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.”
February 22, 2015, Associated Press: The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, US defense secretary Ash Carter said Saturday. Carter, on his first overseas trip since starting the Pentagon job Tuesday, also said the Obama administration is “rethinking” the counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, although he did not elaborate.
February 21, 2015, PAN: Officials in western Herat province said that 448 cases of violence against women had been registered with 34 women lost their lives during the past nine months. Efforts by international and locals’ organizations had been intensified to eliminate violence against women in Afghanistan, but the menace against women continued.