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Sean Carberry

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For Afghans In Camps, A Harsh Life With No End In Sight

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More than 600,000 Afghans are living in scores of camps around the country and say they can't return home because it's too dangerous. Their numbers have risen sharply in the past year.

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As Afghan Tajiks Lay Leader To Rest, Eyes Turn To Political Future

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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.

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NATO Pressures Karzai To Sign Troop Pact With U.S.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Without the deal, Obama told Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week that the U.S. will move ahead with plans to pull all U.S. troops out the country by the end of 2014. NATO plans to follow suit.

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Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Eleven candidates are trying to replace Hamid Karzai in the April 5 election. Ten are Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group. Candidates are already holding rallies, debating and wooing the support of tribal leaders. Here's a rundown of the top contenders.

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UN: Civilian Casualities Rise In Afghanistan

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The United Nations has just released a grim report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan over the last year. Casualties rose 14 percent in 2013, with nearly 3,000 people killed and more than 5,500 injured.

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Race Toward Afghan Election Starts, With Skepticism In The Lead

Sunday, February 02, 2014

With the presidential campaigns underway, one of the questions commonly asked around Kabul is whether the election will be held at all this year. If it is, there are a handful of candidates who are likely to come out ahead.

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Kabul Suicide Attack Kills 21 At Downtown Restaurant

Saturday, January 18, 2014

At least 21 people — most of them foreigners — died when the Taliban struck a restaurant popular with Westerners in downtown Kabul on Friday. Two of them were Americans. It appeared to be a well-coordinated attack.

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Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage

Saturday, January 04, 2014

After decades of war in Afghanistan, the country has thousands of orphans. One home for these children ended up with an improbable benefactor — an Iranian-American who came to Kabul to do rule of law development work, and stumbled into a side project working with disabled orphans.

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There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

In 2000, Auliya Atrafi paid thousands of dollars and risked his life to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He spent 12 years in England, but recently returned to his homeland, where he is trying to readjust to — and change — life in a conservative society.

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In Afghanistan, Tribal Elders Get A Say In Security Pact With U.S.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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. Those troops would continue to train Afghan forces, but also conduct limited counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida fighters.

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Will US Forces Withdraw from Afghanistan?

Friday, November 22, 2013

This week, John Kerry announced that a security pact between the US and Afghanistan had been agreed upon. But in a surprise announcement just a day later, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the pact would not be signed until after Afghanistan’s presidential elections in April 2014, leaving the US military’s future presence in the country unclear. NPR’s international correspondent Sean Carberry in Kabul, and David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power discuss the possible deal, which allowed troops to stay in Afghanistan until 2024 -- although the President has long promised 2014 would be the deadline.

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How NATO Is Trying To Change The Narrative In Afghanistan

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The International Security Assistance Force is engaged in an aggressive media campaign to show Afghans that their army and police are capable of providing security, and that the international community will continue to provide support. But the U.S.-NATO-led mission is also trying to reach audiences back home.

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Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Under the Taliban, 1 million Afghan boys and very few girls went to school. Now, 10 million students are enrolled, 40 percent of them female. But on any given day, a much smaller number actually shows up for class. What's more, there are shortages of classrooms, books and qualified teachers.

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How To Build An Afghan Army, In A Million Difficult Steps

Monday, September 09, 2013

As the deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan approaches, Afghans have taken over the lead combat role in places like restive Helmand province. But U.S. forces are still engaged in major training efforts to make sure the Afghan-led security is sustainable.

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For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation

Monday, August 26, 2013

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been tense for years. A recent soccer game seemed to ease the friction, at least temporarily.

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Some Afghans Already Cynical About Next Year's Election

Thursday, August 22, 2013

April 5, 2014 — that's the day Afghans are scheduled to head to the polls to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. He's constitutionally banned from running for a third term. But, in a country that loves a good conspiracy theory, many think that Karzai will find some way to stay in power. Even if he doesn't, there are still many questions about how free and fair next year's vote will be.

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In Kabul, A Juggling Act That Offers Joy For Afghan Kids

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's an expected sight in the Afghan capital: a hundred boys and girls — on foot, stilts and unicycles — juggling tennis balls and batons. The parade was part of the national juggling championship. Organizers hope juggling builds self-confidence in children who've known only war in their lifetimes.

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Regimental Combat Team 7 Rolls Up Its Flag In Afghanistan

Sunday, August 04, 2013

At peak deployment, 20,000 Marines were stationed in Helmand Province. Now there are only 8,000, and that number will drop further as Regimental Combat Team 7 heads home. Its commander says too many Afghans are dying in fighting there, but the local troops are still better than the Taliban.

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Report: Civilian Casualties Rising In Afghanistan

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The United Nations has just issued its semi-annual report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan. While the war might be winding down for U.S. and international forces, Taliban violence continues, and the death toll among Afghan civilians is on the rise.

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A Peek Inside The Afghan Parliament

Monday, July 29, 2013

Afghanistan's parliament began its summer recess having barely squeaked out two important laws governing next year's presidential election. Beyond that, the country's lawmakers failed to get through a number of other important initiatives. What was the session like for the lawmakers and the journalists who cover them?

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