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  • March 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Recruit Afghan women to sell war to Europeans: CIA report
    AFP: A CIA expert has called for recruiting Afghan women in a public relations bid to persuade skeptical Europeans to support the NATO-led war effort, according to a document leaked Friday. "Afghan women could serve as ideal messengers in humanizing" the mission for European audiences, particularly in France, according to the CIA analysis, posted on WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website.      Full news...

  • March 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Bloody Hands of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
    UN Dispatch: During the first half of Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990’s, Hekmatyar’s forces committed atrocities that elsewhere in the world are met with international arrest warrants and indictments for war crimes and crimes against humanity –not hints of future inclusion in government.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Guantanamo Bay in Afghanistan?
    Reuters: The United States is considering a proposal to hold foreign terrorism suspects at the Bagram military base in Afghanistan, the Los Angeles Times reported this week, a new Guantanamo Bay just as it is trying to close down the original facility in Cuba. Given the amount of trouble that Washington has run into for running a detention centre where prisoners have no access to the U.S. court system, it sounds like a bad idea to be setting it up in Afghanistan, say experts.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Human rights under pressure
    IRIN: Afghanistan’s hard-won post-Taliban human rights achievements are being eroded due to the persistent immunity from prosecution of powerful figures, the intensifying conflict, and the adoption of laws which undermine justice and human rights, a UN official warns.      Full news...


  • March 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan amnesty for militants draws UN condemnation
    Reuters: The United Nations urged Afghanistan on Thursday to repeal a law that grants a blanket pardon for perpetrators of war crimes and rights abuses, saying the law could hamper efforts to make peace. Afghan and international human rights groups expressed alarm earlier this month at the law, which appeared to have been enacted unannounced and gives immunity to all members of armed factions for acts committed before the Taliban’s ouster in 2001.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Taliban IEDs take toll on civilians
    IRIN: Hidden on roadsides, behind boulders or on cultivated land, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are killing or maiming dozens of civilians every month, according to rights groups and government officials. IEDs killed 773 civilians in 2009 - over 32 percent of the total 2,412 civilian deaths - according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 35 killed in Afghan avalanche: official
    AFP: An avalanche struck a remote mountain area of northern Afghanistan two weeks ago, killing at least 35 people and burying houses beneath the snow, a local official said Tuesday. The disaster struck in Badakhshan province in the far north, but harsh weather and the remoteness of the province bordering China, Pakistan and Tajikistan meant local officials had to travel for weeks to seek help.      Full news...

  • March 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban behead four “US spies”
    The Nation: Taliban militants have beheaded four tribesmen accused of spying for US forces, police said. The bodies of four men were found near Mir Ali town in North Waziristan tribal district, which borders Afghanistan. Officials said the four were kidnapped by the Taliban about ten days ago.Gul Akber Khan, who lives in the village of Srakhula, just outside of Mir Ali, said he heard gunshots in the middle of the night.      Full news...

  • March 20, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight
    Newsweek: Mohammad Moqim watches in despair as his men struggle with their AK-47 automatic rifles, doing their best to hit man-size targets 50 meters away. A few of the police trainees lying prone in the mud are decent shots, but the rest shoot clumsily, and fumble as they try to reload their weapons. The Afghan National Police (ANP) captain sighs as he dismisses one group of trainees and orders 25 more to take their places on the firing line.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan children face world’s worst conditions - U.N.
    Reuters: Afghanistan is the hardest place in the world to be a child, the South Asia regional director for UNICEF said, with high child mortality rates, poor levels of nutrition and rampant sexual abuse. "The situation in Afghanistan as a whole is one of the most dramatic in South Asia and also in the world. Afghanistan is the most difficult place to be born as a child," Daniel Toole said on a visit to Afghanistan this week.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iranian weapons seized in Afghanistan
    The Telegraph: Border officials have reported that a wide range of material made in Iran – including mortars, plastic explosives, propaganda materials and mobile phones – is ending up in insurgents' hands. A Taliban commander admitted that the insurgents had grown more dependent on Iran as Pakistan stepped up operations against the group on its territory.      Full news...

  • March 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Reports of Sexual Assault Involving Military Servicemembers Rose in 2009
    ABC News: Reports of sexual assault involving military servicemembers rose by 11 percent last year, but Pentagon officials said that was just what they were hoping would happen. There were 3,230 reports of sexual assault filed in Fiscal Year 2009, the Pentagon announced today. However, Pentagon officials see the rising numbers in a positive light because it has been a goal for the Defense Department to improve the reporting of cases of sexual assault....      Full news...

  • March 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Who’s stealing Afghan cultural treasures?
    RT.com: Afghanistan’s unique location has made it home to the world's most complex civilizations that left a rich cultural heritage. But the war-torn country has now fallen victim to looters, stealing the nation’s artifacts. Ever since Afghanistan was invaded by Alexander the Great, nearly 2,500 years ago, the country has seen one foreign army after another. In recent times – the British, the Soviets – and now the Americans ...      Full news...

  • March 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Survivors of family killed in Afghanistan raid threaten suicide attacks
    The Times: A family whose members were killed in a botched night raid in eastern Afghanistan have rejected “blood money” from the Government and vowed to carry out suicide attacks unless the perpetrators are brought to justice. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a policeman and his brother were shot dead on February 12 by unidentified gunmen. Eight men were arrested in the raid on the village of Khataba in Paktia province. They have all been released.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Amnesty Law Fuels Debate on Reconciliation Process
    Eurasianet.org: Sakina is angry. “Who is Karzai to forgive the deaths in my family?” she fumes. “Was his home looted? Was his son killed? What gives him the right to forgive on my behalf? He has no right.” The source of Sakina's ire is Afghan President Hamid Karzai's reconciliation initiative. The middle-aged widow from Dasht-e Barchi, a poor neighborhood of west Kabul, lost her husband and niece in the conflict, and feels that Karzai's administration is taking away her right to justice.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nato ‘covered up’ botched night raid in Afghanistan that killed five
    The Times: A night raid carried out by US and Afghan gunmen led to the deaths of two pregnant women, a teenage girl and two local officials in an atrocity which Nato then tried to cover up, survivors have told The Times. In a statement after the raid titled “Joint force operating in Gardez makes gruesome discovery”, Nato claimed that the force had found the women’s bodies “tied up, gagged and killed” in a room.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Kandahar hit by suicide bombers, 30 dead
    BBC News: At least 30 people have been killed and 46 wounded in four suicide bombings in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, hospital officials say. The first blast happened at about 2000 (1530 GMT). Officials said the biggest attack was aimed at the city's main prison. The Taliban said they carried out the bombings as a "message" to Nato.      Full news...

  • March 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police recruits abusing drugs, US report finds
    BBC News: Drug abuse is rife in the Afghan police force with up to four out of 10 recruits testing positive for illegal drugs in some areas, a US report says. The report for the US Congress said the illegal drugs trade "undermines virtually every aspect" of efforts to secure Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces 90% of the world's opium and the drugs trade is a key source of funding for the insurgency.      Full news...


  • March 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Kabul, hopelessness weighs on job hunters
    The Los Angeles Times: The men come at dawn, a ragged, anxious collection of faces peeking through scarves and hoping for work as they stand in a traffic circle beneath billboards advertising war heroes and washing machines. They are bricklayers, gardeners, hole diggers and carpenters. Sometimes they are tapped on the shoulder, most times they are not, so they hunch amid the cars and fruit stands, knowing that the higher the sun climbs the lower their chances of returning home with money in their pockets.      Full news...

  • March 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    One Month of the Obama Killing Machine in Afghanistan: Data and a Lesson for the UNAMA and its Groupies
    RAWA News:Let the numbers tell the story. The following presents a detailed summary and analysis of Afghan civilians killed directly - so-called impact deaths - by U.S/NATO forces in Afghanistan during a single month, February 2010. The Obama killing machine left 80-86 dead Afghan and Pashtun civilians. By contrast, the number in February 2009 was 50. The intent here is to set the record straight as regards Afghans killed by the U.S/NATO, and in so doing challenge the UNAMA to move beyond its “faith-based” counting.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Women’s rights trampled despite new law
    IRIN: As the world marks International Women’s Day, ambivalence, impunity, weak law enforcement and corruption continue to undermine women’s rights in Afghanistan, despite a July 2009 law banning violence against women, rights activists say. A recent case of the public beating of a woman for alleged elopement - also shown on private TV stations in Kabul - highlights the issue.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against women persists in Herat
    PAN: Despite efforts at improving their overall situation, women continue to be the target of violence in western Herat province, officials said on the International Women's Day. The Women Affairs Directorate said on Monday 633 cases of violence against females were reported in the province during the last solar year. Human rights officer at the directorate, Soraya Baleegh, told Pajhwok Afghan News the cases were linked to an increase in the number of drug addicts and growing poverty.      Full news...

  • March 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Army launches investigation: Corrupt Afghans stealing millions from aid funds
    The Independent: A major investigation has been launched into contracts awarded by coalition forces in Afghanistan that are worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The probe into construction and logistics contracts of the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) has been ordered by Major General Nick Carter, commander of Isaf forces in the south of the country.      Full news...

  • March 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Criminal past of man asked to run liberated Marjah
    Scotland on Sunday: THE man chosen as the fresh face of good governance in an Afghan town just seized from the Taliban has a violent criminal record in Germany. Records in Germany show Zahir served part of a prison sentence for stabbing his son in 1998, but Interpol say he is not on any watch list or wanted for any crime.      Full news...

  • March 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    No school for almost half of Afghan children
    DAWN: Almost half of school-age children in Afghanistan do not have access to education, President Hamid Karzai said Saturday as he inaugurated the new school year. “Five million school-age children in our country do not go to school, some because of war or because their schools have been closed by the Taliban or others, some because they do not have the ability to go to schools,” he said.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘Afghan women lawmakers hamstrung by warlords’
    AFP: Afghan women may hold a quarter of the seats in their country's parliament but many are mere mouthpieces for warlords, who continue to set the legislative agenda, an Afghan women's rights activist said. "Today we have 68 women in the parliament, 25 percent... We have a group of women high in quantity, but low in quality," Voice of Women director Suraya Pakzad told a meeting in the US Congress to mark International Women's Day.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    British soldier jailed for refusing to fight in Afghanistan
    CNN: A British soldier who went absent without leave rather than return to fight in Afghanistan was jailed Friday for nine months by a military court, officials said. Glenton, who completed a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2006, became an outspoken critic of British military operations in the country during his absence, frequently appearing at anti-war rallies and on television.      Full news...

  • March 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan survivors describe NATO helicopter assault
    McClatchy Newspapers: The military helicopters swooped in from behind the three-vehicle convoy as it wound through a remote road in southern Afghanistan , and survivors of last week's deadly attack said they had no idea they were in danger until the lead four-wheel drive exploded. After seeing the gruesome aftermath of that rocket strike, survivors of the NATO attack told McClatchy , women jumped from the second car and frantically waved their head scarves to try to stop the attack.      Full news...



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