July 5, 2015, The Express Tribune: A US raid this week on an illegal weapons cache allegedly belonging to former jihadi leader Jan Mohammad – a close ally of Afghan Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah – has exposed the dangerous presence of warlords in the conflict-ridden country. Since American fighter jets blew up the arms depot at Charikar, the capital of Parwan province on June 29, Afghans have been seeking an explanation as to why pro-government warlords have stored such huge caches of arms, especially in the north when the country has nearly 350,000 security personnel.
July 4, 2015, CNN: Attackers on a motorbike threw acid in the faces of three teenage girls on their way to school in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on Saturday, an official told CNN. The girls, age 16 to 18, are students at one of the biggest girls’ schools in Herat city, the provincial capital, said Aziz-ul-Rahman Sarwary, head of the education department for the province.
July 3, 2015, The Telegraph: The lawyer who represented Farkhunda’s family in court has spoken of her outrage over the decision to overturn the death sentences of four men convicted of killing her. The 27-year old was beaten to death in March this year in a vicious mob killing in Kabul. Kimberley Motley told the Telegraph that the decision was ‘shocking’ and had been handled in a ‘corrupt manner.
July 1, 2015, The Washington Post: Another week, another scathing inquiry into how the U.S. government is wasting taxpayer dollars rebuilding Afghanistan. This time the focus is on a U.S. Agency for International Development program to deliver basic health-care services to the Afghan people and whether USAID even knows where the facilities it helps to fund are located.
June 30, 2015, PAN: Counternarcotics police on Tuesday detained a military officer and two soldiers after recovering 19 kilograms of heroin they carried in a military pick up vehicle in northern Baghlan province. Baghlan deputy police chief Col. Abdul Rashid Bashir told Pajhwok Afghan News the drugs were being smuggled from northeastern Badakhshan province to Kabul. He said the anti-drug police seized the narcotics during a cordon in Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital.