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  • May 31, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan remains dangerous for children: UN
    PAN: UNICEF Representative Peter Crowley on Wednesday said Afghanistan continued to be plagued by conflict and remained one of the world’s most dangerous places for children. There is intensified fighting and increased suffering now at the start of the new “fighting season” in Afghanistan, with renewed hardship for children, Crowley said in a statement on International Children’s Day (June 1).      Full news...

  • May 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Teenage girl raped in Sar-i-Pul
    PAN: A teenager girl alleged on Sunday she was raped by her neighbour in the northern province of Sar-i-Pul. She was sexually assaulted two days ago in the Qazi Kinti village on the outskirts of Sar-i-Pul, Shakiba told Pajhwok Afghan News. “My mother took my sister to Kabul for treatment and my father also went to work. My other sister went to school. My neighbour Mirwais entered my house,” she said.      Full news...

  • May 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nato airstrike kills 14 women and children in Afghanistan
    Mail Online: Fourteen women and children have been killed after Nato warplanes bombed their homes in south-west Afghanistan. Six others were wounded in the attack, according to local reports, after the airstrike in Nawzad district, in the country’s volatile Helmand province. Two women, five girls and seven boys were among the dead, said Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial government.      Full news...

  • May 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul gold rush: western billions bear fruit in luxury property boom for Afghan capital
    The Telegraph: The brochures offering pampered life in state-of-the-art apartments could be selling dream properties in any Western capital. And the ornate towers and palm trees shown in artists’ impressions would look at home in the boulevards of a Gulf emirate. However the chic apartments they advertise will not be built in London, Dubai or New York, but in one of the world’s poorest countries, wracked by a violent insurgency.      Full news...

  • May 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girls’ schools closed in Logar after Taliban threats
    PAN: Eight schools for girls have been closed in the central province of Logar due to threats from Taliban, an official said on Saturday. Two schools were closed in provincial capital, Pul-i-Alam, and six others in Baraki Barak district, Education Director Abdul Matin Jafar told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • May 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    112 killed in Nuristan airstrike: governor
    PAN: As many as 112 people were killed in an airstrike by NATO-led troops in the remote eastern province of Nuristan, a senior official said on Saturday. Twenty-two policemen, 20, civilians and 70 Taliban fighters were among the dead, Governor Jamaluddin Badr told Pajhwok Afghan News, quoting a probe into the incidents.      Full news...

  • May 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan emerges as worst violence-hit state
    The Nation: In average, 10 incidents of armed conflicts and 39 consequent deaths were reported in three main South Asian states - Afghanistan, India and Pakistan - on every day of last month. Every fourth victim of violence was a civilian. Afghanistan continued to be worst hit state by violence in the region as about half of the incidents as well as resultant deaths were reported in the country.      Full news...

  • May 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Foreign troops kill civilians in Maidan Wardak
    PAN: NATO-led troops shot dead three civilians in central Maidan Wardak province, an Afghan official said on Thursday. The deaths took place in Lala Khel area of the province, Shahidullah Shahid, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • May 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Militants hack off Afghan’s nose, ears
    AFP: Militants cut off the nose and ears of an Afghan civil servant, then shot him dead near the capital apparently because he worked for the government, police said Wednesday. Omid, a 30-year-old who like many Afghans went by only one name, was kidnapped in Puli Alam, the capital of Logar province, 60 kilometres (40 miles) south of Kabul, on Tuesday.      Full news...

  • May 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban kill head of Afghan girls’ school
    Reuters: Taliban gunmen have killed the headteacher of a girls’ school near the Afghan capital after he ignored warnings to stop teaching girls, government officials have said. Khan Mohammad, the head of the Porak girls’ school in Logar province, was shot dead near his home on Tuesday, said Deen Mohammad Darwish, a spokesman for the Logar governor.      Full news...

  • May 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Aid workers fight secret war against HIV on Kabul’s backstreets
    The National: The checkpoints on Kabul’s streets and concrete barricades around its key buildings are a reminder of the war Afghanistan has been in since 2001. But beneath some of its bridges are signs of another war - the battle against HIV. During a recent afternoon, aid workers weaved in and out among the hundreds of drug addicts who gather daily under a bridge in the Pul-e Sought-a neighbourhood of the city to smoke and inject heroin.      Full news...

  • May 23, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Police collecting opium tax in Uruzgan
    PAN: Some policemen are collecting the opium tax from farmers while others are smuggling the drug in Deh Raud district of central Uruzgan province, residents alleged on Monday. Checkpoint commanders charge the tax from opium growers in different areas of the district, a member of Deh Raud District Council told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.      Full news...

  • May 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iran executes Afghans in violation of agreement
    PAN: In violation of an agreement with Kabul, Iran continues to execute the Afghan refugees on death row in the neighbouring country, an official alleged on Sunday. Two more Afghans were executed in Sistan city of Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan, on May 7, the official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.      Full news...

  • May 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why US can’t combat Afghan corruption
    Philly.com: My Thursday column was about the most powerful man in Kandahar, President Hamid Karzai’s brother Ahmed Wali Karzai. I promised to write more of my interview with AWK, as he’s called, because this one powerbroker personifies so many of the contradictions that are bedeviling U.S. and NATO forces in Aghanistan.      Full news...

  • May 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    German Soldiers Fired Deliberately at Protesters
    Spiegel Online: Germany’s military, the Bundeswehr, has released new and explosive details about a violent altercation between demonstrators and German soldiers in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday that left 12 dead and dozens wounded, including two German soldiers. In a statement posted on its website Friday morning, the military contradicted its earlier claims and admitted that German soldier had deliberately fired upon the demonstrators.      Full news...

  • May 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police were “rotten to the core”
    BBC News: During the inquest into the murders of five British soldiers by a rogue Afghan policeman, a disturbing picture emerged of the way the Afghan National Police (ANP) operated with British troops. Among the British soldiers’ roles was to train and mentor many of the men, but it became clear from the outset of the inquest that they were shown little respect.      Full news...

  • May 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hundreds rally against NATO forces in Logar
    PAN: Hundreds of residents of Charkh district in central Logar province on Friday protested against NATO-led forces for arresting two sons of a prayer leader. Foreign troops on Thursday night detained the two sons of Maulvi Sahibzada, prayer leader of the district’s main mosque, in the Bazar area during an operation.      Full news...

  • May 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Logar resident dies in detention with foreign troops
    PAN: Foreign troops handed over to family the body of a 25-year-old man with his hand cut off six days after he was arrested on the charge of “links” with Taliban militants in central Logar province, officials said on Friday. Amir Mohammad, the victim, had been arrested by foreign troops during an operation six days ago in Sheikhi village of Charkh district for his alleged ties with the Taliban.      Full news...

  • May 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hope in Afghanistan?
    CounterPunch: Malalai Joya is an Afghan activist, author, and former politician. She served as an elected member of the 2003 Loya Jirga and was a parliamentary member of the National Assembly of Afghanistan, until she was expelled for denouncing other members as warlords and war criminals. She has been a vocal critic of both the US/NATO occupation and the Karzai government, as well as the Taliban and Islamic fundamentalists.      Full news...

  • May 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    35 Afghan road workers killed in Taliban ambush
    BBC News: At least 35 construction workers have been shot dead and 20 injured by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, an official says. Eight insurgents were also killed as guards returned fire during Wednesday night’s ambush, a Paktia provincial spokesman told the BBC. The attack took place in a mountainous district on the highway linking Paktia and Khost provinces.      Full news...

  • May 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Anti-NATO protest resumes in Takhar; 5 injured
    PAN: Five people were injured on a second day of a protest demonstration against foreign troops for what they said killing four civilians in an airstrike in northern Takhar province, officials said on Thursday. On Wednesday, more than a dozen people were killed and 85 others wounded when police opened fire at hundreds of protestors in Taloqan, the provincial capital, after a NATO airsrike killed four civilians...      Full news...

  • May 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government strikes peace deal with controversial Taliban commander
    The Telegraph: The execution of Bibi Sanubar prompted revulsion inside Afghanistan and abroad after she was imprisoned, given 200 lashes before a crowd and then shot three times in the head. Her death in an insurgent-controlled district of the north-west fed fears of a possible return to Taliban-era capital punishment if concessions were made in any peace settlement with the militants.      Full news...

  • May 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: “Twelve dead” at protest over Nato raid
    BBC News: At least 12 people have been killed in northern Afghanistan during a protest against a Nato-led raid, hospital sources have told the BBC. The clashes with security forces in the city of Taloqan left 80 others injured. Some 2,000 demonstrators, some of them armed, took part. They looted shops and tried to attack a German army base. Four people, two of them women, were killed in the Nato-led raid.      Full news...

  • May 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan governor says NATO troops killed child
    Reuters: Foreign troops killed an Afghan child and wounded four others when responding to insurgent fire in volatile eastern Kunar province, the provincial Governor said on Monday, the third accidental killing of young civilians in less than a week. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it had killed "four armed individuals"...      Full news...

  • May 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban recruiting nine-year-old suicide bombers
    The Telegraph: Police seized a nine-year-old and three others aged between 12 and 14 as they tried to cross into eastern Afghanistan. A spokesman for the Afghan intelligence agency said the boy is believed to be the youngest suicide bomber ever intercepted, though children as young as five have been used to plant bombs in Helmand.      Full news...

  • May 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan children look after family
    Xinhua: “I have no choice but to sell shopping bags to support our family. My elder brother also works on street because our father is disabled,” an Afghan child who introduced himself as Shah Jan told Xinhua on Sunday. Dressed in grubby clothes and shouting up “shopping bags, shopping bags” in a crowded downtown bazaar in the Afghan capital Kabul to attract buyers, the poor Shah Jan, 7...      Full news...

  • May 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans protest boy’s killing by U.S. forces
    Los Angeles Times: Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated Saturday against the accidental killing of a 15-year old boy by U.S. forces in a volatile eastern province, leading to the death of at least one protester. The boy’s death occurred late Friday evening in Nangarhar province after he was shot while attempting to pull a gun on Afghan and U.S. troops participating in a mounted patrol.      Full news...

  • May 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: No More Excuses
    The Huffington Post: After 10 long years, the national conversation on the war in Afghanistan has changed significantly. And now, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, used for years to justify the war, is over. The official reasons for continuing the war are disappearing each day. The threat of al Qaeda in Afghanistan has significantly weakened.      Full news...

  • May 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The scars from being born on a dirt floor
    San Diego Union Tribune: What do human rights, women’s rights, civil rights, justice, freedom of religion and freedom of speech have in common? They are all nonexistent in Afghanistan. In my six months here, I’ve witnessed the aftermath of the Taliban rule, which forced Islam on people, murdered women for going to school or not wearing a burqa, and stoned people for speaking their mind.      Full news...

  • May 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Four American Lives and 4 Billion USD Wasted on Afghanistan War Since Bin Laden’s Death
    The Huffington Post: This is the end of the second week since Osama bin Laden's death. During those two weeks, we’ve wasted four more American lives and another 4 billion USD, continuing a war strategy that contributed little to nothing to bin Laden’s death and that makes no sense now that al Qaeda no longer resides in Afghanistan. The vast majority of Americans believe that this is the right time to bring the troops home, and they’re right.      Full news...



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