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  • December 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Russian soldiers “killed 21 of my relatives”
    The Killid Group: Thirty-two years ago Zubaida watched her husband being taken away by Soviet soldiers. No one has ever talked to her about what happened that day. A testimony* "It was the 2nd Sawr in 1359 (April 21, 1980). My husband was visiting us in Jaghatoo district, Ghazni. A year before the communist government of Babrak Karmal had won power with the help of Russians (Soviet Union).      Full news...

  • December 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    13 Afghan children die at Torkham
    PAN: Another 10 minor Afghan children died of extreme cold at the Torkham border-crossing after their families were stranded due to the closure of the gate by Pakistani authorities, officials said on Saturday. Three sick children died on Friday when Pakistani guards closed the border in protest against alleged torture of Pakistani truck drivers by Afghan police.      Full news...

  • December 28, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    3 Afghan children die of cold at Torkham Border
    PAN: Three sick Afghan children died of severe weather conditions Friday at the Torkham border-crossing after Pakistani security guards blocked the gate, officials said. Afghan families had brought the children for treatment to northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar. The ailing children below the age of 10 years succumbed to severe cold at the dry port, said Idrees Momand...      Full news...

  • December 26, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Special Forces Accused of Raping Afghan Women During Raid
    Afghanpaper (Translated by RAWA): Special forces of the US army raided houses of villagers and separated the men and women of 15 families living in this village. They then raped a number of these women. According to a report in the political section of the Afghanpaper, authentic reports given by the people state that special US forces raped a number of women in a village of Afghanistan, after attacking it.      Full news...

  • December 25, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ALP: Good and Bad Police
    Killid Group: There’s a cloud over the Afghan Local Police (ALP). The ALP is a militia set up two years ago by US forces in villages where the Afghan National Police (ANP) - trained by NATO - is weak. Esmatullah Mayar investigates in Kunduz, Paktia and Paktika. A spike in armed robberies, murder and sexual aggression in the three provinces has been blamed on the local police.      Full news...

  • December 24, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Missing: 200M USD in gas receipts for NATO aid in Afghanistan
    The Center for Public Integrity: The multinational NATO force in Afghanistan has declared that it spent more than 200 million USD to buy fuel for the Afghan Army in 2010 and 2011, but cannot locate any documents to substantiate the expense or show precisely where the money went, according to a special report by a government watchdog on Dec. 20.      Full news...

  • December 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A 6-year old Boy Raped in Kunduz province
    Azadiradio.org (Translated by RAWA): A 6-year old boy was raped in the Imam Saheb district of Kunduz province. Amaanuddin Qureshi, the district chief, told Liberty Radio (Dari) that Mohammad Siddique was raped the night before by his cousin who was more than 20-years old.      Full news...

  • December 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sabera: I was flogged 101 times
    Azadiradio.org (Translated by RAWA): Sabera, a girl who was flogged in Ghazni province for having illicit relations with a boy, has criticized the government, National Assembly and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. She said that none of these bodies have followed her case. After days of waiting, I finally got to talk to Sabera, this young girl who was flogged by local elders of the Jaghori district, Ghazni.      Full news...



  • December 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s female cops face rape, abuse from their colleagues
    Reuters: Afghanistan’s female cops have been heralded as the face of women’s rights at work in the country. However, they say they regularly experience sexual harassment and discrimination at the hands of their male counterparts. In interviews with 12 policewoman, Reuters uncovered repeated incidents of abuse and harassment by the male officers, who see them as immoral for accepting work as police.      Full news...

  • December 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Teenage girl shot dead in Kunduz
    PAN: A 14-year-old girl was killed in an overnight gun attack in the Imam Sahib district of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Wednesday. Bibi Gul was shot dead by a group of gunmen who wanted to enter the house of a farmer, Abdul Zamim, police spokesman, Syed Sarwar Hussaini, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • December 18, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mental illness is rampant in Afghanistan
    Deutsche Welle: “Mohammad! Madman!” the children cry after him. They laugh and make jokes. Mohammad does not know how to answer and shouts back angrily at his tormentors: “Not me! You!” The 16-year-old is just one among many mentally handicapped in trouble-torn Afghanistan. The authorities are not in a position to supply any reliable numbers. Mohammad lives with his parents and two sisters in one of the poorer areas of Kabul.      Full news...

  • December 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Blast Kills 10 Girls in Eastern Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: Ten young girls were killed when a bomb exploded as they were gathering firewood outside their village in eastern Afghanistan on Monday morning, an official said. It was not clear what triggered the explosion outside Dawlatzai village in Nangarhar province’s Chaperhar district, said Mohammad Seddiq, the government administrator for the district. He spoke to The Associated Press by phone from the site of the blast.      Full news...

  • December 16, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN reports 28% increase in Afghan civilian casualties
    RIA Novosti: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by 28 percent between August 1 and October 31 this year, compared to the same period of last year, a recent United Nations report said. United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a new report on Friday saying that at least 967 civilians were killed and 1,590 others were injured within the third quarter of the year.      Full news...

  • December 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    An Afghan Mystery: Why Are Large Shipments of Gold Leaving the Country?
    The New York Times: Packed into hand luggage and tucked into jacket pockets, roughly hewed bars of gold are being flown out of Kabul with increasing regularity, confounding Afghan and American officials who fear money launderers have found a new way to spirit funds from the country. Most of the gold is being carried on commercial flights destined for Dubai, according to airport security reports and officials.      Full news...

  • December 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption just an everyday occurrence in Afghanistan
    Billings Gazette: It appears that millions of dollars paid by international forces to rent a piece of land in Logar province for use as an airstrip went to six well-connected individuals, and possibly the Taliban, rather than the land’s rightful owner, the Afghan government. That so much money could easily go astray should come as no surprise, given that corruption is rife from the highest to lowest levels of government.      Full news...


  • December 9, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Angry Protesters Attack Iranian Consulate in Herat Over Execution of Afghans in Iran
    TOLOnews.com: Hundreds of angry protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in western Herat province on Sunday over the execution of Afghan nationals in Iran, local officials said. A peaceful demonstration began around 11:00AM but it turned violent with protesters attacking the Iranian consulate building and inflicting some damage, provincial security police chief of Herat Abdul Hamid Hamidi told TOLOnews.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    One raid, two stories: Were insurgents killed? Or just a man’s family?
    The Washington Post: This is a story of an Afghan wedding gone badly wrong. Or perhaps of “an operation in search of an insurgent leader,” as the official report later said. It is hard to tell which. Probably both. Meet Abdulrashid, a man with no last name, no profession, no literacy skills and no exact date of birth. He might be in his 30s. I first encounter him as I am interviewing internally displaced people      Full news...

  • December 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Tragic death of the Afghan female polio worker: shot 6 times
    Mail Online: A student and polio volunteer has been shot dead by armed men in a rural Afghan village. The brutal killing has raised questions about women’s safety in the region, with reports suggesting that females are too scared to attend school or work following the murder. The girl, known only as Anisa, was shot outside her home in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, having survived an attack only a day before.      Full news...

  • December 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Children Traumatised by War in Kunar Province
    IWPR: Ten-year-old Noria is unable to go to school any more because she is so scared of the effects of war. “We are scared – there’s war here and rockets being fired. I used to go to school but now I can’t,” she said. “When night comes, my little sister and I have nightmares. One day a rocket landed close to our school, and we were saved only by God’s mercy.”      Full news...

  • December 5, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Four Afghan boys “shot by British while drinking tea”
    The Telegraph: A 12-year-old boy and three teenagers are alleged to have been shot dead as they were drinking tea during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan. Witnesses claim the operation was lead by British soldiers, with defence secretary Philip Hammond now being asked to launch an investigation. Lawyers for the victims’ family claim the four boys appeared to have been “deliberately targeted at close range”, according to the Guardian newspaper.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Anti-graft watchdog says Afghanistan most corrupt nation
    PAN: An international anti-graft watchdog on Wednesday ranked Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia as world’s top most corrupt countries in the world. The Berlin-based Transparency International in its 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index report, covering 174 countries, revealed that Afghanistan scored eight marks out of 100 -- similar to North Korea and Somalia.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghnistan among nations worst affected by terrorism: report
    Agencies: Pakistan, Afghanistan and India were the worst-affected victims of terrorism during 2011, while terrorist strikes increased four times since the start of Iraq war in 2003, according to a new global study. The inaugural Global Terrorism Index (GTI) said that Pakistan, India and Afghanistan accounted for 12 percent, 11 percent and 10 percent of global terrorist incidents from 2002 to 2009.      Full news...

  • December 2, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Lawmakers-linked armed gangs threat peace in Daikundi
    PAN: Residents in the central Daikundi accused some members of parliament in the province of supporting illegal armed groups who are disturbing peace in their area. About 20 fighters under commander Mohammad Fairoz Rasuli in Sang Takh district robbed the people and took away 350 kg of wheat from the area, a tribal elder in Daikundi said on condition of anonymity.      Full news...

  • December 2, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s displaced dread the coming winter
    Los Angeles Times: Winter is descending on the Shakur clan. In the pale gray twilight of late autumn, a sharp wind slaps at the scraps of plastic that Abdel Shakur, the clan patriarch, has installed on his mud hut walls in a futile attempt at insulation. The thin tarpaulins that serve as a roof are held fast by round patties of cow dung and worn auto tires.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At the mercy of Afghanistan’s warlords
    BBC Uzbek Service: In many areas of Afghanistan it is the warlords who hold sway - not the central government or the Taliban. They are able to exploit villagers with impunity using the threat, or the reality, of violence. In rural Takhar province, in the remote north-east of Afghanistan, time seems to have stopped in the 19th Century - bumpy roads, mud-built houses, lawless villages and no sign of the Kabul government.      Full news...

  • November 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: a human rights tragedy
    UN News: A senior United Nations official today called on the international community to step up its humanitarian support for Afghanistan to sustain the progress made so far in the country where thousands have suffered through 34 years of conflict and poverty. “It is clear that the Government is making progress; the candid and professional approach being taken is certainly impressive, but given the scale of the challenge, international funding support will also be key to success,” said...      Full news...

  • November 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: teenage girl killed by spurned suitors
    The Telegraph: The girl, Geesa, was attacked earlier this week by two men from the spurned family as she went to collect water from a stream in her village in northern Afghanistan. The attack came after her father, Mohammad Rahim, had turned down a marriage offer for the girl, saying she was too young to be engaged.      Full news...



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