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About Gandhara

Gandhara, an ancient region comprising parts of today's Afghanistan and Pakistan, inspires this page, which provides foreign policy audiences with reporting, analysis and commentary direct from our local correspondents in Afghanistan and Pakistan with the aim of promoting peace in the region. 
 

Interview

Afghanistan -- Security Chief Abdul Raziq at a press conference  in Kandahar, November 21, 2011.

Afghan Strongman Defends Tactics Against Taliban

Kandahar security chief General Abdul Raziq accuses Pakistani security service of backing Taliban cross-border attacks into Afghanistan. More


Multimedia

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Progress in Afghanistan's presidential election vote recount, protests against Russian minister in Moldova, support in Georgia for jailed Azerbaijani activists, plus stories from Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
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Video August 22

Progress in Afghanistan's presidential election vote recount, protests against Russian minister in Moldova, support in Georgia for jailed Azerbaijani activists, plus stories from Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
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Video NATO Suppy Trucks Attacked In Pakistan, Two Killed

Armed men attacked NATO fuel tankers near Peshawar in Pakistan's Khyber tribal district on August 21, killing two drivers bound for Afghanistan and injuring a third. Witnesses said the attackers shot the drivers, then detonated explosives, setting the three tankers on fire.
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Video Pakistani Marchers Gather Outside Parliament

Supporters of Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan marched to the parliament building in Islamabad late on August 19 to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri allege that Sharif came to power through rigged elections in 2013.
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Video Protesters Throw Rocks At Convoy Of Pakistan's Imran Khan

Protesters threw rocks at a convoy led by opposition politician Imran Khan as the vehicles passed through the city of Gujranwala in eastern Pakistan. Officials from Khan's Tehrik-i-Insaaf party said shots were fired at their vehicle, a claim the police denied.
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Video Disabled By Polio, Afghan Official Hopes For Better Opportunities For All

Sayed Hamid Daqiq was partially paralyzed by polio at an early age, but with a little assistance from family and friends, he has risen to a high-level post in Afghanistan's Finance Ministry. Daqiq hopes that recent legislation will allow many more disabled people to meet their full potential.

Culture

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  • Outside Bagram Airfield, the biggest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. 
  • Bagram Bazaar is located just outside the base. Customers can buy groceries as well as goods smuggled from Bagram Airfield. 
  • Halim rents out a stall at Bagram Bazaar. He worked at the base for seven years before being fired earlier this year. 
  • Homayoon's metal business has fallen on hard times. He was contracted by the U.S. military for five years, but that ended earlier this year.   
  • This small steel yard struggles to survive amid the American military drawdown. 
  • One of many scrapyards in the town of Bagram. 
  • A huge row of shipping containers outside Bagram Airfield. 
  • U.S. military boots being sold outside the "Obama Bazaar" in Kabul. 
  • The "Obama Bazaar" in Kabul. The market has previously been known as the "Bush Bazaar" and the "Brezhnev Bazaar."
  • This shop owner has refitted electronics dumped outside American military bases. 
  • American foodstuffs smuggled from U.S. bases in Afghanistan are sold in the bazaar. 
  • Besides food products, the "Obama Bazaar" sells American military gear and equipment. 

Scraping Out A Living

Afghans have benefited enormously from America's military presence. But with the number of American troops falling and U.S. bases shrinking, Afghans have been left with the scraps.

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Informed Comment

Debating Room

Buildings damaged by shelling and airstrikes in Mir Ali, North Waziristan.

Residents of Tribal Areas Deplore Airstrikes’ Civilian Toll

Residents in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas have strongly criticized the country’s military operations there, claiming that civilians have suffered most. More

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Press Room

July 15, 2014

After Three Decades of War, an Afghan Radio Program Offers a Chance to Find the Missing

Kevin Sieff, "Washington Post's" bureau chief in Afghanistan recently wrote about Radio Free Afghanistan's popular "In Search of the Missing" program.
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