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  • March 31, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Roadside bombing kills 7 people of same family in Afghanistan
    Associated Press: A deputy official says a roadside bombing in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan has killed seven people, all members of the same family. The deputy police chief in Ghazni province says the bombing took place on Monday afternoon in Andar district. Asadullah Ensafi says the mini bus the family was riding in struck the bomb and all seven people from the family died — three women, three children and a man.      Full news...

  • March 30, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Billions Blown in Afghanistan Reconstruction Spending? (MuckReads Edition)
    ProPublica: After routing the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. government began a now 13-year effort to stabilize and develop the country. It has cost taxpayers billions — and some say, achieved little. These stories examine the waste and problems plaguing U.S. reconstruction efforts that, despite the end of combat, will continue to cost billions — even as our military presence shrinks.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US troops, immune from prosecution, raped dozens of Colombian children US soldiers and military contractors were responsible for the rape and sexual abuse of scores of Colombian children, but faced no legal repercussions because of a treaty between Washington and Bogota granting them full immunity. A fresh revelation of these appalling crimes came as a byproduct of ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia) guerrilla movement taking place in Havana, Cuba.      Full news...

  • March 22, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan woman beaten to death by Kabul mob is buried
    Associated Press: An Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob has been buried in Kabul, her coffin carried aloft by women’s rights activists. Hundreds of people gathered in the north of the capital for the funeral of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who like many Afghans is known by only one name.      Full news...

  • March 22, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul cleric under fire for endorsing murder and burning of woman
    Khaama Press: An Afghan cleric Maulavi Ayaz Niazi has been under for publicly endorsing the brutal murder and burning of a woman over alleged burning of holy Quran. Maulavi Niazi endorsed the murder of 27-year-old Farkhunda while speaking among the participants of Friday prayers and a day after she was lynched by Kabul mob.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Woman Set On Fire, Thrown Into River For Desecrating Quran
    Los Angeles Times: A woman who reportedly burned a copy of the Koran inside a riverside shrine in the Afghan capital was surrounded by an angry crowd, set ablaze and dumped into the chilly waters Thursday evening in a startling act of mob violence. The parents of the 32-year-old woman, who died in the attack, told authorities her name was Farkhunda and that she suffered from mental illness, said Farid Afzal, head of investigations for Kabul police.      Full news...

  • March 17, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Declassified Documents: CIA Helped Fund al-Qaeda via Afghan Government
    Sputnik: Documents declassified at a trial of a suspected terrorist show that millions of dollars in CIA funds fell into the hands of al Qaeda in 2010. The money was used by Afghan officials in a ransom payment.Once again, US money funneled through the CIA into the Middle East has ended up being used against… well, the US... Correspondence made public at the trial of Abid Naseer, a Pakistani al-Qaeda operative convicted in Brooklyn of supporting terrorism and conspiring to bomb a British shopping center.      Full news...

  • March 15, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Picking on Refugees
    The Killid Group: Life has become harder for Afghan refugees in Pakistan after the attack on a school in Peshawar last December that killed 132 students. Media reports say the police have launched counter operations against refugees. The police have ringed camps, and put restrictions on the freedom of movement of refugees, even those who are registered and possess valid identity papers.      Full news...

  • March 10, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Officials Say Bombings Across Afghanistan Kill at Least 13
    Associated Press: A series of bombings across Afghanistan, including one targeting a police checkpoint in the country’s south, killed at least 13 people Tuesday, authorities said. The day’s deadliest attack targeted the checkpoint on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, killing eight people and wounding 23, said Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor. The dead included six civilians and two police officers, he said.      Full news...

  • March 9, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Preserving History: Lessons From Afghanistan and Iraq
    The Diplomat:The Islamic State’s bulldozing of statues, walls, and a castle in the ancient Assyrian capital of Nimrud drew international condemnation last week. Writer Mohammad Rabia Chaar, speaking with Anne Barnard of The New York Times, was particularly sickened. “Daesh wants people wit no memory, with no history, with no culture, no past, no future,” Chaar said, referring to an Arabic derivation of the group’s name. ISIS even destroyed the winged bulls that adorn Iraqi currency, calling the statues “false idols.”      Full news...

  • March 5, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Labor in Samangan Coal Mines Samangan is home to some of Afghanistan’s largest coal mines, yet many of those who work inside them are just children. TOLOnews report Karimi Amini visited mines in the Dare Soof district of Samangan province and investigated the child labor conditions in the mines there.      Full news...

  • March 3, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girl Raped By Mullah in Takhar Pregnant The victim of sexual abuse, who was raped by a local mullah in northern Takhar province eight months back, was threatened to not speak, is now eight months pregnant. The 13-year-old victim who does not want to be named, was sent to her local mosque by her family to receive an education in religious studies by the 35 year old mullah who raped her, warning her not her to raise her voice and informing her family of the crime.      Full news...