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  • February 12, 2020 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Sexual Assaults Go Unpunished
    HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: (New York) – Two recent cases in Afghanistan highlight the failure of authorities to prosecute sexual assault implicating powerful people, Human Rights Watch said today. The Afghan government should take immediate steps to provide justice, support victims, and protect witnesses. †††††Full news...

  • January 28, 2020 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Record 7,423 US bombs dropped in Afghanistan in 2019: Report
    Aljazeera: US forces in Afghanistan dropped a record number of bombs last year, more than at any other time in at least 10 years, according to the US Air Force.The US has dropped 7,423 bombs on targets in Afghanistan in 2019, marking a rise from the 7,362 munitions dropped in 2018, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) said in a report released on Monday. †††††Full news...

  • January 15, 2020 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan religious clerk warns to punish women who disregard Islamic Hijab
    An Afghan religious clerk in western Herat province has started a widespread campaign, urging women to wear Islamic Hijab – a large headscarf – and has ordered his followers to punish those who disregard it. Mujeeb Rahman Ansari, a popular Islamic extremist and a religious clerk in the western Herat province installed dozens of billboards and signboards around the city, targeting Afghan women, urging them to wear Islamic Hijab. †††††Full news...

  • December 26, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghanistan Papers Are a Case Study in Colonial Propaganda
    Truthdig: In an earlier article (, 12/18/19) regarding the Washington Post’s Afghanistan Papers (12/9/19), I discussed how the Post’s exposť also exposed the Post as one of the primary vehicles US officials use to spread their lies, and why it’s impossible for corporate media outlets like the Post to raise more substantive questions about the deceptive nature of US foreign policy. †††††Full news...

  • December 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    From Vietnam to Afghanistan, all US governments lie
    The Conversation: The Washington Post has, after more than two years of investigation, revealed that senior foreign policy officials in the White House, State and Defense departments have known for some time that the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan was failing. Interview transcripts from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, obtained by the Post after many lawsuits, show that for 18 years these same officials have told the public the intervention was succeeding. †††††Full news...

  • October 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How Pakistan Has Won the War in Afghanistan (America Lost)
    Yahoo News: The U.S. war in Afghanistan is winding down, and Pakistan has won. The basic outline of the agreement negotiated by U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is nothing new: The United States withdraws its forces in exchange for a Taliban pledge not to associate with terrorism or allow Afghanistan to be used as a safe-haven for terror groups. †††††Full news...

  • September 25, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Australian troops accused of war crimes in Afghanistan
    WSWS: An episode of Channel Nine’s “60 Minutes” program on Sunday night featured new details of alleged war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces (SAS) soldiers in Afghanistan. The allegations included testimony from whistleblowers within the organisation and comments from Afghan civilians whose relatives were murdered. The program followed †††††Full news...

  • September 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
    Common Dreams: An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan.The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged their passing. †††††Full news...

  • September 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Russia accuses US of transferring Daesh to northern Afghanistan
    Amn New: US special services are involved in transferring Daesh* militants to northern regions of Afghanistan with the aim of destabilising the situation on the borders with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Sergey Beseda, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service’s international relations department, said on Monday. †††††Full news...

  • September 23, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Nearly Half of Afghan Women Want to Leave
    Gallup: In less than a week, millions of Afghans will likely head to the polls to elect their next president, but record numbers of them -- including nearly half of Afghan women -- would rather be someplace else and leave their war-torn country permanently if they could. Gallup surveys show that life in Afghanistan in 2018 was, on many levels, worse than at any point in the past decade. †††††Full news...

  • September 23, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    40 civilians, including children, reported killed in Afghan commando strike
    The New York Times: Government officials in the southern Afghan province of Helmand said on Monday that as many as 40 civilians, including children, may have been killed during a government commando raid on an insurgent stronghold the night before. Accounts from the scene were fragmentary and contradictory, typical of violent clashes in which civilians are reported killed in remote areas late at night. †††††Full news...

  • September 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: US confirms drone attack that killed 30 farmers
    Al Jazeera: The US forces in Afghanistan have admitted that a drone attack that killed at least 30 pine nut farmers in Nangarhar province on Thursday was conducted by them. At least 40 others were injured in the attack in Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district that was previously attributed to the West-backed Afghan government. †††††Full news...

  • September 16, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Nearly Nine in 10 Afghans Are Suffering
    Gallup: The collapse in peace negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban has removed a potential barrier to holding Afghanistan’s presidential election as scheduled on Sept. 28. But the recent surge in Taliban attacks dispels any expectation that the election will lead to peace and stability for a people who rate their lives more poorly than any other worldwide. †††††Full news...

  • September 13, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires
    The Berkeley Daily Planet: Much like President Nixon’s false Vietnam narrative, both Bush and Cheney continued to mislead the American people falsely stating “we have the Taliban on the run.” The invasion was a visceral reaction to 9/11. The war followed a familiar trajectory much like the disastrous Vietnam War. †††††Full news...

  • September 12, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Annual Cost Of The War In Afghanistan Since 2001 [Infographic]
    Forbes: America’s longest war, the conflict in Afghanistan, has cost 975 billion USD when 2019 estimates are factored in according to website The Balance. Their data is based on research from Brown University and it makes the war in Afghanistan second only to the inflation-adjusted 4.1 trillion USD the United States spent during the Second World War in terms of overall cost. †††††Full news...

  • September 1, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How India secretly armed Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance
    The Hindu: India must not commit the error of placing Indian troops on Afghan soil, says the diplomat who coordinated New Delhi’s secret military assistance to Ahmad Shah Massoud, the military commander of the Northern Alliance, who fought the Taliban and U.S. forces till his assassination in 2001. †††††Full news...

  • September 1, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, Combating the Dubious Science of Virginity Testing
    Undarkud: In the winter of 2009, as a young teenager, Soraya says she was raped by a 22-year-old male teacher at her English language school in Eastern Afghanistan. A few months later, she was spotted by Afghan police walking with her rapist on the street. After being taken to the police station, she was forced to call her father, who was informed that she had likely engaged in adultery. Soraya’s father hit her when he arrived at the station and insisted that she be submitted to a virginity test. †††††Full news...

  • August 28, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan’s main forensic lab: Four scientists, one microscope
    Los Angeles Times: When a suicide bomber targeted a wedding hall in the Afghan capital last week, killing at least 80 people, many of the bodies were brought to a dilapidated two-story block on the perimeter of Kabul. This is the Forensic Medicine Directorate, Criminal Techniques Department, the only functioning criminal forensic laboratory in Afghanistan, where a team of four molecular biologists juggles hundreds of cases a week, including victims of rape, drug overdoses, homicide, and bombings. †††††Full news...

  • August 26, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Record Numbers Struggle to Afford Basics
    Gallup: Afghans not only are facing challenges in regard to their safety and security as the country’s presidential election nears, but they also are struggling more than ever to afford the basics such as food and shelter. Gallup surveys in Afghanistan over the past decade highlight the great need for action from incoming leadership. †††††Full news...

  • August 22, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Combat Deaths in Afghanistan Hit Highest Level in 5 Years; 2 More Casualties on Wednesday death of two U.S. Green Berets in Afghanistan on Wednesday brings to 14 the number of American military personnel killed in combat there this year – the highest annual combat death toll since 2014, and with more than four months of the year yet to run. The Pentagon on Thursday identified the two soldiers as Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Mass., and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, Calif. †††††Full news...

  • August 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girls School Torched In Kabul A school was set on fire by Taliban militants in Shakardara district in Kabul Province early on Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. The Boi Hazar Nasiri Girls High School is located in a village in Shakar Dara district, 25 kilometers to the north of the city of Kabul. †††††Full news...

  • August 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Law and Order Becomes a Casualty of War
    Gallup: Afghans could see a peace deal with the Taliban and an end to the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan -- all ahead of the country’s presidential election in late September. Gallup data collected since 2008 in Afghanistan offer insights into what has happened to Afghans’ sense of safety and security during the violent decade that the potential peace deal has been in the making. †††††Full news...

  • August 19, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan independence day bombings follow wedding massacre
    Reuters: A series of bombings has struck restaurants and public squares in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 66 people, officials said, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence. No group claimed responsibility for the 10 bombs on Monday but both Islamic State and Taliban militants operate in the area. †††††Full news...

  • August 17, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence in Afghanistan last year was worse than in Syria
    The Economist: On august 19th Afghans will take to the streets to mark 100 years of independence from Britain. They have more to protest about than to celebrate: their country has not known peace for 40 years.Afghanistan’s modern woes began in earnest in 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded to prop up a communist regime. In response, America funded mujahideen rebels, escalating a bloody proxy war. †††††Full news...

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