Sean Carberry

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.