Afghanistan http://kuow.org en 3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital http://kuow.org/post/three-americans-dead-after-shooting-kabul-hospital Three American citizens were killed Thursday at a Christian organization's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an Afghan security guard opened fire. Another American citizen was reportedly wounded.<p>One of those killed was an experienced pediatrician from Chicago who had been working at the hospital for seven years, according to media reports. The other two killed were a father and son whose names and ages had not yet been released.<p>Government spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says the gunman was shot and wounded and is now under arrest, NPR's Sean Carberry reports from Kabul. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 33177 at http://kuow.org 3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan http://kuow.org/post/ap-photographer-killed-reporter-wounded-gunman-afghanistan "A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=299012737" target="_blank">the wire service reports</a>.<p><a href="http://www.anjaniedringhaus.com/vita" target="_blank">Anja Niedringhaus</a>, 48, a photographer who in 2005 was part of an AP team <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2005-Breaking-News-Photography" target="_blank">that won a Pulitzer Prize</a> for coverage of the war in Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 31909 at http://kuow.org AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan US Planning Full Afghan Pullout, Obama Tells Karzai http://kuow.org/post/us-planning-full-afghan-pullout-obama-tells-karzai <p class="introduction" id="story_continues_1">President Barack Obama has warned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that the U.S. may pull all of its troops out of his country by the year's end.</p><p>Obama conveyed the message in a phone call to Karzai, who has refused to sign a security agreement. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:26:46 +0000 BBC News 29404 at http://kuow.org US Planning Full Afghan Pullout, Obama Tells Karzai Proposed Prisoner Swap Offers Hope To Idaho Family Of POW http://kuow.org/post/proposed-prisoner-swap-offers-hope-idaho-family-pow <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021814JR_BergdahlSwap_web.mp3" class="asset-audio">The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap. </a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe </span>Bergdahl<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.</span><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:46:22 +0000 Jessica Robinson 29041 at http://kuow.org Proposed Prisoner Swap Offers Hope To Idaho Family Of POW Afghanistan: Should We Stay Or Should We Go? http://kuow.org/post/afghanistan-should-we-stay-or-should-we-go <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Kugelman, Afghanistan expert at the<a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/expert-list/Afghanistan"> Wilson Center, </a>about the consequences of staying in Afghanistan and the risks of leaving for US troops and politics. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:21:07 +0000 Marcie Sillman 24850 at http://kuow.org Afghanistan: Should We Stay Or Should We Go? Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living http://kuow.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 09:45:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 23800 at http://kuow.org Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living Seattle Army Capt. Will Swenson Receives Medal Of Honor http://kuow.org/post/seattle-army-capt-will-swenson-receives-medal-honor <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Army Capt. Will Swenson about receiving the Medal Of Honor and his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:40:12 +0000 Ross Reynolds 23545 at http://kuow.org Seattle Army Capt. Will Swenson Receives Medal Of Honor Thought Of 'Flames Of Hell' For Sgt. Bales Comforts Afghans http://kuow.org/post/thought-flames-hell-sgt-bales-comforts-afghans It was jarring for survivors and witnesses of the 2012 attack by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales on two villages in Afghanistan to come to the U.S. to testify at his trial this month, translator Ahmad Shafi <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/08/30/217099446/afghan-survivors-flew-to-u-s-for-massacre-trial" target="_blank">tells <em>Morning Edition</em></a>.<p>They were at Washington State's Joint Base Lewis-McChord — a place much different than their homes in Kandahar. What's more, the U.S. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19450 at http://kuow.org Thought Of 'Flames Of Hell' For Sgt. Bales Comforts Afghans U.S. Soldier Sentenced To Life In Afghan Village Attacks http://kuow.org/post/jury-sentences-us-soldier-life-term-afghan-village-attacks A military jury has sentenced Robert Bales, the U.S. Army staff sergeant who admitted to killing 16 Afghan civilians in 2012, to life in prison without parole. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:38:12 +0000 Bill Chappell 19109 at http://kuow.org U.S. Soldier Sentenced To Life In Afghan Village Attacks Emotional Testimony: Bales' Sentencing Trial Begins For Massacre In Afghanistan http://kuow.org/post/emotional-testimony-bales-sentencing-trial-begins-massacre-afghanistan <p>Staff Sgt Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty in June to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, is being tried before a military jury of six who will decide whether he should be eligible for parole. Nine Afghan villagers who survived the massacre have flown to Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the sentencing trial. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:59:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins & Bill Radke 18958 at http://kuow.org Emotional Testimony: Bales' Sentencing Trial Begins For Massacre In Afghanistan Northwest Soldier Homecomings Signal End Of War In Afghanistan http://kuow.org/post/northwest-soldier-homecomings-signal-end-war-afghanistan <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/071013AJ_StrykerUnit_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>For more than a decade, Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been sending soldiers off to war and welcoming them back home. Now this cycle of deployments and homecomings is winding down.<p>Over the next month, more than 1,000 soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade will return home. More than 200 were welcomed back Wednesday. And this time they don’t expect to go back to Afghanistan.<p>In many ways, this homecoming is like all the others. There’s an Army band. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:27:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16506 at http://kuow.org Northwest Soldier Homecomings Signal End Of War In Afghanistan Taliban Statement Renews Hope For Idaho Soldier's Release http://kuow.org/post/taliban-statement-renews-hope-idaho-soldiers-release <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/062013JR_TalibanCaptive_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>News that the Taliban is open to a prisoner swap is bringing renewed hope to supporters of a captive soldier from the Northwest.<p>Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been a Taliban prisoner for nearly four years now, and there's still no timeline for his return.<p>A senior Taliban spokesman in Doha, Qatar, told the Associated Press that the group would be willing to turn over Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:21:31 +0000 Jessica Robinson 15361 at http://kuow.org Taliban Statement Renews Hope For Idaho Soldier's Release U.S. Says Talks With Taliban Could Begin In Days http://kuow.org/post/taliban-will-open-office-doha-kick-peace-talks U.S. officials say the Taliban has agreed to begin long-stalled negotiations with the Afghan and American governments at the group's new political office in Doha, Qatar.<p>The talks with the U.S. could begin in days, NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit. He says the milestone agreement comes after months of "diplomatic spadework."<p>Taliban spokesman Muhammad Naim <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now/">announced the opening of the Doha office</a> during a joint news conference Tuesday with Qatar's foreign minister. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:31:00 +0000 editor 15139 at http://kuow.org Afghan Massacre Survivors React To Bales' Guilty Plea http://kuow.org/post/afghan-massacre-survivors-react-bales-guilty-plea <p></p><p>Yesterday US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to a brutal massacre. The night time killings took place on March 11 of last year in two small villages located near a remote military camp in Kandahar. Since the massacre Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon has spent a lot of time with the survivors and the families of the victims in Afghanistan. She describes how they've dealt with the massacre's emotional aftermath.</p><p>There's something exceptional about <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2013/06/05/afghan-plea-ici-radio-canada-russian-economist-ontario-government-deletes-emails/">this interview</a>. While it's possible to get swept up into the international drama of an event like the Bales massacre, Gannon reminds us that at the center of the media storm there are ordinary people who have suffered.</p><p><strong>Full list of stories from <em>KUOW Presents</em>, June 6:</strong> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:43:51 +0000 Producer 14468 at http://kuow.org Afghan Massacre Survivors React To Bales' Guilty Plea Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty To Afghan Murders http://kuow.org/post/staff-sgt-robert-bales-pleads-guilty-afghan-murders <p><em>Correction 6/6/2013: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Staff Sgt. Bales was from Lake Tapps, Ohio.</em></p><p>Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier from Lake Tapps, Wash., charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during night time raids on two villages last year, pleaded guilty Wednesday to avoid the death penalty. The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance has accepted his plea agreement which takes the option of the&nbsp; death penalty off the table.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:50:07 +0000 Patricia Murphy & Jim Gates 14405 at http://kuow.org Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty To Afghan Murders