January 23, 2015, The Huffington Post: There is a terrifying enemy threatening civilians in war-torn Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. This is another foe besides the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the Syrian regime or ISIS. It’s a silent menace that may yet be the most powerful. It is hunger. Millions in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are suffering each day from the lack of food. Malnutrition claims the lives of infants. Those who survive are stunted physically and mentally for life.
January 22, 2015, PAN: Residents of the Nesh district of southern Kandahar province on Thursday claimed police had established check-posts in their houses, but refused to pay rent. Abdul Rahman, who lives in Dara-i-Noor village, said police had long been using homes of residents as their posts without paying rent. In addition, police asked locals for firewood and money.
January 21, 2015, Human Rights Watch: Violence and threats against Afghanistan’s journalists by the government and security forces are increasing, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These attacks put at risk the gains in media freedom in Afghanistan since 2001. The 48-page report, “‘Stop Reporting or We’ll Kill Your Family’: Threats to Media Freedom in Afghanistan,” documents harassment, intimidation, and attacks on journalists...
January 20, 2015, RTT News: Afghanistan’s United Nations-backed de-mining agency says a record number of its personnel were killed or injured in 2014. The Mine Action Program of Afghanistan (MAPA) said Monday that 34 of its personnel were killed and 27 others injured in 37 security incidents in the war-torn country last year.
January 18, 2015, PAN: Residents of Khanabad district of northeastern province of Kunduz claimed hundreds of families in their area displaced due to increased insecurity, claiming their houses were looted by illegal armed individuals. Heavy clashes between illegal armed individuals and militants over the past four days left four armed men and eight rebels dead and 20 others wounded.