gunfire on a heavily fortified enclave containing embassies, government buildings and the headquarters of the NATO force.
May 31, 1988 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
There's a tense little drama being played out in the streets of this Central Asian capital these days, and here are some of the main characters and props: -- The Trojan, also known as the lonely American: He's clever, provocative, fluent in Russian and Persian. He honed his political skills in the campus elections at USC. -- The Fat Russian: He's probably KGB, has a loud, crude laugh and moves in the shadows but defers to no one. But two bodyguards are at his side day and night.
It was just after a quiet sunrise Sunday in a valley awash with spring that the first rockets ripped through the Mogul palaces of Afghanistan's ancient kings. Then came the staccato cracks of a dozen assault rifles. The earth trembled when a tank opened fire.
August 9, 1989
An Afghan rebel rocket hit the largest military ammunition dump in Kabul, wounding at least five people and setting off explosions that rocked the city for hours. An official with the official Bakhtar news agency said the rocket hit the Khair Khana munitions depot, about half a mile from Kabul's airport, sending up towering flames that were visible miles away. The U.S.-backed rebels have been pounding Kabul with rockets from their positions in surrounding mountains for more than a month.
August 19, 1992 | From Reuters
Defense Minister Ahmed Shah Masoud has moved thousands of guerrillas to Kabul for a counterattack against a renegade fundamentalist chieftain besieging the capital, guerrilla officials said Tuesday. Masoud, a commander of the Jamaat-i-Islami guerrilla group, called up several thousand reinforcements from his stronghold in northern Afghanistan, guerrillas in the Pakistani border town of Peshawar reported.
August 10, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
The Afghan government failed to negotiate a cease-fire between rival guerrilla factions in Kabul on Sunday as thousands of residents fled the capital and shelling killed at least 11 more people. Residents fled in trucks, buses and on foot. They left a ghost town devastated by rocket and shellfire, where smoke from rocket strikes billowed across the city. State-run Kabul Television stopped broadcasting after four rockets hit its antenna on Saturday.
September 24, 1989 | From Reuters
An Afghan rebel rocket crashed into a crowded Kabul market Saturday, killing 20 people and wounding 45, the government said. The market blast came a day after the rebels staged their heaviest attack on the Afghan capital in weeks, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens more with a fusillade of rockets fired from the mountains ringing Kabul. Two days earlier, at least 12 people were killed and 17 were injured when the rebels rained rockets on the city and a military truck exploded.
May 16, 2011 | From CNN
There are "disturbing" signs Pakistan's government knows about insurgents crossing from their country into Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Sunday as he toured the region. "Yes, there are insurgents coming across the border," he said at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. "Yes, they are operating out of north Waziristan [Pakistan] and other areas of the sanctuaries, and yes, there is some evidence of Pakistan government knowledge of some of these activities in ways that is very disturbing.
January 19, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez
As their target, they selected the hub of Afghan governance, a part of downtown Kabul that includes the presidential palace, the Justice Ministry, the central bank and other heavily guarded buildings. Then, on Monday morning, as the heart of the capital bustled with shoppers and Afghans on their way to work, seven Taliban militants with AK-47 assault rifles, grenades, rocket launchers and suicide vests hidden under their shawls unleashed their attack. The militants left five people dead and laid bare Kabul's vulnerability even as the U.S. ratchets up the war to rout the militancy.
May 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An Afghan soldier shot and killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded two more outside a top-security prison near this capital Sunday, a U.S. military spokesman said. The gunman was shot dead by other Afghan troops at Pul-i-Charki prison, east of Kabul, said U.S. Army Maj. Sheldon Smith, a spokesman for the Combined Security Transition Command, a body that trains and mentors Afghan security forces. The Americans were providing external security for the prison when they were shot, Smith said. U.S.
August 5, 2006 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The new Kabul Serena hotel rises in the middle of the city, a palace of sandstone, built around gardens that even in summer's drought gleam green. Step inside and you step out of Afghanistan. The central air conditioning produces a perfect temperature, the inlaid marble floors are a soothing cream and, miraculous for a city where open sewers crisscross most neighborhoods and dust coats every surface, the place smells clean.
July 11, 2004 | Hamida Ghafour, Special to The Times
In the Afghan capital, Westerners buy caviar from the supermarket while Afghans struggle to buy bread. Foreign women suntan in Chanel swimming suits while their Afghan counterparts are afraid to take off their burkas. Alcohol is banned under the new constitution, yet beer and wine parties are in full swing. But the good times enjoyed by thousands of aid workers, security contractors, consultants and even a few liberal-minded Afghans may be coming to an end.
October 4, 2003 | William Wallace, Special to The Times
She is a Norwegian journalist who covered the war on the Taliban and stayed to write a postscript about the Afghan people. He is an erudite Kabul bookseller who, intrigued by her curiosity, invited her into his home to live with his family for five months. Write about us, he told her. Our lives, our culture. Tell the world. Write whatever you want. She did. And he hated it.
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell heralded the historic agreement Wednesday creating a new broad-based government for war-ravaged Afghanistan, but he warned that the naming of a new interim administration is only the beginning phase of a long process. Powell said the United States will set up a liaison office in Kabul in the next 10 days, ending a 12-year U.S. diplomatic absence in the Afghan capital and signaling that America believes a turning point has genuinely been reached.
July 4, 1992 | From Reuters
Government troops backed by tanks drove hundreds of armed men from Kabul on Friday as a security sweep of the capital continued for a second straight day. "Getting rid of these men was our hope and our demand," said Haji Zahir Gul, a Kabul resident. "Now there will be no more looting." Afghan rebel forces captured Kabul on April 25 after a lengthy civil war. Since then, a motley band of rival guerrilla groups and former government militia forces has terrorized residents.
October 13, 2002 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
At dawn, Sharif, 58, Kabul's most famous kebab man, goes to buy the best cut of meat and never even haggles about the price. By 12:30 p.m. his kebabs will be sold out, and waiters in his tiny smoked-filled restaurant will have to turn hungry and disappointed people away. Mohammed Hasan, 55, who has been tailor to kings and government officials for decades, is doing so well, he had to hang a sign in his shop, warning off new customers.
October 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
The Kabul Zoo took delivery Wednesday of two lions to replace Marjan, the one-eyed king of beasts who died this year after surviving more than two decades of violence in the Afghan capital. The new lions, part of a menagerie that also included two deer, two bears, two pigs and a wolf, were given by Beijing's Badaling Safari Animal World.
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