central asia


Melons Are Uzbekistan's Favorite Road Trip Snack

Across the Central Asian nation, melons are stacked high by the roadside in amber, mustard yellow, and bright green. The ideal food when driving in desert heat.


How Does Kazakhstan Feel About 'Borat' Ten Years Later?

"It was a comedy—not a documentary."


Hundreds of students trapped in attack on American University in Kabul

The university is usually full of students on weeknights who attend classes after working day jobs.


Americans are fighting and dying again in southern Afghanistan

American troops just returned to southern Helmand province to help defeat a Taliban offensive that threatens the provincial capital, and one US service member has already been killed.


The US might have killed the Islamic State leader in Afghanistan with a drone

The Pentagon hopes that the alleged death of Hafiz Saeed Khan will disrupt Islamic State activities in the region.


This Cookbook Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew About Soviet Food

The cuisine of former Soviet countries in Central Asia has long been written off as bland. Food writers Eleanor Ford and Caroline Eden want to change that—starting with the Uzbek rice dish of plov.


Islamist militants suspected in shootout targeting police in Kazakhstan

Authorities have reportedly detained two suspects after an attack on police and security offices that killed three cops and a civilian in Almaty on Monday.


These Bronze Age Humans Were History's Biggest Weed Dealers

The finest dank the Caucasus had to offer.


Taliban leader says foreigners must leave Afghanistan for peace

The new leader of the Taliban called for an end to foreign forces' "occupation" of Afghanistan as a preliminary step to a settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bring unity to a country riven by decades of war.


Al-Qaeda Leader Zawahri Pledges Allegiance to New Taliban Chief

Ayman al-Zawahri pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Haibatullah Akhundzada, who was appointed last month after his predecessor was killed in a US drone strike.


A Horse Penis Sausage Joke Got a Man Deported from Kyrgyzstan

Making a dirty joke about a national dish could land you in the big house, or, at the very least, get you deported from the country.


Taliban Meeting Allegedly Devolves Into Gunfight, Leading to Reports That Its Leader is Dead

Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been seriously wounded in Pakistan in a shootout between senior members of the Islamist movement, Taliban sources said, but the group's main spokesman dismissed their report as "baseless."