July 7th, 2010
01:20 PM ET

Tracing the rise of Afghan cricket

In a van honking and maneuvering through gridlocked Kabul traffic, an Afghan man gets philosophical about the problems of modern life.

“All over the world, there is fighting, fighting,” he says. The solution to all these problems, he says, is cricket.

Meet Taj Malik, the Afghan cricket team coach and, possibly, the sport’s biggest advocate in the the war-torn country.

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Filed under: Life and Culture
July 7th, 2010
01:03 PM ET
July 7th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Military investigating friendly fire deaths of Afghan soldiers

Military authorities are investigating the friendly fire deaths of five Afghan soldiers Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. 

A NATO patrol in Ghazni province fired on the Afghan soldiers, mistaking them for insurgents, a statement from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. 

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Filed under: Daily Developments • Troops
July 7th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

British forces hand Sangin district to Americans

British troops will pull out of the notorious Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province to allow U.S. Marines to take over, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Wednesday.

The British forces will redeploy to the central part of Helmand, leading the task force with Danish and Estonian troops there, while U.S. troops are positioned in the northern and southern parts, Fox said.

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Filed under: Daily Developments • Helmand • Troops