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The violence in Afghanistan and the Pashtun-inhabited parts of Pakistan is making itself felt on the cultural and social life of the Pashtuns. New themes and terms, such as suicide attack, missile and helicopter have entered Pashto literature, especially poetry, reflecting the destructive nature of the insurgency and counter-insurgency operations.


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Gen Mattis is a hardened veteran of combat and appears to have developed a taste for it. During the discussion, he spoke of his experience fighting in Iraq as commander of the 1st Marine Division. ... Caught on tape, he said: "Actually, it's quite a lot of fun to fight; you know, it's a hell of a hoot. I like brawling; it's fun to shoot some people."


U.S. energy giants Chevron and Unocal negotiated gas and oil pipeline deals with Afghanistan’s Taliban. In 2001, Washington gave $40 million in aid to Taliban --until four months before 9/11. The U.S. only turned against Taliban when it gave a major pipeline deal to an Argentine consortium rather than an American one. The Taliban leadership had nothing to do with 9/11, a plot that, according to European prosecutors, was hatched in Germany...


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... arrested in 2007 after downloading material relating to the role of women in Islamic societies. ... the upper house approved the death sentence conferred on Mr Kambaksh by a city court in Mazar-e-Sharif.


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Six foreign UN employees have been killed and nine wounded in an attack in Kabul, the deadliest on the UN in Afghanistan since the Taliban's fall.


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Hamid Karzai has been declared president of Afghanistan, after election officials scrapped a planned second round of voting.


 Hamid Karzai Afghanistan election fraud
An Afghan man is being tried in a court in Kabul for his conversion from Islam to Christianity. He could be sentenced to death for the act and his refusal to recant.


At least 12 civilians died and 35 were injured during the incident which took place on 4 March in Nangarhar province. ... Maj Gen Kearney said no ammunition casings had been found that might substantiate reports that the marines were fired on. ... We have testimony from marines that is in conflict with unanimous testimony from civilians at the site. Journalists said US soldiers deleted footage, including photos and videos, showing the...