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  • September 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
    Common Dreams: An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan.The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged their passing.      Full news...

  • September 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Russia accuses US of transferring Daesh to northern Afghanistan
    Amn New: US special services are involved in transferring Daesh* militants to northern regions of Afghanistan with the aim of destabilising the situation on the borders with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Sergey Beseda, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service’s international relations department, said on Monday.      Full news...

  • September 23, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Nearly Half of Afghan Women Want to Leave
    Gallup: In less than a week, millions of Afghans will likely head to the polls to elect their next president, but record numbers of them -- including nearly half of Afghan women -- would rather be someplace else and leave their war-torn country permanently if they could. Gallup surveys show that life in Afghanistan in 2018 was, on many levels, worse than at any point in the past decade.      Full news...

  • September 23, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    40 civilians, including children, reported killed in Afghan commando strike
    The New York Times: Government officials in the southern Afghan province of Helmand said on Monday that as many as 40 civilians, including children, may have been killed during a government commando raid on an insurgent stronghold the night before. Accounts from the scene were fragmentary and contradictory, typical of violent clashes in which civilians are reported killed in remote areas late at night.      Full news...

  • September 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: US confirms drone attack that killed 30 farmers
    Al Jazeera: The US forces in Afghanistan have admitted that a drone attack that killed at least 30 pine nut farmers in Nangarhar province on Thursday was conducted by them. At least 40 others were injured in the attack in Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district that was previously attributed to the West-backed Afghan government.      Full news...



  • September 16, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Nearly Nine in 10 Afghans Are Suffering
    Gallup: The collapse in peace negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban has removed a potential barrier to holding Afghanistan’s presidential election as scheduled on Sept. 28. But the recent surge in Taliban attacks dispels any expectation that the election will lead to peace and stability for a people who rate their lives more poorly than any other worldwide.      Full news...

  • September 13, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires
    The Berkeley Daily Planet: Much like President Nixon’s false Vietnam narrative, both Bush and Cheney continued to mislead the American people falsely stating “we have the Taliban on the run.” The invasion was a visceral reaction to 9/11. The war followed a familiar trajectory much like the disastrous Vietnam War.      Full news...

  • September 12, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Annual Cost Of The War In Afghanistan Since 2001 [Infographic]
    Forbes: America’s longest war, the conflict in Afghanistan, has cost 975 billion USD when 2019 estimates are factored in according to website The Balance. Their data is based on research from Brown University and it makes the war in Afghanistan second only to the inflation-adjusted 4.1 trillion USD the United States spent during the Second World War in terms of overall cost.      Full news...

  • September 1, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How India secretly armed Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance
    The Hindu: India must not commit the error of placing Indian troops on Afghan soil, says the diplomat who coordinated New Delhi’s secret military assistance to Ahmad Shah Massoud, the military commander of the Northern Alliance, who fought the Taliban and U.S. forces till his assassination in 2001.      Full news...

  • September 1, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, Combating the Dubious Science of Virginity Testing
    Undarkud: In the winter of 2009, as a young teenager, Soraya says she was raped by a 22-year-old male teacher at her English language school in Eastern Afghanistan. A few months later, she was spotted by Afghan police walking with her rapist on the street. After being taken to the police station, she was forced to call her father, who was informed that she had likely engaged in adultery. Soraya’s father hit her when he arrived at the station and insisted that she be submitted to a virginity test.      Full news...

  • August 28, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan’s main forensic lab: Four scientists, one microscope
    Los Angeles Times: When a suicide bomber targeted a wedding hall in the Afghan capital last week, killing at least 80 people, many of the bodies were brought to a dilapidated two-story block on the perimeter of Kabul. This is the Forensic Medicine Directorate, Criminal Techniques Department, the only functioning criminal forensic laboratory in Afghanistan, where a team of four molecular biologists juggles hundreds of cases a week, including victims of rape, drug overdoses, homicide, and bombings.      Full news...

  • August 26, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Record Numbers Struggle to Afford Basics
    Gallup: Afghans not only are facing challenges in regard to their safety and security as the country’s presidential election nears, but they also are struggling more than ever to afford the basics such as food and shelter. Gallup surveys in Afghanistan over the past decade highlight the great need for action from incoming leadership.      Full news...

  • August 22, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Combat Deaths in Afghanistan Hit Highest Level in 5 Years; 2 More Casualties on Wednesday
    cnsnews.com:The death of two U.S. Green Berets in Afghanistan on Wednesday brings to 14 the number of American military personnel killed in combat there this year – the highest annual combat death toll since 2014, and with more than four months of the year yet to run. The Pentagon on Thursday identified the two soldiers as Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Mass., and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, Calif.      Full news...

  • August 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girls School Torched In Kabul
    TOLOnews.com: A school was set on fire by Taliban militants in Shakardara district in Kabul Province early on Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. The Boi Hazar Nasiri Girls High School is located in a village in Shakar Dara district, 25 kilometers to the north of the city of Kabul.      Full news...

  • August 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Law and Order Becomes a Casualty of War
    Gallup: Afghans could see a peace deal with the Taliban and an end to the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan -- all ahead of the country’s presidential election in late September. Gallup data collected since 2008 in Afghanistan offer insights into what has happened to Afghans’ sense of safety and security during the violent decade that the potential peace deal has been in the making.      Full news...

  • August 19, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan independence day bombings follow wedding massacre
    Reuters: A series of bombings has struck restaurants and public squares in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 66 people, officials said, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence. No group claimed responsibility for the 10 bombs on Monday but both Islamic State and Taliban militants operate in the area.      Full news...


  • August 17, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence in Afghanistan last year was worse than in Syria
    The Economist: On august 19th Afghans will take to the streets to mark 100 years of independence from Britain. They have more to protest about than to celebrate: their country has not known peace for 40 years.Afghanistan’s modern woes began in earnest in 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded to prop up a communist regime. In response, America funded mujahideen rebels, escalating a bloody proxy war.      Full news...

  • August 15, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Out of sight: British press ignores the continuing horror in Afghanistan
    Politics.co.uk: Last Wednesday, a car bomb exploded in Kabul. It killed at least 18 people and injured over 100 more. The atrocity was claimed by the Taliban, who said it had targeted a “recruitment centre” to kill soldiers and police officers. The attack comes as the Taliban is holding peace talks with the United States. Both sides are seeking to establish a timetable for American troop withdrawal.      Full news...


  • August 14, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pentagon Looks to Use Afghanistan as Proving Ground for New Tech
    Antiwar.com: Hopes for peace in Afghanistan continue to get delayed, but with a deal seemly always just on the horizon, the Pentagon is finding new things to do in Afghanistan. Not trying to win the war, because that ship sailed long ago. But 18 years into the war, the Pentagon has found Afghanistan as a nice proving ground for a lot of different new military technology, hoping to show that new artificial intelligence efforts and cloud computing can make information-sharing in an occupation more efficient.      Full news...


  • August 13, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Boys With Brides: Afghanistan’s Untold Dilemma Of Underage Marriages
    RFE/RL: Mohammad Wali was just 12 years old when his widowed mother began arranging his marriage to a 24-year-old woman from their village in Ghazni Province. “I don’t want to be married,” the young Afghan boy is said to have pleaded with his mother. “I just want to play soccer and cricket. I want to go to school.” But his mother insisted on the marriage to ensure that she and Mohammad Wali’s two teenage sisters would not become street beggars...      Full news...

  • August 13, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    11 Civilians Killed In Special Unit’s Raid In Paktia: Residents
    TOLOnews.com: At least 11 people were taken out of their homes and were killed the “01 Unit” of the National Directorate of Security at a night raid in Zurmat district of the northern province of Paktia, tribal elders and residents claimed. The operation was carried out in Gulal Koh village on Sunday night, August 11.      Full news...

  • August 12, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    As U.S. Nears a Pullout Deal, Afghan Army Is on the Defensive
    The New York Times: As the United States appears to be nearing a deal with the Taliban on pulling its troops from Afghanistan, the country’s security forces are in their worst state in years — almost completely on the defensive in much of the country, according to local military commanders and civilian officials. Afghan commanders vowed last year to take the offensive, rather than go on fighting a static “checkpoint war.”      Full news...


  • August 11, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan’s war, a common thread unites all sides: Fear
    Los Angeles Times: The dull, throbbing sound of the helicopter breaks the silence of the clear starry night. As it approaches, the swishing of each blade clearly distinguishable, Hajatullah Gul, 30, and his family lie under mosquito nets in their beds outside, their bodies drenched in cold, nervous sweat. “Sometimes they strike in the village,” Gul’s 6-year-old son Assad whispers, referring to Afghanistan’s National Army. “I’m afraid of them.”      Full news...



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