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  • October 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Protestors accuse MP of grabbing their land
    PAN: Dozens of people protested on Wednesday against a public representative from Kabul in the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, for grabbing their land in the Bagrami district. Nearly 100 people staged a peaceful demonstration in front of the Wolesi Jirga, blaming MP Allah Gul Mujahid for seizing 100 acres of their land in the Shanan Qala area of the district.      Full news...


  • October 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bomb Leads To Fatal Fire On Tanker Near Kabul
    The New York Times: A fuel tanker with a bomb hidden on board exploded Tuesday night on the road to Bagram Air Base, setting off an inferno that killed at least 10 people and left dozens more badly burned, many critically, local officials and witnesses said. The explosion happened in Parwan Province, about 35 miles north of the capital, Kabul, just one day before Afghan officials were to list the province as one of 17 areas under consideration for the second stage of security transition from NATO to Afghan control.      Full news...


  • October 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.N. Tally Excluded Most Afghan Civilian Deaths in Night Raids
    IPS: A July United Nations report asserting that only 30 civilians died in targeted raids in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2011 reflected only a very small fraction of night raids in which civilians were killed, according to officials of the independent Afghan commission which had co-produced the 2010 report on civilian casualties with the U.N. Mission.      Full news...

  • October 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Muammar Gaddafi’s Death: Will Libya Become the New Afghanistan?
    Philly2Philly.com: Muammar Gaddafi was killed after being captured by the Libyan fighters he once scorned as “rats,” cornered and shot in the head after they overrun his last bastion of resistance in his hometown of Sirte. Three days later, the new leaders of Libya declared their country “liberated”, paving the way for an interim government.      Full news...

  • October 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Alcohol Users Face Lash in Afghan Province
    IWPR: Judges in Afghanistan’s southeast Nangarhar province have started sentencing anyone caught drinking alcohol to 80 lashes. When the Taleban movement was in power in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, penalties derived from Islamic law were routinely imposed, such as stoning for adultery and amputation for theft. The post-2001 Afghan judiciary abandoned such methods.      Full news...

  • October 23, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Married girl hanged to death in Ghor
    PAN: A young woman was allegedly hanged to death by her father-in-law in western Ghor province, officials said on Sunday. The 22-year-old was found dead on the outskirts of Chaghcharan late on Saturday, deputy police chief, Col. Abdul Rashid Bashir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Allegedly Forced Onto Mined Roads
    NPR: Villagers from a violent part of southern Afghanistan say that Afghan troops, along with several American mentors, forced civilians to march ahead of soldiers on roads where the Taliban were believed to have planted bombs and landmines. No one was hurt. But if the allegations are true, the act would appear to violate the Geneva Conventions governing the treatment of civilians.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bitter Medicine in Helmand
    IWPR: Falling ill in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan is a risky business, as the cure can be worse than the ailment itself, Residents say unregulated sales of pharmaceuticals, often administered by poorly-trained medics, pose a serious threat to people’s lives. Medicines well past their sell-by date are smuggled in from Pakistan and sold on the open market in Helmand and other parts of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Executions in Iran spark protest in Kabul
    PAN: Dozens of residents staged a protest demonstration in the capital Kabul on Saturday against Iran’s refusal to hand over the bodies of Afghan prisoners executed in Iran. Calling for an end to the executions, the protesters, including relatives of 26 Afghans executed in the neighbouring country over the past two months, gathered before Parliament.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Residents blame private security guards for robberies
    PAN: The residents of Khanisheen district of southern Helmand province on Saturday accused private security guards of complicity in armed robberies. The guards of private security firms, deployed along highways, have hand in thefts, resident Balo Aka, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He alleged the guards brazenly searched passengers and extorted money from them.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Some Afghan ministers have embezzled millions: anti-graft chief
    Reuters: At least two Afghan cabinet ministers have embezzled millions of dollars of public money, the country’s anti-graft chief said at the weekend, adding to Western pressure on President Hamid Karzai to clean up his government. Donor countries say corruption in Karzai’s administration is endemic, and a fundamental threat to their efforts to stabilize the country...      Full news...

  • October 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Many Daikundi schools without buildings
    PAN: With almost 76 percent of schools across Daikundi province having proper buildings, more than 100,000 students are still studying under tents, officials said on Friday. A total of 334 schools are operating in the province, Director of Education Sardar Ali Jafri told Pajhwok Afghan News. As many as 118,104 students are taught under trees, in mosques and rented houses.      Full news...

  • October 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 protestors killed, 5 injured in Balkh
    PAN: Two men were killed and five others injured in gunfire at a protestors in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Friday. Hundreds of residents of the Sajjadia Township staged the protest for land ownership rights, blaming Deputy Governor Muhammad Zahir Wahdat and township director, Ghulam Rasul, for the resale of their plots.      Full news...

  • October 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mass grave found in Afghanistan – reports
    Reuters: A mass grave that might be decades old, containing dozens of skulls, was found in north Afghanistan on Thursday, Afghan officials said. Villagers discovered the grave in the Rustaq district in the province of Takhar, said Faiz Mohammad Tawhidi, a spokesman for the Takhar governor.      Full news...

  • October 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bad Guys vs. Worse Guys in Afghanistan
    The New York Times: One afternoon this summer, in a park beside the Ajmil River, I sat with seven residents of Shahabuddin, a collection of villages in northern Afghanistan’s Baghlan Province. It was the first week of Ramadan, and the park was almost empty, but still the men — some middle-aged, others stooped and gray-bearded — whispered conspiratorially and became silent whenever anybody walked close.      Full news...

  • October 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    MPs accused of having ties to armed groups
    PAN: Lawmakers from eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday accused some of their colleagues and former jihadi leaders of having links with illegal armed groups blamed for insecurity and corruption. Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar told the upper house people of the eastern province had told him that a number of illegal armed had emerged in Nangarhar.      Full news...

  • October 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Time to end night raids in Afghanistan
    Foreign Policy: Every night throughout Afghanistan, international forces launch kill/capture raids on Afghan homes. Over the past two years, the use of night raids, particularly by US Special Operations Forces, has skyrocketed-increasing at least five-fold since February 2009, indicating an important tactical shift by US and international forces in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • October 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local Reconstruction Effort Goes Awry
    IWPR: I was going from the centre of Kapisa province to my own district, Tagab, in a crowded taxi one day. Passengers normally chat to each other in Afghanistan, mostly discussing the political situation and the government’s activities and deficiencies. When the vehicle crossed a bridge or a road, the passengers complained that although they had only been built two months ago they had already been destroyed.      Full news...

  • October 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans struggle with economic woes
    Xinhua: “Yet again, a new cold winter is coming but I have no enough money to buy firewood after buying food staff with price increasing week by week,” said a resident in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Wali Khan, who came to buy brushwood in a firewood market. Khan, 45, head of an 11-member family, said he and two of his sons have jobs with low income to feed the big family...      Full news...

  • October 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul’s “unnoticed” child workers
    CNN International: From dusk until dawn, 12-year-old Fayaz toils at his uncle’s blacksmith shop in Kabul. While other kids his age are in school, he’s swinging a heavy sledgehammer and doing physically exhausting work that he knows is not meant for a boy. But he doesn't have much choice. It has been that way since he was 7, when his father got sick.      Full news...

  • October 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan and Libya
    Leadership: This October marks the 10th anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan under the pretext of self-defense. The roots of events – including the 9/11-attacks in the US – that led to the need to invade Afghanistan date back to actions during the days of the Cold War which set a train of events in motion that might just in future still reverberate through a potential deadly blowback from the present-day conflict in Libya.      Full news...

  • October 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    27 killed in cross-border attacks: Kunar police chief
    PAN: Twenty-seven people have been killed and 42 others wounded in recent Pakistani incursions into eastern Kunar province, officials claimed on Monday. A day earlier, President Hamid Karzai said media reports about Pakistani shelling of Afghan areas were exaggerated. Reports about casualties and property damage were played up, he added.      Full news...

  • October 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Foreign troops kill three of a family
    PAN: International troops killed three family members of a former senator, Sami Jan Sherzad, and detained two others during a nighttime raid in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Sunday. Noor Agha, a nephew of Sherzad, was killed along with two daughters, aged 18 and 20 years, during a raid on their house at midnight in the Momad village of Gardan Masjid Valley in Chak district, said a relative of the victims, Hayatullah Halim.      Full news...

  • October 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Elderly woman injured in ISAF raid
    PAN: An elderly woman was injured when foreign troops raided her house in the northern province of Faryab, officials said on Sunday. The 50-year-old was injured during Saturday’s operation, which was conducted without coordination with local security forces in the Gozar Khwaja Abad village on the outskirts of Maimana, the provincial capital, police chief, Brig. Gen. Syed Ahmad Sami, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • October 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 girls’ schools set on fire in Nangarhar
    PAN: Suspected militants stormed two girls’ schools in the Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province, destroying one and partially damaging the other, officials said on Sunday. The schools were set on fire in Chahardi and Barikab areas late on Saturday night, district chief, Israrullah Qarizada, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • October 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Child Street Workers Vulnerable to Abuse
    IWPR: In the relentless heat of a summer’s day in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, most people are trying to find some shade, but 11-year-old Mohammad Rafiq is walking the streets carrying a box full of shoe-shining equipment. Dripping with sweat, the boy asks passers-by, “Uncle, may I polish your shoes?”      Full news...

  • October 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan farmer: I tried, but have to grow poppies to survive
    NBC News: Afghan farmer Ismael Iyas Khail had gotten out of the poppy planting business six years ago, but desperation has brought him back in. The current market value of opium poppies is approximately 1,500 USD per kilogram, four times the amount he used to sell it for. As a poor 27-year-old farmer with no other economic opportunities, he needs the money to survive.      Full news...

  • October 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian injured as Afghan, Iran border guards trade fire
    PAN: An Afghan civilian was wounded during an exchange of fire between Afghan and Iranian border guards in southwestern Nimroz province, an official said on Thursday. The trade fire took place after Iranian border guards violating Afghanistan’s border wanted to dig a canal in a disputed area, a police officer told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.      Full news...



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