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  • September 16, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Report: Exporters have defrauded the government of millions of dollars in income tax
    The Killid Group: Afghan exporters have defrauded the government of millions of dollars in income tax over the last four years. An investigation by the Independent Media Consortium Productions (IMCP) reveals a massive undervaluing of export figures by the private sector.* The investigation was conducted on the basis of information provided by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), traders, and exporters.      Full news...

  • September 15, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 27 dead in Afghanistan coal-mine collapse
    Reuters: At least 27 miners in Afghanistan were killed in a coal-mine collapse, officials said Sunday, in an accident likely to reinforce worries about a sector that many Afghans hope can underpin the country’s development. The collapse occurred on Saturday evening in the northern province of Samangan, said provincial governor’s spokesman Sediq Azizi.      Full news...

  • September 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Highway police accused of taking bribes
    PAN: Truck drivers from the Bala Murghab district of western Badghis province on Sunday accused highway police of seeking bribes from them. They complained highway police took 2,500 afghanis (45 USD) in bribe from the driver of each truck plying the road and 20 afghanis from each of bus passengers.      Full news...

  • September 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s cannabis production rises
    The Guardian: The amount of Afghan farmland planted with cannabis fell by nearly a fifth last year after one province launched a fierce eradication campaign, but a bumper crop meant that actual production rose compared with 2011, according to the UN. Officials in southern Uruzgan province, which borders Kandahar and Helmand, largely stamped out farming of the drug because of worries it was financing the Taliban.      Full news...

  • September 12, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kidnapped kids returned dead to families
    PAN: Deeply concerned about increasing kidnappings for ransom in southern Kandahar province, the human rights office on Thursday said two minor boys were brutally murdered in captivity after their families failed to meet the kidnappers’ demand.      Full news...

  • September 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dreams of a new life not for abused women
    The Killid Group: Farzana has been living with her son in a refuge for women in Sangcharak district, Sar-e-Pol province, ever since her release from jail. Her husband was killed four years after her marriage, and she spent eight years in jail for the crime. Her parents have not seen her since the night of her wedding. They believe she has sullied the family honour but Farzana insists she did not kill her husband.      Full news...

  • September 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Analysis: Land disputes add to Afghanistan’s security woes
    IRIN: Fifty years ago, Dost Mohammad’s grandfather had 1,000 sheep grazing on the family’s plot of land on the outskirts of Kunduz City, Afghanistan. The family’s livestock numbers have since decreased significantly, but then, so has the size of their land. “We keep getting pushed further and further back,” said Mohammad. “We’re also having problems bringing our sheep to Badakshan. We will be killed today if we bring our sheep there.”      Full news...

  • September 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Former warlord a contender in Afghanistan elections
    Al Jazeera America: A grainy photograph of a group prayer session wouldn’t normally trigger much attention in Afghanistan’s capital. But with speculation rife about who might run for the country’s presidency, the picture of former firebrand Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf leading an evening prayer on the Afghan vice president’s porch stirred rumors about Sayaf’s political aspirations after it appeared on Facebook.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban-led suicide attack kills 10, wounds 120 in Afghan town
    Xinhua: Ten people, including six suicide attackers, were killed and 120 civilians injured as a group of suicide bombers stormed a compound of National Directorate for Security (NDS), the country’s intelligence agency in Wardak's provincial capital Maidan Shahr 35 km west of Kabul on Sunday, the provincial government said in a statement released here.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Million Dollar Minister
    The Daily Beast: At first Mahkdoom Raheen seemed refreshingly different from the other ministers and advisers who were chosen by newly-appointed Afghan President Hamid Karzai for his first cabinet in 2002. It was soon after the overthrow of the Taliban, and Raheen was not a powerful warlord with a chilling history of human rights abuses, land-grabbing, and blatant corruption.      Full news...

  • September 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Casualties as protest in Iranian consulate turns violent
    PAN: Police guards at the Iranian consulate on Saturday opened fire at protestors in western Herat province, killing one and injuring four others, an official said. The protest involving dozens of residents, mostly labourers, was staged in front of the Iranian consulate in Herat City, the provincial capital.      Full news...

  • September 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sharp rise in British drone use in Afghanistan
    AFP: The British military fired nearly seven times as many missiles from unmanned drones in Afghanistan last year as it did five years earlier, according to official data released on Friday. In 2012 British drones flew 892 missions over Afghanistan -- firing missiles on 92 occasions -- more than 10 percent of all sorties, junior defence minister Andrew Robathan said in a written statement to parliament.      Full news...

  • September 4, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Child Marriage, Domestic Violence Harm Progress
    The Huffington Post: Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president. In the 15-page briefing paper, “Afghanistan: Ending Child Marriage and Domestic Violence,” Human Rights Watch highlights the health and economic consequences of marriage under age 18 and violence against women and girls.      Full news...

  • September 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    You can get away  with murder when your dad is an Afghan warlord
    VICE: On a cold January afternoon last year, Qurban the bodyguard left his boss’s house in Bamyan province, Afghanistan to buy some coal at the bazar. Qurban's boss was Wahidi Beheshti – governor of a remote district in Bamyan province – who had been allowing Qurban, his wife Soraya and her 16-year-old sister Shakila to stay at his home.      Full news...

  • September 2, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sex determination test adds to women’s woes
    The Killid Group: It has become socially acceptable for pregnant women to undergo sex determination tests across the country. Female Afghans are not safe even inside their mother’s womb, say activists and human rights defenders. The ultrasound sonography machine is being widely misused for pre-natal sex determination not only in Kabul but also in many cities and provinces.      Full news...

  • September 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Over 200 killed in attacks across Afghanistan in August
    Xinhua: At least 203 people, most of them civilians, were killed and hundreds wounded in bombings and attacks across Afghanistan last month, according to official figures. Among a total of 50 major bomb attacks launched by the Taliban and other militant groups, around 20 were of the suicide nature.      Full news...

  • 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...

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