RFE/RL kicks off the new year with a trio of enterprising features and news reports from Afghanistan.
# After a decade of insurgency, the Afghan Taliban announced they have reached a preliminary agreement to set up a “political office” in Qatar andare willing to enter talks with the international community, a move one Afghan analyst has called “a good omen.”
# Once, Kabul’s Ghazi stadium was used by the Taliban for public punishment, like stoning women for adultery. Now it’s where Afghanistan’s first team of female boxers trains, aiming for gold in this summer’s Olympic Games.
# The torture endured by a 15-year-old newlywed at the hands of her in-laws has shocked Afghan officials and the world alike. The wounds, bruises, and scars that cover Sahar Gul’s battered body provide gruesome evidence of the abuse she endured in the six months since being sold into marriage far from home to a man twice her age.
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