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  • January 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Losing Hope After 8 Years of War
    The New York Times: In Kabul, even a traffic jam can provoke a comment on this Islamic nation's dismal state, which most people here believe is at its bleakest since the U.S. invaded to topple the Taliban in 2001. It's a striking sentiment when you consider it comes after eight years of international intervention, $60 billion in foreign aid and the lives of thousands of foreign troops and Afghan civilians.      Full news...

  • January 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Is Osama Bin Laden dead or alive?
    BBC NEWS: Osama Bin Laden died eight years ago during the battle for Tora Bora in Afghanistan, either from a US bomb or from a serious kidney disease. Or so the conspiracy theory goes. The theory that has developed on the web since 9/11 is that US intelligence services are manufacturing the Bin Laden statements to create an evil bogeyman, to justify the so-called war on terror in Afghanistan, Iraq and back at home.      Full news...

  • January 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    One in five troops unfit to fight on the front line
    The Independent: Britain's ability to wage an effective military campaign in Afghanistan is under growing pressure as the number of soldiers unfit for battle has risen to one in five. As UK forces prepare to begin yet another year embroiled in a gruelling struggle against the Taliban, defence chiefs have confirmed that more than 16,000 troops are not fit enough to fight.      Full news...

  • January 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s neglected casualties of war
    Gulf Times: The year 2009 has been the deadliest for Afghan children since 2001, according to the Afghanistan Rights Monitor, a Kabul-based human rights group. From January to December 2009, about 1,050 children died in suicide attacks, roadside blats, air strikes and in the cross-fire between Taliban insurgents and pro-government Afghan and foreign forces, states ARM.      Full news...

  • January 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Newly-Married Bride Dies of Self-Immolation in Afghanistan
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): With the death of this newly-married bride the number of dead girls and women in this area of the western region has reached 47 this year. The doctors in the regional hospital of Herat say that this woman was called Halima and had died in the hospital two nights back. Dr. Mohammad Arif Jalali, director of the regional burn hospital of Herat told PAN that 15-year old Halima, resident of the Qadis District of Badghis Province, had married three months back.      Full news...

  • January 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UK ‘paid Afghan warlord USD2m to find Osama Bin Laden’
    BBC: The UK paid $2m (£1.3m) for the services of an Afghan warlord in an operation against Osama Bin Laden in 2001, it has been alleged. BBC Two's Conspiracy Files heard claims from a US special forces commander that both the Americans and British paid substantial sums to Afghan warlords. Dalton Fury added that the UK-backed warlord, Haji Zaman Gamsurek, went on to agree a ceasefire with al-Qaeda.      Full news...

  • January 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan mission price tag passes 525,000 Dollar per soldier
    Canwest News Service: It costs taxpayers about $525,000 a year to keep one Canadian soldier in Afghanistan, according to the simplest calculation possible, which is to divide the approximately $1.5-billion cost of the mission for the 2009/2010 fiscal year by the 2,850 troops who are part of it. These figures does not take into account soldiers' salaries and benefits or the long-term health-care costs associated with service in South Asia.      Full news...

  • January 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women turning to suicide in greater numbers: report
    The Canadian Press: More Afghan women are choosing suicide to escape the violence and brutality of their daily lives, says a new human-rights report prepared by Canada's Foreign Affairs Department. The 2008 annual assessment paints a grim picture of a country where violence against women and girls is common, despite rising public awareness among Afghans and international condemnation.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2009 deadliest year for Afghan children
    PAN: The outgoing year was the deadliest year for Afghan children since the ouster of the Taliban regime in late 2001, a human rights watchdog said here on Wednesday. More than 1,050 children under 18 years of age were killed in suicide attacks, air strikes, improvised explosive device blasts and crossfire between warring parties in 2009, the organisation said.      Full news...

  • January 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    CIA Double Agent Killed Seven Agency Employees in Afghanistan
    The Wall Street Journal: The suicide bomber who killed seven Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors and a Jordanian intelligence officer was a double agent the CIA had recruited to provide intelligence on senior al Qaeda leadership, according to current and former U.S. officials and an Afghan security official. The officials said the bomber was a Jordanian doctor likely affiliated and working with al Qaeda.      Full news...

  • January 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    School children killed in coalition raid in Afghanistan, UN probe finds
    The Canadian Press: A preliminary United Nations investigation has found that eight students were among 10 Afghan civilians killed in Kunar province on Sunday. A statement Thursday by Kai Eide, special UN representative, says the deaths occurred during a raid by Afghan and international military forces in the province's Narang district. "Based on our initial investigation, eight of those killed were students enrolled in local schools," Eide said.      Full news...

  • January 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban beheads six Afghan “spies”: police
    AFP: Taliban militants beheaded six Afghans they accused of spying for the government of President Hamid Karzai, police said Thursday, confirming the men had "cooperated with the authorities". The victims' bodies were found with their heads totally separated in a house near the capital of the southern province of Uruzgan on Thursday, Juma Gul Hema, the provincial police chief, told AFP.      Full news...

  • December 31, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    John Pilger: Welcome to Orwell’s World 2010
    ZNet: Barack Obama is the leader of a contemporary Oceania. In two speeches at the close of the decade, the Nobel Peace Prize winner affirmed that peace was no longer peace, but rather a permanent war that "extends well beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan" to "disorderly regions and diffuse enemies". He called this "global security" and invited our gratitude. To the people of Afghanistan, which America has invaded and occupied, he said wittily: "We have no interest in occupying your country."      Full news...

  • December 30, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: Canadians say the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable
    Digital Journal: A recent telephone survey suggests that 66 per cent of Canadians believe the military build-up in Afghanistan will not defeat the Taliban, while only 34 per cent think the war in Afghanistan can be won. As the war in Afghanistan enters its ninth year and still continues, violence going up and military presence increases, majority of Canadians believe that it’s pointless because it’s unwinnable.      Full news...

  • December 29, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Four Afghan civilians killed in Baghlan air raid”
    PAN: Four civilians have reportedly been killed and eight others wounded in a fresh air strike by foreign forces in northern Baghlan province, residents alleged on Tuesday. The overnight attack took place in Kohna Qala area of Baghlan-i-Markazi district, residents told Pajhwok Afghan News. The fresh air raid came about three days after 10 civilians were killed during military operations in eastern Kunar province.      Full news...

  • December 28, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. troops’ death toll in Afghanistan doubles in 2009
    Xinhua: With the death of a U.S. soldier on Saturday, U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan this year have increased to exactly twice of those in the previous year, according to statistics released by an independent website on Monday. The killed soldier raised the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan this year to 310, while 155 U.S. soldiers were killed in the same country last year.      Full news...

  • December 28, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    An Afghan woman ousted from her home by husband dies of cold
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): Workers in the Human Rights Commission of Daikundi Province say that a woman was ousted from her home due to the violence by her husband and died outside on the way. Hassan Ali Faiz, director of the Human Rights Commission of Daikundi Province told PAN that the incident had occurred on the night of 10th Muharram (Dec. 28) in the Ishtarli District.      Full news...

  • December 27, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow G.I.’s
    New York Times: Capt. Margaret H. White began a relationship with a warrant officer while both were training to be deployed to Iraq. By the time they arrived this year at Camp Taji, north of here, she felt what she called “creepy vibes” and tried to break it off. In the claustrophobic confines of a combat post, it was not easy to do. He left notes on the door to her quarters, alternately pleading and menacing. He forced her to have sex, she said.      Full news...

  • December 26, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The US army is overstretched and exhausted, says peace campaigner Sarah Lazare
    Al-Jazeera: The call for over 30,000 more troops to be sent to Afghanistan is a travesty for the people of that country who have already suffered eight brutal years of occupation. Many from within the ranks are openly declaring that they have had enough, allying with anti-war veterans and activists in calling for an end to the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with some active duty soldiers publicly refusing to deploy.      Full news...

  • December 24, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Civilians allegedly killed in custody
    PAN: Residents in the southeastern Khost province claimed that some people arrested from a village by foreign and local troops during an operation have been killed. However, the security officials rejected the claim as baseless. Locals said the troops raided some houses in Molai village of Sabri district and arrested some people who were later killed in custody. They said bodies of two of the arrested people were found in Salarno area on Thursday morning.      Full news...

  • December 24, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US anti-drug effort in Afghanistan criticized
    AP: The State Department's internal watchdog on Wednesday criticized the agency's nearly $2 billion anti-drug effort in Afghanistan for poor oversight and lack of a long-term strategy. The department's inspector general said the Afghanistan counter-narcotics program is hampered by too few personnel and rampant corruption among Afghan officials.      Full news...

  • December 23, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Continued militancy makes future bleak for Afghans
    Xinhua: "I have little hope to return home safe and sound in the evening," the nine-year-old Rahmat Khan said. Selling shopping bags in a dusty bazaar along Kabul river to support his five-member family, Khan said that he and his elder brother both earn between 150 Afghanis (3 U.S. dollars) to 250 Afghanis (5 U.S. dollars) daily. His elder brother washes cars in the afternoon and attends school in the morning.      Full news...

  • December 23, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Karzai forced to investigate family blood feud after cousin is murdered
    The Times: When Afghan killers burst into a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom and shot her brother at close range it barely warranted an investigation. Police said that no one reported the crime. Were it not that the pair were President Karzai’s cousins — and that the murder had all the hallmarks of a revenge killing connected to a Karzai dynasty feud — the shooting would in all likelihood have languished as little more than a footnote in Kandahar’s long catalogue of violence.      Full news...

  • December 22, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ex-US diplomat predicts Afghan troop surge failure
    BBC News: A senior US diplomat who resigned over the war in Afghanistan has told the BBC that the troop surge there "will not make a difference". Matthew Hoh stepped down from his position in the US state department in October 2009. He told BBC Radio 4 that a political solution was needed to what he called a "35-year-old civil war". Matthew Hoh's resignation was described by one leading American newspaper as having sent "ripples all the way to the White House".      Full news...

  • December 21, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nearly 60 percent Say President Obama’s Decisions “Bad for America” A majority of Americans believe an increased government role in health care would lead to more government corruption, while a plurality of Americans think that scientific data supporting man-made global warming is “mostly falsified.” That is what a new poll by Survey USA reveals. The poll also shows that 58 percent of Americans believe that decisions by the Obama administration have been “bad for America,” as opposed to 37 percent who think Obama’s decisions have been “good for America.”      Full news...

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