Afghanistan

Vision Of Hope
1:19 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Wounded In Afghanistan, But Still Running

Edward Lychik was kind enough to lend a leg to Marcie.
Credit KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

On Edward Lychik's 21st birthday, his fellow troops gave him a gift.

The Army combat engineer normally rode in the first truck in his convoy. Lychik's job was to ensure the road his battalion traveled in Afghanistan was bomb-free.

To celebrate Lychik's big day, his comrades let him ride in the rear — the convoy's last truck.

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Wartime Ethics
9:56 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Discussion Of U.S. Torture With Brigadier General David R. Irvine

In the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq questions remain concerning how the U.S. waged those wars. Among them, did we follow the Geneva Conventions, or did we abuse the rights of our enemies? And how are we responsible for our actions as a nation at war?

In a recent event titled “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture,” a panel of concerned citizens examined questions of our rights and obligations in wartime.

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Prisoner Swap
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Bergdahl's Release Raises Questions About Other Captured Citizens

David Hyde talks to Gordon Lubold about the decision the Obama administration made to broker the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity and the implications it might have for other captured Americans.

Upcoming Election
2:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

A Look At The Candidates Running For President Of Afghanistan

Flickr Photo/isafmedia (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, about the upcoming elections in Afghanistan.

What's Next
3:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Former Taliban Captive Discusses Sgt. Bergdahl

David Rohde is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was held captive by the Taliban for seven months. (Twitter)

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 1:11 pm

David Rohde is a former New York Times journalist who was held captive by the Taliban for seven months.

He says Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was just released after being held for five years by the Taliban, faces a long road ahead, that begins with debriefing by the U.S. military who want to know more about the Taliban.

Rohde speaks to Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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Prisoner Exchange
3:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Afghan Expert Calls Bergdahl Deal 'Victory For Common Sense'

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 1:11 pm

Along with celebrations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, there are growing questions. House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers of Michigan is asking whether the Obama administration broke the law in not consulting Congress over the negotiations and says this is a “dangerous” precedent: “If you negotiate here, you’ve sent a message to every Al Qaeda group in the world — by the way, some who are holding U.S. hostages today — that there is some value now in that hostage in a way that they didn’t have before.”

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Taliban Swap
9:09 am
Mon June 2, 2014

After Nearly 5 Years, Parents Of POW Prepare To See Son Again

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the press at Gowen Field in Boise.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:19 am

After five years in captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is finally free. The American POW is now receiving medical aid at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

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Heroin
12:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 To 60

Ahmad, who wouldn't give his last name, smokes heroin. He lives in a makeshift village filled with drug addicts called Kamar Kulagh, on the outskirts of the western Afghan city of Herat.
David P. Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:50 am

Herat is one of the most graceful cities in Afghanistan. Its traditions go back to the Persian empire, with its exquisite blue and green glass, and its thriving poetry scene.

Now Herat is struggling with a darker side: drug addiction at a higher rate than almost anywhere else in the country.

In a dusty ravine on the outskirts of the city, Ahmad, a scruffy 20-year-old, is striking a match to inhale heroin.

It's a simple act he repeats throughout his day — heating a dark slab of heroin paste smeared on a bit of foil so he can smoke it.

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Idaho POW
2:46 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Taliban Deal To Free Idaho Soldier Gets Another Look

Bill Radke talks with Northwest News Network reporter Jessica Robinson about a possible deal to free Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Army Sergeant Bergdahl has been held captive in Afghanistan by the Taliban since 2009.

Government
7:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Military Says Efforts To Bring Idaho POW Home Not Disorganized

A video released by the Taliban in 2010 shows a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:29 pm

There is mixed news this week on the fate of American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl. The Associated Press is reporting efforts to bring home the Northwest soldier are in disarray.

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Medical Workers
3:49 am
Thu April 24, 2014

3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital

An Afghan police officer kept watch Thursday at the gate of the Cure hospital in Kabul. Earlier, authorities say, a security guard at the hospital opened fire — killing three American citizens.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:25 pm

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.

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.

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Afghan Police Shooting
3:47 am
Fri April 4, 2014

AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus is seen in a 2005 photo taken in Rome. She was killed Friday in Khost, Afghanistan. AP reporter Kathy Gannon was injured. A gunman opened fire on them as they sat in a car.
Peter Dejong AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:16 am

"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," the wire service reports.

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Insurgent Protection
10:26 am
Tue February 25, 2014

US Planning Full Afghan Pullout, Obama Tells Karzai

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the U.S. is considering removing all troops from Afghanistan after 2014 .
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

Obama conveyed the message in a phone call to Karzai, who has refused to sign a security agreement.

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Military
8:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Proposed Prisoner Swap Offers Hope To Idaho Family Of POW

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho.
U.S. Army

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:02 am

The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.

The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.

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Troops Withdrawal
1:21 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Afghanistan: Should We Stay Or Should We Go?

Flickr Photo/The National Guard

Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Kugelman, Afghanistan expert at the Wilson Center, about the consequences of staying in Afghanistan and the risks of leaving for US troops and politics.

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