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  • July 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Family of Afghan girl raped and killed by local strongmen demands justice
    BBC Persian & BBC Radio (Translated by RAWA): A year after the rape and murder of a young girl in northern Afghanistan, her family claims the perpetrators of these crimes threaten them and have burnt down their home. The parents of the girl have fled from their home in Rostaq district of Takhar province, along with seven of their children and come to Kabul to follow the case of their daughter.      Full news...

  • July 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    More than 250 missiles fired from Pakistan in Kunar province
    Khaama Press: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan at least 250 missiles have been fired in three districts in this province since Saturday night in fresh wave of cross border attacks from Pakistan. Provincial governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi confirming the report said the missiles were fired in Dangam, Shegal and Nari districts where at least three Afghan civilians were injured.      Full news...

  • July 25, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against women on the rise in Farah
    PAN: Violence against women, including murder, has increased in the western province of Farah this year, officials said on Wednesday. “My daughter’s hands and feet were tied up with chains and hot water poured all over her body by her husband. He killed my daughter before cutting her lips, ears, nose and other body parts with scissors,” said the victim’s father.      Full news...

  • July 25, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Former Afghan Warlords Dispute Leaked Report Linking Them To Atrocities
    RFE/RL: Afghanistan’s former warlords and militia leaders have slammed the leaked findings of an unpublished report that implicates hundreds of them in atrocities committed during the country’s devastating civil war in the 1990s. Titled “Conflict Mapping In Afghanistan Since 1978,” the damning report accuses up to 500 members and leaders of rival ethnic and political groups...      Full news...

  • July 25, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan family works to pay off crushing debt
    The Associated Press: For Razi Khan, a debt of almost $900 has condemned him and his family to years of work in a brick factory in an eastern Afghan city, with little or no hope of ever paying it off. Khan has eight children. Six of them, including a 4-year-old, toil at the brick factory to pay off a crushing debt that has followed him for the past six years.      Full news...

  • July 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Top Afghans Tied to ’90s Carnage, Researchers Say
    The New York Times: The atrocities of the Afghan civil war in the 1990s are still recounted in whispers here — tales of horror born out of a scorched-earth ethnic and factional conflict in which civilians and captured combatants were frequently slaughtered en masse. Stark evidence of such killings are held in the mass graves that still litter the Afghan countryside. One such site is outside Mazar-i-Sharif, in the north.      Full news...

  • July 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cleric held for raping schoolgirl
    PAN: A prayer leader was detained on the charge of sexually abusing a schoolgirl during the holy month of Ramazan in northern Samangan province, the Ministry of Interior said. A statement from the ministry said the detainee from Dara-i-Sauf district was a prayer leader at a mosque in Aibak, the provincial capital. He was arrested on Sunday night.      Full news...

  • July 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The political void
    The Herald: When at the Bonn conference in 2001 Hamid Karzai was appointed Afghanistan’s interim president by his international supporters, he came to occupy this position without any local backers. He had no traditional constituency and no political party, but has been able to exert his power for the past 10 years through his strong associations with the international community...      Full news...

  • July 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Boy, 13, sexually abused in Balkh
    PAN: Police had arrested a man accused of sexually harassing a 13-year-old boy in northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday. A day earlier, Mohammad Nasir, a resident of the Pul Zori village in Chamtal district, told the police his son, Mohammad Ismail, was sexually abused by two men at gun point.      Full news...

  • July 21, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban publicly whip kidnappers
    PAN: Taliban fighters whipped two suspected kidnappers in the Charkh district of central Logar province on Saturday, said an official. The rebels brought the suspects on motorcycles to the Shash Qala bazaar and asked locals to converge on the area, a resident of the district, Abdul Basir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • July 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US behind unrest, allege experts
    PAN: Some Kabul-based political analysts believe the US has “a special role” in Afghanistan’s instability, but others link this and other challenges to the incumbent government’s inefficiency. The views were aired by participants of this week’s radio and TV programme, “Your Voice”, a joint initiative of the Killid media group and its partners -- Pajhwok Afghan News and Saba Media Organistaion -- within the newly-created Afghanistan Media Consortium.      Full news...

  • July 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Old Mines Bring New Casualties In Afghanistan
    NPR: Windblown villages of mud houses surround the huge Bagram Airfield north of Kabul. These poor villagers make a living in ways that can also kill them: They graze their animals or forage for scrap metal — often on a NATO firing range. The East River Range dates to the 1980s, when the Soviet army occupied Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • July 16, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Another Afghan murder spotlights growing violence against women
    Reuters: Pressing her cheek against the fresh grave of her newly married teenage daughter, Sabera yowls as she gently smears clumps of dirt over her tear-stained face. “My daughter! Why did they kill you so brutally?” the mother screams in the sparsely filled cemetery in Parwan province, 65 km (40 miles) north of the Afghan capital, Kabul.      Full news...

  • July 16, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama’s “Global Jail” in Afghanistan
    The Daily Beast: Guantanamo Bay is still often in the public eye, especially now that a military commission is pursuing the 9/11 case there against alleged terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But there’s a site where the United States is holding detainees overseas in even more restrictive conditions then Guantanamo: a prison in Afghanistan, at the sprawling Bagram Air Base.      Full news...

  • July 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide bomber kills 22, wounds 40 at Afghanistan wedding
    The Associated Press: A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday in a wedding hall in northern Afghanistan, killing more than 20 people including a well-known commander in an attack that deals a setback to efforts to unify the nation’s ethnic factions, Afghan officials said. Ahmad Khan Samangani, an ethnic Uzbek who is also a member of parliament, was welcoming guests to his daughter’s wedding when the explosion occurred in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province.      Full news...

  • July 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Child Labor
    The Wall Street Journal: A video shot by an 18-year-old Afghan in the claustrophobic passages of a coal mine casts new light on one of Afghanistan’s most disturbing challenges. Children as young as 10 toil in illegal mines, often for 12 hours a day, activists say. Afghan officials agree the problem is stubborn despite recent efforts.      Full news...

  • July 13, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pakistan again fires missiles into Kunar
    PAN: Pakistani soldiers fired 21 missiles into the Shegal district of eastern Kunar province, injuring two civilians, an official said on Friday. The governor’s spokesman, Wasifullah Wasifi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the missiles -- fired over the past 24 hours -- landed in Shaltan and other border areas.      Full news...

  • July 12, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan, from bad to worse
    Chicago Tribune: If Charles Dickens were writing “A Tale of Two Cities” about today’s Afghanistan, his opening line would be abbreviated: “It was the worst of times.” “Sunday was a particularly deadly day in Afghanistan,” reported The Associated Press this week. Roadside bombs and militant attacks killed seven American soldiers, 19 Afghan civilians and seven Afghan policemen.      Full news...

  • July 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Militants blow up Nangarhar school
    PAN: Unidentified gunmen blew up a boys’ school in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Wednesday. The district chief, Haji Abdul Khaliq Maroof, told Pajhwok Afghan News that nearly 45 armed men destroyed the school on Tuesday night.      Full news...

  • July 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man stabs spouse, child to death
    PAN: A man stabbed his mother-in-law, spouse and a child to death and injured two other relatives in the Guzra district of western Herat province, an official said on Wednesday. The triple murder case took place in the Khatamul Anbia area of the district on Tuesday afternoon, the administrative head of Guzra, Nisar Ahmad Popal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • July 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Say Pakistan Behind Cross-Border Fire
    IWPR: Tensions are building along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, with Kabul threatening to refer Islamabad to the United Nations Security Council if rocket attacks into the eastern Kunar province do not stop. Wasefullah Wasefi, spokesman for the provincial government in Kunar, said in late June that some 850 rockets had been fired from neighbouring Pakistan into Kunar in recent weeks, displacing around 500 families.      Full news...

  • July 9, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Execution of Afghan woman occurred under Western noses
    The Christian Science Monitor: Part of what is so shocking about the public execution of an Afghan woman for alleged adultery is where it took place. The close-up shooting took place in Parwan Province before a crowd of 150 onlookers who cheered the killers as “mujahideen” as the woman was shot nine times. The Afghan government says the incident, captured on video, was the work of the Taliban; a Taliban spokesman denies this.      Full news...

  • July 8, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul, A City Stretched Beyond Its Limits
    NPR: Kabul was once a relatively lush haven for several hundred thousand residents. But decades of war, migration and chaotic sprawl have turned the Afghan capital into a barely functioning dust bowl. The tired infrastructure is crumbling under the weight of nearly 5 million people. And 70 percent of Kabul is now a cramped, ad hoc development where water, sewers and electricity are in short supply.      Full news...

  • July 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban publicly execute woman near Kabul: officials
    A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital. In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range...      Full news...

  • July 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Thirsty Nimruz Residents Call for More Water The capital city of Afghanistan’s south-western Nimruz province is struggling to supply its residents with adequate drinking water, despite the plentiful Helmand River running through the region. The residents of the capital, Zaranj, have called on the provincial government to address the problem but the local officials say it is a problem at the central government level.      Full news...

  • July 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. Pilot Sings As He Blows Innocent Afghan Man To Pieces
    MailOnline: It is the horrific moment an Afghan man is blown apart by a US missile. But in a moment of twisted inspiration an American helicopter pilot decided to give it a impromptu soundtrack - by singing “Bye, bye Miss American pie.” He belted out the most famous line of the Don McLean classic at the moment of impact when a fireball consumed at least one man.      Full news...

  • July 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Billions Down the Afghan Hole
    The New York Times: The major donors and Afghan government officials meeting in Tokyo on Sunday to discuss future aid to Afghanistan have to face up to a bitter truth: As much as 1 billion USD of the 8 billion USD donated in the past eight years has been lost to corruption. All governments in Tokyo must show that business as usual cannot continue. An agreement worth 4 billion USD is at stake.      Full news...

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