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.
Reports indicate that extortion, security threats and threats by armed robbers in key highways of Kabul-Mazar and Kabul-Kandahar, something that drivers and transportation companies say has undermined their business ... The strike by the transportation companies also led to price hike in many cities, including Kabul.
Apart from insecurity and increase in crime incidents, Kabul residents are left in shock as food and fuel prices have soared unprecedently over the last few days following the massive fire in the customs office of Islam Qala in Herat and the closure of two other trade ports in the north ... The transportation companies ended their strike on Saturday.
Feb. 13—KABUL — Hundreds of tankers transporting petrol have been destroyed in a huge fire in a town on the border between Afghanistan and Iran, officials said on Saturday. Seventeen people — one of them in critical condition — were ... .
“We are living in Kabul, but we don’t have access to electricity, we don’t have any type of comfort, we don’t have transportation resources, we don’t have security,” said Qais Ahmad Safai, a resident of the Qarabagh district of Kabul ... a resident of Mir Bachakot district of Kabul.
KABUL (Reuters) – Four blasts rocked Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, killing two people, including a police ...District five, where Kochai was based, is a transport hub between the capital Kabul and Afghanistan’s southern provinces, many of which are dominated by the Taliban.
"In the wake of three terrorist attacks in Kabul this morning, Mohammadzai Kochai, police chief of district five of ...District five, where Kochai was based, is a transport hub between the capital Kabul and Afghanistan's southern provinces, many of which are dominated by the Taliban.
"Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) in coordination with the detective agents arrested 10 suspects for the transportation of weapons and narcotics in Kabul, Herat and Balkh provinces over the past 24 hours,” the ministry said in a statement ...The Taliban did not offer any comment ... ....