Afghanistan

US Sells Only Illusions of Success in Afghanistan

Despite reports in major US newspapers regarding a successful phase of the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the country’s future continues to hang in uncertainty as do the prospects of a negotiated end...
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The World’s Strangest Land Grab?

Uzbekistan has a perhaps unusual ally in its territorial claims over neighboring Afghanistan: the mighty and ever-wandering Amu Darya river. And no one knows it better than the children of Arigh Ayagh School, j...
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Women Find a Place in Afghan Police

On Jan.14, for the first time in Afghanistan’s history,  a woman -- 50-year-old Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a mother of five children -- was appointed the chief of a local police station.   This is a country where...
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Russia Resets its Foot in Afghanistan

More than two decades since a humiliating departure from Afghanistan after a misguided adventure that helped to wreck the Soviet Union, Russia has been gradually making a cautious return, particularly since the...
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Critical Year Ahead for Afghanistan

In less than four weeks, on April 5, Afghanistan’s 12 million voters will get the chance to elect one of 11 candidates to replace President Hamid Karzai, in what observers hope will be the country’s first ever ...
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Women’s Rights Endangered in Afghanistan

Even before the drawdown of NATO troops is expected to begin in 2014, there are increasing concerns that the hard-won political, economic and social gains attained by women in Afghanistan are already being erod...