The Handover http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/34394/all en A bad year for Afghanistan gets worse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/dispatches-afpak/kabul-attacks-timeline-afghanistan-war <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The latest attack on Kabul punctuates a bad year for the Afghanistan capital. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Gelling </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>In one of the worst attacks in Afghanistan&#39;s modern history, and by far the worst attack in Kabul this year, 58 people were killed when a bomb struck the capital&#39;s historic old city at about 11:30 a.m., just as hundreds of Shiites were making their way to their most revered site in Kabul &mdash; the Abdul Fazl Ziyarat.</p> <p>The attack punctuated an already dismal year for security in the Afghan capital, which has been deemed secure by the Pentagon and is one of seven areas in Afghanistan that have been fully transitioned to Afghan security forces. More than a dozen major attacks have occurred in Kabul since January, casting doubt on the US narrative that security is improving in Afghanistan.</p> <p>Here&#39;s a look at the most serious attacks that have struck the capital so far this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/dispatches-afpak/kabul-attacks-timeline-afghanistan-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War The Handover Dispatches: Af/Pak Tue, 06 Dec 2011 18:01:00 +0000 Peter Gelling 5683483 at http://www.globalpost.com In Afghanistan, fears that a NATO withdrawal will lead to another civil war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120518/nato-chicago-summit-afghanistan-civil-war <p>MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan &mdash; NATO states meeting in Chicago today are expected to reaffirm the departure of foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, while simultaneously pledging their commitment to the country&#39;s stability. But in the months prior to the summit, any stability that might have existed in Afghanistan has been shaken by an increase in violence that appears pegged to the looming withdrawal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120518/nato-chicago-summit-afghanistan-civil-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War NATO Summit The Handover Want to Know Diplomacy United States Sun, 20 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5704787 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghans fear conflict will escalate long after it ends for America http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120607/nato-withdrawal-violence-taliban <p>KABUL, Afghanistan &mdash; The doubts that always clouded the NATO mission here have assumed a grim finality for many Afghans now that the end is in sight. Time is running out for the key issues to be resolved, they say, and they fear the conflict will escalate for them long after it ends for America. And so all the interested parties &mdash; politicians, civilians and insurgents &mdash; are now maneuvering themselves into position for a post-US future.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120607/nato-withdrawal-violence-taliban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Remember Afghanistan? The Handover World Leaders Conflict Zones Want to Know Military United States Fri, 08 Jun 2012 10:16:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5707143 at http://www.globalpost.com North Waziristan: The problem no one wants to talk about http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120802/north-waziristan-us-withdrawal-taliban-drones <p>KABUL &mdash; Afghanistan&rsquo;s ultimate demise may be gaining strength in North Waziristan, an area of northwest Pakistan ruled by militants sympathetic to the Taliban.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120802/north-waziristan-us-withdrawal-taliban-drones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War No Exit The Handover Conflict Zones Want to Know Diplomacy Pakistan Fri, 03 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5714709 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan surge: Obama’s great gamble comes to an end http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120924/afghan-surge-obama-withdrawal <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0">KABUL &mdash; Almost three years after US President Barack Obama vowed to &quot;seize the initiative&quot; with a surge of US forces to Afghanistan, his great gamble has come to an end. The final remnants of those extra troops departed last week, leaving behind a country still wracked by violence and bitterly divided, and still unsure of what those soldiers achieved.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120924/afghan-surge-obama-withdrawal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War The Afghanistan War is Still happening The Handover World Leaders Conflict Zones Want to Know Military War Politics United States Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:21:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5720346 at http://www.globalpost.com Losing Afghanistan: Clerics now openly support the Taliban http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120926/islam-sharia-nato-taliban <p>KABUL &mdash; The occupation, they say, has actively encouraged a litany of personal and political ills in an effort to weaken the bedrock of society: Islam. Far from being radical, their message is part of a mainstream demand for the creation of an independent state that would impose corporal punishment, stricter dress codes for women and greater censorship of the media.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120926/islam-sharia-nato-taliban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War The Afghanistan War is Still happening The Handover World Leaders Conflict Zones Want to Know Diplomacy Military World Religion United States Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:36:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5720636 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghanistan: A former US ally says a new conflict looms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121012/afghanistan-northern-alliance-us-withdrawal-civil-war <p>KABUL &mdash; With the Taliban insurgency raging across much of Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance says old divisions are threatening to plunge the nation deeper into the mire.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121012/afghanistan-northern-alliance-us-withdrawal-civil-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Losing Afghanistan The Handover Want to Know United States Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:15:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5722431 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghanistan: Taliban fear grips once peaceful Parwan province http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121031/afghanistan-parwan-taliban-us-withdrawal-nato <p>PARWAN, Afghanistan &mdash; Not far from the largest US military base in Afghanistan, the Taliban is making major inroads.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121031/afghanistan-parwan-taliban-us-withdrawal-nato" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Losing Afghanistan The Handover Conflict Zones Want to Know Military United States Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:44:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5724555 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghanistan: Missing George W. Bush http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121102/afghanistan-obama-karzai-relations-election-bush <p>KABUL &mdash; Whoever wins the US presidential election will have to deal with a huge problem that&rsquo;s barely been mentioned on the campaign trail: Afghanistan. Relations with the Afghan government first began to seriously deteriorate four years ago, when US President Barack Obama came to power. Karzai enjoyed a close personal rapport with former president George W. Bush, which has never existed with Obama.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121102/afghanistan-obama-karzai-relations-election-bush" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Election Afghanistan Afghanistan War The Handover World Leaders Conflict Zones Want to Know Diplomacy Military United States Sun, 04 Nov 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5724793 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghanistan's thriving civil society is getting worried http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121109/afghan-civil-society-us-withdrawal <p>KABUL &mdash; With NATO troops leaving Afghanistan after more than a decade, a new dawn is again approaching. Some are worried that one of the few tangible achievements of the US-led occupation &mdash; the building of a thriving civil society &mdash; may be lost.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121109/afghan-civil-society-us-withdrawal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan Afghanistan War The Handover Conflict Zones Want to Know Military Aid United States Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5725525 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghanistan: For ex-Taliban, it's peace or death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121204/afghanistan-taliban-peace-council-nato-us-withdrawal-civil-war <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0"><font face="Helvetica, serif">KABUL, Afghanistan &mdash; </font><font color="#000000"><font face="Helvetica, serif">Mawlawi Pir Mohammed Rohani</font></font><font face="Helvetica, serif"> is just one of several former Taliban leaders who left the movement behind after the US-led invasion, only to see it flourish without them. Still fond of their old associates and sympathetic toward the insurgency, they find themselves caught in a dangerous limbo. Their only hope lies in practically forgotten peace negotiations.</font></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/121204/afghanistan-taliban-peace-council-nato-us-withdrawal-civil-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Losing Afghanistan The Handover Conflict Zones Want to Know Diplomacy Military Politics Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:46:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5728026 at http://www.globalpost.com 2012 was a tough year for Afghanistan. 2013 will be tougher http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/130103/afghanistan-united-states-2013-election <p>KABUL &mdash; <span style="line-height: 20px;">Attempts to negotiate with the insurgents have proved unsuccessful so far, but there are tentative signs that could change.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/130103/afghanistan-united-states-2013-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War The Handover Elections Want to Know United States Sat, 05 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5731056 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghanistan: It's worse in the winter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/afghanistan-war/130129/afghanistan-winter-US-troops-withdrawal <p>KABUL &mdash; Mohammad Baqir left northern Afghanistan a year ago, seeking work away from his local mining community. Today he sells coal next to a busy Kabul street that has turned to mud in the rain, ice and snow. Every winter the infrastructure of this rapidly expanding city struggles under the weight of the severe weather. There are regular power cuts, roofs collapse and children are at risk of dying from the cold.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/afghanistan-war/130129/afghanistan-winter-US-troops-withdrawal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Need to Know The Handover Aid United States Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5741215 at http://www.globalpost.com Welcome to Kabul: Here are some brass knuckles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/130205/kabul-violence-afghanistan-war-conflict-zones <p>KABUL &mdash; With the West focused on Afghanistan&rsquo;s countryside and military withdrawal, parts of the capital are slipping into lawlessness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/130205/kabul-violence-afghanistan-war-conflict-zones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Losing Afghanistan The Handover Conflict Zones Want to Know Political Risk Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:22:00 +0000 Chris Sands 5746831 at http://www.globalpost.com Full coverage: Afghanistan War http://www.globalpost.com/series/full-coverage-afghanistan-war KABUL, Afghanistan — As the US withdraws from Afghanistan, GlobalPost looks at whether the country is finally emerging from decades of war, or just moving into another phase of it. 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