TIME Afghanistan

5 Dead in Suicide Blast on British Embassy Vehicle in Kabul

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on a British embassy vehicle in Kabul
Omar Sobhani—Reuters Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Nov. 27, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — A British embassy worker was among five people killed in a suicide attack in the Afghan capital on Thursday, a senior police official told NBC News. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast which targeted a vehicle on Kabul’s Jalalabad Road. At least 31 others, including three embassy staff, were injured, the senior police officer added. General Ayoub Salangi, the Afghan deputy interior minister, told Reuters the bomber was riding a motorcycle.

A spokesman for the U.K.’s Foreign Office told NBC News that “a British embassy vehicle was attacked in Kabul this morning.” He added: “We are working with Afghan officials to establish details.”…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

TIME the backstory

Photojournalism Daily: Nov. 24, 2014

Photojournalism Daily is a compilation of the most interesting photojournalism found on the web, curated by Mikko Takkunen

Today’s daily Photojournalism Links collection highlights Fritz Hoffman‘s work on America’s major hazardous waste sites, known as Superfund sites. The Superfund program is a government initiative that was created in 1980 to address the nation’s most environmentally toxic locations after a scandal at Love Canal. There are more than 1,700 of these sites and, despite more than $40 billion of taxpayer money spent on cleanup efforts, at least 1,300 of them are reportedly still contaminated. Around one in six Americans, or some 49 million people, live within three miles of these sites, often without ever realizing it. Hoffman’s photographs offer a compelling look at this environmental issue.


Fritz Hoffman: Wasteland (National Geographic)

Diego Ibarra Sanchez: Pakistani Refugees Are Streaming Into Afghanistan (The New York Times) These photographs show how the flood of refugees from Afghanistan to Pakistan has been turned on its head.

Dominic Bracco II: Aqui Vivimos (Burn Magazine) Bracco’s project on Honduras, one of the most violent countries in the world, was a finalist for Burn magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund.

The Salt of the Earth – official trailer (YouTube) Trailer for Wim Wenders’ and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s eagerly anticipated documentary on Sebastião Salgado.

Scout Tufankjian (The Armenian Weekly) The photographer interviewed about documenting Armenian communities around the world for her Armenian Diaspora Project.


Photojournalism Links is a compilation of the most interesting photojournalism found on the web, curated by Mikko Takkunen, Associate Photo Editor at TIME. Follow him on Twitter @photojournalism.


TIME Terrorism

Terrorism-Related Deaths Up 60% Last Year, Study Says

AFGHANISTAN-UNREST-ATTACKS
Farshad Usyan—AFP/Getty Images An Afghan policeman is seen through the wreckage of a taxi which was destroyed by a suicide attack targeting a vehicle convoy of Afghan lawmakers in Kabul, Afghanistan on Nov. 16, 2014.

More than 80% of the deaths occurred in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria

Nearly 18,000 people were killed in terrorist-related incidents last year, a 60% increase from the previous year, a new study found. Deaths have increased five-fold since 2000.

The report, compiled by the Institute for Economics & Peace, attributes the increased terrorist activity to the growing influence of “radical Islamic groups.” Two thirds of the fatalities came at the hands of ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the report said.

“Given the theological nature of the problem it is difficult for outside actors to be influential,” Steve Killelea, institute executive chairman, said in a statement.

As the number of deaths has expanded, the location of attacks has remained limited. More than 80% of the deaths occurred in just five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.

TIME Afghanistan

Female Afghan Lawmaker Survives Apparent Assassination Attempt

Afghanistan
Rahmat Gul—AP Afghan security forces carry the body of a civilian after a suicide attack in Kabul that targeted Shukria Barazkai, a prominent female member of Afghanistan's parliament, Nov. 16, 2014.

Shukria Barakzai suffered only "small injuries" after a bomb blast

A prominent female member of Afghanistan’s parliament survived what appeared to be a assassination attempt in Kabul on Sunday, authorities said.

At least three people were killed and 22 injured in a bomb blast targeting the car of lawmaker and vocal Taliban critic Shukria Barakzai, the Los Angeles Times reports.

She suffered “small injuries” after a suicide bomber tried to crash his car into her armored vehicle before detonation, said Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

Sediqqi also dismissed reports that Barakzai’s daughter, who frequently travels with her, was killed in the attack.

A Taliban spokesman denied responsibility for the attack, and no other group has claimed the bombing as their own.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the attack was an act of terrorism and called for an investigation. Women make up approximately one-quarter of Afghanistan’s parliament.

[Los Angeles Times]

TIME Bizarre

Feel Good Friday: 9 Photos to Start Your Weekend

From frizbees in Rome to selfies with Brad Pitt, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right.

TIME Afghanistan

Opium Crop at Record High in Afghanistan

An Afghan farmer works on a poppy field collecting the green bulbs swollen with raw opium, the main ingredient in heroin, in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, April 17, 2014.
Rahmat Gul—AP An Afghan farmer works on a poppy field collecting the green bulbs swollen with raw opium, the main ingredient in heroin, in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, April 17, 2014.

As US withdraws troops, opium cultivation reaches new levels

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says Afghanistan’s potential opium production for 2014 is set to increase by 27% from the previous year, up to an estimated 6,400 tons. The Afghan poppy crop has provided the bulk of the world’s heroin supply over the past twenty years, accounting for nearly 70% of it in 2000.

The U.S. said in October they had spent $7.6 billion trying to eradicate opium poppies since troops arrived in the country in 2001 to oust the Taliban. As NATO and U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan this year, it comes as little surprise that this year’s report is particularly sobering. Opium poppy cultivation has risen by 7% year on year and now covers more than 553,000 acres of land.

The overwhelming majority of cultivation takes place in the Southern and Western provinces, parts of the country which have been subject to the most violence and are the least secure. Opium accounts for nearly $1 billion, roughly 4% of the country’s estimated GDP.

UNODC Director Yury Fedotov said in a statement that illicit drugs have had a disastrous impact on the country, with more than one million Afghans currently drug dependent.

Fedotov met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last weekend to discuss plans to counter the harmful effects of drug production on Afghans and their neighbors. Money from the drug production finances Taliban operations and contributes to a great deal of organized crime and corruption in the Afghan government.

TIME the backstory

The Images That Moved Them Most: Photographers on America's Veterans

LightBox asked 26 photographers, who are veterans of war themselves, to describe which of their own photographs of veterans had a deep impact on their lives or moved them a significant way.

On Veterans Day, TIME explores the profound effects of war—both on those who serve, and the people who support them.

LightBox asked 26 documentary photographers who have covered conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to describe which of their own photographs of veterans had a deep impact on their lives or moved them in a significant way.

Their testimonies are part of TIME’s veterans project. Find out more about it on the #TIMEvets page here.


Phil Bicker is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME


TIME On Our Radar

Battle-Scarred: Sebastian Junger’s Last Patrol Premieres on HBO

The Last Patrol, Sebastian Junger’s third and final chapter in a trilogy of films about war and its devastating effects on soldiers, came to fruition after he and documentary photographer Tim Hetherington made plans to walk from Washington D.C. to New York City along railroad lines.

The trip would mimic the long patrols both men were accustomed to when covering the war in Afghanistan, on embeds with the U.S. military. The only difference being that they wouldn’t be shot at, wouldn’t have to run for cover, wouldn’t fall into an ambush.

Their trip never came to be. In April 2011, Hetherington was killed in Misrata, Libya, while covering the people’s uprising against their dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.

Guillermo Cervera—HBOWashington, D.C. Amtrak

Hetherington’s death shocked an entire industry of journalists and photographers, and convinced some of them to give up on war, Junger included.

This year, Junger went on that “last patrol”, reigniting the plans he had made with his friend and colleague to walk along America’s railways. Accompanied by combat veterans Brendan O’Byrne, who appeared in Junger’s Restrepo, and Dave Roels, as well as Spanish photographer Guillermo Cervera, who witnessed Hetherington’s death, he walked from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia and to Pittsburgh.

Together, the four men, all war veterans in their own ways, discussed “why combat is so incredibly hard to give up,” they say. The resulting documentary, which chronicles their “last patrol” premieres on Monday, November 10 on HBO.


The Last Patrol by Sebastian Junger is available on HBO and HBO GO from November 10 at PM (CET).

An exhibition of Guillermo Cervera’s images from The Last Patrol and from 20 years of documenting armed conflicts and social issues around the world is on show at Anastasia Photo in New York City.

Phil Bicker, who edited this photo essay, is a senior photo editor at TIME.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent


TIME Afghanistan

Prince Harry Returned to Afghanistan to Honor Fallen Comrades

British Troops In Kandahar Participate In A Remembrance Sunday Service
Matt Cardy—Getty Images Prince Harry joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

He laid a wreath and note that read, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends"

Prince Harry delivered an emotional message in support of his fallen comrades Sunday as part of Remembrance Day commemorations.

The fourth in line to the British throne returned to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he had served two tours of duty as an Army officer, the Express reports.

At a vigil to commemorate the 453 British military personnel who were killed in action in Afghanistan, Harry laid a wreath and a handwritten note that said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. They will never be forgotten. Harry.”

The Remembrance Day service at Kandahar airfield will be the last as U.K. troops are scheduled to completely withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

[Express]

TIME

Pictures of the Week: Oct. 31 – Nov. 7

From Republican wins in the midterm elections and the 1-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to U.S. troops returning home from Afghanistan and a giant “fallstreak” hole in the sky over Australia, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

 

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com