Unease over US exit in Afghan valley where Soviets were routed

Thirty years on, former mujahideen fighters recount the days of battling the Red Army in Afghanistan after the Soviet Union invaded the country in December 1979. The Soviets left the country for good on February 15, 1989 having suffered 15,000 losses — many in the unforgiving mountain passes of Panjshir.

At least 10 dead in Afghan landslide

At least 10 people are killed in Afghanistan as a landslide strikes several villages in Panjshir, a mountainous province north of Kabul.

Bomb-Sniffing Elephants in South Africa: VICE News Capsule, February 27

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Avalanches pummel villages in northern Afghanistan, Islamic State video appears to show destruction of ancient artifacts in Iraq, Arizona police discover more than two tons of pot and a drug tunnel to Mexico, and elephants are being trained to sniff out weapons and poachers in South Africa.

AFGHANISTAN
Worst Avalanches in 30 Years Cripple Villages Northeast of Kabul
Nearly 200 people are dead and 100 others injured in Panjshir province.

IRAQ
Islamic State Video Appears to Show Destruction of Ancient Artifacts
Some experts say most of the statues and sculptures were modern replicas rather than originals.

U.S.A.
Drug Tunnel Connects Arizona to Mexico
After seizing nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana from a truck during a traffic stop, police discovered a sophisticated tunnel in a town that sits on the border.

SOUTH AFRICA
Putting the Elephant’s Keen Sense of Smell to the Test
The animals are being trained to detect bombs, mines, and poachers. The U.S. Army is interested to see if the biological structures in the elephant’s trunk can be converted to technology for use in combat.

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