September 26, 2013 |
L.A.-based musician-filmmaker Ariana Delawari's very personal documentary "We Came Home" chronicles the frequent trips she made to her father's homeland, Afghanistan, in its alternatingly hopeful and turbulent years following the initial routing of the Taliban after 9/11. Her father, a prominent banker-activist, had moved back to help rebuild the country's economy. Delawari's main focus, however, is a 2007 trip in which she and two colleagues recorded songs at her parents' Kabul house in collaboration with a handful of elder Afghan musicians.
September 21, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan on Saturday released a top Afghan Taliban official who Afghan officials believe could nudge Islamist militants to the bargaining table and help hammer out a political solution after more than a decade of war. Afghanistan had repeatedly called for the release of former Afghan Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, reportedly captured in a joint Pakistani-CIA raid in Karachi in 2010. "We believe that his release will help the Afghan peace process," said Aimal Faizi, spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
September 15, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A two-star major general with the Pakistani army and two subordinate officers were killed Sunday by a roadside bomb in the volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the border with Afghanistan, officials said. Maj. Gen. Sanaullah Niazi and the other officers were reportedly returning from an inspection of Pakistan border posts when their vehicle hit the mine in the Shahi Kot area of the Upper Dir district. The major general and his two colleagues died on the spot, officials said, reportedly the first time such a senior officer was killed by militants in the area.
September 9, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Mamnoon Hussain was sworn in as Pakistan's new president Monday, replacing Asif Ali Zardari, who becomes the first democratically elected president in the nation's history to complete a full term. The post of president is largely ceremonial in Pakistan and the occupant is chosen by national and provincial lawmakers. Hussain, 73, a businessman from Karachi and a former state governor, has close ties to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League - N party.
September 9, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Mamnoon Hussain was sworn in Monday as Pakistan's new president, replacing Asif Ali Zardari, who becomes the nation's first democratically elected president to complete a full term. Hussain's swearing-in came as leaders of more than a dozen political parties gathered at a conference led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and agreed to negotiate with militants in the lawless tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, whose groups have sought to topple the government. In telephone calls to news media, Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said his group welcomed the government's offer of talks and would convene within a few days its central council, which would form a team to negotiate and formalize its demands.
September 5, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, an advocate for women's rights who wrote a book about her escape from the Taliban, was slain by Afghan militants, authorities said Thursday. Mukhlis Afghan, a spokesman for the governor of southeastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, said the Taliban took Banerjee, 49, from her house and killed her in Sharana, the provincial capital. Her body was reportedly dumped near a religious school. Banerjee had converted to Islam, married Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and was working as a midwife in a private hospital in Paktika, said Afghan, who termed her death a huge loss and a violation of women's rights.
August 27, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban killed six civilians in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, among a dozen slain in the latest attacks that have seen ordinary people increasingly caught up in the violence, often after being accused of working with the government. The bodies -- four engineers, an adviser and a trainer employed on a project funded by the United Nations -- were discovered Tuesday in Herat province, officials said, an area in the west that's seen less violence than other parts of Afghanistan.
August 8, 2013 |
A Marine sniper shown urinating on Taliban corpses in a video circulated on the Internet has been reduced in rank after pleading guilty to dereliction of duty and other charges. Sgt. Robert W. Richards was reduced to corporal for his role in the incident, in which four Marines in full combat gear were shown urinating on the bodies of three insurgents in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in July 2011. Richards pleaded guilty at a court-martial at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Wednesday, according to a Marine Corps spokesman, Col. Sean Gibson.
August 6, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The reclusive leader of Afghanistan's Taliban said Tuesday that his militant group was willing to begin peace negotiations, even as he urged stepped-up attacks on foreign troops to force them out of the country. In a lengthy and wide-ranging email message, Mullah Mohammad Omar called on Afghans to boycott elections scheduled for early 2014 and urged Afghan police, soldiers and paramilitary personnel to turn their guns on foreign troops -- as well as Afghan government troops cooperating with U.S.-led coalition forces.
August 2, 2013 |
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - The dark-haired girl wearing an "American Girl" T-shirt blended in with the other giggling girls flopped on their bellies and watching cartoons inside a darkened classroom. All that distinguished 11-year-old Farida was an eye patch she had decorated with purple glitter and a fancy "F" to cover her missing left eye. Four years ago, in Farida's remote village in southern Afghanistan, shrapnel from a buried Taliban bomb tore through the eye as she played outside her mud-walled home.