U.S. watchdog warns billions invested in Afghan security at risk
January 24th, 2011
12:18 PM ET

U.S. watchdog warns billions invested in Afghan security at risk

Billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars spent to train, equip and support Afghanistan security forces may end up wasted, according to the watchdog of reconstruction spending.

The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, retired Marine Gen. Arnold Fields, in what may be his final public event before he retires next month, painted a starkly pessimistic picture of what lies ahead in Afghanistan. FULL POST

January 24th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Colin Powell on Afghanistan pull-out

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell talks with CNN's Candy Crowley about whether the U.S. can pull out of Afghanistan in six months.


Filed under: Troops
January 24th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Training in fake village for real fight

British soldiers undergo rigorous training in a fake Afghan village as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.


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Karzai accepts lawmakers' plan to end standoff
Afghan men demonstrate against paliamentary election results in Kabul on Sunday.
January 24th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

Karzai accepts lawmakers' plan to end standoff

Afghanistan's parliament will be inaugurated Wednesday, ending a political standoff, President Hamid Karzai's office said Monday.

Humayoun Azizi, Karzai's minister for parliamentary affairs, said the president's decision came after the country's Supreme Court sent word that it would not intercede in the seating of parliament following a deal between Karzai and the parliament over prosecuting crimes arising from last year's elections. FULL POST

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Generations of opium addiction
January 24th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Generations of opium addiction

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan - In a far flung corner of northern Afghanistan, Aziza reaches into the dark wooden cupboard, rummages around, and pulls out a small lump of something wrapped in plastic.

She unwraps it, breaking off a small chunk as if it were chocolate, and feeds it to four-year-old son, Omaidullah. It's his breakfast - a lump of pure opium.

Read the full story from CNN's Arwa Damon


Filed under: Drug trade • Life and Culture
January 22nd, 2011
09:14 AM ET

Russian-Afghan connections grow

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on the growing connections between Russia and Afghanistan.

January 22nd, 2011
09:08 AM ET

Afghan lawmakers meet as political standoff over parliament continues

Afghan lawmakers met at a hotel in the country's capital Saturday morning to discuss whether to proceed with the inauguration of parliament despite President Hamid Karzai's decision to postpone the ceremony.

Most of the 249 elected members of parliament debated the issue at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel. They were expected to meet with Karzai later in the day and could also make a decision Saturday.

Karzai's office on Wednesday announced a one-month inauguration delay, saying that the special court on election fraud needed more time to investigate complaints from losing candidates. The decision drew criticism from the United Nations' mission in Afghanistan, and concern from analysts that it could spark ethnic divisions and more violence. FULL POST

January 21st, 2011
02:16 PM ET

Afghan journalist injured in acid attack

An Afghan journalist suffered first-degree burns in an acid attack in the capital earlier this week, a report said.

Razaq Mamoon is a writer and television presenter, according to Reporters Without Borders, a media rights organization.

Mamoon was attacked with acid Tuesday night as he left home, the group said. He is hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries.

A suspect, identified only as Rafiullah, has been arrested, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

Reporters Without Borders is urging the Afghan government to fully investigate the attack.

"We have already identified a dozen or so cases of violence against Afghan journalists for 2011," the group said. "The authors and originators of this barbarous act must be swiftly identified and arrested."

Acid attacks on journalists are not common in the country, according to NIA, an Afghan organization that protects journalists.

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Bin Laden message warns France to pull out of Afghanistan
January 21st, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Bin Laden message warns France to pull out of Afghanistan

A speaker claiming to be terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden warned in an audiotape aired Friday that the release of two French journalists abducted by militants hinges on France's military role in Afghanistan.

"We repeat the same message to you," said the speaker in an audio tape played on the Al-Jazeera satellite news network. "The release of your prisoners from the hands of our brethren depends on the withdrawal of your soldiers from our countries." FULL POST


Filed under: Osama bin Laden
January 21st, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Militants on motorcycles attack supply convoys

In three separate attacks, militants on motorcycles torched trucks in Pakistan on Friday that were taking fuel and supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, police said.

In all three attacks, militants cut off the moving trucks and opened fire, said police official Muhammad Ashraf. FULL POST

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Filed under: Pakistan • Troops