January 5th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

German officer on the close ties on the battlefield

A German officer provided a reminder Tuesday of battlefield bonds between warriors of different nations - in this case between two former enemies who are now close allies - Germany and the United States.

Participating in a video conference from Afghanistan, German Army Maj. Gen. Hans Werner Fritz described a day of fierce fighting in October when a suicide bomber killed a German paratrooper in northern Afghanistan and wounded many more. FULL POST

January 5th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Skateboard school ramps up Afghan dreams

CNN first visited Skateistan two years ago, after two Australian skateboarders started Afghanistan's first and only skateboarding school in Kabul.

Recently, CNN's Arwa Damon revisted the skate park, where it's grown beyond just skateboarding.

"We're trying to create opportunities for our students, which means we want to educate them through activities we do in the classroom," Deputy Director Max Henninger says.  That includes art classes, English lessons, a girls' journalism course, a disabled class and a critical "Back to School" program to help children from impoverished families enroll or re-enroll into public schools.

Read the full story from CNN's Arwa Damon

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