Ahad Momand is the first — and only — Afghan to have gone into space. He was a national hero after his flight in 1988, but it nearly ended in tragedy after a computer malfunction stranded him in orbit without food or water.
The CIA's recently-released torture report has sparked a national conversation about the perceived horrors of torture — as well as its potential merits. But how do Americans who have served on the front lines feel about torture tactics? We asked veterans to weigh in.
Afghans face the possible consequences of the US release of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. The move could strengthen the Taliban in their country, just as US forces are drawing down. Which has some Afghans wondering, "What was the US government thinking?!"
Matthew Gates came home from Afghanistan about two years ago. He served there with the Army's 10th Mountain Division. These days, he's attending cooking school. Gates says he's hoping to start a new career built around his connection to food.
Former Defense Department official Michèle Flournoy says a new government should give Afghans reasons to be hopeful about their country's future. And Omar Sharifi, an Afghan graduate student in the US, is on board.
Cricket is a national obsession in Pakistan, but it's barely known across the border in Afghanistan — until now. Thanks to a first-ever win at the ongoing Cricket World Cup, Afghans are finally taking notice of South Asia's biggest sport.
In Afghanistan, it is hard to paint a picture of what decades of war and unrest have done to the country. The BBC has chosen to try, by traveling Highway 1 - the two-lane road that, in better times, would connect two-thirds of all Afghans.
When Afghanistan holds elections on April 5, young voters could make all the difference. So this year, instead of an arts festival, the government created a music competition around the elections. The requirement? You had to write songs with lyrics about voting. And what came back was often rap.