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  • January 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: most Americans now soured on Iraq, Afghanistan wars
    USA Today: As two of the nation’s longest wars finally end, most Americans have concluded that neither achieved its goals. Those grim assessments in a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll underscore the erosion in support for the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and the loss of faith in the outcome of the wars, both launched in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.      Full news...

  • January 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    After billions in U.S. investment, Afghan roads are falling apart
    The Washington Post: They look like victims of an insurgent attack — their limbs in need of amputation, their skulls cracked — but the patients who pour daily into the Ghazni Provincial Hospital are casualties of another Afghan crisis. They are motorists who drove on the road network built by the U.S. government and other Western donors — a 4 billion USD project that was once a symbol of promise in post-Taliban Afghanistan but is now falling apart.      Full news...


  • January 29, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 women killed, teenage bride hanged
    PAN: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a woman and a girl in Kunduz while a bride was found hanged in central Daikundi province, officials said on Tuesday. Armed men stormed a house last night, leaving a woman and a girl dead in the Chehl Dukhtaran area on the outskirts of Kunduz City, police said.      Full news...

  • January 28, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 years and 3 contractors later, Afghanistan school still deemed unsafe
    FoxNews.com: A school being built in Afghanistan with foreign contractors and funds from American taxpayers has become a money pit that is not even safe for students, a U.S. government watchdog said. The Mazar-e-Sharif school in the northern Afghanistan region of Balkh, one of 16 schools built in the war-torn nation under a U.S. Agency for International Development plan, has been deemed structurally unsafe, according to Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko.      Full news...

  • January 27, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Public rep accused of aiding gunmen
    PAN: Residents of the Burka district of northern Baghlan province on Monday held a protest against gunmen involved in killing civilians and accused a provincial council member of backing outlaws. Tens of people gathered in front of the police headquarters in Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, blasting government for failing to take action against the gunmen who killed three teenage boys in Burka in one month.      Full news...

  • January 26, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Six dead, 30 wounded in two attacks in Afghanistan
    The Hindu: At least six people including two Army officers were killed and 30 others injured on Sunday in two separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials confirmed. A roadside bomb hit a vehicle on its way to a wedding in the eastern province of Nangarhar, killing two civilians and injuring eight others.      Full news...

  • January 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban kidnap, shoot man dead, and burn his body
    PAN: The Taliban kidnapped an 18-year-old man on Friday, shot him dead and set his body alight in a gruesome incident in northern Balkh province, police said. Balkh police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the morning incident in the Sholgar district prompted a security operation that left three rebels dead. Commander Mullah Janak was among six others detained.      Full news...

  • January 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women’s rights in Afghanistan worsen in 2013: report
    NBC News: Women’s rights in Afghanistan have regressed in the past year, increasing worry about what the future holds, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Thursday. As the country faces a large-scale troop withdrawal by the end of 2014, the organization expressed concern that, “with international interest in Afghanistan rapidly waning, opponents of women’s rights seized the opportunity to begin rolling back the progress made since the end of Taliban rule.”      Full news...

  • January 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    To Salvage What we can From Afghanistan, Our Leaders Must Admit that the War has Failed
    The Daily Beast: As America ploughs through its 13th year of war in Afghanistan and negotiates with Kabul to keeps troops there for another ten years, we must take a sober look at the military and diplomatic actions that have thus far characterized our involvement. We must ask what we have accomplished after more than a decade of fighting, whether our goals have been met and our mission has been a success.      Full news...


  • January 21, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sharp rise in kidnappings in Afghan province
    PAN: Residents of eastern Nangarhar province say they are worried about increasing incidents of kidnapping for ransom, as so far 20 hostage-taking events were staged this solar year. Many of those kidnapped were freed after they paid the ransom money, but some remained missing and others were found dead after being abducted, they said.      Full news...

  • January 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Thousands of Afghans face cold, hungry winter as aid goes missing
    Reuters: Thousands of homeless Afghans are huddling on the sides of freezing roads this winter with little shelter and nothing to eat, not far from warehouses stuffed with food. The government’s inability to help - through mismanagement, corruption, or factors beyond its control - threatens the future of a united Afghanistan after an April presidential election and the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of this year.      Full news...

  • January 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The 2009 shadow on 2014 election
    The Killid Group: The rift between Kabul and Washington has again widened with statements by Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Daoud Ali Najafi and a former US defence secretary Robert Gates. US claims of impartiality in Afghan polls are at stake. Gates has said in a memoir that is hitting the stands that top US diplomats tried to manipulate the outcome of the 2009 presidential election, and stop President Hamid Karzai from winning a second term.      Full news...

  • January 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US airstrike killed at least 14 civilians, including women and children
    Khaama Press: A delegation of the Afghan officials including parliament members, who were assigned by president Karzai to investigate the US airstrike in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, has revealed at least 14 civilians were killed in the air raid. Afghan lawmaker Abdul Satar Khawasi who was heading the probe team has said, at least 14 civilians including three women and five children were killed in US airstrike in Siagh Gerd district.      Full news...

  • January 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Husband axes wife to death
    PAN: An outraged husband axed his wife to death and injured four others in northern Takhar province, officials said Thursday. Abdul Khalil Aseer, provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Habibullah killed his wife Naz Bibi last evening who had an exchange marriage. He said the sister of Habibullah was killed by her husband five years ago, which prompted Habibullah to kill his own wife.      Full news...

  • January 15, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s growth rate drops from 14.4 to 3.1 percent in a year
    PAN: Painting a grim picture of the Afghan economy, the World Bank (WB) on Wednesday estimated the country’s growth rate at 3.1 percent in the year 2013; which is a sharp drop from 14.4 percent in the previous year. “Growth in Afghanistan weakened sharply to an estimated 3.1 percent in 2013 from an exceptionally high 14.4 percent in 2012,” the WB said in its Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report released Wednesday.      Full news...

  • January 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What We Did to Afghanistan
    Counterpunch: A few years ago in Kabul, I was listening to a spokesman for an Afghan government organisation who was giving me a long, upbeat and not very convincing account of the achievements of the institution for which he worked. To relieve the tedium, and without much expectation of getting an interesting reply, I asked him – with a guarantee of non-attribution – what benefits the Afghan government had brought to its people.      Full news...

  • January 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Green nightmare in Afghan cities
    The Killid Group: Afghanistan’s big cities face a serious environmental crisis. The National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) has failed to spend from its development budget. A Killid investigation in Kabul. Last year in the Afghan capital city, NEPA officials held seven coordinating meetings with representatives of people, the municipality, ministries of public health (MoPH) and interior affairs (MoI), traffic department, and National Union of Industries. Decisions to counter environmental pollution were taken but they have remained on paper.      Full news...


  • January 10, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    4-year-old Afghan boy killed by US forces
    AFP: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday condemned US troops for killing a four-year-old boy in the southern province of Helmand, in a fresh strain to troubled relations between Washington and Kabul. Helmand governor Naeem Baloch told Karzai during a meeting in Kabul about the shooting, which comes as the US and Afghanistan wrangle over a deal to allow some US troops to remain in the country after this year.      Full news...

  • January 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan to “protect women”? Really?
    Sott.net: As an Afghan woman, I find the propaganda line used by the Yankees and the Brits that they must stay in Afghanistan to “protect the wimmins” to be particularly breathtaking in its pathological audacity. We know they’re really there for the oil and gas pipelines, the rare-earth minerals and the opium, so please, spare us this BS!      Full news...

  • January 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why the US Wants To Stay In Afghanistan
    Antiwar.com: The U.S. is supposed to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this new year. But despite public opinion polls to the contrary, President Obama is seeking to leave several thousand Special Forces troops, military trainers, CIA personnel, “contractors” and surveillance listening posts for 10 more years in Afghanistan until the end of 2024.      Full news...

  • January 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Mayor Accused of Grand Theft
    IWPR: The mayor of a city in eastern Afghanistan faces accusations that he has used his position to embezzle public funds. Afghanistan’s anti-corruption agency, the governor of Logar province, and former employees of the mayor all say they have proof that Ahmad Khan Ulfat acted illegally in a number of separate cases.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman shot dead in northern province, bringing toll of slain women to 14
    PAN: A woman was shot dead in the Asqalan area of Kunduz City, raising the number of slain females to 14 in a year in the northern province, officials said Monday. Sayed Hussain Sarwari, the police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the killer of the 35 years old woman was yet to be identified. But her husband disappeared after the overnight incident.      Full news...

  • January 5, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state – UN
    The Guardian: Afghanistan’s booming narcotics trade risks splintering the country into a “fragmented criminal state” if the government and its western allies do not step up efforts to tackle opium production, a senior UN official has warned. Opium farming in Afghanistan, the world’s main producer of the drug, hit a record high this year, with farmers harvesting a crop worth nearly 1bn USD (610m GBP) to them, and far more to the traffickers who take about four-fifths of the profit.      Full news...

  • January 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man guns down wife, injures 2 others
    PAN: Police have arrested a man who allegedly shot dead his wife and injured two other women as a result of domestic violence in northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Saturday. The man opened fire at his spouse on Friday night in Maimana, the provincial capital, killing her and wounding two other women of his family, the police chief said.      Full news...

  • January 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis
    The New York Times: In the Bost Hospital here, a teenage mother named Bibi Sherina sits on a bed in the severe acute malnutrition ward with her two children. Ahmed, at just 3 months old, looks bigger than his emaciated brother Mohammad, who is a year and a half and weighs 10 pounds.      Full news...

  • January 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Children are “rented” out to beggars
    The Killid Group: Begging on the street has spawned a vicious practice: beggar mafia are renting children in Kabul, and drugging them with opium to ply their trade. Afghan cities are seeing Pakistani beggars in the summer. The government outlawed street-begging in November 2008 and set up a commission - made up of different government bodies and the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) - to end street-begging in the capital but it has not helped.      Full news...

  • January 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama’s Afghanistan plan: More war
    The Washington Post: The White House’s push for another 10 years (at least) in Afghanistan — already the nation’s longest war — could make waves. The administration is pushing for a security deal with the Afghan government that would allow U.S. troops to stay there until “2024 and beyond.”      Full news...



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