November 12th, 2009
10:50 PM ET

No peace for war survivor

By Sara Sidner
CNN

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Sayedgul squats next to five of his six children. They lean on him and he responds by picking up his five month old baby girl. The traditional kohl smear around her eyes is running, she's been crying. She's fussy because she's teething. But here there is nothing to teethe on but a rock hard piece of bread. It satisfies her but the look in her father's eyes is one of desperation.

The family has just moved to a place they do not like, no one would. It's a fast-growing make-shift camp inhabited by war survivors and those looking for work in the big city of Kabul, Afghanistan. FULL POST

November 12th, 2009
10:44 PM ET

Afghan golf club hoping to drive war away

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Why would anyone open a golf course in Afghanistan in the midst of war? One man in Afghanistan can answer that question with the kind of conviction that is hard to challenge. "Why not?" Mohammed Afzal Abdul said. "I like very much golf."

Actually he loves it - which could explain why Abdul has taken it upon himself to run the only golf course in the country. He is so passionate about it he has risked his life for the love of the game and the crumbling course.

Read the full story from CNN's Sara Sidner in Afghanistan

November 12th, 2009
10:34 PM ET

Concerns over Karzai government

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)  – A senior U.S. State Department official confirms to CNN that there are some real concerns among diplomats and some senior officials about how reliable a partner the Karzai government can be.

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports from Afghanistan

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Filed under: Daily Developments • Karzai
November 12th, 2009
10:09 PM ET

Views of Karzai

President Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of another term in office as Afghanistan's leader on November 9, after his opponent in a planned runoff election withdrew. What stance should the U.S. take in dealing with the Karzai government?

CNN's Fareed Zakaria, author and host of "Fareed Zakaria: GPS," says he knows his opinion is an unpopular one, but the U.S. should stop trashing Karzai and work at security, stability and some form of economic development in Afghanistan. Read Zakaria's Q&A: Stop trashing Karzai and help him govern

On the other hand, Patrick Doherty - co-director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation, a think tank that looks for innovative solutions across the political spectrum - thinks that before President Obama releases his strategy for Afghanistan, he should think twice about fully re-embracing Karzai. Read his opinion: Obama can’t count on Karzai

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Filed under: Decision: Afghanistan • Voices
November 12th, 2009
07:40 PM ET

Afghan president's office asks what U.S. ambassador said

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office contacted the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan about reports the envoy warned against sending more U.S. troops to the country, a Karzai spokesman told CNN Thursday.

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry's office would not confirm the reports to Karzai's office, Karzai spokesman Seyemic Herawi said.

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Filed under: Daily Developments • Decision: Afghanistan
November 12th, 2009
07:38 PM ET

Dog back after a year MIA in Afghanistan

 An Australian special forces dog has been found alive and well more than a year after going missing in action in Afghanistan.

Explosives detection dog Sabi was recovered by a U.S. soldier who found her wandering near an isolated patrol base in the desolate southern province of Oruzgan last week, according to the Australian Government Department of Defense.

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Filed under: Daily Developments • Life and Culture
November 12th, 2009
07:35 PM ET

Top al Qaeda leader blames Blackwater for Peshawar blasts

A senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan has blamed the U.S. security firm formerly known as Blackwater as being behind the recent spate of deadly attacks in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

An audio message said to be from Mustafa Abu Yazid, released Thursday, said Muslims could not have been behind the attacks, because they are fighting to protect the honor and lives of other Muslims.

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Filed under: al Qaeda • Daily Developments
November 12th, 2009
07:33 PM ET

Kidnapped journalist freed in Afghanistan

A Norwegian journalist abducted last week and held captive in eastern Afghanistan has been freed, Norway said on Thursday

The journalist - whose name was not released - was kidnapped on Thursday with his Afghan interpreter near the Pakistani border, the the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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Filed under: Daily Developments
November 12th, 2009
04:33 PM ET

Photo Highlight: Obama meets with war council

President Barack Obama's war council - made up of top Cabinet, Pentagon and administration officials - met with him for the eighth time on Wednesday,  November 11, to discuss a request by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan for up to 40,000 more troops. The meeting lasted more than two hours, according to a senior administration official.

That official told CNN that the president asked for revisions to options he previously received for sending more troops.

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Filed under: Decision: Afghanistan • Obama • Photo Spotlight • White House