Ben Sheppard

  • Trundling across the Afghan-Pakistani border in a handcart, Shayma dismisses militant threats and conspiracy theories about polio vaccinators while her four children receive drops that could finally eradicate the crippling disease.About 1.3 million oral vaccinations are administered every year to ...

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  • Taking his first faltering steps since his left leg was blown off by a landmine, Sergeant Muneer Ahmad is grim proof that the Afghan army is paying a heavy price in its war against the Taliban and struggling to care for its wounded.Ahmad, 23, trod on a mine while fighting in the southern province ...

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  • The United States, the government in Kabul and Taliban insurgents are all scrambling for advantage as the clock ticks down in the search for an unlikely peace deal before foreign military intervention ends in Afghanistan.US troop numbers will halve to 34,000 within eight months. The British ...

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