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Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage

By Jessica Donati KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home. When the United States first deployed forces in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and hunt Osama bin Laden, Faizi was barely a teenager.

Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage

By Jessica Donati KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home. When the United States first deployed forces in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and hunt Osama bin Laden, Faizi was barely a teenager.

Attack on NATO trucks in Pakistan kills driver

Gunmen in restive northwest Pakistan on Monday attacked container trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver, officials said. The violence took place around 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Peshawar, the main city of the northwest, according to security officials. Ali Sher, a local administration official, confirmed the incident. "Three trucks were attacked at three different locations in Jamrud tehsil (district) of Khyber agency killing one driver and setting his truck ablaze" he told AFP.

Afghan quake leaves 4 dead, 100 houses destroyed

Kabul, Apr 12 (EFE).- An earthquake that rattled northern Afghanistan in the wee hours of Saturday left at least four people dead and nearly 100 houses destroyed, officials told Efe. The magnitude-4.1 earthquake struck at 2:30 a.m. and shook the towns of Khawaja Khairaq and Pesta Mazar in the Rustaq district, Takhar province, a provincial police spokesman said. "Thus far, four people have been found dead and at least 100 houses destroyed," the spokesman said, adding that more casualties are feared and that a rescue team had been dispatched to the area.

One dead as gunmen attack NATO trucks in Pakistan

Gunmen in restive northwest Pakistan Thursday attacked container trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver, officials said. The attack took place around 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Peshawar -- the main city of the northwest -- as a convoy of seven oil tankers was on its way to Afghanistan, according to security officials. Ali Sher, a local administration official, confirmed the incident.

Hunting Taliban ahead of the Afghan election

In a small village in a poppy-covered valley in eastern Afghanistan, a group of soldiers rest and eat after shelling the Taliban for several hours -- until a burst of gunfire cuts lunch short. The men of the Afghan army's fourth infantry brigade have been tasked with clearing the Taliban from the Khogyani and Sherzad districts of the restive province of Nangarhar, ahead of Saturday's presidential election first round.

Hunting Taliban ahead of the Afghan election

In a small village in a poppy-covered valley in eastern Afghanistan, a group of soldiers rest and eat after shelling the Taliban for several hours -- until a burst of gunfire cuts lunch short. The men of the Afghan army's fourth infantry brigade have been tasked with clearing the Taliban from the Khogyani and Sherzad districts of the restive province of Nangarhar, ahead of Saturday's presidential election first round.

Doctors treating toddler shot by Taliban fear rise in Afghan violence

By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - That Afghan toddler Abuzar survived a bullet fragment to the head during a Taliban attack in Kabul last week is astonishing. The two-year-old, his head heavily bandaged, has emerged from a coma, and the sight of him chuckling during hospital visits from his aunt give doctors hope he can make a full recovery. He may now go to Canada to live with an uncle. That is where the good news ends.

Video shows gunmen who killed 9 people at Afghan hotel were searched twice before entering

KABUL - Security guards searched four attackers — twice — before allowing them to enter an Afghan hotel where the young men proceeded to the restaurant and killed nine diners, including two Canadians, a journalist, his wife and two children, according to chilling closed-circuit video broadcast Saturday by a local TV station.

Education crusader, volunteer English teacher gunned down in Afghan attack

Roshan Thomas spent weeks at a time living in Afghanistan's impoverished communities and opened her Canadian home to youth seeking opportunities outside the war-torn country. In the comparative safety of a well-guarded Kabul hotel dining room, however, the B.C. woman's crusade for educational equality came to an abrupt end. Thomas's son Karim confirmed the Ugandan-born optometrist was among nine people gunned down in the Hotel Serena on Thursday while enjoying a dinner to usher in the Persian new year.
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