Sean Carberry http://kuer.org en British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals http://kuer.org/post/british-marines-new-mission-save-all-kabuls-street-animals 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.<p>This herding dog is one of the many survival stories here at the Kabul shelter and clinic called <a href="http://www.nowzad.com/" target="_blank">Nowzad Dogs</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 45198 at http://kuer.org British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks http://kuer.org/post/afghgans-vote-large-numbers-despite-risks After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 44434 at http://kuer.org Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police http://kuer.org/post/suicide-bomber-targets-afghan-police In the Afghan capital Kabul, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform walked up to a checkpoint outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and killed several members of the national police. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 44282 at http://kuer.org In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now http://kuer.org/post/former-afghan-hotspot-taliban-are-subdued-now A convoy of hulking U.S. Army Stryker vehicles slowly makes its way through the main bazaar near the center of Panjwai district in southern Afghanistan. Kandahar province is the birthplace of the Taliban, and Panjwai district has seen some of the most brutal fighting of the Afghan war.<p>Some 90 NATO troops have been killed and more than 800 wounded in just this district.<p>But rather than having white-knuckled grips on their guns, U.S. soldiers are able to wave to the children in the streets. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 44159 at http://kuer.org In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now Ruthless Warlord, Hero to Uzbeks, On Ballot In Afghan Elections http://kuer.org/post/ruthless-warlord-hero-uzbeks-ballot-afghan-elections Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Afghans head to the polls on April 5th to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. The run-up to the election has been violent. The capital city of Kabul has suffered several major attacks in recent days . On a hotel restaurant, an American aid organization and the election commission headquarters. We'll hear more about one of those attacks in a moment. But first, the political field in Afghanistan's elections reflects that country's stark ethnic divides. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 44121 at http://kuer.org Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise http://kuer.org/post/taliban-attacks-election-hq-making-good-campaign-promise As officials from Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission were about to announce the closing of several polling stations due to insecurity on Saturday, the Taliban reinforced the message by launching an attack on the IEC headquarters in Kabul.<p>The militant group has been issuing statements for months, saying the April 5 vote for a successor to President Hamid Karzai is a Western-backed sham election and they will stop at nothing to disrupt it by attacking election workers and infrastructure. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 44097 at http://kuer.org Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise With Elections Days Away, Suicide Bombs Sow Fear In Kabul http://kuer.org/post/elections-days-away-suicide-bombs-sow-fear-kabul Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Kabul is a city on edge as the Afghan presidential election approaches. Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked an election commission office yesterday. They killed several workers and police officers. In the April 5th election, eight men are now vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai. The field narrowed today after the grandson of the country's last king dropped out of the race. He was not expected to do well.<p>NPR's Sean Carberry joins us now from Kabul. And, Sean, you were covering yesterday's attack. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 43967 at http://kuer.org Afghanistan's Election Heats Up — And So Do The Attacks http://kuer.org/post/afghanistans-election-heats-and-so-do-attacks Afghanistan's election for a new president is less than two weeks away. That means the candidates are busy campaigning — and the Taliban are busy attacking.<p>The latest attack came Tuesday morning in Kabul when two suicide bombers detonated themselves outside one of the offices of the Independent Election Commission. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 43881 at http://kuer.org Afghanistan's Election Heats Up — And So Do The Attacks As Afghan Tajiks Lay Leader To Rest, Eyes Turn To Political Future http://kuer.org/post/afghan-tajiks-lay-leader-rest-eyes-turn-political-future Afghanistan has lost its first vice president, a warlord who fought beside the U.S. against the Taliban. Mohammed Qasim Fahim's death presents his Tajik brethren a tough choice in upcoming elections. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 43349 at http://kuer.org Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President? http://kuer.org/post/whos-going-be-afghanistans-next-president The United States is winding down more than 12 years of military involvement in Afghanistan, and for most Americans, the country is rapidly fading into the background.<p>At the same time, Afghans are entering uncharted territory. President Hamid Karzai, who has led Afghanistan since shortly after the Taliban were ousted in 2001, is barred from running for a third term.<p>So Afghanistan is poised to do what it's never done before: change leaders through a democratic election.<p>Eleven candidates are trying to replace Karzai in the April 5 election. Ten are Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 41988 at http://kuer.org Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President? U.N.: Civilian Casualities Rise In Afghanistan http://kuer.org/post/un-civilian-casualities-rise-afghanistan Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. In Afghanistan, the United Nation has just released its annual survey of civilian casualties in the country, and the news is grim. NPR's Sean Carberry reports from Kabul.<p>SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Last year at this time, there was a sense of optimism. Civilian casualties finally appeared to be declining. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 41874 at http://kuer.org Beneath The Bunting, Afghan Shadow Campaign Kicks Off http://kuer.org/post/beneath-bunting-afghan-shadow-campaign-kicks Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Taliban also figure prominently in upcoming elections next door in Afghanistan. That country is poised to make history this spring by holding an election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai. It would be Afghanistan's first ever democratic transition. The campaign officially began this week. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 41859 at http://kuer.org An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths http://kuer.org/post/afghan-success-story-fewer-child-deaths One of the most dramatic changes in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban is the increase in average life expectancy from 45 to 62 years. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 41656 at http://kuer.org An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths Race Toward Afghan Election Starts, With Skepticism In The Lead http://kuer.org/post/race-toward-afghan-election-starts-skepticism-lead With the campaign for Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election officially underway, three questions are commonly asked around Kabul: Do you think the presidential election will be held on April 5? Will the election be held at all this year? Who do you think will win?<p>Right now, 11 men are vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai, who is term-limited. If the election goes well, it would mark the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's history.<p><strong>The Issue Of Timing</strong><br /> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 41598 at http://kuer.org Race Toward Afghan Election Starts, With Skepticism In The Lead Punctured Tires In Kabul Are The Work Of Police, Not Punks http://kuer.org/post/punctured-tires-kabul-are-work-police-not-punks In Kabul, car theft isn't a big problem, but it is a big concern. Security officials fear that militants could use stolen vehicles as car bombs. So the police have turned to a rather controversial tactic to deter thieves.<p>On a recent evening, a guest left our office only to discover two of his car tires had been punctured. Moments later, my producer discovered two of his tires had been punctured. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 41046 at http://kuer.org Punctured Tires In Kabul Are The Work Of Police, Not Punks Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage http://kuer.org/post/texas-man-becomes-unlikely-cfo-ragged-kabul-orphanage On Saturday afternoons, sometimes with a coworker or two, Siavash Rahbari drives up a rutted side street in Kabul to visit the Window of Hope orphanage.<p>In the living room, there are a dozen boys and two girls. Some are playing, while others lie around on mats on the floor, clearly suffering from a range of disabilities. Rahbari, a Texan who works at an NGO in Kabul, gives the children a cursory inspection.<p>"A lot of times, when people come and they hang out with the kids, they're kind of shocked about the whole situation," Rahbari says. "But, again, this is Afghanistan. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 40399 at http://kuer.org Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014 http://kuer.org/post/facing-big-changes-anxious-afghans-hope-best-2014 To many Afghans, 2014 is more than a year — it's a sword of Damocles hanging over the fragile nation. It's the year the country will elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai and the U.S.-led military mission will end. Many fear that will open the door to chaos.<p>But on a chilly winter day in Kabul, it's still business as usual in the city center.<p>In a stationary market, you can still buy calendars for this year — the year 1392. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 08:25:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 40062 at http://kuer.org Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014 There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home http://kuer.org/post/there-and-back-again-one-afghans-journey-find-home In 2000, Auliya Atrafi paid thousands of dollars and risked his life to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He spent 12 years in England getting educated and becoming a documentary filmmaker.<p>Last year, he gave up life in the West and returned home to southern Helmand province. Now, he's the father of twins and he's working in a rural government office while trying to readjust to life in a conservative society that he finds dysfunctional.<p>Atrafi grew up in a prominent communist family in the rural and undeveloped Nad Ali district of Helmand province. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 39060 at http://kuer.org There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music http://kuer.org/post/crashing-afghan-wedding-no-toasts-lots-cheesy-music Afghanistan may be one of the world's poorest countries, but weddings are still a big — and expensive — deal. On most weekends, Kabul's glitzy and somewhat garish wedding halls are packed with people celebrating nuptials.<p>One of them is the Uranos Palace complex. On the night I attended my first Afghan wedding, all three of its halls were overflowing. I was one of two foreigners in a room of about 200 men. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:38:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 38897 at http://kuer.org Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music Afghan Assembly Approves Security Plan, But Karzai Delays http://kuer.org/post/afghan-assembly-approves-security-plan-karzai-delays A grand assembly of Afghan tribal elders and civil society leaders — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/11/21/246536898/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-an-afghan-loya-jirga">the Loya Jirga</a> — resoundingly approved an agreement to allow 3,000-9,000 U.S. troops to stay in the country after the NATO mission ends next year.<p>However, it remains unclear when — or if — President Hamid Karzai will sign the agreement.<p>For three hours, the chairs of the Loya Jirga's 50 committees, representing 2,500 assembly delegates, read out their findings. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:31:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 38658 at http://kuer.org Afghan Assembly Approves Security Plan, But Karzai Delays In Afghanistan, Tribal Elders Get A Say In Security Pact With U.S. http://kuer.org/post/afghanistan-tribal-elders-get-say-security-pact-us In Afghanistan, a grand assembly of some 2,500 tribal elders, politicians and civil society elites are meeting to decide whether to approve a security agreement with the United States. Approval by the grand assembly, called a loya jirga, would be in addition to the OK of the Afghan government. But as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has noted, the agreement can't go forward without the backing of the Afghan people. The security agreement would allow as many as 9,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the current NATO mission ends next year. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:14:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 38644 at http://kuer.org How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down? http://kuer.org/post/how-will-afghan-forces-fare-nato-troops-draw-down Shiite Muslims gathered in Kabul last week to celebrate Ashura, one of the holiest days on their religious calendar. Hundreds of shirtless men chanted and flogged themselves with chains tipped with knife-like shards of metal.<p>In the past, these public Shiite commemorations have become targets of the Taliban and other Islamist extremists. In 2011, a suicide bomber killed 56 Shiites marking Ashura. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:57:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 38435 at http://kuer.org How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down? Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living http://kuer.org/post/afghan-farmers-opium-only-way-make-living Lashkar Gah is the capital of the volatile province that alone grows half of Afghanistan's opium poppy. Cultivation here grew by 34 percent over last year.<p>On Fridays, hundreds of men gather at the bazaar along the Helmand River, the lifeblood of this arid province. Vendors sell everything from livestock to boxes of artisanal medicine.<p>There's no sign of poppy here. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 38182 at http://kuer.org Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living Afghan Air Force Races To Prepare For Solo Mission http://kuer.org/post/afghan-air-force-races-prepare-solo-mission A gray C-130 Hercules flies low over the runway at Kabul airport. The four-engine cargo plane then climbs and banks to the left. Moments later, it lands and passes under the spray of two fire trucks before stopping in front of a crowd of officials.<p>This ceremony last month marked the official transfer of the first two C-130s from the U.S. to the Afghan air force.<p>In the ongoing war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the rugged terrain and under-developed road network make military aircraft essential for everything from troop movement to supplying bases to evacuating casualties. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:19:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 38125 at http://kuer.org Afghan Air Force Races To Prepare For Solo Mission Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted? http://kuer.org/post/are-afghanistans-schools-doing-well-touted It's one of the most touted "positive statistics" about Afghanistan: Today, there are 10 million Afghans enrolled in school, 40 percent of them female.<p>Under the Taliban, about 1 million boys and almost no girls were attending schools. Western officials routinely point to the revived education system as a sign of success and hope for the future.<p>The international community has spent billions on the construction of schools and programs ranging from teacher training to community-based education in remote villages to book distribution. The U.S. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 37222 at http://kuer.org Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted? As Afghan Presidential Race Begins, Warlords Are Prominent http://kuer.org/post/warlord-every-ticket-afghan-presidential-race-begins As the war in Afghanistan enters its 13th year, the political and security situation there remains precarious. But the country is hoping to reach a milestone next spring: the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history.<p>And there's no shortage of candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai — who is barred from running for a third term.<p>The short list of serious contenders includes Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, the long-bearded Islamist warlord who is credited with bringing al-Qaida to Afghanistan. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 36466 at http://kuer.org As Afghan Presidential Race Begins, Warlords Are Prominent As Afghan Troops Take The Lead, They Take More Casualties http://kuer.org/post/afghan-troops-take-lead-they-take-more-casualties The Taliban have been waging a particularly bloody offensive this year now that Afghan government forces are in charge of security. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 36384 at http://kuer.org As Afghan Troops Take The Lead, They Take More Casualties A History Of Love Gone Wrong, All In One Croatian Museum http://kuer.org/post/history-love-gone-wrong-all-one-croatian-museum I confess I'm not much of a museum tourist. On a recent visit to Croatia's capital, Zagreb, I strolled past three museums without feeling any urge to step inside. Then I came across one I just couldn't ignore: the <a href="http://brokenships.com/en/visit" target="_blank">Museum of Broken Relationships.</a><p>"It's a collection of objects donated by people who have broken up," says Drazen Grubisic, a co-owner of the museum. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:09:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 36099 at http://kuer.org A History Of Love Gone Wrong, All In One Croatian Museum How To Build An Afghan Army, In A Million Difficult Steps http://kuer.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 35107 at http://kuer.org How To Build An Afghan Army, In A Million Difficult Steps For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation http://kuer.org/post/pakistan-and-afghanistan-soccer-reconciliation Afghanistan and Pakistan are better known for their verbal fights and occasional border clashes, but for the first time since 1976, they battled on a soccer field in Kabul.<p>Some 6,000 rabid Afghan fans cheered on their team, clad in red uniforms. There were horns, flags, and face paint. It looked like any soccer game in the world, except for all the riot police, snipers, and Blackhawk helicopters passing overhead periodically.<p>Ahmad Mirwais, a 27-year-old tailor, was one of those lucky enough to score a ticket.<p>"It's good to hold such events," says Mirwais. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:45:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 34449 at http://kuer.org For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation