A culture clash in Kabul. The Afghan government appears to be taking a harder line toward alcohol consumption. Afghan police last month raided restaurants popular with Westerners, seizing alcohol, even detaining foreign waitresses. Is it a symbol of increasing anti-Western sentiment or something far less sinister?
Nearly a dozen insurgents and a U.S. contractor were killed when a group launched an early morning attack on Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.
Nine service members were wounded and a building received minor damages during the attack, which included rockets, small arms and grenades. Four of the slain insurgents were "intended suicide bombers," the military said.
U.S. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Clarence Count Jr. said the insurgents failed "to breach the perimeter" and were "unable to detonate their suicide vests." FULL POST
As more UK soldiers and dollars head into Afghanistan, it is a hot button foreign policy issue for the candidates in the UK election. But now some British citizens feel Afghans should have a say in British policy, giving away their votes to the Afghans as part of the group "Give Your Vote." We followed one British voter and the person she's giving her vote to who lives in Kabul.
A beautiful week of crisp spring weather in the green lands of northern Afghanistan turned to terror for hundreds of Afghan schoolgirls.
At Khadija Kobra High School in Kunduz province, girls were studying inside the walls of their open-air school, sitting at their desks as leaves rustled above them with the fresh breeze blowing through.
But suddenly something changed.
“We noticed that the air in the school smelled beautiful, like a flower, as if someone sprayed perfume into the school,” said Alia Ghizalkohee, a teacher at the school.
And that’s when the girls started to drop one after the other. FULL POST
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - A suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province killed one civilian and wounded two security guards at the entrance to a military base on Monday, the interior ministry said. FULL POST
In Afghanistan, the war with the Taliban persists, but there are definite signs that things have changed. As sunny weather hits, a walk through the streets of Kabul finds music, CDs, DVDs and cinemas, and the airwaves are booming — all once banned under the Taliban.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A celebration of life turned to tears and blood on a cold February night when a NATO raid now under investigation robbed Mohammed Sabir of five family members.
Sabir, who lives in the small village of Khataba in eastern Afghanistan, said his family threw a party on February 12, welcoming his infant nephew to the world. Among the guests were his brothers Mohammad Daoud - the new baby's father and a criminal investigator from a nearby district - and Mohammad Zahir, a prosecutor, Sabir told CNN by telephone Tuesday.
The night was filled with music and laughter, he said, and the party lasted well into the early morning hours.
As the party began to wane, one of Sabir's brothers made a startling discovery. FULL POST
Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with tribal leaders Sunday in the violence-plagued Kandahar province to shore up support for an impending military offensive. He promised to hold back until he had their backing.
"We will not conduct the operations in Kandahar until you say we can," Karzai told about 1,000 tribal leaders at a shura, or conference, at the governor's compound in the southern province.
Karzai, accompanied by the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, said he will see that similar gatherings are held throughout the region to gauge the opinion of the people. FULL POST