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  • July 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Protestors accuse police of killing civilians
    PAN: Dozens of people on Monday staged a protest against Kabul police for killing seven people in the Deh Sabz district of the capital. Seven civilians were killed and several others wounded last week during a clash between police and supporters of Haji Janat Gul, a brother of MP Allah Gul Mujahid.      Full news...

  • July 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Increased fighting takes toll on health care in Afghanistan
    IRIN: It is close to midday and a group of patients wait outside the Mirwais regional hospital in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar city. “There are no health clinics in our district so I have to come this long way for treatment. I have not met the doctor yet and have been waiting to see him for a long time,” one man, who had been waiting since sunrise and had driven four hours from neighbouring Helmand Province, told IRIN.      Full news...

  • June 30, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: Afghanistan is Top Opium Producer, User
    VOA: Afghanistan once again was the world’s largest opium producer in 2012, churning out 74 percent of the world illegal opium. According to the United Nations, Afghanistan’s drug-fueled economy both funds the insurgency there and threatens to further undermine the country’s fragile economy and security. Not only is Afghanistan yet again the world’s largest grower and producer of illegal opium.      Full news...

  • June 29, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US scraps 7 bn USD worth of arms in Afghanistan
    Firstpost: Up against a tight withdrawal deadline, the US has destroyed over 170 million pounds worth of vehicles and military equipment as it scrambles to pull away from the front lines in Afghanistan next year. The wastefulness inherent in this decision is truly shocking. According to The Washington Post military planners have determined that they will not ship back more than 7 billion USD worth of equipment...      Full news...

  • June 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girls’ Education Cut Short in Southeast Afghan Province
    IWPR: On paper, it looks as if female education is alive and well in Paktia, a southeastern province of Afghanistan. On closer examination, though, official figures show that three-quarters will drop out around half-way through their schooling. The pattern is partly a reflection of an enduring prejudice against educating women, but sometimes the decision is based on real safety fears in this volatile province. The same is true of many other parts of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • June 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Report: Millions wasted on disappearing tractors, solar panels in Afghanistan
    NBC News: A 70 million USD agricultural aid program in Afghanistan spent millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars on tractors that went missing, irrigation pumps that were never used and solar panels that wound up in private homes, according to government investigators. A report released Thursday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction blamed the problems on USAID...      Full news...

  • June 26, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    50 schoolgirls poisoned in Paktia
    PAN: Fifty girl students fell ill and were hospitalised after drinking water from a well inside their school in the Samkani district of southeastern Paktia province on Wednesday, an official said. Education Director Mehrabuddin told Pajhwok Afghan News the Semin Akbari High School students were hospitalised after they complained of headaches, dizziness and vomiting.      Full news...

  • June 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Strike Near Presidential Palace Inside Kabul
    The New York Times: At least three suicide bombers launched a sophisticated attack on the heart of the Afghan government early Tuesday morning, using at least two land cruisers similar to those used by international soldiers here, fake badges and vehicle passes, which allowed at least one to get inside the heavily guarded area, according to Kabul’s deputy police chief.      Full news...

  • June 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    7 civilians dead in Kabul shooting
    PAN: Seven civilians were killed and three others wounded by unidentified gunmen in the Deh Sabz district of Kabul on Monday, an official said. The victims were workers and owners of brick-kilns, a member of the Wolesi Jirga from Kabul, Haji Allah Gul Mujahid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • June 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UNHCR: Afghanistan the largest source of refugees worldwide
    The Diplomat: Despite the situation in Syria and the ongoing unrest in the Arab world, South Asia—largely thanks to Afghanistan— remains the region where the largest numbers of refugees originate from. Ahead of world refugee day on Thursday, on Wednesday the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released its annual report on the globally displaced people.      Full news...

  • June 18, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO airstrike kills teenagers in Logar
    PAN: A NATO airstrike killed three teenage boys in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province, an official said on Tuesday. The strike took place on Sunday evening in the Tokal village, the district chief, Mohammad Rahim Amin, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The dead included two 18 years old and one 12-year-old boys, he said, adding an investigation had been launched into the attack.      Full news...

  • June 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Sikhs, already marginalized, are pushed to the brink
    Los Angeles Times: Outsiders may have trouble distinguishing between the turbans worn by Afghan Sikhs, with their tighter folds, varied colors and tucked-in edges, and those worn by Afghan Muslims, usually black or white with the end hanging down the wearer’s back. The subtle differences, however, and what they represent, have fueled widespread discrimination against Afghan Sikhs, members of the community say...      Full news...

  • June 16, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Roadside bomb kills 6 civilians in Afghanistan
    Pakistan Today: Six civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan on Sunday. The early morning blast took place in the Chura district, a statement from the governor’s house media centre said.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UK Defence Secretary: Afghanistan is like our Vietnam
    The Telegraph: War-weary Britain is experiencing its own “Vietnam phenomenon” as the Afghan mission draws to a close, the Defence Secretary told The Telegraph during a trip to Afghanistan. His candid assessment of Britain’s appetite for future conflict comes as David Cameron and other Western leaders edge towards greater military intervention in Syria.      Full news...

  • June 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan at bottom of Global Peace Index, below Syria
    PAN: Afghanistan remains at the rock bottom -- in 162nd position -- on the 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI), faring poorly in terms of political stability and respect for human rights. Launching the index at the GPI headquarters in New York on Thursday, experts said the world had become less peaceful in the past year, calling Afghanistan the biggest faller.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Emergency Aid for Afghan Bomb Victims “Stolen”
    IWPR: Bombs have become so common in Afghanistan that the attacks themselves, still less the human costs months and years later, are rarely reported. When a bomb went off at a clinic in Logar, a province south of Kabul, in July 2011, 30 people were killed instantly and at least ten died afterwards as a result of the injuries they sustained.      Full news...

  • June 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Doctor accused of raping midwife
    PAN: Protestors in northern Sar-i-Pul province on Tuesday accused a doctor of raping a midwife, demanding his trial, officials said. Hundreds of people took to the streets in the provincial capital, blaming the doctor for assaulting the midwife at his private clinic, said Sharifuddin, one of the protestors.      Full news...

  • June 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    55 killed and wounded in car bomb attack outside Kabul court
    Los Angeles Times: A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle in front of the Supreme Court in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, several hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy, killing 17 people and wounding 38, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility in a statement sent to reporters, adding that the bomber, whom it identified as an engineer named Abdul Wajid, detonated his explosives-packed Toyota Corolla...      Full news...

  • June 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AIHRC: 400 rape, honor killings registered in Afghanistan in 2 years
    Khaama Press: Around four hundred cases of rape and honor-killing have been filed with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Comission (AIHRC) during the past two years. AIHRC officials called the latest statistics as “shocking” and expressed concerns that majority of similar cases have not been recorded due to strict traditional sensitivities.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Youth return in body bags from Iran
    The Killid Group: Human smuggling to Iran has put many undocumented immigrants from border villages in Afghanistan at risk. The bodies of 172 youth have been brought to Kelefgan. Residents of Kelefgan district in Takhar province say many of their relatives have been hanged in Iran. There is not a single month in which the bodies of two or three young men have not been brought to the district for burial.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban beheads two boys, aged 10 and 16, in southern Afghanistan
    Reuters: Taliban fighters beheaded two boys aged 10 and 16 as a warning to villagers not to cooperate with the Afghan government, local officials said. The boys, named Khan and Hameedullah, had travelled to Afghan army and police checkpoints near their home in the southern province of Kandahar, scrounging for leftover food to bring to their families, the officials said.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man guns down sister in Kunduz in a case of honor killing
    PAN: A man gunned down his sister on suspicion of having an illicit relationship with a boy in northeastern Kunduz province, an official said on Sunday. The incident took place on Saturday evening when the 18 years old was killed with a Kalashnikov in Khak Kani area on the outskirts of Kunduz City.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nangarhar province experiences growing insecurity, lawlessness: Residents
    PAN: Residents of various districts of the eastern Nangarhar province complain of deteriorated security situation elsewhere in the province amid raging terror attempts, abduction, and roadside bomb blasts, blaming the authorities of turning blind eye to check the situation. However, concerned officials of the province while refuting residents’ complain of mayhem and turmoil...      Full news...

  • June 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Drone Attack Kills Three Afghan Civilians in Kunar
    ToloNews: A foreign force’s drone strike killed at least three civilians and wounded six others in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said. Kunar Provincial Governor Fazlullah Wahidi confirmed the attack and said that these civilians were killed Wednesday night when foreign forces wanted to target the Taliban insurgents in the Dara Pech area of Nangam district.      Full news...

  • June 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What Are 108,000 Military Contractors Still Doing In Afghanistan?
    The Fiscal Times: The number of contractors working in Afghanistan now vastly outnumbers American troops stationed there, according to a Congressional Research Service report. CRS, along with the Government Accountability Office, also determined that the Pentagon is unable to properly document the work these contractors are doing.      Full news...

  • June 4, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father, 3 children killed by road bomb in Afghanistan as violence soars
    The Associated Press: An official says three children and their father died when their car hit a bomb on a road in western Afghanistan, the latest deaths in a sharp rise in civilian casualties. Farah province spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhawandai says the family was driving early Tuesday when their car hit the buried bomb. The father and children were killed instantly. The mother was critically injured.      Full news...

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