Poll success puts Afghans on track — for now

| Apr 9, 2014

Poll success puts Afghans on track — for now

In a nation more associated with calamity than consensus, the initial results of Saturday’s Afghan presidential election are startling. Despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations nationwide, the same percentage of Afghans turned out to vote — roughly 58 percent — as did Americans ...

Afghans vote amid specter of violence

| Apr 5, 2014

Afghans vote amid specter of violence

Voting was peaceful during the first few hours of Afghanistan’s presidential election Saturday, with only isolated attacks on polling stations as the country embarked on the first democratic transfer of power since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Four voters were wounded ...

Three big names go down to the wire in Afghan election

Apr 5, 2014

Three big names go down to the wire in Afghan election

Afghanistan goes to the polls on Saturday with three contenders dominating the eight-man race to succeed President Hamid Karzai and lead the country without the aid of NATO combat troops to fight the Taliban. Political maneuvering and speculation have been fevered, but with ethnic ...

Attacks threaten to undermine Afghan vote

Mar 30, 2014

Attacks threaten to undermine Afghan vote

Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan election commission’s headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, the latest in a series of audacious assaults threatening to scare voters away just a week before Afghans go to the polls. It was the third attack in Kabul in five ...

Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero

Mar 29, 2014

Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero

by Giovanni Fazio

Shake the hand of Marcus Luttrell, and there’s no mistaking the grip of someone who spent many a year holding a weapon. A former U.S. Navy SEAL, Luttrell is your 21st-century war hero, with a book and movie deal relating his near-fatal experiences in ...

Taliban militants attack U.S. aid group in Kabul

Mar 29, 2014

Taliban militants attack U.S. aid group in Kabul

Taliban militants attacked an American charity and a nearby day care center Friday, sending foreigners — including women and children — fleeing while Afghan security forces battled the gunmen. An Afghan girl, a driver and all five attackers were killed. The assault is the ...

Two new Taliban attacks in Afghanistan show dangers ahead of vote

Mar 21, 2014

Two new Taliban attacks in Afghanistan show dangers ahead of vote

Four gunmen with pistols stuffed into their socks attacked a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Afghanistan’s capital Thursday, just hours after militants killed 11 people in an audacious assault on a police station in eastern Afghanistan. All the assailants were killed in both ...