Associated Press: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear Monday before a military judge who will determine his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. Before delivering his sentence, the judge will have to resolve a last-minute defense argument that new comments by President Donald Trump have tainted the case. Bergdahl faces up
The Washington Post: Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for walking away from his infantry platoon’s tiny base just before midnight June 29, 2009, in what an Army investigation has called an attempt to cause a crisis and draw attention to concerns that Bergdahl had about his leaders. He was captured within
September 7, 2017: Hundreds gathered in Kabul to protest the recent killing and persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, the country also known as Myanmar. (RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan) Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Related Some 164,000
The Independent (UK): Afghan soldier Mehrullah Safi’s military career ended in southern Helmand province last year when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded next to him, severing his right leg. Now he sells mobile telephone cards in the street. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 24, 2017 Terrorist attacks have riveted attention in the United States and Europe, but those regions accounted for only a tiny percentage of fatalities from such attacks last year, a new report has found. The report issued on August 23 from the University of Maryland and based on its Global
RFE/RL’s Balkan Service August 10, 2017 An Afghan refugee boy dubbed “Little Picasso” has exhibited his paintings and photographs in Belgrade, hoping to raise money for a Serbian child’s treatment for brain cancer. Farhad Noory, 10, has lived in a refugee camp in the city with his parents and brothers for only eight months, but
Forbes: Their robot may have permission to travel, but six teenage Afghan inventors are staying put this summer. They’ve been rejected for a one-week travel visa to escort their robot to the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge – an international robotics competition happening in Washington DC in mid-July. Click here to read more (external link).
HNN: Hollywood loves to make war movies. Some are resoundingly patriotic and optimistic, despite the carnage, while others are frank about the ambiguity of American wars and even about their uselessness. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: In February 1961, Mary MacMakin arrived in Afghanistan with her husband and four children, landing on a snow-strewn runway in the capital, Kabul. It was a trip into the unknown for the 31-year-old aid worker and her family. Little did MacMakin know that her trip would kindle a decades-long dedication
Fox News: Every day, just before sunrise, a hunched figure moves down the mountain from his mud-hut home in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, ready to work from dawn to dusk collecting wood, cutting stones and using them to build houses. Only this is no ordinary mountain man. This is Abdul Satar, known by locals simply as “Sheikh.”