February 1, 2016 |
Despite Taliban gains and ISIS's emergence in Afghanistan, one amazing Kabul school continues to teach 4,000 students (half girls) to think independently and to believe in tolerance. The private Marefat school, along with its founder, Aziz Royesh, and several girl students, is the subject of Jeffrey Stern's moving new book, The Last Thousand: One School's Promise in a Nation at War . The book raises painful and very pertinent questions: Can liberal values take root in a conservative Muslim country that is threatened by Islamist radicals?
January 2, 2016
INDIA Four gunmen killed by security forces after an attack on airbase in Punjab Four gunmen were killed by security forces after they attacked an airbase in northern India, according to local police. Two air-force personnel died while six were injured in the incident. At least five gunmen entered the site at Pathankot in the Indian state of Punjab, Ashwani Kumar, superintendent of the Punjab police, said by phone on Saturday, as the operation to clear them out was still going on. The attackers were dressed in army uniforms and suspected to be from Pakistani terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Press Trust of India said, citing a security official.
November 24, 2015 |
As a child growing up in Conshohocken, Paul Brown III told his mother he wanted to be a fighter pilot. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, he joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Now 27, Brown is a captain in the Marines and is stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. He calls that progression - from young dreamer in Montgomery County to veteran soldier on the other side of the world - his natural order of things. "There was something that always drew me to them," Brown said of the Marines.
April 26, 2014 |
LEMOYNE, Pa. - Cure International has long gone where others fear to tread. The global health-care nonprofit has set up clinics in war zones and regions plagued by civil unrest since its founding in 1996, including taking over a bombed-out Red Cross hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2005. It was there that the group on Thursday suffered its first fatality as a result of violence. As news broke that an Afghan gunman had killed three Americans at the site, the spotlight turned to the group, based in a small office building on a residential street in a borough outside Harrisburg.
July 9, 2013 |
When Chessie Vollaro arrived in Cherry Hill on Sunday, she thought she and a friend would be preparing for a beauty pageant. Instead, the 21-year-old - who returned last month from a tour in Afghanistan - was surprised by a swarm of 60 motorcyclists and Cherry Hill police and firefighters, welcoming her back to New Jersey. Standing in a driveway on Covered Bridge Road with her friend, Brittany Vaughn, who was wearing a tiara and sash, Vollaro put her hands to her mouth as motorcycles roared up the street, then began to cry. "Well, I didn't expect this at all," she told the group outside the home of Vaughn's mother, Catherine Shukdinas.
July 3, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul early today and attacked guards with small-arms fire, killing four guards and two civilians, police said. All four suicide attackers were also killed. Kabul provincial police chief Mohammad Ayuob Salangi said the powerful car bomb blew up about 4:30 a.m., leaving a deep crater at the first gate leading into the camp. Two truck drivers who were waiting to enter the area were killed in the blast, he said.
July 1, 2013 |
At a time when American troops are leaving Afghanistan and U.S. officials are trying to talk to the Taliban, I recommend that you read a book called A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story . The book, by a young Afghan, Qais Akbar Omar, is an extraordinary memoir that portrays his coming of age during a time of madness. This story of his middle-class family's struggle to survive during a decade of civil war and Taliban rule is even more haunting than The Kite Runner , because it's not fiction.
June 27, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Insurgents launched a bold assault on the presidential palace compound in Afghanistan's capital Tuesday morning, threatening to derail a key stage in the country's peace process. All the attackers, who were disguised in foreign military uniforms and carried fake documents, were killed, the Taliban said, some when they detonated explosives and others in a gun battle with security forces. Three Afghan security guards also were killed, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.
June 21, 2013
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban leaders proposed a deal in which they would free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their most senior operatives at Guantánamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition yesterday to joining planned peace talks. The idea of releasing these Taliban prisoners has been controversial. U.S. negotiators hope they would join the peace process but fear they might simply return to the battlefield, and Karzai once scuttled a similar deal partly because he felt the Americans were usurping his authority.
June 13, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car outside a gate at the Afghan Supreme Court during the afternoon rush hour Tuesday, killing 17 people and wounding 38, all of them civilians, Afghan officials said. It was the second consecutive day that insurgents staged a significant suicide attack in the capital, and it raised again the question of whether the Afghan government can ensure security from Taliban attackers. On Monday, a failed Taliban attack on the military side of the Kabul airport killed seven attackers and did little damage.