January 27, 2015, The Killid Group: Travellers on many of Afghanistan’s roads are never sure of reaching their destinations. Armed groups routinely rob and also kill passengers in buses and other vehicles. According to eyewitness accounts, travellers on the busy Kabul to Kandahar highway are attacked even in the day time. Security forces are not able to provide every vehicle with armed escorts.
January 26, 2015, PAN: Officials and residents of central Bamyan province allege an influential man, Haji Ayan, has grabbed hundreds of acres of state-owned land along with other local strongmen. Eng. Khadim Hussain Fitrat, the mayor of Bamyan City, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Monday that Ayan and his associates had started selling plots of the land.
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...