Peace Corps Director Ronald A. Tschetter wraps up his visit to Turkmenistan today where he met with government officials, Peace Corps staff and Volunteers.Peace Corps Volunteers have been serving in Turkmenistan since 1993, teaching English and working in health and HIV/AIDS prevention and education. Currently 91 Volunteers are serving in this central Asian country
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The surprise rebel assault (NPR) on an African Union base in northern Darfur at the end of September was a double blow to the regions nascent peace process. The attack, which left ten peacekeepers dead, will likely prompt some African countries to reconsider (IHT) their troop contributions to the joint UN/AU force scheduled for deployment by the end of the year
Violent clashes with militants in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan come at a politically sensitive time for Pakistans embattled president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Hours after garnering 98 percent of the vote in a controversial parliamentary election, and under immense pressure to bring stability to a border zone experts say is seeing a resurgence of militants, Musharraf ordered a flurry of air strikes on extremist encampments.
Suicide blasts targeting Sunni tribal leaders cooperating with the U.S. military pose a major challenge to enlisting local sheiks in the war against al-Qaeda in Iraq. Sheik Maawia Naji Jebara, leader of the Salahuddin Awakening Council, was killed (NYT) in a roadside bombing near Samarra October 4. A second Salahuddin leader, Thamer Ibrahim Atallah, came under fire (al-Jazeera) when a bomber detonated explosives outside his home in Baiji five days later.