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  • June 29, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. dog raid rumor sparks violent Afghan clash
    Reuters: Afghan police clashed on Tuesday with dozens of stone-throwing protesters who gathered at a religious school on the outskirts of the capital to complain about arrests by foreign forces. Reuters witnesses saw police firing rounds into the air and on the ground to disperse the protesters, and also what appeared to be three lifeless bodies being carried away by a police vehicle.      Full news...

  • June 29, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghan women jailed for “bad character”
    BBC News: Meet Sorarya and you meet “attitude”. It has something to do with the way she wears her red tunic and trousers, her short cropped black leather jacket, and the way she chews gum and rolls her eyes. “What are you here for?” I ask as we sit in a makeshift beauty parlour, surrounded by a group of Afghan women in less flamboyant attire. “Should I tell her?” she asks the other women with a mischievous grin.      Full news...

  • June 29, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan attorney general says US envoy “threatened” him
    ANP/AFP: Afghanistan’s top prosecutor Tuesday accused US ambassador Karl Eikenberry of threatening to have him removed from his job if he did not take action against an Afghan banker allegedly involved in fraud. "Against all diplomatic ethics, the US ambassador tells me: “If you don't jail him, you must resign,” Alko told reporters, citing a recent conversation with Eikenberry.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite
    The Washington Post: Top officials in President Hamid Karzai’s government have repeatedly derailed corruption investigations of politically connected Afghans, according to U.S. officials who have provided Afghanistan’s authorities with wiretapping technology and other assistance in efforts to crack down on endemic graft. In recent months, the U.S. officials said, Afghan prosecutors and investigators have been ordered to cross names off case files, prevent senior officials from being placed under arrest and disregard evidence against executives of a major financial firm suspected of helping the nation’s elite move millions of dollars overseas.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Police official says eight Afghan civilians killed in NATO raid
    VOA: NATO says a joint Afghan-international force killed a Taliban commander and several armed individuals in southern Afghanistan, but local villagers say the dead are all civilians. In eastern Afghanistan, officials say eight civilians, including women and children, were killed in a roadside bombing in Ghazni province on Monday.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Blackwater deal in Afghanistan questioned by Congress
    The Guardian: The Obama administration has awarded $220m (£146m) in new contracts to the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater to provide security in Afghanistan. This is despite accusations against the company of murder and indiscriminate killings of civilians in Iraq and investigations into alleged corruption and sanctions busting. The contracts have drawn stinging criticism in Congress and assertions that because of Blackwater's reputation for indifference to innocent lives it will jeopardise the mission in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fewer than 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan: CIA chief
    AFP: CIA director Leon Panetta has estimated there are only 50 to 100 Al Qaeda militants operating inside Afghanistan, as US forces work to “flush out” mastermind Osama bin Laden. Mr Panetta said US forces had killed or captured at least half the Al Qaeda leadership, making the terrorist group the weakest it has been since the 9/11 attacks. The spy chief estimated Al Qaeda's numbers have shrunk dramatically in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • June 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO soldier killed in record month in Afghanistan
    AFP: NATO reported on Sunday the 91st foreign soldier killed in what has been a record month for international troop deaths in Afghanistan. In other violence, more than two dozen rebels were killed across the troubled nation, authorities said separately. In all, 311 soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far this year, with the June toll by far the deadliest of any month since the war began in late 2001.      Full news...

  • June 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bodies found beheaded in Afghanistan; 4 troops die
    The Associated Press: Four American troops were reported killed and the bodies of 11 Afghan men, some beheaded, were found in rising violence across Afghanistan. Mohammad Khan, deputy police chief in Uruzgan province, said a villager in the Bagh Char area of Khas Uruzgan district spotted the bodies Friday in a field and called police. "They were killed because the Taliban said they were spying for the government, working for the government," he said.      Full news...

  • June 21, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan drug addiction twice global average: UN
    AFP: Eight percent of Afghans suffer from drug addiction, a rate twice the global average and a “major” growing problem for the world’s leading narcotic producer, a survey warned Monday. Issued by the Afghan government and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the report found around one million people in the country aged 15 to 64 had drug addictions, often to opium and heroin.      Full news...

  • June 21, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Warlords and Taliban receive millions of dollars from the USA
    The New York Times: American taxpayers have inadvertently created a network of warlords across Afghanistan who are making millions of dollars escorting NATO convoys and operating outside the control of either the Afghan government or the American and NATO militaries, according to the results of a Congressional investigation released Monday.      Full news...

  • June 20, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan hit by “alarming” rise in bombings: UN
    AFP: Afghanistan has seen an “alarming” near-doubling of roadside bomb attacks over the past year, a UN report said Saturday, as the US asserted progress was being made in the war-torn country. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “security incidents” have risen significantly as US-led forces make a push in the south and militant activities have grown in the southeast and eastern regions of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • June 19, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    World’s Mining Companies Covet Afghan Riches
    The New York Times: Mining companies around the world are eager to exploit Afghanistan’s newly discovered mineral wealth, but executives of Western firms caution that war, corruption and lack of roads and other infrastructure are likely to delay exploration for years. “Afghanistan could be one of the leading producers of copper, gold, lithium and iron ore in the world,” said Ian Hannam, a London-based banker and mining expert with JP Morgan.      Full news...

  • June 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Update: Wikileaks “confirms” it has video of US massacre in Afghanistan
    Raw Story: The whistleblower website that posted video of a US Army helicopter firing on unarmed civilians and killing two Reuters employees is ready to do it again, its founder says. (A screenshot of the clip appears at right; video available at this link.) Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange says he has obtained video of a US “massacre” that took place in Afghanistan in 2009.      Full news...


  • June 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan schoolgirls hospitalized for possible poisoning
    CNN: About 60 schoolgirls in Afghanistan's Balkh province appear to have been poisoned and required hospitalization, the Ministry of Health said Sunday. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 14. Most suffered minor reactions, ministry spokesman Sakhi Kargan told CNN. It's at least the third suspected poisoning of girls attending schools in Afghanistan this week.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan
    The New York Times: The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency “supports” Taliban
    BBC News: A new report claims to provide the most concrete evidence yet of direct links between Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency and the Taliban in Afghanistan. The report says the ISI is providing funding, training and sanctuary to the Taliban on a scale much larger than previously thought. The document was prepared by the London School of Economics (LSE).      Full news...

  • June 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Courage to Leave
    The New York Times: There is no good news coming out of the depressing and endless war in Afghanistan. There once was merit to our incursion there, but that was long ago. Now we’re just going through the tragic motions, flailing at this and that, with no real strategy or decent end in sight. The U.S. doesn’t win wars anymore. We just funnel the stressed and underpaid troops in and out of the combat zones, while all the while showering taxpayer billions on the contractors and giant corporations that view the horrors of war as a heaven-sent bonanza.      Full news...

  • June 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Scores of schoolgirls poisoned in Ghazni
    PAN: The number of schoolgirls fallen ill after a suspected poisonous gas attack on their school in the volatile southern province of Ghazni has reached 60, medics said on Saturday. The teenage girls of the Jehan Malika High School in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, were hospitalised after smelling the poisonous gas, said the director of Ghazni Civil Hospital, Dr. Ismail Ibrahimi.      Full news...

  • June 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    14 killed in Afghanistan attacks
    AFP: Nine civilians, including four women and three children, died when a bomb ripped through a minibus travelling along the main road leading to the capital of Kandahar province. Eight other civilians were wounded in the attack, which took place in the Maywand area, provincial government spokesman Zalmai Ayobi said.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Abuse drives some Afghan women to suicide
    IWPR: Only someone living in Afghanistan would consider Iran a bastion of freedom and independence for women. But authorities here say such a perception may be what's behind a soaring number of suicides in this western province. Once exposed to Iran's relatively more sophisticated society, women who return to Afghanistan are unable to survive in this restrictive society.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Military Campaigns In Iraq And Afghanistan Cost More Than USD1 Trillion: Report
    RTT News: A report by a non-profit organization which tracks American military spending says the total cost of the US military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan has crossed $1 trillion. According to a report released Thursday by “National Priorities Project,” the ongoing military operations in the two war-ravaged nations are the most expensive ever carried out by American forces since the end of the Second World War.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban execute seven-year-old Afghan boy accused of spying
    The Times of India: Suspected Taliban militants executed a seven-year-old boy in southern Afghanistan after accusing him of spying for the government, a provincial official said Wednesday. The child was captured by the militants in Sangin district of southern province of Helmand Tuesday, Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rapists of a Child are Still Free After a Year
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): The sons of a female member of the Provincial council of Helmand, who raped a child last year, are still free from the hold of the law despite repeated demands and the orders of the authorities. Not everyone has the ability to watch the extremely shocking video clip of this rape, which has reached Kabul as well.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Explosion kills at least 39, wounds 73 at Afghan wedding
    AFP: At least 39 people were killed and 73 wounded by a massive explosion at a wedding in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Wednesday, a senior official said. Most of the victims were male as the explosion occurred in an area of the wedding celebrations reserved for men. An AFP reporter at the hospital counted 10 children among the wounded.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Maternal health needs more than healthcare
    IRIN: Nowhere in the world are as many mothers dying from pregnancy and birth-related complications as in Badakhshan Province, northeastern Afghanistan, where maternal mortality figures are estimated at 6,000 per 100,000 live births, say agencies. Yet, the relatively peaceful province has more maternal healthcare facilities than Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan and several others.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Lack of text books a challenge in Baghlan schools
    PAN: Students at schools in northern Baghlan province have accused education officials of selling their text books to shops in the bazaar. Although the academic year started three months ago, the students say they have not received their books from the Ministry of Education. Stationary and book store owners said officials had sold them the new textbooks.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Garishly incongruous “poppy palaces” lure affluent Afghans
    The Washington Post: For rent on Street 6 in the neighborhood of Sherpur: a four-story, 11-bedroom dwelling of pink granite and lime marble, complete with massage showers, a rooftop fountain and, in the basement, an Asian-themed nightclub. Price: $12,000 a month. It’s a relative bargain in this district favored by former warlords and bureaucrats — Kabul’s version of Beverly Hills.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rule of the gun: Convoy Guards in Afghanistan Face an Inquiry
    The New York Times: For months, reports have abounded here that the Afghan mercenaries who escort American and other NATO convoys through the badlands have been bribing Taliban insurgents to let them pass. After a pair of bloody confrontations with Afghan civilians, two of the biggest private security companies — Watan Risk Management and Compass Security — were banned...      Full news...



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