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  • December 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ferguson Is Baghdad Is New York Is Kabul
    Truthdig: There is a pattern emerging in my Facebook feed this week. One group of friends has been posting stories of police brutality and protests accompanied by personal statements of outrage. Another group has been remarking on the disgusting revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report and the need for accountability.      Full news...

  • December 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cost of Afghanistan War nears 1 Trillion USD
    The Hill: The war in Afghanistan has cost the United States nearly 1 trillion USD, according to a report published Monday. The calculation was by the Financial Times and independent researchers. They found that the war has cost nearly 1 trillion USD, and that most of that was spent under President Obama, who escalated the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan upon taking office.      Full news...

  • December 15, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    12 million unemployed in Afghanistan
    The Killid Group: The Ashraf Ghani government’s failure to restore investor confidence by announcing a cabinet and ending political uncertainty has worsened fears of insecurity. With no clear end to the grave economic crisis in the country, millions of jobless Afghans face a bleak future. The National Labour Union (NLU) estimates there are 12 million unemployed. Maroof Qaderi, the chairman, accuses the government of failing people.      Full news...

  • December 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Multiple attacks kill 20 in Afghanistan
    AFP: Taliban insurgents killed at least 20 people in a series of gun and suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, underlining worsening security as US-led NATO forces end their combat mission in the country. A suicide blast wrecked an Afghan military bus in Kabul, killing seven soldiers, while a senior court official was assassinated in the city and 12 Afghan mine clearance workers were gunned down in the south.      Full news...

  • December 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban kill 12 workers clearing mines in Afghanistan
    Los Angeles Times: Taliban fighters shot dead at least 12 workers clearing mines Saturday in southern Afghanistan, authorities said, part of a series of attacks that saw two U.S. troops killed and a top Afghan court official gunned down. Security in the capital, Kabul, has been stepped up as the Taliban have warned that attacks will continue as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the month...      Full news...

  • December 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape victim’s father warns of self-immolation
    PAN: The father of a rape victim on Saturday threatened with setting himself and his children on fire if the rapists were not awarded harsh punishment. Nooruddin, who had gone to neighbouring Iran in search of a livelihood, returned home in the Rustaq district of Takhar province after receiving news of his daughter’s rape.      Full news...

  • December 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Lords of Ghor
    IWPR: An IWPR investigation has found that Ghor province in western Afghanistan is in the grip of around 40 warlords backed by thousands of paramilitaries. The armed groups they lead are accused of murder, kidnapping, gang rape, theft and drug trafficking, all carried out with impunity. The numerous groups typically range in size from 200 to 1,200 men, giving a total somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    17-year-old pregnant girl found dead with face burnt by acid in Helmand province
    PAN: A pregnant girl, whose face was badly burnt by acid, has been found dead in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Monday. Police spokesman Maj. Farid Ahmad Obaid told Pajhwok Afghan News the body was recovered a ruined house in Bashran area late on Sunday. The victim’s identity is yet to be established. The Bost Civil Hospital director said the victim was 17 years old and was pregnant.      Full news...

  • December 7, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    4 killed, 20 wounded in attack on wedding party
    PAN: At least four people were killed and 20 others injured when unidentified people lobbed a hand grenade at a wedding party in northern Balkh province, an official said Sunday. Col. Abdur Razzaq Qadiri, the acting police chief for the province, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place in Chamtal district on Saturday night.      Full news...

  • December 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 civilians shot dead by ISAF soldiers
    PAN: Foreign troops killed two civilians in the Daman district of southern Kandahar province on Saturday, an official claimed. The incident took place in the this afternoon in front of the airport on the Spin Boldak highway, police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News. Foreigner soldiers abruptly opened fire on a car carrying civilians, killing two of them, he added.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suffering in Afghanistan Hits Record High -- for Any Country
    Gallup: As delegates from around the world depart the United Kingdom following Thursday’s London Conference on Afghanistan, a new Gallup World Poll underscores just how bleak life is for most Afghans. Already the worst in the world in 2013, Afghans’ ratings of their lives declined even further in 2014. More than six in 10 Afghans evaluate their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering”      Full news...

  • December 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan who killed U.S. general had no known Taliban ties, probe finds
    Los Angeles Times: A rogue Afghan policeman who shot and killed an American two-star general in Afghanistan in August had no known links to insurgents and apparently took advantage of an unplanned opportunity to kill American and coalition officers, a military investigation has concluded. The policeman, identified only as Rafiqullah, killed Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene and wounded 18 other coalition and Afghan soldiers, including a German general, during a so-called insider attack during an Aug. 5 briefing at an Afghan military training center in Kabul      Full news...

  • December 3, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother, daughter found dead in Faryab province
    PAN: Two women have been found dead in the Shirin Tagab district of northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Wednesday. District chief Syed Luqman Kharik told Pajhwok Afghan News unidentified gunman killed the two women in their house located in Sayyad area. He said the slain women were mother, 50, and daughter, 20. The reason of their killing is said to be a family dispute, he added.      Full news...


  • December 1, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide blast hits Afghan funeral
    Al Jazeera: At least nine people, including two policemen, have been killed in a suicide attack at a funeral of a tribal elder in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, police officials have said. Aminullah Amarkhil, the police chief of the northern province, said at least 20 others were wounded in Monday’s attack in Burka District.      Full news...

  • November 30, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Officials hijack cheap housing project
    The Killd Group: Far from providing shelter for the poor, a housing project bankrolled by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has been appropriated by the government. A Killid investigation. Documents in Killid’s possession, including a letter dated Feb 2, 2014, show 64 percent of the apartments in the 179-million USD Qasabah housing project – also called Amarat Township to honour the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – has been shared among office and domestic staff of the president and two vice-presidents.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother’s revenge: Afghan woman “kills 25 Taliban” after son shot dead
    RT: An Afghan mother, enraged by the Taliban’s fatal shooting of her policeman son, has allegedly helped to kill 25 militants. She rushed to a police outpost near her home upon hearing gunfire, before her adrenalin took over and she “began to shoot back.” The incident happened early in the morning on November 17 in the Balabolok district, in the Farah province of western Afghanistan, near the border with Iran.      Full news...

  • November 28, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    30 wounded as bomb explodes in Afghanistan mosque
    At least 30 people were injured after a bomb explosion at a mosque in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Friday. Those injured included the Mullah of the mosque, as officials said the explosives were planted under his seat and blew up while he was delivering the Friday sermon in Khogyani district’s mosque.      Full news...

  • November 27, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans See Corruption as Enduring Legacy
    IWPR: Participants in recent IWPR-organised debates in Afghanistan identified corruption as the most enduring legacy of ex-president Hamed Karzai and the post-Taleban era. Residents of Badghis, Baghlan and Kapisa provinces accused the government of being unable to fight massive corruption in these three provinces because it was itself mired in graft.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Opium and ‘Black Ops’
    American Free Press: The United States has been gradually withdrawing troops from Afghanistan since 2011. According to President Barack Hussein Obama, only 9,800 “peacekeeping” troops will remain by the end of December, and all the troops are supposed to be gone by the end of 2016, ending the longest war in American history. But what exactly are we still doing in Afghanistan after 13 years and why did we really go there in the first place?      Full news...

  • November 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan OKs Terrifying “Night Raids”
    Busines Insider Australia: Afghanistan’s new president has quietly gotten rid of the country’s ban on controversial night raids that are used to catch Taliban insurgents off-guard, The New York Times reports. The country’s previous president, Hamid Karzai, had mostly banned the raids even though the US government has said they’re key to catching insurgents.      Full news...

  • November 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Death toll from Paktika bombing rises to 61 (PHOTOS)
    PAN: The death toll from Sunday’s suicide bombing during a volleyball match in southeastern Paktika province has risen to 61, with more than 66 wounded, officials said. The suicide bomber detonated his explosives as he mingled with the large crowd watching a volleyball match between the Yahyakhel and Yusufkhel districts as part of an inter-district volleyball tournament in the Yahyakhel district at around 4:30 pm.      Full news...

  • November 22, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rockets Hit Afghan Border Province
    IWPR: Afghan security officials say Pakistan’s armed forces have fired nearly 6,000 rockets into the eastern Kunar province just in the past six months. Police say 14 civilians have been killed and more than 70 injured over that time, and over 1,000 families displaced from the worst-hit areas in the Dangam, Shaigal, Marawara and Sirkanay districts.      Full news...

  • November 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Report Denounces Land-Grabbing In Afghanistan
    RFE/RL: An Afghan independent corruption watchdog says the usurpation of state and private land has been "a significant problem" for Afghanistan over the past decade. The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee issued a report on November 19, saying nearly a quarter of a million hectares of land have been usurped during the last 10 years.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Canada Should Remember the Afghanistan War With Shame
    The Huffington Post: It was five years ago today that Richard Colvin delivered his explosive testimony to a House of Commons committee examining Canada’s role in the torture of Afghan detainees. Colvin, a diplomat at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), had served in Afghanistan for 17 months, first as a senior representative at the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team run by Canada, and later as the acting ambassador in Kabul.      Full news...

  • November 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Half a dozen women killed
    PAN: Two women have been killed in northern Faryab province, increasing the number of females killed in the province this solar year to 18. Faryab crime branch police chief Col. Sarbeland Hasham told Pajhwok Afghan News a 37-year-old woman had been shot to death with a pistol in the Pashtunkot district.      Full news...

  • November 15, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Government fails to pay Breshna bills
    The Killid Group: Government fails to pay Breshna bills The new government has promised to solve the country’s chronic power shortage. But state electricity supplier Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat says it is owed millions of Afghanis by government offices. Public entities and offices owe the company 9 million Afs (155,600 USD) of its nearly 12 million Afs (207,500 USD) outstanding receipts.      Full news...

  • November 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A 3-year-old and 12-year-old gang-raped by armed men in Afghan province
    TOLOnews.com: Two young girls, one 12-years-old and one only three, were abducted and raped in Takhar province in just the past week, local officials have confirmed. The parents of the 12-year-old girl, who live in the Yangi Qala district, said their daughter was abducted by armed men late at night six days ago, then taken somewhere and raped.      Full news...

  • November 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At Afghan Border, Graft Is Part of the Bargain
    The New York Times: Some call them “the men who sit on golden chairs” — Afghan customs officials who preside over a vast ecosystem of bribery that stretches from dusty border crossings to the capital. They have become fabulously wealthy by depriving their aid-dependent treasury of at least 500 million USD a year, according to the most conservative foreign estimates.      Full news...

  • November 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions
    IRIN: Abdullah’s wails of pain are punctuated only by his rasping cough. His arms bound to his body, he is five months old but weighs just 3.2kg, lighter than some newborns. In the next bed, three-month old Shukoria looks withered and worn, her face wrinkled and pained. Both are suffering from malnutrition, which affects more than 40 percent of Afghan children, killing thousands every year and leaving millions with permanent disabilities.      Full news...



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