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  • August 31, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Local Police Defect Over Pay
    IWPR: A local policing venture in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kapisa province is faltering as men leave the force because their wages have been cut. The men are part of the Afghan Local Police, originally village militias that have been brought under a centralised command structure since last year. They remain distinct from the regular Afghan National Police, ANP.      Full news...

  • August 31, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police casualties soar
    The Washington Post: They die in assaults on lonely mountain checkpoints and in group beheadings captured on hand-held video cameras. They are engulfed by flaming car bombs and are shot at point-blank range by men who often dress up in the same plain gray uniform as theirs.      Full news...

  • August 30, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Heratis Angered at Afghan Security Forces
    IWPR: Khadija sat by the grave of her only son Sayid, crying bitterly as her her husband attempted to comfort her. “A month ago, my son was coming out of school and crossing the road when a police Ranger vehicle hit and killed him, although the traffic light was red and vehicles were supposed to stop,” said the bereaved father, who lives in Herat in western Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • August 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US “wasted 30bn USD on Afghanistan and Iraq” over decade
    BBC News: The US government has wasted 30bn USD (18bn Pounds) in contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade, according to a bi-partisan spending commission. The commission on wartime contracting blamed an over-reliance on contractors, poor planning and fraud for the waste. It had evidence of lax accountability and inadequate competition, it said.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan airstrike, bombs kill 16
    The Gulf Today: Six Afghan civilians from the same family were killed by a coalition air strike in the insurgent-hit east of the country, local officials said on Friday. A spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said he could not confirm civilians were killed but that several insurgents were among the dead in the operation...      Full news...

  • August 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Using children as suicide bombers to expose other face of Afghan teens’ plight
    Xinhua: Likewise other war-torn countries, the poverty and child labor are common in the war-battered Afghanistan; however, using children as the lethal suicide bombers is a new unimaginable phenomenon that tramples the right of teens in this part of the world. Virtually, in the modern world it is hard to believe that youngsters can be recruited and used as human bombs against humanity...      Full news...

  • August 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    WikiLeaks: US links Australia’s Afghan partner to drugs
    The Age: The United States government believes Australia’s strongest local partner in Afghanistan, who has received direct payments from Canberra, is involved in the narcotics trade that fuels the insurgency. Until last year, the Australian government paid Matiullah Khan for his armed men to work with Australian special forces.      Full news...


  • August 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISI resurrects Hikmatyar group to target Indians
    Daily Pioneer: The Pakistani spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), with the help of Taliban, has revived the Al-Huda outfit of Gulbuddin Hikmatyar to target Indians in Afghanistan. As many as 350 persons have been trained so far particularly to target Indian business interests and development works being executed in the war-torn country.      Full news...

  • August 24, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Billions spent on Afghan police but brutality,corruption prevail
    Reuters: An Afghan policeman shot dead taxi driver Mohammad Jawid Amiri six month ago, for no apparent reason. According to a Kabul police official, the shooting was an accident, and the offending policeman is now behind bars. That’s news to the family of 27-year-old Amiri. They say the only contact with the policeman they had since the shooting was when his family offered a sheep and three bags each of rice and flour as compensation...      Full news...

  • August 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Failing war breeding poverty
    Green Left Weekly: On August 19, a Taliban suicide squad attacked the Kabul offices of the British Council, a government-funded institution that “promotes educational and cultural relations” between Britain and other countries. The August 20 Guardian said at least 12 people were killed, including a New Zealand SAS soldier and three “security contractors” working for multinational security outfit G4S.      Full news...

  • August 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF operation sparks protest in Ghazni
    PAN: Residents of southern Ghazni province protested on Saturday against the killing of four civilians during a nighttime operation by international troops. NATO-led troops killed the civilians during the offensive in the Ghonday area of Gilan district late on Thursday night, resident Zainullah told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • August 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan shelter plan stokes controversy
    CNN: Under the cover of darkness, a 9-year-old girl and her mother ran from their stone and mud home on the outskirts of Kabul. They feared the wrath of her stepfather. “My father was beating me and my mother,” said the girl, who to protect her identity will be referred to as simply Zarina. “He would insult my mother and sometimes wouldn't bring us food.”      Full news...

  • August 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Lawmaker Accused of Drug Smuggling
    TOLOnews.com: Abdul Zaher Qadir, a lawmaker representing Nangarhar in the House of Representatives, has been accused of drug trafficking, a spokesman for counternarcotics department said on Saturday. The counternarcotics department has called on Abdul Zaher Qadir, who also leads the coalition to support law, to answer some questions.      Full news...

  • August 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Insurgent Attacks Taking Toll on Afghan Civilians
    The New York Times: A series of attacks by insurgents in recent days killed numerous civilians, but for the most part failed against military targets. As many as 24 civilians were killed and eight wounded on Thursday morning when two mines planted on a road in western Herat Province exploded, Afghan officials said.      Full news...

  • August 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cost of War to American Taxpayers? Don’t Ask
    AllGov.com: Common sense would dictate that a country that’s spent 10 years fighting two different wars would at least keep track of the fiscal sacrifice that’s been made. But the truth is that Uncle Sam really can’t say for sure how deep it’s had to dig to finance the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.      Full news...

  • August 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan roadside bomb “kills 22” in Herat province
    BBC News: At least 22 people have been killed and many wounded when a roadside bomb hit a crowded minibus in the Afghan province of Herat, officials say. Officials said the bus was full and women and children were among the casualties. It was travelling from Obe district to the provincial capital, which recently passed to the control of Afghan forces.      Full news...

  • August 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    360M USD Lost to Insurgents, Criminals in Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: After examining hundreds of combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, the U.S military estimates 360 million USD in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has spent nearly a decade battling: the Taliban, criminals and power brokers with ties to both.      Full news...

  • August 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Children among 16 injured
    The Frontier Post: A clash between Taliban and foreign forces and a rocket attack left 16 civilians wounded last night in eastern Kunar province, officials said Tuesday. Taliban attacked a base of combined force in Ghondi village of Narang district, sparking a clash, Said Fazlullah Wahidi, governor of Kunar province, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). He said 12 civilians were wounded in exchange of fire.      Full news...

  • August 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Disabled see no change in their lives
    PAN: Afghanistan joined the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but disabled people claim there has been no positive change in their lives. The disabled want work opportunities, vocational training, and a higher monthly salary from the government, saying 650 afghanis a month could not solve their problems.      Full news...

  • August 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Taliban’s War On Children
    VOA: As the tides of war turn against them in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as government and ISAF forces drive deep into territory they once controlled, the Taliban are increasingly targeting children as both victims and weapons of war. The Taliban, never great proponents of education, have a long history of attacking schools and students, particularly girls.      Full news...

  • August 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 civilians killed in roadside bombing in S. Afghanistan
    Xinhua: Five civilians were killed Saturday morning when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, 555 km south of capital city of Kabul, a spokesman for the provincial government said. “A civilian mini-bus touched off a roadside bomb at around 10: 00 a.m. local time Saturday in Nahri Sarraj district triggering a powerful blast that left five civilians dead,” Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.      Full news...

  • August 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Blatant corruption is a way of life in Afghanistan
    Postmedia News: Just off embassy row in the centre of Kabul is a neighbourhood called Sherpur. It’s also spelled Sher Poor, but that’s simply an irony. Because, aside from the streets, which in some places rival rutted mountain passes, there’s nothing poor about Sherpur. Behind the stone and concrete walls that frame Sherpur’s neighbourhood blocks are marbled villas and mansions.      Full news...

  • August 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman commits self-immolation in Jawzjan
    PAN: A 27-year-old woman reportedly committed self-immolation due to a family dispute in northwestern Jawzjan province, an official said on Thursday. The incident took place late on Wednesday night, said Col. Mohammad Jan Abed, the deputy police chief. He linked the suicide attempt to domestic violence. A sister-in-law and mother-in-law of Fazala, the victim, have been arrested for investigation, he said.      Full news...

  • August 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bamyan residents face lack of drinking water
    PAN: Drought has forced more than 20,000 people to walk for hours to fetch drinking water in one district of the central province of Bamyan, residents said on Tuesday. All the nearby water sources are dry. Sufi Rafi, 75, a resident of the Saighan district, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We have not seen such a drought in the last six decades.”      Full news...

  • August 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Nearly nine million face food shortages
    IRIN: Ongoing drought in northern, northeastern and western Afghanistan is likely to push 1.5-2 million more people into food insecurity this autumn, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). This is in addition to the seven million country-wide already facing food shortages.      Full news...

  • August 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan warlord promoted to police chief
    The Age: Australia’s most vital local ally in Afghanistan, controversial warlord Matiullah Khan, has become chief of police in Oruzgan province, after years of receiving money for his fighters to work alongside Australian special forces. Matiullah Khan and the local governor were targeted last month in one of the most serious Taliban attacks this year...      Full news...

  • August 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul killings trigger angry protest
    AFP: Around 200 Afghans burned tyres and blocked key roads near the presidential palace on Tuesday in angry protests after at least three people were killed over a land dispute. The unrest flared just southeast of the Afghan capital Kabul when members of the Kuchi nomadic tribe clashed with guards working for a housing project linked to the family of lawmaker Qais Hasan.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Foreign troops harassing residents after crash
    PAN: Foreign troops have allegedly been detaining and harassing civilians after 31 US Special Force members were killed in a Chinook helicopter crash in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province. Naimatullah, a resident of the Joyee Zarin area, told Pajhwok Afghan News US forces had besieged the Tangi Valley and have been searching people’s houses.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Second NATO helicopter crashes; Afghans protest over killings
    Reuters: A NATO helicopter crashed in Afghanistan's east on Monday but there were no apparent casualties, officials said, another stark reminder of the dangers of the war after 38 people were killed in an air incident, the largest single loss for foreign forces in 10 years. A worrying surge of military deaths is being matched by record casualties among civilians...      Full news...



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