Afghanistan

5:37am

Sun June 23, 2013
World

Afghanistan Peace Talks To Begin

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 9:19 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

NATO allies officially handed over responsibility to the Afghanistan security forces this past week. President Obama has said that all U.S. combat troops will be out by the end of 2014. In this hour, we'll get several perspectives on what that means for Afghanistan. In a moment, we'll hear from one American businesswoman who left her Kabul business behind after five years.

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5:37am

Sun June 23, 2013
World

What Does The Taliban Want From Peace Talks?

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 9:19 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Michael Semple has been working in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. He is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. And he joins us now from the studios of WGBH in Boston.

Welcome to the program, Mr. Semple.

MICHAEL SEMPLE: Hello.

MARTIN: So, what does the United States want from talks with the Taliban?

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4:58am

Sun June 23, 2013
World

An American Considers Her Business Prospects In Kabul

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 9:19 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

In the years following the U.S. invasion, the Afghan capital teemed with Americans and Europeans. Most of them moved in with the security forces and the United Nations. Others, like Sarah Takesh, came to Kabul for a very different reason - to start businesses. In 2003, just a year after the U.S. invasion, Takesh set up a clothing company, employing Afghan women to embroider skirts and tops. She was optimistic about Afghanistan, as were most Afghans. But by 2008, it felt dangerous.

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4:43pm

Thu June 20, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Army To Scrap $7 Billion In Equipment In Afghanistan

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:18 pm

Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles — MRAPs — like these are some of the more than $7 billion in equipment the U.S. Army is dismantling and selling as scrap in Afghanistan.
Lucas Jackson AP

In preparation for a complete exit from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the U.S. military has destroyed more than 170 million pounds' worth of military equipment, The Washington Post reported.

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5:14am

Thu June 20, 2013
The Two-Way

A Plaque And A Flag: U.S. Tries To Revive Taliban Peace Talks

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 8:40 am

Guests arrive for the opening ceremony of the new Taliban political office in Doha on June 18.
Faisal Al-Timimi AFP/Getty Images

How hard will peace negotiations in Afghanistan be? For the past day — and before the first official meeting — the United States has been scrambling to get all parties to the table.

The talks were scheduled to begin today in Qatar, but now they are on hold.

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