orty-three Afghans were killed in a string of shootings and bombings across the country on Tuesday, as Muslims were preparing for the Id al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan this weekend. It was the deadliest day for civilians this year, marking an escalation of a campaign by Taliban insurgents to destabilize Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO prepare to withdraw most foreign troops and hand over security control to Afghans in 2014. President Hamid Karzai, traveling in Saudi Arabia, condemned the attacks, saying: "The terrorists are so desperate and abject that they kill our innocent Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
- Why is American internet so slow?
- Colorado’s new ‘drive high, get a DUI’ commercials are actually pretty clever
- 10 things you need to know today: March 10, 2014
- 7 ways to be the most interesting person in any room
- Why is it so expensive to build a bridge in America?
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Ukraine's fraught relationship with Russia: A brief history
- The GOP must try to win over African-Americans
- 22 TV shows to watch in 2014
Subscribe to the Week