Afghanistan

Annual report from the United Nations released

Annual report from the United Nations released

The year 2013, saw an increase in the number of children killed or mutilated in conflicts around the world, including in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, while the recruitment of children was particularly alarming in the Central African Republic and Nigera. CCTV’s Liling Tan reports.

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Post-election economy uncertain in Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans voted over the weekend to decide on a new president. While the elections may have gone smoothly, many Afghans are feeling uncertain about the future. That’s affecting the economy, as Afghans prepare for an unprecedented transfer of power in the coming months. […]

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Afghanistan elections violence amid elections

Violence amid Afghanistan elections

Millions of ballots have made their way to counting centers across Afghanistan, despite fears of wide-scale bloodshed. Eleven people, including election workers, were killed in a roadside bombing of their bus.

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Bergdahl prisoner swap: Questions remain

U.S. President Barack Obama has defended his decision to trade 5 Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. However, there are questions about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan. CCTV’s Jim Spellman investigates.

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Eugene Fidell on Bergdahl controversy

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years in Afghanistan, was freed last week in a prisoner-swap deal with the Taliban, brokered by the Qatari government. Five Taliban militants were released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and flown to Qatar.

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Questions remain over U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

The U.S. led war there is almost thirteen years old. It’s resulted in the deaths of thousands of Afghan civilians. And U.S. forces have suffered major losses too. Now, President Barack Obama says the number of American troops in Afghanistan will be cut to just […]

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No Survivors Found in Afghanistan Landslide

In Afghanistan, rescuers have given up on finding any remaining survivors from two mudslides. At least 21-hundred people are feared dead. Rescuers have now turned their attention to the four-thousand people that have been displaced.

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Landslide Kills 350 People in Afghanistan

A landslide triggered by heavy rain buried large sections of a remote northeastern Afghan village on Friday, killing at least 350 people and leaving more than 2,000 missing – according to officials.The mass of mud that flattened every home in its path.

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Landslide in Afghanistan kills at least 350

KABUL, Afghanistan — A landslide triggered by heavy rain buried about a third of a remote northeastern Afghan village on Friday, killing at least 350 people and leaving more than 2,000 missing. Villagers looked on helplessly and the governor appealed for shovels and other equipment […]

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UK’s Human and Financial Costs in Afghanistan

One of the nations most committed to supporting the U.S. in Afghanistan was the UK. But that loyalty came at a high price, both in terms of a heavy toll in life and in terms of cash. CCTV’s UK correspondent Richard Bestic has been asking the […]

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Casualties of Afghan War

Since the U.S.-led war began in 2001, nearly 3,500 coalition troops have been killed, along with more than 13,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers. The very first U.S. death was CIA officer Michael Spann.

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Corruption Plagues Growth in Afghanistan

According to the World Bank, aid to Afghanistan has led to remarkable growth in the country’s economy, which has expanded from $2.4 billion to an estimated 20 billion U.S. dollars between 2003 and 2012, an average rate of more than nine percent a year. The […]

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Afghan Candidates Promise to Respect Results

KABUL, Afghanistan — Trucks and donkeys loaded with ballot boxes made their way to counting centers on Sunday as Afghans and the international community sighed with relief that national elections were held without major violence despite a Taliban threat.

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Big Voter Turnout on Election Day in Afghanistan

Unafraid and embracing the first peaceful, democratic transfer of power, Afghans waited in long lines on Election Day.  A “Ring of Steel” formed by the heavy police presence kept voters safe despite repeated Taliban threats that attacks would disrupt the vote. All the big names in […]

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Afghanistan Presidential Election Front-runners

None of this year’s Afghan presidential candidates is expected to get enough votes to be declared a clear winner after this weekend. So political watchers are predicting a May run-off between the top two candidates There are 11 candidates running for president in Afghanistan. Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani […]

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Afghans Flock to Polls to Vote for New Leader

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. The turnout was so high that some polling centers ran out […]

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Are Afghan Soldiers Ready to Defend Their Country?

Nearly 200,000 Afghan troops are being deployed to protect voters and polling stations in Saturday’s national elections. Americans and Afghans have worked side-by-side for the past seven years to train thousands of the country’s soldiers.  However, in every way imaginable, the Afghan National Army is heading down a lonely […]

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Afghanistan Set for Crucial Elections

With Saturday’s election looming, the Taliban has stepped up attacks and assassinations, pushing the country to levels of violence not seen since 2009. The Afghan government is increasing security efforts to ensure the country’s 12 million registered voters can go the polls safely.

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Election Commission Headquarters Attacked in Kabul

In yet another attempt to derail the upcoming Afghan presidential elections, Taliban gunmen attacked the election commission headquarters in Kabul on Saturday. The militants disguised as women and entered the nearby building and opened fire on the compound officials. All five were killed in a five-hour gun […]

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