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  • May 1, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Deadly Afghan-NATO raid sparks protests
    The Associated Press: Hundreds of protesters carrying the bodies of two people killed in a NATO-Afghan raid blocked a key road in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday. The demonstrators say the dead were villagers while the coalition says they were Taliban insurgents. The protest was one of the first since a recent U.S.-Afghan deal on night raids mandated that Afghans were supposed to take the lead in such operations with U.S. forces taking a back seat.      Full news...

  • April 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hundreds demonstrate against war criminals in Afghanistan
    Khaama Press: Several protesters on Monday demonstrated against the war crimes which took place during 27/April/1978 after the Democractic Republic Party of Afghanistan toppled down the government of Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan and 28/April/1992 after the Mujahideen toppled down the Pro-Soviet government.      Full news...

  • April 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Patients Pay for “Free” Drugs at North Afghanistan Hospital
    IWPR: At the Balkh public hospital in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, 24-year-old Yasin was by the bedside of his father, Mahmud, who had been admitted with a head injury. His fellow villagers in Badghis province had beaten him up. “My father was admitted here eight days ago, and since then the doctors have only provided him with eight IV drips,” Yasin told an IWPR reporter.      Full news...

  • April 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan History Endangered by Iran
    OpEdNews: The history of Afghanistan is riddled with foreign invasions, intrigues and interventions. During the last three decades, Iran and Pakistan have played their intrigues and interferences to undermine the foundations of Afghanistan. Iran’s aspiration to become a regional power, to catch its old glory, and to make a powerful influence base in Afghanistan is not unseen...      Full news...

  • April 27, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Youth Group Targets Former Warlords Ahead Of Contentious Holiday
    RFE/RL: A new Afghan youth group is making waves in Kabul with an unprecedented campaign against the country’s former warlords. Members of the Afghan Freedom-Loving Youth Group swept through the streets of Kabul this week, putting up hundreds of posters and spraying graffiti messages critical of the strongmen, many of whom still wield significant influence on the country’s political affairs.      Full news...

  • April 27, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama’s War in Afghanistan is a Disaster
    Socialist Alternative: In January 2012, a video published on websites such as Youtube revealed four U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters. On February 20, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan incinerated several Qur’ans, leading to weeks of protest that left six U.S. military personnel and 30 Afghans dead. Three weeks later, U.S. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales went on an unprovoked killing spree that left 17 Afghan civilians dead, mostly children.      Full news...

  • April 25, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan water & energy minister accused of corruption
    Khaama Press: Chief of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption of Afghanistan disclosed the name of an Afghan cabinet minister who has been charged with corruption. Dr. Azizullah Lodeen while speaking among the Kabul University lecturers said Mohammad Ismail minister of water and energy is involved in stealing money and properties.      Full news...

  • April 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Screams Aren’t Heard
    The Huffington Post: Last weekend, in Kabul, Afghan Peace Volunteer friends huddled in the back room of their simple home. With a digital camera, glimpses and sounds of their experiences were captured, as warfare erupted three blocks away. The fighting has subdued, but the video gives us a glimpse into chronic anxieties among civilians throughout Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • April 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Flash floods in Afghanistan kill 16, destroy 800 houses
    BNO News: At least sixteen people were killed on Sunday as a result of severe flash floods in northern and eastern Afghanistan, local authorities said on Monday. As many as 800 houses are believed to have been destroyed. The flash floods occurred on Sunday and mostly affected the districts of Kushandi and Shulgara, located in the northern province of Balkh, where eleven and four people were killed respectively.      Full news...

  • April 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US atrocities in Afghanistan
    The Nation: I remember once I had a meeting with Hamza Khan, an old Afghan refugee, residing somewhere at a refugee camp in Peshawar. He told me that he had been in Pakistan for the last twenty years. His son Shahzeb Gul was ten years old when the family had to migrate to Pakistan; now that ten years boy is a grownup man of thirty with a family of four children and their mother.      Full news...

  • April 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Textbooks Skip Decades of Violence
    IWPR: In a highly controversial move, Afghanistan’s education ministry has dealt with the complexities of the last four decades of turmoil and war by simply omitting the entire period from the new history textbooks it is issuing to schools. Officials argue that the decision to pass over contentious events of recent history is an attempt to heal rifts in Afghan society and avoid further strife.      Full news...

  • April 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Enough is enough: get us out of Afghanistan
    ABC News: Our leaders have been conning the Australian public for years about the realities of international efforts in Afghanistan. The small army of activists, writers, independent journalists, academics, historians and retired diggers and diplomats who for years have been exposing their untruths usually are ignored, dismissed or ridiculed, including by mainstream media.      Full news...

  • April 18, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. troops posed with body parts of Afghan bombers
    The Los Angeles Times: The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification. The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan’s Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts.      Full news...

  • April 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Opium farming in Afghanistan rising again, bleak UN report admits
    The Guardian: Opium farming will increase across Afghanistan in 2012, driven by insecurity, massive corruption and economic fears for the future, spreading to more areas than it has in the past four to five years, the United Nations has warned. Drugs help fund the Taliban insurgency, but Afghanistan’s elite is also earning huge amounts from the trade...      Full news...

  • April 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    100 girl students apparently poisoned in Takhar
    PAN: More than 100 girl students were hospitalised, apparently poisoned, after drinking water at their school in northern Takhar province, officials said on Tuesday. The incident took place in the afternoon at a girl’s school in the Rostaq district, Mustafa Rassouli, the governor’s office acting spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • April 16, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: an illusion exposed
    The Guardian: For months after the allied invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, there were no Taliban attacks in Kabul. Now, as the weekend’s gun, rocket and suicide attacks demonstrate, they are frequent and fatally effective. This is one measure of the progress of the war, more than 10 years on. There are many others. According to a devastating account from a senior US army officer, the Taliban now range freely across much of the country.      Full news...

  • April 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Coordinated suicide attacks rock Afghanistan
    AFP: Suicide bombers struck across Afghanistan in coordinated attacks Sunday, with explosions and gunfire rocking the diplomatic enclave in the capital as militants took over buildings and tried to enter parliament. Outside the capital, attackers also targeted government buildings in Logar province, the airport in Jalalabad, and a police facility in the town of Gardez in Paktya province.      Full news...


  • April 13, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    3 protesters killed in Faryab protest against night raid
    PAN: Three protestors were killed and another 33, including eight policemen injured, during a clash in northern Faryab province, officials said on Friday. More than 1,000 people took to the streets on Thursday in Maimana, the provincial capital, against the operation that resulted in the death of madraasa teacher Qayamuddin in Arab Khan area.      Full news...

  • April 12, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Lashing Highlights Use Of Shari’a Law
    RFE/RL: It’s the type of punishment that many thought would vanish with the fall of the Taliban, but Shari'a law is alive and well in Afghanistan. One unidentified 20-year-old man has felt the full force of the Islamic legal code in the northern Afghan province of Baghan.      Full news...

  • April 12, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Infiltration of Pakistan, Iran in Afghan Medias: NDS
    Khaama Press: Officials in the Afghan Intelligence Department (National Directorate for Security) announced a number of the local TV channels and a News Agency was financially supported by neighboring Pakistan and Iran. A spokesman for the Afghan National Directorate for Security Lotfullah Mashal said, a number of the programs broadcasted by these TV channels and News Agency are displayed with a motive to disrupt the thinking of the Afghan people.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The Quagmire of U.S. Occupation
    Stars and Stripes: The U.S. war and occupation of Afghanistan was supposed to bring stability and democracy. Instead, Afghanistan remains a country on the brink of disaster – one that has clearly been exacerbated by the U.S. presence. More than 10 years after the U.S. war began, in spite of the presence of about 2,000 international aid groups, at least $3.5 billion in humanitarian funds and 58 billion USD in development assistance...      Full news...

  • April 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Foreigners blamed for graft in reconstruction schemes
    NNI: A senior advisor to President Hamid Karzai blamed foreigner contractors for rampant corruption in reconstruction projects, which had also led to inferior quality infrastructure jobs. “For example, when there is embezzlement of 100 USD in a development project, 80 percent of it will go to foreigners,” Mohammad Yousuf Pashtun, told a press conference in Kabul.      Full news...

  • April 10, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide attacks kill 19 in Afghanistan
    Reuters: Suicide bombers killed at least nineteen people in attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, including 11 Afghan police, as insurgents ramped up violence ahead of the traditional summer fighting months. Two bombers, including one wearing a head-to-toe covering burqa, blew up a car laden with explosives on the airport road outside the western city of Herat...      Full news...

  • April 9, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman beheaded in Khost
    PAN: A 40-year-old woman was beheaded in the Alisher district of southeastern Khost province, officials said on Monday. The incident took place in Parokhil area on Sunday night and the woman’s dead body was found outside her house early in the morning, the district police chief said.      Full news...

  • April 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban are Pak Army proxies, not Pashtun nationalists - II
    The Friday Times: Pakistan has been actively pursuing a foreign policy rooted in religious discourse vis-a-vis Afghanistan. This is also because Kabul was pursuing a foreign policy rooted in secular Pashtun ethno-nationalism, including its claims over the Pashtun territory of Pakistan. Secondly, Pakistani army, deeply concerned about its military imbalance vis-a-vis India...      Full news...

  • April 5, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan sees rise in ‘dancing boys’ exploitation
    The Washington Post: The 9-year-old boy with pale skin and big, piercing eyes captivated Mirzahan at first sight. “He is more handsome than anyone in the village,” the 22-year-old farmer said, explaining why he is grooming the boy as a sexual partner and companion. There was another important factor that made Waheed easy to take on as a bacha bazi, or a boy for pleasure: “He doesn’t have a father, so there is no one to stop this.”      Full news...

  • April 2, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sherzai accused of grabbing state land
    PAN: A number of Momand tribal elders from eastern Nangarhar province on Monday blamed the governor and several traders for grabbing state land, but the provincial administration rejected the claim as baseless. Tribal elders and district council head Haji Jehanzeb told a news conference in Kabul Governor Gul Agha Sherzai and traders Haji Ghaljai, Haji Maluk and Mullah Jan had grabbed 10,000 acres land in the Surkh Diwal area of Rodat district.      Full news...

  • April 1, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Lifting the veil on Afghanistan’s female addicts
    Reuters: Anita lifted the sky-blue burqa from her face, revealing glazed eyes and cracked lips from years of smoking opium, and touched her saggy belly, still round from giving birth to her seventh child a month ago. “I can’t give breast milk to my baby,” said the 32-year-old Anita, who like other women interviewed for this story, declined to give her full name. “I’m scared he’ll get addicted.”      Full news...