August 6, 2017, Reuters: Insurgents have attacked a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, killing as many as 50 people, including women and children, according to officials. The militants attacked a security outpost in the Mirza Olang area of Sayaad district overnight, torching 30 houses, Zabihullah Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said on Sunday.
July 31, 2017, NPR: Attackers in the Afghan capital attempted to storm the Iraqi Embassy on Monday, setting off a bomb before gunmen rushed the compound's gate. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility. NPR’s Diaa Hadid, reporting from Islamabad, says the attack is likely in retaliation for Iraqi security forces routing ISIS fighters from their stronghold in Mosul, Iraq.
July 31, 2017, TOLOnews.com: Five children were murdered in PD10’s Wazir Abad area of Kabul city on Sunday. The five children were all between the ages of four and 16 years old. The children reportedly died from axe wounds. Their bodies were then set alight, police said. The reason for the murders is not clear but Kabul police said two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.
July 27, 2017, Fair: Media are celebrating the participation of Afghan girls in a robotics competition in DC after being denied visas twice as somehow a feel-good story about America. No one seems to have pondered the irony of the denial, given that Afghan girls doing science is precisely the sort of PR moment the US pretended the 2001 invasion was all about. It could have opened a talk about what decades of unending war on Afghanistan have actually done towards that ostensible goal, but it did not.
July 26, 2017, TOLOnews.com: An Afghan diplomat who reportedly beat his wife so badly that she required medical care at a hospital won’t face legal consequences for his action as he has diplomatic immunity, police told the New York Post. The report said that Mohammad Yama Aini allegedly assaulted his wife Mezhgan Aini, 30, at their home in New York city at 12:30 a.m Saturday, police sources said.