Afghanistan

12:15pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Politics

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Statement On Afghanistan

Screencap from President Obama's remarks from the White House Rose Garden, May 27. Obama was announcing the expected plans for withdrawal and the conclusion of combat operations in Afghanistan.
White House YouTube.com

Following a trip to Afghanistan over Memorial Day weekend to visit troops, the President spoke from the Rose Garden at the White House Tuesday. Obama announced the timeline to bring the longest-running war in the United States' history to an end as well as the expected residual troop levels beyond the end of the conflict.

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6:03am

Tue April 22, 2014
World

British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 7:53 pm

Louise Hastie, the shelter manager of Nowzad Dogs in Kabul, holds a stray puppy named Aki. Afghanistan has a large population of street cats and dogs. While there are no government programs to control the animals, foreigners have taken in some.
David Gilkey NPR

Joey's silky gold hair gleams in the afternoon sun. The big bundle of energy loves to cuddle. He also looks like he could lose a few pounds.

This herding dog is one of the many survival stories here at the Kabul shelter and clinic called Nowzad Dogs. The facility has rescued and treated hundreds of street animals in Afghanistan and has helped reunite hundreds of soldiers and contractors with animals they informally adopted while deployed in the country.

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6:29am

Sat April 5, 2014
World

Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 10:31 am

Long lines were seen at almost every polling station around Kabul Saturday, despite heavy rain and security threats.
David P Gilkey NPR
  • Afghan Election: NPR's Sean Carberry Reports From Kabul

Millions of Afghans lined up to vote for a new president Saturday, despite warnings of violence from the Taliban.

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.

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.

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5:56am

Sun March 30, 2014
The Sunday Conversation

Devastating Attack Still Leaves Afghan Journalist's Hope Alive

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 3:59 pm

Bilal Sarwary is an Afghan journalist working in Afghanistan for the BBC.
Courtesy of Bilal Sarwary

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Bilal Sarwary is a local correspondent for the BBC in Kabul, and over a week ago, he was called to report on yet another insurgent attack that left civilians dead.

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6:29am

Sat March 29, 2014
StoryCorps

Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 9:27 am

Army Capt. Drew Pham says his wife, Molly Pearl, helps him push through the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life after deployment in Afghanistan.
StoryCorps

Army Capt. Drew Pham, 26, returned from a tour in Afghanistan in October 2011. Since Drew's been back, it's been hard for him to make sense of what he saw there and adjust to his life at home. It's been difficult for his wife, Molly Pearl, to respond to some of the things he would tell her, too.

Pham called once to tell her he had shot a man. He says she didn't know what to say, so she replied, "Well, we'll deal with it when you get home."

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