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  • July 22, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. airstrike kills 16 Afghan police in Helmand
    NPR: Afghan officials say 16 members of the Afghan National Security Forces died in a U.S. airstrike Friday, during operations against Taliban fighters in southern Helmand province. The U.S. says it is investigating the circumstances that led to the mistake. Afghan media report that 16 members of the security force died, citing local government officials.      Full news...

  • July 19, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Toll of Conflict on Afghan Women Worsens
    HRW: Many more women are being killed and injured in Afghanistan today than a year ago, according to the United Nation’s latest civilian casualty report. They are casualties of an intensifying armed conflict that is also claiming more children as victims every year. As news outlets focus on increases in US troop numbers and policy shifts in Afghanistan, it’s easy to forget the terrible toll the war has on Afghan civilians.      Full news...

  • July 17, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Reach a Record High
    The Atlantic: The number of civilians killed in the war in Afghanistan reached a new high during the first six months of 2017, according to a report released Monday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The report cites a total of 1,662 civilian deaths between January 1 and June 30, marking a two percent increase since last year’s record high.      Full news...

  • July 4, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    SAS accused of killing unarmed Afghan civilians
    BBC News: The Royal Military Police is investigating an allegation that British special forces killed unarmed Afghan civilians, the BBC understands. The BBC has spoken to one man who says four members of his family were killed in a night raid involving the SAS in 2011. The Sunday Times has also reported other allegations of unlawful killing by British special forces.      Full news...

  • July 2, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father Kills Daughter And Her Male Friend A Badghis man has reportedly killed his daughter and her male friend after she allegedly ran away from home, local officials said Sunday. Badghis provincial governor’s spokesman Zahir Bahand confirmed the incident and said a man in Kandalan area of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital, shot dead his 14-year-old daughter and her 18-year-old friend.      Full news...

  • June 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A woman dies in every two hours
    The Killid Group: A recent survey reveals that the maternal and child mortality rate in Afghanistan has once again surged compared to previous years and the hopes that the problem would be addressed has gone forever. Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) had announced last year to alleviate maternal and child mortality rate through a five-year plan of midwifery nursing. The maternal and child mortality rate was 237 women from 100,000 before but the figure is now 1,200 women from 100,000 Afghan women.      Full news...

  • June 14, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female teacher shot dead in Balkh province
    Roushd News (Translated by RAWA): Authorities of Balkh province say that unknown men shot a female teacher to death in Balkh district of this province. The woman was a teacher in the district and was killed this morning. Sher Jan Durrani, spokesperson of the Balkh police, stated that the woman was 25-years-old.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman killed with axe by husband in northern Afghanistan
    Khaama Press (Translated by RAWA): A woman was killed with an axe in northern Sare Pul province, it has been reported. Authorities of the province say the incident occurred during noon in Chashme Shifa area of the province, the day before. Zabiullah Amani, the governor’s spokesperson, also confirmed the incident, saying the husband had escaped. He said efforts are being made to arrest and prosecute him.      Full news...

  • June 12, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Foreign forces kill 2 children after convoy runs over mine in East Afghanistan
    Xinhua: Two Afghan civilians were killed in shooting after the convoy of the U.S.-led coalition forces ran over a mine in the eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, spokesman for provincial government Attaullah Khogiani said. “A mine planted by militants struck the convoy of foreign forces in Shirgal area of Ghani Khil district this morning and the foreign soldiers in retaliation opened fire and killed two children each eight and 10 years old in the area,” Khogiani told reporters.      Full news...

  • May 30, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US, coalition strikes in Afghanistan spike, hit highest number in five years
    AP: The number of weapons released by U.S. and allied aircraft in Afghanistan sharply spiked in April, hitting the highest point in nearly five years. According to an airpower summary posted online this week by U.S. Air Forces Central Command, coalition aircraft released 460 weapons last month, more than double the 203 weapons released in March. It was the most in a single month since August 2012, when 589 weapons were released.      Full news...

  • May 27, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Traumatic Night Raids Haunt Afghan Women
    IWPR: At 11pm on the night of April 3, 2016, Bibi Sahra was woken by a group of armed soldiers storming into her family home. The 37-year-old, from the village of Qala Taqai in Baraki Barak district, recounted how the door of the bedroom was kicked in and half-a-dozen Afghan army soldiers in camouflage gear entered. A voice booming out over a loudspeaker warned everyone not to move.      Full news...

  • May 24, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War in Afghanistan Is Killing Children in Record Numbers in 2017
    Truthout: Four-year-old Alisina was playing in the fields outside her house in the Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, located 80 kilometers from the capital city of Kabul, on a mid-April morning. Only vaguely aware of the constant war that surrounds them, Alisina and her friends didn’t know the large metal object they found in the field that day was in fact an unexploded ordnance left behind by one of the warring parties.      Full news...

  • May 21, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    100 female journalists have left their jobs in the past few years
    Ufoq News (Translated by RAWA): Head of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, Najibullah Sharifi, says that since 2014, about 100 female journalists have left their jobs. These women are from Kabul and other provinces, according to him, and have left their jobs because of lack of security in their workplace that created life-threatening situations for them.      Full news...

  • May 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman tortured with heated tools by husband and in-laws
    TOLOnews (Translated by RAWA): Qadria, a resident of Farkhar district in Takhar province, spoke to TOLOnews on May 18, and revealed the forms of violence she faced from her husband and his relatives. She said that the night before, her mother-in-law, husband, and two brother-in-laws, first accused her of having relations with a man living next door, then locked her in a room; then they tied up her hands and feet and taped her mouth, and tortured her with hot screwdrivers and pliers.      Full news...

  • May 15, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government welcomes Kabul’s “butcher”
    Fox News: He is known simply as the “Butcher of Kabul” and, after 20 years in self-imposed exile, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned last week to the Afghan capitol he once mercilessly massacred. President Ghani and members of his national unity government warmly welcomed the warlord. After fighting the Soviet Union and the Afghan communist government during the 1980s with his Hezb-e-Islami militia, Hekmatyar, 69, and other warlords eventually sparked civil war within Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • May 14, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Soldiers Reloaded: The Privatisation of War
    Al Jazeera: From opportunistic guns for hire on the fringe of domestic conflicts to a global force operating within a multibillion-dollar industry - the private military sector seems to be flourishing. As armies and war increasingly become “outsourced”, private military companies have taken on a wider increasing range of responsibilities, from security and intelligence analysis to training and combat roles.      Full news...

  • May 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Angry Over Fake Medicine
    IWPR: For the last year Ziaullah, a resident of Jalalabad city in the eastern province of Nangarhar, has been regularly taking the medicine his doctor prescribed to treat his kidney stones. But his agonising condition had not improved for one simple reason, he told IWPR. It was virtually impossible to get decent medication locally, with a market flooded with substandard or out-of-date drugs.      Full news...

  • May 7, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Truths from the Epicentre of US Bomb in Achin
    The Killid Group: The US dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on Achin, Nangarhar province, to target what the military described as a “tunnel complex” used by the ISIS’s Afghanistan affiliate. A Killid investigation reveals other truths. Colloquially called the “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43/B is meant for destroying underground targets with an explosive yield of more than 11 tonnes of TNT.      Full news...

  • May 3, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    1000 suicide attempts in one year in Afghan province
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Doctors in Herat Hospital say that they need a special healthcare center with special equipment to deal with patients who attempt suicide by taking toxic substances. Dr. Aziz ul Rahman Jami, head of the emergency department told BBC that in one year (1395) about 1000 people in Herat province attempted suicide by taking toxic substances. About 30 of these people died while the rest were saved.      Full news...

  • April 28, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Malnutrition Mounts in Afghan Province
    IWPR: Rising numbers of children in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar are suffering from malnutrition, according to local health officials, with more than 36,000 in need of assistance. Ahmadullah Faizi, head of public nutrition at Kandahar’s department of public health, told IWPR that their most recent figures, from December 2016, showed that 20,157 children were suffering from moderate malnutrition.      Full news...

  • April 24, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.N. Finds Torture Widespread in Afghanistan
    Reuters: Torture and mistreatment of detainees by Afghan security forces is as widespread as ever, according to a U.N. report released on Monday, despite promises by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and new laws enacted by the government. At least 39 percent of the conflict-related detainees interviewed by U.N. investigators “gave credible and reliable accounts” of being tortured or experiencing other mistreatment at the hands of Afghan police, intelligence, or military personnel while in custody.      Full news...

  • April 20, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Women Seek Refuge in Safe Houses
    IWPR: The beatings began soon after Zahra, now 22, was married off to a 75-year old man in exchange for a large bride price. “My father was blinded by money and he gave me in marriage to this man,” she told IWPR. “Every time my husband was violent to me, his family members used to tell me, ‘Your husband has these rights over you, you should put up with it.’      Full news...

  • April 16, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    25 cases of suicide attempts in three days in Afghan province
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Officials in Herat Hospital have reported that 25 people have been admitted in the hospital for suicide attempts in the past three days. Aziz ul Rahman Jami, head of the emergency department said that 90% of these people were women and all the people were below thirty in age. According to him, one woman lost her life and three people are in critical condition.      Full news...

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