Sean Carberry http://krwg.org en Afghan Civilians Suffer During Violent Year http://krwg.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 70080 at http://krwg.org Early Vote Tallies Speed The Sparring Between Afghan Candidates http://krwg.org/post/early-vote-tallies-speed-sparring-between-afghan-candidates Preliminary voting tallies in the Afghan presidential election, released Monday, did little to ease a brewing political crisis. The losing candidate continued to claim fraud, declaring himself the winner instead. Meanwhile, the U.S. is warning of a power grab. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 70054 at http://krwg.org Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final http://krwg.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 21:27:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 69976 at http://krwg.org Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency http://krwg.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 69941 at http://krwg.org Afghanistan's Slow-Motion Election Strains A Fragile Country http://krwg.org/post/afghanistans-slow-motion-election-strains-fragile-country The 2000 U.S. presidential election between George Bush and Al Gore went down to the wire, involved close scrutiny of the ballots and took weeks to sort out. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 69621 at http://krwg.org Afghanistan's Slow-Motion Election Strains A Fragile Country U.N. Official Calls For Calm In Afghanistan After Claims Of Election Fraud http://krwg.org/post/un-official-calls-calm-afghanistan-after-claims-election-fraud Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>In Afghanistan today, supporters of presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, held what they called a national day of protest. They came out to echo Abdullah's charges that last Saturday's presidential run-off vote was rigged against him. Abdullah has since declared that Afghanistan's two electoral commissions are illegitimate and that he will not respect the results that are due early next month. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:36:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 68857 at http://krwg.org Before Votes Are Fully Counted, Fraud Claims Roil Afghan Election http://krwg.org/post/votes-are-fully-counted-fraud-claims-roil-afghan-election It was not long before the legitimacy of Afghanistan's presidential election was called into question. Within hours of polls' close, candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed the vote was rigged in favor of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah has suspended his cooperation with elections commissions and called for a halt to vote counting. His claims of fraud — engineered by former President Hamid Karzai, he says — set the stage for an impending political crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 68706 at http://krwg.org Afghan Voters Defy Taliban Threat; Vote In Presidential Runoff http://krwg.org/post/afghan-voters-defy-taliban-threat-vote-presidential-runoff Afghans went to the polls on Saturday to vote for a successor to Hamid Karzai who's ruled since 2001. Former foreign minister Adbullah Abdullah faced off against former finance minister Ashraf Ghani. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 68417 at http://krwg.org Fledgling Afghan Media Seek Line Between Journalism And Activism http://krwg.org/post/fledgling-afghan-media-seeks-line-between-journalism-and-activism When a popular Afghan journalist was killed shortly before the April election, his colleagues stopped reporting Taliban statements and downplayed violence on election day. Some say it was an acceptable display of nationalism; others see it as a sign that the young media need to get tougher and more objective in covering the runoff election. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 68303 at http://krwg.org In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box http://krwg.org/post/first-afghanistan-set-change-leaders-ballot-box Afghanistan is about to get a new leader for the first time since the Taliban were driven out in 2001 and replaced by the current president, Hamid Karzai.<p>Saturday's presidential runoff will be a historic event in Afghanistan, marking the first time in the country's long and often painful history that power has changed hands through the ballot box.<p>Karzai is barred from running again, and the only two names on the ballot will be Abdullah Abdullah, an ophthalmologist and former foreign minister, and Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister and World Bank official.<p>The official campaign per Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:04:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 68259 at http://krwg.org In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box Afghans Must Pass Anti-Money Laundering Law Or Face Blacklist http://krwg.org/post/afghans-must-pass-anti-money-laundering-law-or-face-blacklist Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, several important dates to follow in Afghanistan this month. On June 14, Afghans will vote in a runoff election to choose their next president. And about a week later is a deadline for Afghanistan to enact new laws against money laundering and terrorism financing. If the government misses the deadline, Afghanistan will be placed on a blacklist by the Financial Action Task Force, an international agency made up of the world's strongest economies. That could have devastating consequences for a fragile economy. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:29:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 67629 at http://krwg.org Initial Afghan Elections Went Well, But Worries Rise For Round Two http://krwg.org/post/initial-afghan-elections-went-well-worries-rise-round-two Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Afghanistan, campaigning is underway for that country's presidential runoff election. Two candidates are competing to succeed President Hamid Karzai. And the vote is set for June 14. The first round was largely considered a success - with less violence and fraud than expected. And voter turnout exceeded expectations. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 67212 at http://krwg.org In Afghan Spring, Violence Rises — But So Do Recruiting Numbers http://krwg.org/post/afghan-spring-violence-rises-so-do-recruiting-numbers Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Last year, for the first time, Afghan forces took charge of their country's security. They generally held their ground but suffered record casualties. Despite that, NPR's Sean Carberry reports plenty of men are lining up to join the army.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TRAFFIC)<p>SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: For many young Afghans, the process begins here, at the gate outside a recruiting center like this one in the Darul Aman section of Kabul. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 65174 at http://krwg.org British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals http://krwg.org/post/british-marines-new-mission-save-all-kabuls-street-animals Joey's silky gold hair gleams in the afternoon sun. The big bundle of energy loves to cuddle. He also looks like he could lose a few pounds.<p>This herding dog is one of the many survival stories here at the Kabul shelter and clinic called <a href="http://www.nowzad.com/" target="_blank">Nowzad Dogs</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 64520 at http://krwg.org British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks http://krwg.org/post/afghgans-vote-large-numbers-despite-risks After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 63436 at http://krwg.org Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police http://krwg.org/post/suicide-bomber-targets-afghan-police In the Afghan capital Kabul, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform walked up to a checkpoint outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and killed several members of the national police. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 63236 at http://krwg.org In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now http://krwg.org/post/former-afghan-hotspot-taliban-are-subdued-now A convoy of hulking U.S. Army Stryker vehicles slowly makes its way through the main bazaar near the center of Panjwai district in southern Afghanistan. Kandahar province is the birthplace of the Taliban, and Panjwai district has seen some of the most brutal fighting of the Afghan war.<p>Some 90 NATO troops have been killed and more than 800 wounded in just this district.<p>But rather than having white-knuckled grips on their guns, U.S. soldiers are able to wave to the children in the streets. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 63055 at http://krwg.org In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now Ruthless Warlord, Hero to Uzbeks, On Ballot In Afghan Elections http://krwg.org/post/ruthless-warlord-hero-uzbeks-ballot-afghan-elections Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Afghans head to the polls on April 5th to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. The run-up to the election has been violent. The capital city of Kabul has suffered several major attacks in recent days . On a hotel restaurant, an American aid organization and the election commission headquarters. We'll hear more about one of those attacks in a moment. But first, the political field in Afghanistan's elections reflects that country's stark ethnic divides. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 62996 at http://krwg.org Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise http://krwg.org/post/taliban-attacks-election-hq-making-good-campaign-promise As officials from Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission were about to announce the closing of several polling stations due to insecurity on Saturday, the Taliban reinforced the message by launching an attack on the IEC headquarters in Kabul.<p>The militant group has been issuing statements for months, saying the April 5 vote for a successor to President Hamid Karzai is a Western-backed sham election and they will stop at nothing to disrupt it by attacking election workers and infrastructure. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 62964 at http://krwg.org Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise With Elections Days Away, Suicide Bombs Sow Fear In Kabul http://krwg.org/post/elections-days-away-suicide-bombs-sow-fear-kabul Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Kabul is a city on edge as the Afghan presidential election approaches. Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked an election commission office yesterday. They killed several workers and police officers. In the April 5th election, eight men are now vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai. The field narrowed today after the grandson of the country's last king dropped out of the race. He was not expected to do well.<p>NPR's Sean Carberry joins us now from Kabul. And, Sean, you were covering yesterday's attack. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 62770 at http://krwg.org Afghanistan's Election Heats Up — And So Do The Attacks http://krwg.org/post/afghanistans-election-heats-and-so-do-attacks Afghanistan's election for a new president is less than two weeks away. That means the candidates are busy campaigning — and the Taliban are busy attacking.<p>The latest attack came Tuesday morning in Kabul when two suicide bombers detonated themselves outside one of the offices of the Independent Election Commission. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 62653 at http://krwg.org Afghanistan's Election Heats Up — And So Do The Attacks As Afghan Tajiks Lay Leader To Rest, Eyes Turn To Political Future http://krwg.org/post/afghan-tajiks-lay-leader-rest-eyes-turn-political-future Afghanistan has lost its first vice president, a warlord who fought beside the U.S. against the Taliban. Mohammed Qasim Fahim's death presents his Tajik brethren a tough choice in upcoming elections. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 61870 at http://krwg.org Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President? http://krwg.org/post/whos-going-be-afghanistans-next-president The United States is winding down more than 12 years of military involvement in Afghanistan, and for most Americans, the country is rapidly fading into the background.<p>At the same time, Afghans are entering uncharted territory. President Hamid Karzai, who has led Afghanistan since shortly after the Taliban were ousted in 2001, is barred from running for a third term.<p>So Afghanistan is poised to do what it's never done before: change leaders through a democratic election.<p>Eleven candidates are trying to replace Karzai in the April 5 election. Ten are Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 59694 at http://krwg.org Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President? U.N.: Civilian Casualities Rise In Afghanistan http://krwg.org/post/un-civilian-casualities-rise-afghanistan Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. In Afghanistan, the United Nation has just released its annual survey of civilian casualties in the country, and the news is grim. NPR's Sean Carberry reports from Kabul.<p>SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Last year at this time, there was a sense of optimism. Civilian casualties finally appeared to be declining. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 59539 at http://krwg.org Beneath The Bunting, Afghan Shadow Campaign Kicks Off http://krwg.org/post/beneath-bunting-afghan-shadow-campaign-kicks Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Taliban also figure prominently in upcoming elections next door in Afghanistan. That country is poised to make history this spring by holding an election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai. It would be Afghanistan's first ever democratic transition. The campaign officially began this week. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 59523 at http://krwg.org An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths http://krwg.org/post/afghan-success-story-fewer-child-deaths One of the most dramatic changes in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban is the increase in average life expectancy from 45 to 62 years. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:48:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 59180 at http://krwg.org An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths Race Toward Afghan Election Starts, With Skepticism In The Lead http://krwg.org/post/race-toward-afghan-election-starts-skepticism-lead With the campaign for Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election officially underway, three questions are commonly asked around Kabul: Do you think the presidential election will be held on April 5? Will the election be held at all this year? Who do you think will win?<p>Right now, 11 men are vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai, who is term-limited. If the election goes well, it would mark the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's history.<p><strong>The Issue Of Timing</strong><br /> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 59101 at http://krwg.org Race Toward Afghan Election Starts, With Skepticism In The Lead Punctured Tires In Kabul Are The Work Of Police, Not Punks http://krwg.org/post/punctured-tires-kabul-are-work-police-not-punks In Kabul, car theft isn't a big problem, but it is a big concern. Security officials fear that militants could use stolen vehicles as car bombs. So the police have turned to a rather controversial tactic to deter thieves.<p>On a recent evening, a guest left our office only to discover two of his car tires had been punctured. Moments later, my producer discovered two of his tires had been punctured. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 58202 at http://krwg.org Punctured Tires In Kabul Are The Work Of Police, Not Punks Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage http://krwg.org/post/texas-man-becomes-unlikely-cfo-ragged-kabul-orphanage On Saturday afternoons, sometimes with a coworker or two, Siavash Rahbari drives up a rutted side street in Kabul to visit the Window of Hope orphanage.<p>In the living room, there are a dozen boys and two girls. Some are playing, while others lie around on mats on the floor, clearly suffering from a range of disabilities. Rahbari, a Texan who works at an NGO in Kabul, gives the children a cursory inspection.<p>"A lot of times, when people come and they hang out with the kids, they're kind of shocked about the whole situation," Rahbari says. "But, again, this is Afghanistan. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 57175 at http://krwg.org Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014 http://krwg.org/post/facing-big-changes-anxious-afghans-hope-best-2014 To many Afghans, 2014 is more than a year — it's a sword of Damocles hanging over the fragile nation. It's the year the country will elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai and the U.S.-led military mission will end. Many fear that will open the door to chaos.<p>But on a chilly winter day in Kabul, it's still business as usual in the city center.<p>In a stationary market, you can still buy calendars for this year — the year 1392. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 08:25:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 56668 at http://krwg.org Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014