Sean Carberry

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


A Simple Visa Request Vs. Afghan Bureaucracy

Sunday, July 28, 2013

When NPR's Sean Carberry needed to renew his Afghan visa he turned to producer Sultan Faizy. What followed was a more than two-week navigation of Afghanistan labyrinthine bureaucracy.


Some Afghans Worried As NATO Withdrawal Deadline Nears

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It's been a bad month in U.S.-Afghan relations and efforts to negotiate a long-term security pact have been sidelined by a series of controversies and rhetorical bombshells. As the end of the NATO mission creeps closer, Afghans are increasingly worried that the bad atmospherics between Washington and Kabul could leave the Afghan people without enough U.S. support and vulnerable to predatory neighbors.


An Afghan Minister Fires Back At Impeachment Attempt

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang says lawmakers are targeting him because of his independence and because he won't accede to all their demands. Lawmakers says he's not doing enough to combat the worsening security. His supporters say, however, that's merely a cover story.


Despite Many Threats, Afghan TV Satire Mocks The Powerful

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Afghanistan's top political comedy sketch show mocks aspects of day-to-day life in hopes of shaming the government to clean up its act. The cast of Zang-e-Khatar, or Danger Bell, has tackled everything from corruption to bad roads, and they've received death threats for doing it.


Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The latest effort, like others before it, has gone nowhere. With American combat troops planning to leave by the end of next year, the opportunities for peace talks are dwindling.


Possible U.S. Troop Withdrawal Plan Worries Afghan Officials

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The U.S. and Afghanistan have spent months discussing a long-term security pact that would keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan for years to come. But the New York Times and Reuters are reporting that President Obama is now considering removing all troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year. Afghan parliamentarians and officials are reacting with anger — mostly towards President Hamid Karzai. Officials say Afghanistan needs U.S. troops to stay beyond 2014 to prevent the collapse of a fragile security situation, and they blame Karzai for playing games and pushing Obama to the brink.


With A New Emir, Will Qatar Keep Its Outsized Role?

Monday, July 01, 2013

Qatar has changed dramatically in recent years, and more changes are likely as a new emir, just 33 years old, takes over. The goal is to build a modern Islamic state without becoming too Westernized.


Kabul Postcard: Newly Paved Sidewalks, A Lion On The Roof

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Afghan capital is changing so rapidly that NPR's Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry noticed a host of changes after being away for just a month.


Qatar Emir Steps Down, Transfers Power To Son

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A rare event has taken place in the Middle East — the ruler of an Arab country has voluntarily stepped down. The emir of the Gulf state of Qatar handed power over to his son in a quiet ceremony in Doha Tuesday.


Hope Strained For Afghanistan Peace Talks

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Proposed peace talks with the Taliban seem to be on one minute, then off the next. Controversy erupted last week when the Taliban opened an office in Doha, Qatar, where talks are supposed to begin.


Taliban's Fighting Season A Major Test Of Afghan Forces

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Taliban are steadily increasing their attacks since launching their annual spring offensive a month ago, and this fighting season is particularly critical. It's a test of the Afghan forces, who in another month, are supposed to be leading 100 percent of security operations in Afghanistan. So far, there's guarded optimism they can keep the militants in check.


Afghans With Disabilities Fight For The Right To Rights

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Their country isn't an easy place for anyone to make a living, but it's a downright hostile environment for those with disabilities. Support has mostly come from nonprofits, but activists are pressing the government to take action.


Afghan Mineral Treasures Stay Buried, Hostages To Uncertainty

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Afghanistan is believed to be home to world-class mineral deposits, valued at up to $3 trillion and offering hope for the country's economic future. But in the current environment of uncertainty, investors are nervous and it could be many years before Afghanistan strikes pay dirt.


U.S. Hands Over Nation-Building Projects To Afghans

Thursday, May 16, 2013

U.S. reconstruction teams have spent a decade building roads, bridges and other pieces of infrastructure that are badly needed in Afghanistan. But now the international effort is winding down, and it's not clear how much the Afghans will be able to do on their own.