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  • February 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Deadly Day Around Afghanistan, as Attacks Kill 17
    The New York Times: Attacks in four parts of the country left at least 17 people dead on Friday, including two German soldiers, four Afghan police officers and 11 civilians, signaling the tenaciousness of the insurgency even through the winter. The most lethal incident occurred in the southeast province of Khost, on the edge of the provincial capital of the same name...      Full news...

  • February 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fed Up Americans Run First-Ever Anti-Afghanistan-War TV Ad
    The Huffington Post: Americans of all ideological persuasions are fed up with the Afghanistan War. We’re fed up with a 5.7 US$ billion-per-month military campaign that’s gone nowhere over the past 12 months. We’re fed up with being told we’ll have to do without vital public services because of the sorry state of our national finances, while at the same time our politicians are spending 2 billion USD a year to police a dusty Afghan town called Marjah.      Full news...

  • February 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Some Afghans say insecurity persists despite surge
    Associated Press: Schoolteacher Abdul Rahman drops his voice to a whisper as he watches U.S. troops guard a street where insurgents attacked a police headquarters a day earlier in this capital of the province that was the birthplace of the Taliban. “The foreign forces are everywhere, but they are not helping us,” Rahman said as he sat in a cracked plastic lawn chair with his friends outside a photo shop.      Full news...

  • February 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A young girl killed by powerful locals in north Afghanistan
    TOLOnews.com (Translated by RAWA): President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the killing of a young girl in Takhar province in a newspaper. The office of the president told a newspaper that the president has ordered the National Security Council, ministries of internal affairs, administration of National Security and local officials in Takhar, to arrest the people involved hand them over to the law.      Full news...

  • February 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    300 million USD spent in the Afghan war everyday
    RFI (Translated by RAWA): In 2012, the budget of external operations will reach 117.8 billion US dollars. This is 40 billion lesser than last year meaning this budget of 2012 will be 26% lesser than the year before. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said this decrease in budget is due to the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.      Full news...

  • February 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    112 Afghans killed in the past week
    PAN: The number of civilians, security forces and insurgents killed last week rose to 112, a 57 percent increase on the previous week, an official said on Monday. The victims include 51 insurgents, 30 civilians and 31 policemen, the interior ministry spokesman, Zumarai Bashari, told reporters during a press conference in Kabul.      Full news...

  • February 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Charity demands justice for Afghan people
    Ekklesia: The British government faces new pressure for the immediate withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan and a negotiated settlement which guarantees self-determination, security and human rights for the Afghan people. It comes amid mounting evidence that Afghans are paying a terrible price for the ongoing occupation of their country.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Child Victims On The Rise: U.N Report
    The Huffington Post: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the report, which covers a two-year period from September 1, 2008 to Aug. 30, 2010, that children continue to be victims of suicide and rocket attacks, improvised explosive devices, and military operations by the Taliban and other armed groups as well as Afghan and international forces.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The reality of Britain’s War in Afghanistan
    New Statesman: As the US-led occupation of Afghanistan enters its tenth year, casualties have risen among Afghan civilians and NATO forces alike, making the last 12 months the bloodiest of the conflict to date. US and British forces are engaged in a dirty war in Afghanistan, using aerial bombing, drone attacks, torture prisons and corporate mercenaries against the Afghan people, all of which are fuelling further insecurity and fostering human rights abuse.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. contractor with poor ratings hired for more Afghan work
    McClatchy Newspapers: A U.S. contractor who’s continued to receive government contracts despite criticism of its work in Afghanistan got low ratings for its performance on two more high-profile projects in the war-torn country than had been disclosed previously. McClatchy Newspapers has learned that the U.S. government criticized Black & Veatch for poor oversight and delays on a Kabul power plant project...      Full news...

  • February 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Floods, heavy snow kill 25 in two weeks
    IRIN: Flash floods and heavy snowfall killed 25 people and damaged up to 3,000 houses in different parts of Afghanistan over the past two weeks, according to government officials. At least 20 people died and 53 have been injured in Parwan, Herat, Wardak and Daykundi provinces, the Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA) said.      Full news...

  • February 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    19 killed in Taliban strike at Afghanistan police headquarters
    Los Angeles Times: A team of Taliban gunmen and bombers struck provincial police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar on Saturday, killing at least 19 people and demonstrating a continued ability to mount complex attacks in a metropolis that has been a principal focus of Western military efforts. The chaotic battle killed at least 15 Afghan policemen, two Afghan soldiers and two civilians, Kandahar Gov. Tooryalai Wesa told reporters.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iran, Pakistan Accused Over Violence in Helmand
    TOLOnews.com: Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal said insurgents receive training in Iran and Pakistan and are then sent to southern parts of the country to carry out attacks against the government and foreign forces. Governor Mangal said momentum of the Taliban has been reversed in most districts of the province and they no longer have the potential to fight.      Full news...

  • February 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan airstrikes up dramatically in Jan.
    Air Force Times: American planes drastically escalated the intensity of the air war over Afghanistan in January. U.S. jets — most of them Air Force — last month attacked insurgents with guns, bombs and missiles 293 times, which is three times more than in December and two times more than in January 2010.      Full news...

  • February 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hungry Afghanistan faces prospect of drought in 2011
    Reuters: Afghanistan could face a serious drought in 2011 that would make millions of poor go hungry and fuel instability as foreign troops seek to reverse surging violence in the battle against the Taliban. Low rainfall early in the wet season will likely threaten Afghanistan’s irrigated harvest, U.S. forecasts show, which with a surge in global grain prices could be devastating for a nation already ranked as having the world's worst food security.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan war killed 2 children daily in 2010: report
    Reuters Canada: An average of two children per day were killed in Afghanistan last year, with areas of the once peaceful north now among the most dangerous, an independent Afghan rights watchdog said on Wednesday. The Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) said in a report that, of the 2,421 civilians the group registered as killed in conflict-related security incidents in 2010, some 739 were under the age of 18.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Stigma hampers Afghan fight against AIDS
    Reuters: Through a blue gate, they come for treatment in the early morning, faces wrapped in scarves against the cold. For now it’s a trickle, but their numbers are rising. “I try to keep it secret, especially from my mother,” said a 26-year-old HIV patient at a foreign-run clinic in the Afghan capital, Kabul. “If she knew I had HIV, she would die.”      Full news...

  • February 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: UN urges more action on child rights
    IRIN: All parties in Afghanistan should do more to protect children in armed conflict: Taliban insurgents must stop recruiting child soldiers or using them as suicide bombers, while the government must clamp down on the recruitment and/or sexual exploitation of boys by pro-government militias, the UN and human rights organizations say.      Full news...

  • February 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban assassins on motorbikes strike fear in Afghanistan
    The Star: Day and night, Taliban assassins on motorbikes hunt their victims, often taunting them over the telephone before gunning them down in the city’s streets. They are working their way through lists, meticulously killing off people fingered as collaborators with the Afghan government or its foreign backers. Unlike suicide bombers, who make headlines with periodic attacks that take themselves out along with their targets...      Full news...

  • February 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Can the U.S. Make Amends After Blowing Up an Afghan Town?
    Time: Haji Abdul Hamid pulls out a satellite photograph featuring a cluster of mud-brick compounds engulfed by thick pomegranate orchards. It is labeled “Before.” “These were my houses,” says the 60-year-old Afghan farmer, outlining a row of buildings. From a bundle of papers he then produces a second image labeled “After” and nods in the direction of an American soldier standing nearby...      Full news...

  • February 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government accuses 16 security firms of violations
    The Washington Post: An Afghan government probe of private security companies has accused 16 firms of violations that include employing too many guards, failing to pay taxes for up to two years, and keeping unregistered weapons and armored vehicles. The allegations, contained in a list being circulated in Kabul, represent the most detail to date about the government's case against several prominent U.S. and British security firms in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Feature: Drug producer Afghanistan experiencing tragedy of drug problems
    Xinhua: Afghanistan, known as one of the leading producers of drugs and causing health problems around the world, is experiencing the same tragedy today, despite an international effort to stamp the illegal trade out. There are around one million Afghans suffering from drug addiction, of whom 13 percent are children and 20 percent are women, but only five percent of the drug users can get medical treatment...      Full news...

  • February 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What Would You Spend One Dollar On? Afghanistan’s Children Respond
    The Huffington Post: As the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan enters its 10th year, it is notable that most Afghan children have never known peace. Unlike confrontations fought on distant battlefields, the inherent peril of war has found intimacy within their homes and villages. When the threat of dying is real and ever-present, it shapes your view of the world.      Full news...

  • February 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police “have drug culture”
    The Press Association: A culture of drug-taking and “indiscipline” exists among Afghan nationals working with British troops in Afghanistan, a preliminary inquest hearing into the deaths of five British soldiers has been told. The UK troops were murdered by an Afghan policeman on November 3 2009. The soldiers were gunned down without warning by an officer      Full news...

  • February 6, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iranian regime mutilated bodies of dead Afghan workers
    Radio Azadi (Translated by RAWA): Recently, bodies of some Afghan workers in Iran have been brought back to Ghor province in Afghanistan. The examination of the bodies shows that they have been cut and sewn back for unknown reasons. The relatives of the dead claim that maybe these operations have been performed to remove and sell the internal organs of the workers.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    January death toll in Afghanistan was 100 civilians, 80 police
    Deutsche Presse Agentur: The death toll in January in Afghanistan reached 100 civilians and 80 police, from a total of more than 300 attacks, the interior ministry announced Sunday. The figure for January represents a four per cent drop on December's figures. Most of the civilian victims were killed by roadside bombs, the favoured weapon of the Islamist militias.      Full news...

  • February 5, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Stoning victim was bought bride
    The Scotsman: A YOUNG woman stoned to death in Afghanistan’s north had run away from home because her father had sold her into marriage with a wealthy relative, The Scotsman can reveal. Sediqa, thought to be in her early twenties, fled her village with another man, when she realised the “fiancé” who bought her was old and already married.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police “nearly as unpopular as Taliban in south”
    Reuters: Afghanistan’s police force is only slightly more popular than the Taliban in the insurgent heartlands of the south, according to a survey commissioned by the UN. The results of the poll, published today, portrayed a police force widely viewed by Afghans as corrupt and biased, underscoring doubts about a planned Nato handover. About half the 5,052 Afghans surveyed across all 34 provinces said they would report crime elsewhere.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against Afghan women hit record
    The Nation: More than 4,000 incidents of violence against women have happened in nine months last year in Afghanistan, a senior official in Ministry of Women’s Affairs said. Officials in ministry of women’s affairs strongly condemned stoning of a newly-wed couple in northern Kunduz province and rape incidents in western Herat province.      Full news...



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