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  • April 14, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Locals Recall Aftermath of US “Mother of All Bombs” Strike in Afghanistan
    Sputnik: The people of Afghanistan continue to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath of events that transpired one year ago when the US military dropped one of the biggest non-nuclear bombs ever made in their country. On April 13, 2017, a US military aircraft dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast on a tunnel network used by Daesh* terrorists in the Acin district of the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • April 13, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian casualties in Afghanistan at near-record level this year, according to U.N. report
    The Washington Post: An ambulance packed with explosives that detonated in Kabul and a pedestrian suicide bombing outside a Shiite shrine there were among the deadly incidents that led to a near-record 2,258 civilian casualties in Afghanistan during the first quarter of this year, U.N. officials reported this week. According to the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, there were 763 conflict-related civilian deaths and 1,495 injuries across Afghanistan between January and March.      Full news...

  • April 12, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ADB Concerned Over Growing Poverty In Afghanistan
    TOLOnews.com: A new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) about the economic situation in Asia shows that the organization is not very optimistic about the economic growth in Afghanistan in the next few years. “… your economy is growing too slowly, if you have two percent growth that you had in some years, and your population growth is three percent or higher you cannot keep people out of poverty,” said David Daniel Oldfield, ADB Principal Economist for Central and West Asia.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Missing the target: The Government inquiry into Afghanistan raid
    Stuff: Last year, far away from Defence Headquarters where top brass squirmed at questions and fought off calls for an inquiry, the parents of Fatima, the youngest victim of the Operation Burnham raid, sobbed and sobbed. Over cups of green tea, they’d been telling us of the night in 2010 when helicopters emerged from the night sky and started firing on their village in rural Afghanistan, when they broke down at the memory of their three-year-old girl.      Full news...


  • April 9, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    As conflict spreads, chronic displacement becomes a powderkeg in Afghanistan
    IRIN: Thirty-year-old Mohammad isn’t sure who shelled his home in eastern Afghanistan’s Khogyani District: Taliban insurgents, or fighters aligned with the so-called Islamic State. But when a rocket-propelled grenade struck three months ago, killing some of his livestock, he knew he could no longer stay. “We had to leave that night. The battle had reached our doorsteps,” Mohammad said, standing outside his family’s new home: a bare, single room in a compound set amid tents and shanty homes near Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar.      Full news...

  • April 6, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Pentagon Spent 60 Million USD on a Power Station in Afghanistan that Doesn’t Work
    Motherboard: The United States has spent more than 800 billion USD on the never ending war in Afghanistan, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The bulk of that money was spent fighting the Taliban, but billions have also gone toward rebuilding the country and investing in its infrastructure. A lot of those projects haven’t gone well, and a 60 million USD power system in northeast Afghanistan that doesn’t provide any power is just the latest example.      Full news...

  • April 2, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Military Strike Kills at Least 70 at Mosque
    The New York Times: Afghan military helicopters bombed a religious gathering in the northern province of Kunduz on Monday, killing at least 70 people and wounding 30 others, according to a local official in the area. The official, Nasruddin Saadi, district governor of Dasht-e-Archi, said that the helicopters attacked a religious ceremony for which about 1,000 people had assembled in a mosque and surrounding fields around noon.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Moscow Concerned Over Unmarked Helicopters Transferring Militants in Afghanistan
    Sputnik: Moscow is concerned about the use of helicopters without identification marks for transportation of militants and weapons, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday ahead of the conference on Afghanistan. “The use of helicopters without identification marks in various regions of Afghanistan with an aim to transport militants and weapons produced in the Western countries to the Afghan affiliate [of the Islamic State terrorist group*] raises concern. We believe the statements of Afghan authorities confirming these facts urge serious investigation,” the statement read.      Full news...

  • March 21, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘May God Kill Your Own Son’: Bomb Rips Families Apart in Kabul (PHOTOS)
    The New York Times: A suicide bomber detonated explosives in a crowd celebrating the Persian New Year in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, killing 31 and leaving desperate family members searching among bodies and body parts for their loved ones’ remains. The victims were strewn around the courtyard in front of the Ali Abad Hospital in Kabul, where relatives preparing for burials tried grimly to match trunks with limbs or heads with trunks, and doctors searched for anyone with a pulse.      Full news...

  • March 9, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide bomb kills at least seven at Shi'ite gathering in Kabul
    Reuters: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least seven people in an attack on a crowd gathered to commemorate a political leader from the mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority, officials said. One policeman and six civilians were killed and 15 civilians wounded when the bomber was stopped at a security checkpoint in the Mosalla-e Mazar area of Kabul, said Najib Danesh, an interior ministry spokesman.      Full news...

  • March 2, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Huge blast kills little girl in Kabul, leaves other kids wounded
    AP: A large explosion in the eastern part of Afghanistan’s capital city on Friday morning killed at least one person, a young girl, and wounded 15, Afghan officials said. Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the blast occurred in the eastern neighborhood of Qabil Bay, in an area that is home to a police station, the government’s customs offices and some guest houses.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Horrifying: woman beaten publicly in northern Afghanistan
    Hambastagi.org (Translated by RAWA): On February 1, 2018, a 22-year-old woman named Suraya was beaten publicly in Rabaat Amdeen village of Chah Aab district in northern Takhar province. The woman’s husband is living in Iran, and the woman was accused of having relations with another man. Based on this accusation, Faiz, a local commander and one of Bashir Qanet’s (belonging to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezbe-Islami or Islamic Party) thugs, ordered her to be beaten brutally in public, in a mock court ruling.      Full news...

  • February 21, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Alleged Summary Executions by Special Forces
    HRW: The Afghan government and US military should investigate reports that Afghan special forces summarily executed civilians in Kandahar province during military operations from January 31 to February 1, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Security personnel found to be responsible for abuses, including failing to report possible war crimes, should be held accountable.      Full news...

  • February 1, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Growing up too fast in Afghanistan
    Al Jazeera: Confronted with a seemingly innocuous question about what he remembers of his deceased father, 14-year-old Khudai Nazar flinched as tears began to stream down his face, betraying his otherwise calm demeanour. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Startled by his own reaction, the teenager tried to shield his grief by lowering his head onto his forearms.      Full news...

  • January 31, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan third bottom in the 2017-2018 WJP Rule of Law Index
    World Justice Project: Today the World Justice Project (WJP) released the 2017-2018 WJP Rule of Law Index® which measures rule of law adherence in 113 countries worldwide based on more than 110,000 household and 3,000 expert surveys. Featuring primary data, the WJP Rule of Law Index measures countries’ rule of law performance across eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.      Full news...

  • January 30, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Watchdog: Pentagon blocks information on insurgent strength in Afghanistan
    Stars and Stripes: The U.S. military is keeping information from the public that gauges the war in Afghanistan’s success, a government watchdog said after significant insurgent gains. The Defense Department has restricted data on population figures and on what areas are held by either the government or insurgents, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, said in a report released late Monday.      Full news...

  • January 27, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide bomber in ambulance kills at least 103, over 230 injured in Afghanistan (PHOTOS)
    Stars and Stripes: At least 103 people were killed and more than 230 were wounded on Saturday when an ambulance packed with explosives was detonated in central Kabul, officials said. The explosion was the third high-profile attack in Afghanistan in a week, and the deadliest this year, highlighting the fragile security situation in the country, more than 16 years after a U.S. invasion ousted the Taliban from power.      Full news...


  • January 14, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2017 causalities: nearly 25,000 people killed, wounded in Afghanistan
    PAN: Sixty-eight people have been killed and injured in Afghanistan on average level daily in 2017 with more than one third of these casualties happened in May, July and August months. According to Pajhwok Afghan News’s disseminated reports from different sources 14,600 people have been killed and 10,277 others injured in 2,050 various attacks last year.      Full news...

  • January 12, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Did U.S. Special Forces Shoot a Truck Driver in Afghanistan?
    The New York Times: A video posted to YouTube that may depict American Special Operations forces violating protocols in Afghanistan has triggered an investigation by the United States military. One segment of the video shows a service member firing a weapon into the driver’s window of a civilian truck from a short distance. The window is shattered, but it is unclear if the driver is injured — or why the shot was fired.      Full news...

  • January 4, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mafia politics threaten Afghan security as much as insurgency does
    The Hill: The dangerous ongoing showdown between the Kabul government and Atta Mohammad Noor, a warlord-turned-governor of Balkh province, is inescapably about two things: money and muscle. Although this explosive combination of vying fiercely for power and money has been the cornerstone of Afghan politics for decades, this time it could threaten the current U.S. military campaign and undermine Afghanistan’s fragile security.      Full news...

  • December 31, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    1900 Civilians Killed and Wounded in Helmand province in One Year
    TOLOnews.com: The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday said that over 1900 civilians have been killed or wounded in the southern province of Helmand last year. All the victims were killed or wounded as a result of the war, including explosions and terror attacks, AIHRC site office in Helmand said in a statement on Sunday.      Full news...

  • December 29, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The shame of Afghanistan’s virginity tests
    BBC News: Neda sits on a threadbare Afghan rug. A shy 18 year old from Bamiyan in central Afghanistan, she adjusts her headscarf as she recalls the day doctors forcibly subjected her to an intimate and degrading “virginity test”. It was 2015 and she had just finished a late-night theatre rehearsal. The walk home would have taken nearly two hours. So, together with another girl, she accepted a lift from two male friends.      Full news...

  • December 28, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Over 40 killed, 30 injured in attack, explosion in Afghanistan (PHOTOS)
    BBC News: A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack. The interior ministry told the BBC an explosion at the Shia centre was followed by at least two more blasts. IS has been behind a number of attacks on Shia targets across the country in recent months.      Full news...

  • December 9, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Erik Prince’s plan for Afghanistan’s rare metals revealed
    Asia Times: Despite his current role as head of a Chinese security and logistics company, Erik Prince is warning the Trump administration of the threats posed by China, and offering the company’s services as part of a remedy. In a presentation given to the Trump administration, published in full by Buzzfeed on Thursday, Prince outlined a plan to privatize US military operations in Afghanistan and mine rare-earth elements in the country.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Death Toll Raises To Seven In Kabul Explosion
    TOLOnews.com: An explosion in Kabul’s PD6 on Friday afternoon claimed the lives of seven people and injured nine others. TOLOnews journalist Nargis Musavi reporting from the blast scene said still the nature of the explosion is not known, but three vehicles in the have been critically damaged. Eyewitness narrated different stories about the nature of the explosion. Some said explosives were placed on a motobike while others said it was a gas balloons explosion.      Full news...

  • December 4, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. airstrikes rise sharply in Afghanistan — and so do civilian deaths
    Los Angeles Times: As U.S. warplanes flew above a cluster of villages where Islamic State militants were holed up in eastern Afghanistan, 11 people piled into a truck and drove off along an empty dirt track to escape what they feared was imminent bombing. They did not get far. An explosion blasted the white Suzuki truck off the road, opening a large crater in the earth and flipping the vehicle on its side in a ditch. A teenage girl survived. The 10 dead included three children, one an infant in his mother’s arms.      Full news...

  • December 3, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Explosion in Jalalabad city leaves nearly 20 dead, wounded
    Khaama Press: An explosion ripped through the center of Jalalabad city in provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province this afternoon. According to reports, the incident took place as a large gathering was underway in support of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Provincial government spokesman Ataullah Khogyani confirmed the incident took place in the vicinity of the 1st police district of the city.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US troops taught sexual abuse was “culturally accepted practice” in Afghanistan
    RT: US military personnel deploying to Afghanistan were taught that child sexual abuse is a “culturally accepted practice” in the country, a new Pentagon report has revealed. Soldiers who reported the issue were told nothing could be done about it. “In some cases, the interviewees explained that they, or someone whom they knew, were told that nothing could be done about child sexual abuse because of Afghanistan’s status as a sovereign nation, that it was not a priority for the command,” the report says.      Full news...



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