When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan a decade ago, they were fanatical about eliminating everything they considered un-Islamic.Their biggest targets — literally and figuratively — were the two monumental Buddha statues carved out of the sandstone cliffs in central Afghanistan.
The assassination of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's influential brother leaves a power vacuum in the country's south just as stability seemed to be returning in the region that once served as the Taliban capital, Afghanistan observers say.Ahmed Wali Karzai — a onetime Chicago restaurateur who retur
The U.S. State Department has funded international student exchanges for decades, looking to form life-long bonds and increase understanding across borders.One program brought hundreds of Afghan high school students to small communities in the U.S. beginning in 2004.But this year, the U.S.
A very small number of Americans are now serving in the military — less than 1 percent. Some are looking for direction; others are inspired by a sense of patriotism or by a family member who served in an earlier war.