November 2nd, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Bodies of 2 aid workers discovered

The bodies of two female aid workers were discovered Sunday morning in Afghanistan's Helmand province, a spokesman for Helmand's governor told CNN on Tuesday.

Daud Ahmadi said one of the women was the founder of the organization Mahjoba Herawi, an Afghan non-governmental organization. Ahmadi said both were working on women-oriented projects such as jam and pasta making.
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October 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Kandahar deputy mayor laid to rest

Family and friends buried the deputy mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan on Tuesday, a day after he was shot while traveling home from work.

"Several young men on motorcycles came up on either side of his car and shot him," said Maj. Bruce Drake, a spokesman for US and NATO forces in southern Afghanistan.

Local Afghan officials say the gunmen escaped. Doctors struggled to save the deputy mayor, Noor Ahmad Nazari - first at a hospital in Kandahar, and then at the foreign military hospital at the sprawling NATO airbase on the outskirts of the city.

"This is bad news for us," said Zalmai Ayudi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar. "This was the tactic of the insurgents. As soon as the pressure comes on them at the village level, they show their presence." FULL POST

Karzai breaks down in tears at event
September 28th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Karzai breaks down in tears at event

It was supposed to be a day celebrating Afghan achievements in education. Instead, Afghanistan's embattled president broke down crying at an official gathering commemorating International Literacy Day.

In his emotional speech, Hamid Karzai lamented the estimated 10 million Afghans who are illiterate and repeated an appeal to Taliban militants to lay down their arms and expressed fear that his son might one day be forced to flee his country.

"I have pain in my heart," Karzai said, his voice breaking and his eyes red with tears.

"I'm afraid that my son, my own son will become a refugee one day. Please, I don't want my son and your son to be a foreign citizen. I want him to grow up here ...I want him to serve his nation," Karzai said, addressing an auditorium full of teachers, government ministers, foreign ambassadors and Girl Scouts gathered to celebrate the event.

After wiping his face with a handkerchief, Karzai urged Afghans to do more to educate their children. Several bearded men in the audience brushed away tears as the Afghan leader concluded his speech. FULL POST

September 28th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Women, warlords on peace council for Taliban talks

Former warlords, village elders and women are among the members of an Afghan peace council designed to spearhead "serious, substantive dialogue" efforts with the Taliban opposition.

The Afghan government Tuesday announced the members of the High Peace Council that will spearhead reconciliation efforts. FULL POST

September 16th, 2010
04:29 PM ET

More deaths highlight threat of violence-marred election

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters killed two workers from Afghanistan's main election body in another attack that highlighted the threat of a violence-marred parliamentary election Saturday. FULL POST

September 13th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

2 dead, 10 injured in Afghanistan violence

Ten family members were injured in a rocket attack in eastern Nangarhar province, a spokesman for the governor of the province said. In a separate attack, two people were killed in a western province.

The relatives included five women, four children and an elderly man, Ahamad Zia Abdul Zai, the spokesman, said.

He said three rockets hit east of Jalalabad city from an unknown origin on Sunday night. One rocket did not detonate, a second hit land but did not cause any casualties, and a third hit a civilian residential house, the spokesman said.

Separately, an improvised explosive device detonated in western Helmand province Sunday morning, killing a policeman and a civilian. Another policeman and another civilian were injured, said Daud Ahamadi, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province.

Ahamadi said the IED was placed in a motorbike and detonated in the center of the Sangin district of the province.

August 26th, 2010
09:38 AM ET

Attack kills 8 Afghan police

Eight policemen were killed and one wounded Thursday in an insurgent attack on a police post in Kunduz province, northeast of Afghanistan, a spokesman for the provincial governor said. A group of insurgents attacked the post early in the morning, said the spokesman, Mohibullah, who only goes by one name. A tenth policeman survived the attack, he said.

Karzai condemns stoning deaths by Taliban
August 17th, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Karzai condemns stoning deaths by Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the stoning deaths of a young man and woman in northern Afghanistan over the weekend, calling the executions by the Taliban "unforgivable."

"Executing these two young people without trial is a crime, an act of inhumanity, and is counter to Islam," the president said in a statement Tuesday. FULL POST

August 16th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Officials seize truck with 37,000 lbs of explosives

Kandahar police have seized a truck carrying 17,000 kg (37,478 lbs) of explosives skillfully placed in boxes marked paint and pickles, authorities said.

The truck, with Pakistani license plates, was seized by Kandahar customs agents on Sunday as it came in from the Quetta province in Pakistan, officials said.

"Our enemies use various techniques with the purpose of destroying our country, but our alert police have been defusing their plans, as you see from today's good example," said General Mohammad Shafiq said Sunday.

August 10th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

Man who impregnated widow in Taliban detention

A man accused of having sex with a widow and impregnating her remained in Taliban detention Tuesday, his future unclear.

The 47-year-old woman, Sanam Gul, also known as Sanam Bibi, was killed in Badghis province in western Afghanistan Saturday morning, said Ashrafuddin Majidi, the provincial governor's spokesman.

A Taliban commander carried out the execution, shooting the woman in her head, said Hashim Habibi, the district governor of Qades, which is located in the province.

Gul had been widowed for four years. She was accused of adultery for her relationship with the unnamed man, said Abdul Jabar, the provincial police chief. FULL POST