During the Soviet war in Afghanistan the city continued to be an economic center and was relatively safe. Between 1992 and 1996, a civil war between militant groups devastated Kabul and caused the deaths of thousands of civilians, serious damage to infrastructure, and an exodus of refugees. Since the Taliban's fall from power in November 2001, the Afghan government and other countries have attempted to rebuild the city, although the Taliban insurgents have slowed the re-construction efforts and staged major attacks against the government, the NATO-led forces, foreign diplomats and Afghan civilians.
The Kabul River is little more than a trickle for most of the year, but swells in summer due to melting snows in the Hindu Kush Range. Its largest tributary is the Kunar River, which starts out as the Mastuj River, flowing from the Chiantar glacier in Chitral, Pakistan and after flowing south into Afghanistan it is met by the Bashgal river flowing from Nurestan. The Kunar meets the Kabul near Jalalabad. In spite of the Kunar carrying more water than the Kabul, the river continues as the Kabul River after this confluence, mainly for the political and historical significance of the name.
KABUL. In traditional Afghan dress, regional costumes, Western outfits, and some in more revealing attire, young men and women walked a red carpet to background music, taking applause from a tightly packed audience in a sprawling Kabul cafe ... He ignored his family’s concerns and traveled through the night to Kabul for the first day of the event ... ....
On a frosty February morning in Kabul, Lima Aafshid’s face glows in the pale blue light of her smartphone ... For the past six years, Aafshid has been a member of Sher-e-daneshgah, the Kabul UniversityPoetryAssociation ... Their meeting place is a hip, bustling cafe in Pole-e-surkh, Kabul’s vibrant 3rd district.
Even the requirement for a “permanent and comprehensive ceasefire” was listed only as an agenda item – and not a precondition – for future talks between Kabul and the Taliban, slated to begin March 10 in Oslo... In Kabul, small groups gathered in cafes to watch the signing, but reaction was muted.
A bullet-stopping pile of newspaper clippings and forms reveals that Fazili and Hussaini once operated Kabul’s ArtCafe, until a mullah called for a boycott of the establishment, as it allowed men and women to congregate. The cafe soon attracted protestors and was shut down ... “From here we’ll go, go, go to Iran,” Fatima explains to Nargis and Zahra ... .
It’s only been two weeks since Timea started her job as a waitress in a Kabul cafe, but she’s already on her way to becoming one of the most popular and beloved servers in the Afghan restaurant industry ... “I feel happy to see such thing here in Kabul,” said Quyash Shaibani, a 28-year-old engineer who was visiting the cafe with his fiancée.
Sat, 2020-01-25 18.59 KABUL. The soft snap of customers breaking bread punctuates the silence in Waheed’s Restaurant in the heart of Kabul... With a recipe dating back 150 years, the local dish is served by only a handful of Kabul restaurants and is one of the few remaining on menu lists as cafes and restaurants offering foreign cuisines take over.
Khan goes to Kabul, the country’s capital to teach journalism, write and make films, she is told not to walk on the streets of the city ... It is not the Kabul we think we know from what we read from news stories ... Even before Taran goes to Kabul she feels an affinity towards it ... In 2006, Kabul is rapidly expanding ... Taran says Kabul was spreading.
'Midway' ...Nagumo ... Fazili had been a filmmaker, and his wife a TV actress, in their previous life in Afghanistan; he also co-owned Kabul's socially liberal ArtCafe. But after police attacked the cafe and the Taliban put a price on Fazili's head in retaliation for a documentary he made about a commander who left the militant group, the family fled ... .
Handing me my tea, BAFCafe manager Sushil told me the pictures were meant to show troops what Afghanistan is like outside the blast walls that surround the largest American base in the country ...Kabul-born Riza Rahmdel, the owner of the cafe, wants it to “create cultural awareness” of Afghan life, he said by phone from Canada, where he now lives.
A new wave of patriotism seems to have taken over the themes of films in India these days ... So, he thinks differently ... When asked if he had any inhibitions before signing the film, Abraham said, “No… because I did films like MadrasCafe in the past and before that I did lot of films in which I took lot of risk like Water, No Smoking and KabulExpress.
Omaid Sharifi, who heads a Kabul-based art collective, sits in his studio and leafs through a stack of dozens of hand-written letters, reading out sentences at random ... He reads from another, this one addressed to the Kabul government ... One of the letter boxes has been placed in a hip new cafe in Kabul, where young Afghans sip lattes and read books.