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  • January 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    7 civilians among 11 killed in ISAF raid
    The Associated Press: An explosion Sunday killed seven Afghan villagers as they tried to pull bodies of dead insurgents from the rubble of a village mosque after a night raid by NATO and Afghan troops, officials said. Four insurgents and an Afghan soldier were also reported killed in the operation. Night raids have long been a contentious issue between Afghanistan’s president...      Full news...

  • January 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Permanent Afghanistan Occupation Planned
    GlobalResearch: America came to stay. Accelerated withdrawal claims reflect subterfuge. Washington officials and media scoundrels don’t explain. Msinformation and illusion substitute for reality. Reuters headlined “Obama, Karzai accelerate end of US combat role in Afghanistan.” “Obama’s determin(ed) to wind down a long, unpopular war.”      Full news...

  • January 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Baghlan police official facing rape charges
    PAN: The crime branch chief for the Nahrin district of northern Baghlan province has been referred to the military prosecution office on the charge of sexually abusing a girl, an official said on Sunday. The girl was abducted from the Khanabad district of Kunduz to Baghlan province two months ago, the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • January 12, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Newly-wed woman hanged by in-laws
    PAN: A newly-wed woman was killed by her in-laws in the fourth police district of the capital of western Herat province, officials said on Saturday. Dunia, 22, was killed in Baraman area late on Friday, police spokesman, Noor Khan Nekzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News. With the motive behind her murder yet to be known, five suspects have been detained.      Full news...

  • January 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The challenge of “good” vs “bad” militias
    The Christian Science Monitor: As two Afghan farmers tell it, they are part of the “good” militia in their northern province: unofficial armed men who protect schools, families, and farms, and have chased Taliban insurgents away. They are not part of the “bad” militia, they say, that since 2010 has especially traumatized parts of Kunduz Province by forcibly extracting “taxes” from villagers, and engaging in killings and rape – all in the name of fighting insurgents themselves.      Full news...

  • January 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Voice for Peace in Afghanistan: “Stop This Criminal War”
    Common Dreams: As Afghan President Hamid Karzai prepares to meet with Barack Obama on Friday and speculation swirls about the future US role as 2014 slowly approaches, one of Afghanistan’s leading peace advocates has a message that those in the US—increasingly cited for their war-weariness—rarely hear...      Full news...

  • January 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Poppy Palaces
    Vanity Fair: “Just look at this view,” said my guide, as he waved his arm expansively from right to left. We had just emerged onto the sun-drenched roof terrace of a so-called narco-villa in Kabul’s Sherpur neighborhood. Sherpur is the epicenter of an eye-catching architectural style in a district where the gusher of money from drugs and corruption has found full expression.      Full news...

  • January 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Displaced Afghans feel strangers at home
    Al Jazeera: After spending 10 years as a refugee in Pakistan, Nafas Gol never thought she would be living in a tent in a camp for the internally displaced in Kabul. “[Afghan President Hamid] Karzai was everywhere saying ’come, your country is ready’, so I did,” she said. More than five million refugees have returned to the country since the US-led invasion in 2001.      Full news...

  • January 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    133 children die a day in Afghanistan
    Khaama Press: According to available figures, about 73 percent of people in Afghanistan lack access to clean drinking water and 95 percent do not have access to sufficient sanitation. As a result, diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for the death of 48,545 children every year in the country.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “I want to see the murderers punished”
    The Killid Group: The Kabul sky is dotted with kites on summer evenings. For Mohammad Masoud Nassiri, 40, they bring back painful memories of the evening when his parents and sister were killed. Seconds before the blast he had left his father’s hand to run after a falling kite. Kites are a national passion in Afghanistan. Boys grow up learning how to get it into the air and “cut” a rival’s kite.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: A model for 21st Century neo-colonialism
    World Socialist Web Site: As the 2014 deadline for the end of NATO operations in Afghanistan draws closer, the Obama administration is preparing for a continued US military presence into the indefinite future. The plans, reported by the New York Times, underscore the predatory, neo-colonial character of the American-led occupation.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan soldiers attack and hit civilians with rifle butts
    PAN: More than 20 people were severely beaten by a group of Afghan National Army (ANA) troops on Sunday on the outskirts of Mehtarlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, residents said. The incident came a day after unknown individuals hauled down a national flag on a local police post and tore it up in Obozai area, said Malak Naqib Jalili, who got one his hands broken in the assault.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    450,000 USD stolen from Afghan Millie Bank
    PAN: Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been stolen from three branches of the Afghan Millie Bank, a senior official said on Sunday. Several people have been detained on suspicion of complicity in the theft. Mohibullah Safi, the bank’s chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a moneychanger had filched 200,000 USD from the bank’s branch in Kabul. But security forces had arrested the individuals who stood guarantee for the moneychanger.      Full news...

  • January 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Man in Prison for Killing Three People, Kills Young Bride
    WNN/RFE/RL: An Afghan prisoner serving 20 years for murdering his in-laws is now suspected of strangling his young bride during a conjugal visit. Din Mohammad, who is serving his sentence at a prison in the northern Samangan Province, is accused by police of killing his wife when she visited him on January 1. Mohammad was convicted in 2009 of killing his mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law during a bloody rampage.      Full news...

  • January 4, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan girl gang raped in eastern Ghazni province
    Khaama Press: According to reports a young Afghan girl was gang raped by a group of men in Moqor district. A member of the provincial council Hamida Gulistani confirming the report said the incident took place in Lalam Qala around two days back. Gulistani said government officials in Moqor district tried to hide the incident however she was informed of the incident by security sources.      Full news...

  • January 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘My husband would tie my hands and feet and flog me’
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Manizha is a 20-year old woman from Moqor area of southern Ghazni province who revealed to BBC how she was constantly tortured by her husband. She was kept in the basement of her home for weeks with her hands and feet tied up. Her husband would beat her with sticks, chains, and even a whip. Manizha’s half-dead body tells her sad tale.      Full news...

  • January 2, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Bleak humanitarian outlook for 2013
    IRIN: More violence and a worsening humanitarian situation are likely in Afghanistan in 2013, say aid agencies. “The worsening conflict trends over the last five years indicate that civilians will continue to suffer because of armed violence and that the humanitarian situation will deteriorate,” says the new Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) for 2013, published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).      Full news...

  • January 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape victim’s Father says Daughter was Detained by Police, Powerful Rapist Freed
    PAN: Father of a 15-year-old rape victim has appealed to President Hamid Karzai to bring the rapist to justice and award him capital punishment. The incident took place in northwestern Badakhshan province during the holy month of Ramadan, when Najaf, 15, was allegedly raped by a man identified as Faramoz in Shokh Hazar village of Yaftal Payan district, the victim's father, Gul Rahman, said.      Full news...

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