May 16, 2011 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
October 13, 2002 |
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 |
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.