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  • June 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: Four in 5 approve of Obama’s plan for Afghanistan drawdown
    CBS News: About four in 5 Americans approve of President Obama’s plan to bring troops home from Afghanistan and more than half would approve an even bigger withdrawal, a new CBS News/New York Times Poll finds. In fact, most Americans do not think Mr. Obama’s proposed troop withdrawal goes far enough. Fifty-nine percent of Americans think even more than the proposed one-third of U.S. troops in Afghanistan should be withdrawn.      Full news...

  • June 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Airstrike kills civilians in Wardak: witnesses
    PAN: At least five civilians were killed and nine others wounded in a NATO airstrike in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province on Wednesday, witnesses said. The air raid was carried out in Salar village of the district in the afternoon, Haji Arif, the owner of a private security firm, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...


  • June 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Students complain about low-quality books
    PAN: Students in Kabul are complaining about the low quality of newly published school books, saying they are bound poorly and falling apart. Last year, the Ministry of Education published and distributed 42 million books to primary and secondary school students. The books’ bindings are not stapled and the pages fall out easily, Nabila, a fourth-grader at Kabul Al-fath School, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    250,000 Afghans “flee homes in two years”
    Al Jazeera: More than 250,000 people have been displaced in the last two years of fighting in Afghanistan, and “local police” programmes sponsored by NATO have exacerbated the problem by arming militias, according to a new report from Refugees International. Most of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) fled “international and Afghan military forces’ operations against the Taliban,” the report found.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two small children and a woman raped in Takhar
    AzadiRadio.com (Translated by RAWA): It has been reported from Takhar province that two small girls and a woman had been raped by armed men and some commanders in the past 15 days. Family members of the victims say the rapists were local armed men and commanders and the government has not arrested them.      Full news...

  • June 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan general claims fresh Pakistan shelling
    Al Jazeera: Afghanistan has levelled fresh accusations against Pakistani forces for shelling its border areas, despite denials from Pakistani officials. Ratcheting up tensions between the two neighbours, a senior Afghan border security official said that dozens of mortars landed on Sunday in the eastern Kunar province, injuring and killing several.      Full news...

  • June 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Teacher, young girl killed in Uruzgan
    PAN: Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a teacher in the Khas Uruzgan district of central Uruzgan province, an official said on Sunday. Abdul Qayum, a teacher at the Shah Zaman School, was gunned down by unknown assailants on his way home from school Saturday afternoon, Provincial Deputy Education Director Eid Mohammad Khan Rashidi told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • June 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    While US talks withdrawal, Afghan corruption soars
    Associated Press: The farmer picking apples in the outskirts of Kabul must pay the Taliban $33 to ship out each truckload of fruit. The governor sends in armed men to chase workers off job sites if the official bribes aren't paid. Poor neighborhoods never get their U.N.-provided wheat, long since sold on the black market.      Full news...

  • June 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sixty Die In Bombing Of Afghan Hospital
    RFE/RL: A deadly car bomb has hit a hospital in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province. There is confusion about the number of casualties, with officials saying between 20 and 60 people have died. The hospital building was destroyed and people buried under rubble. Casualties included women, children and elderly.      Full news...

  • June 23, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: Afghanistan, Burma Main Producers of Opium
    VOA: A new U.N. report on illegal drugs says Afghanistan accounts for the majority of the world’s production of opium, while trends show production in Burma to be on the rise. The report also found that between 12 and 21 million people worldwide use opiates, with three-quarters of them using heroin. The U.N.’s drug czar, Yury Fedotov, said at the report’s launch Thursday...      Full news...

  • June 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF kills 2 farmers in Laghman
    PAN: International forces killed two civilians during an operation in the eastern province of Laghman, an official said on Wednesday. Soldiers arrived by helicopter in Wat Jabarkhel village of Alingar district around 12 am and raided the house of a farmer in the village, Alingar District Chief Syed Mohammad Sharif, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • June 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    80,000 people faced landmine danger in western zone
    PAN: More than 80,000 people in the Afghanistan’s western provinces are vulnerable to landmines, a demining coordination centre announced on Wednesday. The Mine Action Coordination Centre for Afghanistan (MACA) said Wednesday that the residents of 140 villages in the provinces of Farah, Herat, Ghor and Badghis were still at risk, despite a recent reduction in mine-related casualties.      Full news...

  • June 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Next Afghanistan battle: Opium
    CNN: Far away from the war, in the remote hills of Badakhshan, there is another battle raging. Trundling into the valleys on dusty roads ripped up by large SUVs, an Afghan task force is heading towards their target: an industry so profitable that many fear it's Afghanistan’s only viable option once the West pulls its troops and money out.      Full news...

  • June 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shelling from Pakistan displaces hundreds in Kunar
    PAN: Ongoing cross-border attacks from Pakistan have displaced hundreds of families in eastern Kunar province, the provincial council said, calling on the Afghan government to prevent the shelling. For the past two weeks, Pakistani forces have been shelling villages on the Afghan border. So far more than 14 people, including women and children, have been killed as a result.      Full news...

  • June 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why Afghan returnees could become Taliban recruits
    GlobalPost: The man sits cross-legged on the floor of his mud house, one of several in a walled compound on the barren outskirts of Kabul, welcoming his visitors with tea, cookies and a wan smile. There’s nothing out here but a few other mud-brick structures, hidden behind walls ― no stores, no schools, no toys for the wide-eyed children. Behind them dusty emptiness stretches as far as the eye can see.      Full news...

  • June 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Brian Haw: The ultimate protester
    Politics.co.uk: Early on Saturday Brian Haw died of lung cancer. It was the end of a life whose last ten years had been among the most unusual in modern British history. He had devoted himself to a solitary protest against Britain's foreign policy, earning himself an unusual place in the history books. His dogged unshakeable stubbornness was as British as the red buses constantly passing by.      Full news...

  • June 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    6 Afghans dead in new cross border attack in Kunar
    PAN: Six civilians have been killed in a new cross-border attack by Pakistani forces on a village in eastern Kunar province, the governor said on Monday. A number of rocket and mortar shells fired from Pakistan struck civilian homes in the Saw village of Nari district on Sunday night, Syed Fazlullah Wahidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • June 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Conflicts, poverty suspend Afghan refugees’ return to home
    Xinhua: Continued Taliban-led insurgency, insecurity incidents, high rate of unemployment and poverty have been main obstacle to delay the return of over six million Afghan refugees from neighboring states. “Almost all Afghan refugees living in neighboring country of Iran prefer to return home country, but they were forced to stay abroad due to continued war, insecurity and high rate of unemployment in Afghanistan,”...      Full news...

  • June 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US-funded Afghan militias “beat, rob and kill with impunity”
    The Telegraph: Residents and officials warn that the rush to recruit local defence forces around Kandahar following the arrival of last year’s surge of American troops had given rise to poorly-controlled armed gangs. They listed armed robberies, thefts and assaults by the militias, saying the groups had become the main worry of many residents in the province’s rural districts.      Full news...

  • June 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Karzai accuses U.S. of using DU weapons in Afghanistan
    Mehr News Agency: The president launched an attack against the U.S.-NATO forces occupying his country on Saturday, saying the motives behind their presence were suspect and complained that their weaponry was polluting his country, The New York Times reported. “Every time when their planes fly it makes smoke, when they drop bombs they have chemical materials in them, our people get killed but also our environment is damaged,” Karzai said.      Full news...

  • June 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fears surface over US-trained local Afghan police
    AFP: A cornerstone US policy to turn Afghan farmers into armed watchmen to keep out the Taliban has hit controversy and been scaled back over allegations of infighting and illegal taxation. In Marjah, the 1,150 trained local police or “arbaki” patrol an area transformed from insurgent hotbed into a mostly peaceful farming district in southern Afghanistan since a military operation 15 months ago.      Full news...

  • June 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    School hit in rocket attack, principal killed
    PAN: A rocket struck a school in central Kapisa province, killing the principle, and injuring two teachers and five students, officials said on Sunday. The rocket landed on Wahdat High School at 11am during a clash between Taliban fighters and security personnel in Tagab district, the district police chief, Col. Padshah Gul Bakhtyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • June 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In the realm of the warlord
    The Age: ON A HOT Afghan morning, The Saturday Age steps past a child’s upturned tricycle, and around a dilapidated armoured vehicle. A vulture carefully watches as we head inside to speak with the man some call the King of Oruzgan. As Western faith in President Hamid Karzai’s capacity to deliver government fades, and with NATO increasingly relying on sometimes brutal allies to fight the insurgency...      Full news...

  • June 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Border police: 8 children killed by Pakistani missiles in past week
    PAN: Four children in the eastern province of Kunar were killed by missiles fired from Pakistan, officials said on Saturday. The incident took place on Friday night when missiles fired from Pakistan’s Mohmand Agency landed on residents’ houses in Shunkrai area of the Sarkani district, provincial governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • June 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The financial scandal that broke Afghanistan’s Kabul Bank
    The Guardian: As he saunters into the shisha bar atop one of Kabul’s most exclusive hotels, the man accused of rivalling only the Taliban in terms of the damage he has done to Afghanistan does not seem particularly haunted by his actions. Nor does he seem worried that he might have to answer for his role in what is, in relative terms given Afghanistan’s tiny economy, the biggest bank collapse in history.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How U.S. Aid Complicates the War in Afghanistan
    International Affairs Review: When the score is tight at the end of a baseball game, a team’s manager calls in his closer, a relief pitcher reserved for throwing the final outs. In April, President Barack Obama called in his closer for Afghanistan, Ryan C. Crocker, the former ambassador to post-war Iraq.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan is most dangerous country for women
    The Sydney Morning Herald: Targeted violence against female public officials, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, a new global survey shows. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia feature in descending order after Afghanistan in the list of the five worst countries, the poll among gender experts shows.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    PTSD incorrectly calculated among soldiers: Veteran’s Administration
    WFRV News: While the war rages on in Afghanistan the military continues to cope with a battle here at home, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To date, the military has diagnosed 78,000 cases of PTSD, but the Veteran’s Administration says that number is inaccurate. To catch up with numbers like that the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend new programs to help both soldiers and their families.      Full news...



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