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  • August 31, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least six people killed and 30 wounded in deadly attacks
    Al Jazeera: At least six people have been killed and 30 others wounded in two attacks in southern Afghanistan, according to local authorities. An explosion took place on Saturday morning at a checkpoint near a branch of the New Kabul Bank in Kandahar, Javed Faisal, a provincial spokesman, said.      Full news...

  • August 30, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Australian Special forces unit faces allegation of misconduct in Afghanistan
    The Guardian: The Australian Defence Force is investigating allegations of misconduct directed at an elite Australian special forces unit on a combined operation in Afghanistan earlier in the year. The ABC reports that the Australian troops on operation with Afghan forces in the southern province of Zabul removed the hands of at least one insurgent's corpse to take back to an Australian base in Tarin Kot, the capital of the neighbouring Uruzgan province.      Full news...


  • August 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 26 killed in flurry of bombings across Afghanistan
    Reuters: Six people were killed in a bomb attack on a base operated by Polish and Afghan forces in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni on Wednesday, local officials and a Reuters witness said. Another 20 people - including at least nine soldiers - died in a spate of bombings elsewhere in the country.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taleban execute 13 civilians in Afghanistan
    Reuters: The Afghan Taleban executed 13 Afghan workers in two provinces after accusing them of working for the government, officials said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on civilians this year. President Hamid Karzai condemned the killings with a swipe at Pakistan, which he has been visiting for two days.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape victims’ families keep rape incident secret due to pressure
    PAN: Police have detained the husbands of two women allegedly raped a month back in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the women’s affairs director alleged on Tuesday. Nasima Arzo told Pajhwok Afghan News the two women were sexually assaulted by two young men -- aged 20 and 21 years -- in Sancharak district. The alleged rapists are still at large.      Full news...

  • August 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    People demand the arrest of notorious criminal, Hakimullah Shujai
    PAN: Hundreds of people attended a gathering in western Herat province on Sunday and asked the government to arrest a notorious criminal, Hakimullah Shujai. Shujai, a resident of southern Ghazni province, has allegedly killed 121 people and injured hundreds others in the Khas Uruzgan district of central Uruzgan province.      Full news...

  • August 23, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    MPs accused of impeding road project
    PAN: Some elected public representatives are impeding the execution of public welfare projects in southeastern Paktika province, civil society activists alleged on Friday. Parliamentarians from the province sought their share (percentage) in development funds from construction companies, the Orgun Youth Cultural Society chief claimed.      Full news...

  • August 22, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    41 cases of violence against journalists recorded
    PAN: The Committee to Protect Afghan Journalists (CPAJ) on Thursday said it had registered 41 cases of violence against media representatives during the first six months of the year. In its half-yearly report, the CPAJ said it was deeply concerned about the situation of media outlets, their future and the challenges and threats facing them.      Full news...


  • August 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Police and law fail to stop drug traffickers
    The Killid Group: As compared to previous years arrests of drug traffickers has fallen this year and drug addiction levels show no sign of slowing down. An investigation by NematullahTanin. “You can obtain any type of narcotics at any time of day or night,” says a drug seller in Kabul’s Silo Park who wants to be anonymous.      Full news...

  • August 19, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Insecurity driving Afghan child migration
    IRIN: Six years ago, when Najib* was 15, Taliban fighters came to his home in Shinwar District* in the eastern province of Nangarhar telling him to join them. After repeated visits, his family sought a way for Najib to escape, and paid a smuggler to take him to the UK. Six years on, he has just arrived back in his village, having been deported from the UK, but the threats to get him to join the Taliban are now greater than ever, he says.      Full news...

  • August 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: 20 killed in militant bomb, gun attacks
    CNN: A series of attacks in Afghanistan claimed the lives of 20 people -- all but one of them civilians -- in the space of less than 24 hours, officials said Saturday. Ten people died when a group of insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the country’s western Herat province Friday evening, police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said.      Full news...

  • August 16, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Domestic violence claims 4 lives
    PAN: Two separate domestic violence incidents claimed four lives in Badghis and Ghazni provinces, officials say. In the western province of Badghis, a man shot dead his wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law in Dara-i-Boom area of Qades district on Wednesday night, the district chief said.      Full news...

  • August 15, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Remote towns in Afghan province lack female doctors, midwives
    PAN: Residents of remote areas in southern Ghazni province complain they have to take their sick women to the provincial capital for treatment due to the shortage of lady doctors in health clinics in their areas. A Giro district resident, Kamal Shah, whose wife has been admitted at the civil hospital in Ghazni City, said there was no lady doctor in health centres in his home town.      Full news...

  • August 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Young girl among 3 women killed
    PAN: Three women, including a young girl, have been murdered in northern Kunduz, Takhar and northwestern Faryab provinces, officials said on Tuesday. An 18-year-old girl was mistakenly killed by his brother while cleaning his gun in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz on Wednesday evening, the district chief, Imamuddin Quraishi, said. He said an investigation had been launched to ascertain if it was a deliberate murder.      Full news...


  • August 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Landmines kill five including three women, child
    PAN: Three women were among five civilians killed during two separate but near simultaneous roadside bombings in the Charchino district of central Uruzgan province on Sunday, officials said. The three women and one child were killed and another child wounded when a landmine ripped through their vehicle in the Sarab area, moments after another similar blast killed one civilian and wounded another on a motorcycle in the same area...      Full news...

  • August 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    180 violence on women cases registered in Afghan province
    PAN: Violence against women has increased in northern Takhar province, where 180 cases were registered over the past four months, compared to 100 incidents during the same period last year, an official says. Takhar Women’s Affairs director Razm Ara Hawash told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that her department was deeply concerned about the increasing incidents of violence against the gender.      Full news...


  • August 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Graveyard picnic bomb kills 14 women and children in Afghan east
    Reuters: A bomb planted in an Afghan graveyard killed 14 women and children on Thursday, many of them picnicking at the graveside of a family member during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, officials said. The bomb exploded in a rural district of eastern Nangarhar province, said the provincial governor's spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A mother whose Eid is marred by son’s loss
    PAN: “The bomber took the life of my only son and changed this year’s Eid festival into a sea of sorrows for me,” says the mother of a 24-year-old who was among 14 killed in a February suicide attack in northern Kunduz province. The attack left another 19 people injured in Kunduz City, the provincial capital. Most of those killed were traffic police officials. They included counterterrorism chief, provincial traffic police chief and Abdul Qadir, the only son of Laila.      Full news...

  • August 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Boy raped before being hanged
    PAN: Unknown men raped and strangled to death and hanged a 13-year-old boy from a tree in the capital of northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials and family said on Tuesday. Sar-i-Pul police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rauf Taj said the boy was found dead late on Monday in the first police district of the provincial capital. He identified the victim as Mohammad Sharif, son of Faiz Mohammad.      Full news...

  • August 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, a second Guantanamo
    The Washington Post: Of all the challenges the United States faces as it winds down the Afghanistan war, the most difficult might be closing the prison nicknamed “The Second Guantanamo.” The United States holds 67 non-Afghan prisoners there, including some described as hardened al-Qaeda operatives seized from around the world in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. More than a decade later, they’re still kept in the shadowy facility at Bagram air base outside Kabul.      Full news...

  • August 4, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Taliban backers win 150 million USD in US contracts
    The Independent: The US government has awarded more than 150m USD (98m GBP) in contracts to companies and individuals in Afghanistan that are known to support the Taliban, according to a US spending watchdog. Multimillion dollar contracts have been given over the past five years to 43 companies working in construction, logistics, road building and IT that have links to the insurgents.      Full news...

  • August 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dowry burden unleashes myriad social problems
    PAN: Big weddings and bigger dowries -- the bane of Afghan society -- are responsible for serious and widespread social problems, reveals an Independent Media Consortium Productions (IMCP) investigation. Bridegrooms bear the cost of lavish marriage celebrations that include pre-wedding parties, dowry or money for the bride’s family and Sharia Mahr, for the bride.      Full news...

  • August 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide bomber kills 8 passersby in Afghanistan near Indian Consulate
    NBC News: A suicide bomber blew himself up, killing another suicide bomber and eight other people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Saturday, an official said. Abdul Zai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said three suicide bombers wearing explosive vests were driving toward the Indian Consulate in the city when they were stopped by the security services.      Full news...

  • August 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    From classrooms to suicide bombs: children’s lives in Afghanistan
    The Guardian: At the juvenile detention centre in Kandahar there are two sets of children. The first are riotous and loud, arrested for theft and other crimes of that sort. When you give them a piece of paper and ask them to write down the reason they are in prison, they simply scratch lines into the paper or scrunch it up. They can’t write. The second group are silent.      Full news...

  • August 2, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Boy’s rape-murder triggers angry protest
    PAN: Residents took to the streets against the alleged molestation and murder of a child in northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Friday. While denouncing police negligence in the rape-murder of the 12 years old, the demonstrators called for the early arrest of the perpetrators of what they called an “outrage”.      Full news...