Taliban http://www.kunc.org en Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader http://www.kunc.org/post/defying-taliban-threats-afghans-vote-next-leader Millions of Afghans lined up to vote for a new president Saturday, despite warnings of violence from the Taliban.<p>Saturday's historic vote begins what would be the first democratic transfer of power for Afghanistan; President Hamid Karzai has served for two terms and is not allowed to run for a third under the country's constitution.<p>The Taliban launched a number of attacks that killed dozens in the weeks before the election, but no major violence was reported after polls opened Saturday.<p>Several attacks were reportedly foiled on election day, NPR's Sean Carberry tells Scott Simon on <a Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:29:28 +0000 55211 at http://www.kunc.org Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader How To Build An Afghan Army, In A Million Difficult Steps http://www.kunc.org/post/how-build-afghan-army-million-difficult-steps It's 8 a.m. on a recent day at Forward Operating Base Nolay, a small Marine outpost in Taliban-infested Sangin District of southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. The Marines are in the process of caffeinating and preparing for the day.<p>Suddenly, explosions and gunfire ring out. The Marines don't run for their weapons or bunkers for that matter. They don't even flinch.<p>"We can sit here and we can have a cup of coffee when there's booms going on, we're not concerned about it," says Lt. Col. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:29:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 49352 at http://www.kunc.org How To Build An Afghan Army, In A Million Difficult Steps Suicide Bombers Attack Indian Consulate In Afghanistan http://www.kunc.org/post/suicide-bombers-attack-indian-consulate-afghanistan A botched attack on an Indian consulate in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad has left nine civilians dead in addition to the three suicide bombers, security officials say.<p>NPR's Sean Carberry reports from Kabul that the Taliban has disclaimed responsibility for the bombing in which two-dozen people were also wounded.<p>Sean says the explosion occurred outside the consulate but that most of the victims were at a neighboring mosque. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47881 at http://www.kunc.org Suicide Bombers Attack Indian Consulate In Afghanistan Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter http://www.kunc.org/post/despite-repeated-tries-afghan-peace-efforts-still-sputter The U.S. has been pushing the Taliban and the Afghan government to find a political solution for the past year and a half. But every time it seems the parties are close to starting peace talks, a new demand or controversy arises and nothing happens.<p>In the latest attempt, the Taliban finally opened a political office in Qatar, a move that was supposed to set the stage for negotiations. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:09:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 47048 at http://www.kunc.org Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter Pakistani Schoolgirl Wounded In Taliban Attack Addresses U.N. http://www.kunc.org/post/pakistani-schoolgirl-wounded-taliban-attack-addresses-un Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, received several standing ovations as she addressed the United Nations on Friday, calling on world leaders to provide free compulsory schooling to every child.<p>In October, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban militants who attacked a schoolbus she was on. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47015 at http://www.kunc.org Pakistani Schoolgirl Wounded In Taliban Attack Addresses U.N.