FROM Matthieu Aikins
End of the “Kabubble” Four years ago, Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul was known as the “Kabubble.” Diplomats, aid workers and journalists from around the world flocked there for easy money, career opportunities and a decadent social scene. It was a thriving oasis in an otherwise war-torn country. But in the past year and a half, a sudden wave of violence against foreign civilians has killed off or scared away many expatriates. That, along with our ongoing military withdrawal from Afghanistan, has left Kabul a virtual ghost town. Image: Kabul City
Karzai's Half-brother Is Killed in Afghanistan Ahmed Wali Karzai, half-brother of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, was shot to death today by an associate so trusted he was allowed to bring a pistol into Wali Karzai's home in Kandahar. Karzai's bodyguards immediately killed the assassin, Sardar Mohammed. Matthieu Aikins, who writes for Harper's , Foreign Policy and other publications, joins us from Kabul.
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