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  • February 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nine Afghan girls injured in NATO air raid
    PTI: Nine schoolgirls were injured in a NATO helicopter attack in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, an Afghan official alleged Wednesday. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it was looking into the allegation but had no immediate information.      Full news...

  • February 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Targets Flight of Cash
    The Wall Street Journal: Afghanistan’s central-bank governor said he will issue new currency restrictions to stem an exodus of billions of dollars in cash—some of it in stolen U.S. aid and drug money—flowing out of the country as foreign forces withdraw. Some 4.6 billion USD in cash, more than the entire government budget, was taken abroad through Kabul airport alone last year...      Full news...

  • February 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Graft-tainted official finds Supreme Court job
    PAN: The water supply department director of western Herat province has been appointed as inspection and corruption-control officer at the Supreme Court, six months after he was fired on charges of corruption and embezzlement, a senior official said on Sunday. Habibullah Zawran, the former Herat water supply department head, had been charged in 13 embezzlement cases after a three month investigation by the supervisory board...      Full news...

  • February 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan refugees caught between Iran and a hard place
    AFP: Abdullah was left catatonic and almost mute by the electric shocks meted out to him by Iranian police before they bussed him to the border and sent him back to Afghanistan. His arms marked with slashes of red paint to identify him as a deportee, the 18-year-old lies on a bed of cushions in an otherwise bare hut that has become his temporary home...      Full news...

  • February 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sar-i-Pul residents warn governor against return
    PAN: Residents of northern Sar-i-Pul province on Sunday warned of staging a series of protests if the governor, currently in Kabul, returned to his office. Several protests had been held against Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati over the past two months, leading the central government to send in delegations to look into the demonstrators’ demands.      Full news...

  • February 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Harsh Afghan winter kills 40 children
    AFP: A harsh winter has killed almost 40 children in Afghanistan in the past month, most of them in refugee camps in Kabul with aid groups warning Sunday of more deaths as temperatures keep falling. Twenty-four children lost their lives in camps on the outskirts of the capital which houses thousands of Afghans fleeing war and Taliban intimidation in southern Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s toxic cocktail of drugs, graft, mafia
    AFP: It’s below freezing, but the Afghan lies rigid in the snow of Kabul. He doesn’t move. His arms and legs are bare. He has overdosed on heroin. He only lives to see another day because of a charity. “Every night I feel I'm going to die. I sleep in the cold. I suffer,” said Zaman, whose clear blue eyes stand out from his bony, filthy face as he stands shivering in the snow near the fallen addict.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pneumonia leaves 10 children dead in Badakhshan
    PAN: Ten children have lost their lives to pneumonia in the Raghistan district of remote northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Saturday. A health team of Care of Afghan Families (CAF) had been sent to the Bashan village to treat infected children, the acting public health director told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • February 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan bride burns herself in protest of domestic violence
    Xinhua: “I have knocked any door to get rid of violence but all of my complaints have fallen to deaf ears. Instead, the prosecutor accused me of lying and warned me of dire consequence,” a woman named Sadat revealed her ordeal in a weak voice while receiving treatment in Herat hospital. The bandaged wrapped image of the young woman showed by the private Tolo television...      Full news...

  • February 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Unreported Suicides in Central Afghan Province
    IWPR: Ghulam Rasul, 71, a short man with stooped shoulders had come to the marketplace in Nili, the main town of Daikundi province in central Afghanistan, to buy sugar, matches and candy. As he sat against the mud wall of a grocery shop under the hot sun, he told an IWPR reporter about three women in his village who had consumed rat poison in the past year. Two survived, and one died.      Full news...


  • February 16, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    After Scuffle at Afghan Embassy, a Spotlight on Connections
    The New York Times: If war is what happens when diplomacy fails, what results when diplomats themselves fail to be, well, diplomatic with one another? At the Afghan Embassy in Washington, the answer was a punch in the face. Last week, after an argument over who was going to put together a filing cabinet and where it would be placed...      Full news...

  • February 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local Officials Play Truant in Afghan North
    IWPR: One morning in May, 21-year-old Atifa says her father, Ali Mohammad, raped her. She says her father returned from the local market in Alizai village, in the Balkh province of northern Afghanistan, and found her at home alone. She says he took a rope lying in the courtyard, tied her up and assaulted her. According to Atifa, none of the neighbours came to rescue her despite her screams.      Full news...

  • February 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IDPs in Kabul fearful they won’t survive brutal winter (Photos)
    RAWA News: During the cruel cold of Kabul, more than 20 children have died in an IDP camp in the outskirts of Kabul. More will surely die, the inhabitants fear. Half-naked children are seen everywhere in the blistering cold. Hundreds live in terrible conditions which constantly threat their life, especially in winters.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government asks for headscarves, less make-up on TV
    Reuters: An Afghan government request that female television presenters don headscarves and avoid heavy make-up angered journalists on Tuesday, who said the move was proof authorities expected the Taliban to regain a share of power. Afghan and U.S. officials have been seeking peace negotiations with the Islamist group ousted over a decade ago...      Full news...

  • February 13, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan woman burnt to death in Iran
    PAN: The charred body of an Afghan refugee, allegedly killed by her in-laws in neighbouring Iran, was brought to southwestern Nimroz province, the victim’s father said on Monday. Abdul Basir told Pajhwok Afghan News his daughter was burnt by her mother-in-law and husband in Iran’s Sistan Baluchistan province five days ago. She had been sprinkled with gasoline before being set on fire, the father alleged.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cold weather kills 7 children in Takhar
    PAN: Seven children have died of cold weather conditions in the Kolfgan district of northern Takhar province, officials said on Sunday. The deaths occurred in Kharqa Qan, Nawan and Sar Chushma villages, which have been disconnected from the district centre due to road blockades by heavy snow.      Full news...

  • February 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mass grave found in northern Afghanistan
    The Voice of Russia: A mass grave containing the remains of at least 20 bodies was discovered west of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Afghan northern Balkh province, the Pajhwok news agency says. The burial site was discovered by road constructors.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Children Ensnared in Heroin Trade With Iran
    IWPR: Two years ago, Mohammad Reza was a 17-year-old student in Ghoryan, a district in the Herat province of western Afghanistan, spending half his days at school and the other half playing football with friends. Among those friends, he noticed, some were making huge amounts of money. Reza was fascinated to see them growing richer, igniting in him a desire to have what they had – to own a Shehab motorcycle, to have bracelets and rings and an iPhone.      Full news...

  • February 9, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO Air Strike Kills Eight Children in Afghanistan
    Antiwar.com: At least eight Afghan children were killed today in Kapisa Province as the result of a NATO air strike against the Nejrab District. The attack was condemned by the Karzai government. NATO would only “confirm there has been a situation,” while promising to send a “joint NATO assessment team” to find out exactly what happened and how.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Grit: Afghanistan’s Living Hell for Women
    The Grit: Sahar Gul was just 14 years old when she was married off to a man more than twice her age in the Bhaglan province of northern Afghanistan. Upset by her refusal to become a prostitute, Sahar’s new family kept her in a windowless basement for months, torturing her by pulling out her nails and removing chunks of her flesh with pliers.      Full news...

  • February 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan child labor fears grow as aid dries up
    Reuters: Dwindling development aid as the war winds down in Afghanistan means child labor in the impoverished country is at risk of becoming more widespread, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned on Tuesday. Half of Afghanistan’s population of 30 million are under 15, with almost two million children in full or part-time work...      Full news...

  • February 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    6 shepherds, 1,500 sheep perish in snowstorms
    PAN: Six shepherds and more than 1,500 sheep have died due to heavy snowstorms and avalanches in northern Kunduz and Faryab provinces, officials said on Monday. Four shepherds were killed along with their 500 sheep in the Dasht-i-Abadan area of Chahardara district on Sunday night, when they were trapped in a freak snowstorm, Mir Agha Etibar, the Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA) head for Kunduz, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US colonel: Don't believe US statements on progress in Afghanistan
    The Christian Science Monitor: I spent five years covering the Iraq war, and at the end of it I was not inclined to believe anything official spokesmen had to say about Iraq anymore. I heard denials an insurgency was erupting in 2003, watched President Bush’s “mission accomplished” moment after Saddam Hussein was captured, and was earnestly told Iraq’s insurgency was on its last legs in 2005.      Full news...

  • February 4, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Record Number of Afghan Civilians Died in 2011
    The New York Times: A record number of Afghan civilians were killed in the conflict here last year, the majority at the hands of the Taliban and other insurgent groups whose use of homemade bombs became more prevalent and whose suicide bombers killed more people each time, according to the annual United Nations report on civilian casualties.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Driven Away by a War, Now Stalked by Winter’s Cold
    The New York Times: The following children froze to death in Kabul over the past three weeks after their families had fled war zones in Afghanistan for refugee camps here: Mirwais, son of Hayatullah Haideri. He was 1 ½ years old and had just started to learn how to walk, holding unsteadily to the poles of the family tent before flopping onto the frozen ridges of the muddy floor.      Full news...

  • February 2, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Empire’s graveyard
    The Khaleej Times: With the stage set for secret talks in Qatar between the United States and the Taleban, US President Barack Obama’s strategy for a phased exit from war-ravaged Afghanistan is now being couched in nice-sounding terms that hide more than they reveal. In seeking a Faustian bargain with the Taleban, Obama risks repeating US policy mistakes that now haunt regional and international security.      Full news...

  • January 31, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sikh’s detention reveals flaws in Afghan justice
    The Washington Post: Among the throngs of inmates in downtown Kabul’s prison trying to prove they are not thieves or insurgents is a soft-spoken Sikh man with piercing black eyes. He is being held on a highly unusual charge: falsely claiming Afghan citizenship. Baljit Singh, 23, says he was born in Afghanistan but that his family fled religious persecution when he was 5.      Full news...

  • January 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Kin Are Accused of Killing Woman for Not Bearing a Son
    The New York Times: The young Afghan woman gave birth to a third girl three months ago — to a husband, the authorities say, who had been demanding a boy. Last week, the man and his mother, in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, put a rope around the woman’s neck and strangled her, the police said.      Full news...

  • January 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Khost infant mortality rate up sharply
    PAN: Forty newborn babies have died in southeastern Khost province over the past one month, indicating a sharp increase in the infant mortality rate, health officials said on Sunday. The 40 newborns who died had less than a kilo of weight, Public Health Director Dr. Hidayatullah Hamidi told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview.      Full news...



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