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Afghanistan needs military leadership not militia forces
The ongoing efforts to revive and create private militia forces in the face of Taliban onslaughts are fraught with huge risk, argues Farhad Peikar.
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All-girls' school in Balkh gets colorful facelift
Female artists throughout Afghanistan competed for the opportunity to decorate the walls of Gohar Khatoon as part of an international community-building initiative.
Rural girls fall victim to 'baad' marriages
The forced marriage of young girls to settle family feuds remains a viable solution to violence in far-flung districts.
Logar strongman's death-defying stunts
He lies on spikes, pull tractors with his ponytail and lifts donkeys out of mud. Yet the government has paid little interest to Logar's beloved strongman.
Dostum and Noor announce new alliance to fight Taliban in the north
A renewed alliance between Governor Noor and Vice President Dostum to oust the Taliban in the north has raised eyebrows in Afghanistan.
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Taliban making thousands of dollars every day from 'closed' mines in Bamiyan and Wardak
Reports from Bamiyan and Wardak suggest the Taliban are making huge profits from the mining sector where state capacity is diminishing by the day.
Women in the workforce
Kunduz adopts a quota system to raise women's chances of employment in the public sector.
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Losing the battle for young minds
Three remote districts in restive Paktia province have not produced a single high-school graduate in the past 14 years.
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