Sean Carberry http://wcqs.org en Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter http://wcqs.org/post/leaving-afghanistan-us-troops-must-declutter Sgt. 1st Class Tom Albert is with the Army's 2nd Engineers at the massive Bagram Air Field north of Kabul, and he's overseeing operation Clean Sweep here. It's a huge job, because American troops and equipment are scheduled to be out of Bagram and other bases by the end of the year.<p>The U.S. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 22795 at http://wcqs.org Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter Afghanistan Expels 'Times' Reporter Over Article About Potential Coup http://wcqs.org/post/afghanistan-expels-times-reporter-over-article-about-potential-coup One of the most heralded "success stories" of post-Taliban Afghanistan has been the growth of its independent media. Afghan and international news organizations in Afghanistan have largely enjoyed press freedoms rivaling those of many Western nations.<p>But today's expulsion of <em>New York Times</em> correspondent Matthew Rosenberg calls into question how much progress Afghanistan has made in terms of rule of law and press freedoms.<p>Afghanistan's attorney general's office ordered Rosenberg out after he refused to reveal anonymous sources for a story published Tuesday. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:26:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 22514 at http://wcqs.org Afghanistan Expels 'Times' Reporter Over Article About Potential Coup Someday, Afghanistan Will Get A New President http://wcqs.org/post/someday-afghanistan-will-get-new-president Afghans voted for a president on April 5. Then they cast ballots June 14 in a runoff between the top two candidates. Now all 8 million votes from that second round are being audited, a laborious process that includes daily arguments, occasional fistfights and yet another deadline that seems to be slipping away.<p>While this is moving at a snail's pace, at least the process hasn't broken down completely. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:31:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 22072 at http://wcqs.org Someday, Afghanistan Will Get A New President Afghan Brides Dress To Impress, Fueling An Unlikely Business Boom http://wcqs.org/post/afghan-brides-dress-impress-fueling-unlikely-business-boom Afghans live in one of the world's poorest countries — but you wouldn't know that from their lavish wedding ceremonies. Families sell possessions and borrow money <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/11/30/247653496/crashing-an-afghan-wedding-no-toasts-but-lots-of-cheesy-music">to rent expensive wedding halls for hundreds of guests</a>. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 22021 at http://wcqs.org Afghan Brides Dress To Impress, Fueling An Unlikely Business Boom The Murky Motives Of The Afghan Soldier Who Shot A U.S. General http://wcqs.org/post/murky-motives-afghan-soldier-who-shot-us-general The Afghan soldier who fatally shot a U.S. major general on Tuesday had no sympathy for the Taliban, and his motives for the shooting are far from clear, according to his fellow soldiers.<p>Afghan officials have identified the attacker as Rafiqullah, who, like many Afghans, goes by one name. He opened fire on a delegation of NATO officials who were visiting the Marshal Fahim Military Academy outside Kabul. He killed Maj. Gen. Harold Greene and wounded 15 other NATO service members who were visiting the compound. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 21903 at http://wcqs.org The Murky Motives Of The Afghan Soldier Who Shot A U.S. General Gunman Kills American General In Shooting At Afghan Facility http://wcqs.org/post/gunman-kills-american-general-shooting-afghan-facility <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Gunman+Kills+American+General+In+Shooting+At+Afghan+Facility&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Afghanistan, today a man suspected to be an Afghan army officer opened fire on Afghan and NATO troops. He killed an American two-star general, the highest-ranking U.S. officer killed in Afghanistan. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 21825 at http://wcqs.org Afghanistan Officials To Audit Votes From June Election http://wcqs.org/post/afghanistan-officials-audit-votes-june-election <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Afghanistan+Officials+To+Audit+Votes+From+June+Election&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MzkwMDEyMTY4NDg0NTBmYjQyZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Afghanistan was scheduled to inaugurate its new president yesterday. But the ceremony has been postponed indefinitely. The country has been in a political crisis since candidate Abdullah Abdullah declared the June election rigged in favor of opponent Ashraf Ghani. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:22:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 21721 at http://wcqs.org Afghan Civilians Suffer During Violent Year http://wcqs.org/post/afghan-civilians-suffer-during-violent-year There is renewed fighting in Kandahar as the outcome of the Afghan presidential election remains uncertain. And a new U.N. report says civilian casualties are up significantly from a year ago. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 20540 at http://wcqs.org Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final http://wcqs.org/post/afghan-election-numbers-come-warning-results-not-final Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Today, Afghans are one step closer to knowing who their next president will be. More than three weeks after voters went to the polls, election officials announced that candidate Ashraf Ghani has a wide lead. But Ghani is not out of the woods yet. The election process now enters an appeals phase that is sure to be contentious before the final results are announced on July 24. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 20466 at http://wcqs.org Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency http://wcqs.org/post/preliminary-results-show-ghani-winning-afghan-presidency Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Preliminary results are out for the run-off in Afghanistan's presidential elections. And the winner seems to be former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. His opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, was considered the front-runner after winning 45 percent of the vote in the first round back in April. Now Ashraf Ghani appears to be winning with almost a million more votes than Abdullah. NPR's Sean Carberry joins us from Kabul. Good morning.<p>SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: Hi. And there's a little bit of a delay here. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 20446 at http://wcqs.org