February 27, 2015, The Intercept: An armored vehicle ran over a six-year-old boy’s legs: 11,000 USD. A jingle truck was “blown up by mistake”: 15,000 USD. A controlled detonation broke eight windows in a mosque: 106 USD. A boy drowned in an anti-tank ditch: 1,916 USD. A 10-ton truck ran over a cucumber crop: 180 USD. A helicopter “shot bullets hitting and killing seven cows”: 2,253 USD.
February 26, 2015, The New York Times: The torture and mistreatment of people arrested for conflict-related activities remain widespread in Afghan prisons, the United Nations said in a report released on Wednesday, pointing to a continued challenge for the nation’s new government. The report said that 35 percent of the 790 detainees interviewed from February 2013 to December 2014 claimed to have been subjected to mistreatment, including beatings with pipes, electrical shocks and near asphyxiation.
February 25, 2015, Associated Press: Alanches caused by a heavy winter snow have killed at least 108 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The avalanches buried homes across four northeastern provinces, said Mohammad Aslam Syas, the deputy director of the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority.
February 24, 2015, AFP: Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shia Muslim men who were travelling by bus through central Afghanistan, according to local authorities. The men, members of the minority Hazara ethnic group, were taken on Monday evening in Zabul province, on the road between the western city of Herat and Kabul.
February 24, 2015, WSWS: Less than two months after President Barack Obama announced an end to US combat operations in Afghanistan, top Pentagon officials have made it clear that these murderous operations are not only continuing, they are escalating, while plans for the withdrawal of American troops are being reconsidered. At the end of last year, the American president declared that “the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.”