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Afghan Opium Brides

For the past decade, the Afghan government has been cracking down and destroying illegal poppy, leaving many farmers unable to pay back loans borrowed from drug traffickers to fund their opium farms. Afghans use the term “loan brides” to reference daughters given in marriage by fathers…

Allegations of Fraud Delay Results of Afghan Parliamentary Election

Afghanistan held its parliamentary election on Saturday, September 18, 2010. 2,500 candidates competed for 249 parliamentary seats.(1) The results will reveal whether voters support President Hamid Karzai and his allies or the opposition candidates led by Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai’s main opponent in the 2009 presidential election.…

A new way forward for Afghanistan

On Tuesday, 1 December, US President Barack Obama announced a decision to send 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total to nearly 100,000. Mr Obama had considered various troop increase proposals by the top US commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal, US Secretary of…

Afghans brave the violence to be heard

On Friday August 20th, millions of Afghans turned out to vote in the country’s second Presidential elections, despite threats of violence and security fears. Polls opened at 7am in Kabul and closed at 5pm across the nation. Taliban-led violence was seen around the country, but many…

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