Karzai 'Accepts' Taliban Office in Qatar
Published on Dec. 27, 2011
Hamid Karzai, the Afghanistan president, has said he will accept the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks. If the United States insists that the armed group establish a liaison office in Qatar, "we are agreed", Karzai said in a presidential statement on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Kabul recalled its ambassador to Qatar for consultations over reports that the Taliban was planning to open an office in the gulf country. As the 2014 deadline for the US led forces to pull out nears, there has been a growing need to engage the Islamists for a durable peace in the country. It has been identified that a proper address for Taliban will help facilitate the talks. The US and its NATO allies have been pursuing a war against the Taliban, but the armed group remains a force to be reckoned with, despite a decade of war. One complication to negotiations with the Taliban is that many Afghans still view them with suspicion and say they should answer for their past crimes. Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse reports From Kabul.
Afghans Question Efficiency of Foreign Aid
Published on Dec 4, 2011
Millions of Afghans live in acute poverty despite foreign aid coming into the country. Education has been one of the priorities for the international community, but as with many aid programmes, there is a disconnect between what the donors offer and what Afghans need. With half of the schools lacking actual buildings, many of the country's children have to study outside. Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse reports from Kabul, where an Afghan version of the American Sesame Street show is set up to help children learn.
Shias Targeted in Deadly Afghan Shrine Blasts
Published on Dec 6, 2011
Dozens of Shia Muslim worshippers have been killed in two bombings in Afghanistan. The attacks came on the day of Ashoura, one of Shia Islam's most significant holy days. Most of the victims died in a suicide attack on a crowded shrine in Kabul. In the second attack, a bicycle bomb in Mazar-e-Sharif killed four worshippers on a road leading to a Shia mosque. Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.