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This year's 8 biggest examples of the Taliban's bloody comeback

The extremist group has made good on their promise of violence. Will they succeed in disrupting the vote?

One of these men will lead Afghanistan

On Saturday, Afghans will go to the polls to elect a new president. If things go smoothly, it will be the first-ever peaceful transfer of power in a country where regime change has historically been engineered via assassination, coup, or foreign military intervention.

The Kabul Serena’s dark history

‘That place is cursed,’ Afghans say.
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The five star Kabul Serena Hotel opened in November 2005. (John Moore/Getty Images)
This should have been a happy holiday weekend in Kabul, as residents mark the feast of Nawroz, the start of the new Muslim year. Not this year. Instead of joyful cries of “Sal-e-Naw Mubarak!” (Happy New Year) there is a deep sadness and a simmering anger.
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Today in US hypocrisy: Kerry slams Russia for 'invading another country' on 'trumped-up pretext'

Kerry voted for the Iraq war, which, you'll remember involved 'invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext.'

Afghan civilian casualties rise as NATO pulls out

The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan rose 14 percent last year, the UN said Saturday, as NATO troops draw down after more than a decade of war.

The Taliban claims it's holding this military dog hostage (VIDEO)

This could be a first. The Taliban claims to have captured a military dog, and is holding it hostage in Afghanistan.

Swedish marines sing and dance 'Greased Lightnin' in Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Swedish marines dance and lip-sync John Travolta and the rest of the 'Grease' cast in a somewhat impressive parody of 'Greased Lightnin.'

In the small but increasingly impressive collection of military music video parodies, this new and already highly praised YouTube video of Swedish marines doing "Greased Lightnin" has got to be a contender for the top spot.

The production value along with a set that closely mimics the original — from the 1978 musical film "Grease" — make the video well worth your time.

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Kabul: The war gets real

Friday nights are usually pretty busy at the Taverna du Liban, Kabul’s first and still most popular Lebanese restaurant. Other eateries featuring hummus and baba ganoush can be found, of course, but the foreigners flock to the Taverna for the atmosphere and company. At least they did until yesterday, when the Taliban stormed the restaurant, killing at least 21 people, 13 of them foreigners. The victims included owner Kamal Hamade, who, according to news reports, had grabbed a gun and gone to battle the attackers. They shot him dead. 

Taliban's Kabul restaurant attack kills 14, including foreigners

At least 14 people were killed, including foreigners, in a multiple Taliban suicide attack on a popular restaurant in Kabul on Friday, officials said, with two gunmen launching an "indiscriminate" killing spree inside the venue. The assault on the Taverna du Liban in the upmarket Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood was quickly claimed by Taliban militants fighting against the Afghan government and US-led foreign forces in the country.
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