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The World

Governments and people around the globe watch and weigh U.S. efforts on the military, humanitarian and diplomatic fronts.

search More NPR News radio coverage of the world reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks and the American response.

Ahmed Fawzi, spokesman for U.N. Afghanistan envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

Ahmed Fawzi, spokesman for U.N. Afghanistan envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, briefs the media in Koenigswinter near Bonn, Germany, about a post-Taliban Afghan government. Nov. 26, 2001.
Photo: Copyright 2001
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In Depth

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov
Islam Karimov is the authoritarian ruler of Uzbekistan, a poor Central Asian nation that most Americans would have a hard time placing on a map. But this former Soviet republic, located just north of Afghanistan, has become an important partner in America's military campaign against the Taliban. Nov. 1, 2001.

Afghanistan's Invisible People
Imposing the strictest interpretation of Islamic law in the Muslim world, Afghanistan's ruling Taliban have shut women out of life outside the home. NPR's John Burnett reports. Oct. 30, 2001.

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf
The U.S. anti-terrorism campaign has made Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's job a singularly uncomfortable one. Even as he wins praise from the international community for backing the United States, Musharraf's stance is sending many Pakistanis into the streets in protest. Learn more about President Musharraf and his role in America's war on terrorism. Oct. 18, 2001.

Other Resources

At, a Web site of The Asia Society, view a detailed map of Afghanistan.

The AsianAmerican.Net Web site offers lengthy lists of news and information sources on the Islamic State of Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Read about the plight of Afghan refugees and about a portrait of a young refugee girl made famous in National Geographic.

Read a U.S. World Food Programme report about how Afghanistan's poor are threatened by food shortages.