Sean Carberry http://kgou.org en Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks http://kgou.org/post/afghgans-vote-large-numbers-despite-risks After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26651 at http://kgou.org Between Afghans And Political Milestone, Threat Of Violence Looms http://kgou.org/post/between-afghans-and-political-milestone-threat-violence-looms Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>To Afghanistan now, where tomorrow voters will choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai who was barred from running again. The election will mark the country's first democratic transition of power. The Taliban have been calling the election a Western-backed sham and have been waging a campaign of violence to disrupt the vote.<p>NPR's Sean Carberry joins us now from Kabul. And, Sean, today there's news that an Afghan policeman shot two AP journalists - one was killed, the other injured. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26626 at http://kgou.org A New Era? Afghan Presidential Hopefuls Court Women's Vote http://kgou.org/post/afghan-women-upcoming-election-may-mark-new-step-forward On International Women's Day last month, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani held a rally in Kabul attended by several thousand women. While they were all wearing headscarves, there was not a full-length burqa to be seen in the crowd. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26556 at http://kgou.org A New Era? Afghan Presidential Hopefuls Court Women's Vote Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police http://kgou.org/post/suicide-bomber-targets-afghan-police In the Afghan capital Kabul, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform walked up to a checkpoint outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and killed several members of the national police. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26452 at http://kgou.org Afghanistan's Next President Will Be ... http://kgou.org/post/afghanistans-next-president-will-be Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday will usher in a host of important changes: incumbent Hamid Karzai is stepping aside, it's not clear who will replace him, and the vote will mark the first time the country has ever swapped leaders at the ballot box.<p>Karzai won the two elections (2004 and 2009) held since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, but is barred by term limits from running again.<p>Eleven candidates initially entered the race to succeed him and three have since dropped out. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26449 at http://kgou.org Afghanistan's Next President Will Be ... In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now http://kgou.org/post/former-afghan-hotspot-taliban-are-subdued-now A convoy of hulking U.S. Army Stryker vehicles slowly makes its way through the main bazaar near the center of Panjwai district in southern Afghanistan. Kandahar province is the birthplace of the Taliban, and Panjwai district has seen some of the most brutal fighting of the Afghan war.<p>Some 90 NATO troops have been killed and more than 800 wounded in just this district.<p>But rather than having white-knuckled grips on their guns, U.S. soldiers are able to wave to the children in the streets. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26288 at http://kgou.org In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now Taliban Warn Afghan Voters Not To Go To The Polls Saturday http://kgou.org/post/taliban-warn-afghan-voters-not-go-polls-saturday While the candidates hold huge rallies, the Taliban have been staging suicide attacks. They've targeted election offices and civilian compounds in Kabul in an effort to derail Saturday's election. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26260 at http://kgou.org Ruthless Warlord, Hero to Uzbeks, On Ballot In Afghan Elections http://kgou.org/post/ruthless-warlord-hero-uzbeks-ballot-afghan-elections Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Afghans head to the polls on April 5th to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. The run-up to the election has been violent. The capital city of Kabul has suffered several major attacks in recent days . On a hotel restaurant, an American aid organization and the election commission headquarters. We'll hear more about one of those attacks in a moment. But first, the political field in Afghanistan's elections reflects that country's stark ethnic divides. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26226 at http://kgou.org Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise http://kgou.org/post/taliban-attacks-election-hq-making-good-campaign-promise As officials from Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission were about to announce the closing of several polling stations due to insecurity on Saturday, the Taliban reinforced the message by launching an attack on the IEC headquarters in Kabul.<p>The militant group has been issuing statements for months, saying the April 5 vote for a successor to President Hamid Karzai is a Western-backed sham election and they will stop at nothing to disrupt it by attacking election workers and infrastructure. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26200 at http://kgou.org Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise With Elections Days Away, Suicide Bombs Sow Fear In Kabul http://kgou.org/post/elections-days-away-suicide-bombs-sow-fear-kabul Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Kabul is a city on edge as the Afghan presidential election approaches. Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked an election commission office yesterday. They killed several workers and police officers. In the April 5th election, eight men are now vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai. The field narrowed today after the grandson of the country's last king dropped out of the race. He was not expected to do well.<p>NPR's Sean Carberry joins us now from Kabul. And, Sean, you were covering yesterday's attack. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26008 at http://kgou.org