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  • May 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape threats used to scare detainees into confessing
    Globe and Mail: Terrifying threats of dying from multiple gang rape “by four big black guys” who would catch little Afghan boys in the shower of a U.S. prison, was used by interrogators at Bagram to scare detainees into confessing, Omar Khadr’s lead interrogator admitted today. “It was a factious story that we made up” because we knew “Afghans were terrified of rape,” the interrogator said.      Full news...

  • May 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Secret tape of Blackwater founder exposed
    Times Online: Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, the American private security organisation, has claimed that his employees have called in airstrikes in Afghanistan. He also mocked Afghan military recruits for needing lessons in how to use a toilet, and questioned the value and quality of other countries’ troops in the country.      Full news...

  • May 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan ‘Worst Country’ for Mothers
    The Media Line: Afghanistan is the worst county in the world for a woman to be a mother, a new report says. The Mothers’ Index in Save the Children’s report, State of the World’s Mothers 2010, compares the well-being of mothers and children in 173 countries and concludes that the well-being of mothers and children is at the highest risk in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • May 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN refugee chief: Security worse in Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: Security in Afghanistan has deteriorated in recent months to the extent that foreign staff of the U.N.’s refugee agency are unable to travel to half of the country, its top official said Wednesday. The agency has to rely on local staff or Afghan partner organizations to reach tens of thousands of displaced people and returning refugees it is trying to aid, said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.      Full news...


  • May 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    An Afghan Woman Beheaded in Zabul
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): A woman in Qalat city of Zabul was killed in a mysterious manner. A police source who refused to name himself, told PAN on May 3rd that this incident had occurred in the Kharwarian area of Qalat. According to him the woman killed was called Zakira and her body had been found this morning by the security forces near the Kabul-Kandahar Highway.      Full news...

  • May 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Karim Khalili and ministers accused of embezzling a million dollars
    PAN: Hajj and Auqaf ministry’s cashier has accused second vice president and seven ministers of embezzling one million of dollars during last year’s Haj ritual.... during his hearing, Noor said, “I have nothing to do with this as I am just a cashier. How can I be given bribe?” He said he was just following the orders for transferring the money. He requested the court to arrest Khalili and the seven ministers, who he did not name.      Full news...

  • May 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Explosion rocks Kunduz in N Afghanistan
    Xinhua: A powerful blast shocked Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz province, in north Afghanistan on Sunday, police said. “A roadside bomb apparently targeted a convoy of NATO-led troops in Kunduz city this morning but fortunately caused no loss of life,” deputy to provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Haqtash told Xinhua.      Full news...


  • May 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan civilian deaths are rising, government says
    The Associated Press: Civilian casualties are rising in Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO reinforcements stream into the country as part of a military buildup to combat the resurgent Taliban, the Interior Ministry said Sunday. There have been 173 civilian deaths in violence in Afghanistan from March 21 to April 21, marking a 33 percent increase over the same time period last year, the ministry said.      Full news...

  • May 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Body Parts of Afghans Sentenced to Death in Iran Are Removed
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): Some MPs have reported that body parts of Afghans who are sentenced to death in Iran, are being removed. Today’s parliamentary session was mainly about the Afghans executed in Iran. The arguments turned very sour after Sadiqqui Zada Neeli, representative of Daikundi, spoke of supporting Iran. Neeli said that Iran carries out the sentences with the consent of those sentenced.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pakistani smugglers supplying Afghan bombmakers
    Los Angeles Times: Twice a week, a caravan of trucks lumbers out of this volatile northwest Pakistan city in the dead of night and makes its way toward Afghanistan, loaded with one of the most coveted substances in a Taliban bombmaker’s arsenal: ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Every time the illicit caravan makes its trip, it moves unhindered past a gantlet of Pakistani police checkposts along the Pak-Afghan Highway.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s ancient treasures must be saved
    The Independent: More than 30 years after I watched the Soviet army slithering in their great T-72s past their new headquarters at Bagram north of Kabul, more than nine years since the first Americans took over the same airbase, I have gazed at last upon the treasures of Bagram.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 explosions wound 15 in Afghanistan
    Xinhua: Two explosions in the restive southern Helmand and western Farah provinces of Afghanistan on Friday wounded over a dozen people, mostly civilians, the Interior Ministry said in a press release on Saturday. In the first incident, according to the press release, militants planted explosive device on a bicycle and detonated it in Aziz Khan village of Musa Qala district, Helmand province, injuring seven civilians.      Full news...

  • April 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pentagon Report: The Afghan Bus is in a Ditch
    The Huffington Post: What to do with Afghanistan? Despite President Obama's 30,000 strong troop surge and millions of dollars being poured in, the Afghan bus has not managed to extricate itself from the ditch it has been stuck in. The Pentagon's report to Congress yesterday underlines what most people already know: the population "sympathizes with or supports the Afghan government" in only 24% of the key parts of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • April 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Foreign forces kill 3 civilians
    AFP: INTERNATIONAL troops opened fire on a car in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing two women and a girl after mistaking them for Taleban, the Afghan interior ministry said. The victims were among five civilians who were travelling on a highway in Zabul province when they came under fire, ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP.      Full news...

  • April 29, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Military Escalates Its Dirty War In Afghanistan
    WSWS.org: The Times reported that “more than a dozen military and civilian officials directly involved in the Kandahar offensive” had agreed to speak about the special forces’ activities because it would help “scare off insurgents” before the bulk of American troops move into Taliban-held areas of the city. This claim is either patent nonsense or deliberate deception. The Taliban do not require an article in the American media to inform them that “large numbers” of their fighters are being killed or captured.      Full news...

  • April 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Roadside Bomb Kills 12 Civilians in Afghanistan
    VOA: At least 12 civilians, including women and children, have been killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan. Local officials said the improvised bomb struck a passenger vehicle Wednesday in the Tani district of Khost province. In southern Afghanistan, NATO says one of its soldiers was killed in a roadside bombing Wednesday.      Full news...

  • April 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    37 children die every hour in Afghanistan
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): 22 children under the age of five and 15 children below the age of one die every hour. And every 30 minutes, a mother dies during childbirth. These statistics were announced by Dr. Suraya Dalil, Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning and Acting Minister of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in a press conference in Kabul with Dr. Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General Health Action in Crises, World Health Organization (WHO).      Full news...

  • April 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What’s Behind the Poisoning of Afghan Girls
    AOL News: For girls in Afghanistan, getting an education has always been difficult, if not impossible. But their struggle appears worse than ever recently as a series of poison gas attacks on girls' schools has sent at least 88 girls, some as young as 7, to the hospital. The attacks in Kunduz province, in the north of the country, come amid heightened Taliban influence in the region, raising fears that ultra-conservative elements in society are becoming bolder in their efforts to exert influence over social behavior.      Full news...

  • April 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    MI5 ‘knew about prisoner torture’
    Morning Star: Britain has long known that Afghanistan is accused of using torture but is still handing over prisoners, new evidence in a legal action against the British government claims. Peace campaigner Maya Evans is bringing a judicial review against the Defence Secretary over allegations that British troops were complicit in the torture of Afghan prisoners by handing them over to the notorious Afghan Security Service (NDS).      Full news...

  • April 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan no just war
    Toronto Star: After all that has happened in Afghanistan, all the innocents that have been murdered, villages destroyed, women kidnapped and sold into the sex trade, little boys and girls getting kidnapped and also sold into the sex trade, people like Allan Woods are still trying to convince us that we Canadians are fighting a just war.      Full news...

  • April 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Protestors burn 16 NATO tankers in Logar to protest killing of civilains
    PAN: Around 1,000 people Sunday poured onto the streets against the killing of three members of a family in a coalition operation in the central province of Logar, the second demonstration against US troops in two days. The angry residents, chanting slogans against the United States and the provincial administration, blocked the Logar-Gardez highway in the Nasir village near Pul-i-Alam and burnt 16 tankers carrying fuel for NATO-led forces.      Full news...

  • April 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Brain injuries emerging as concern due to roadside bombings in Afghanistan
    The Gazette: The roadside bombs of Afghanistan are brutal and destructive, though the injuries they cause, both in brain and body, can be subtle. Since 2003, the Taliban's consistent use of such explosives has killed 84 of Canada's 142 fallen soldiers, and has made amputees of many others. Often, the bombs tear apart soldiers and local Afghans alike. They have been known to lift 70-tonne tanks off the ground.      Full news...

  • April 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Killing of Five Afghan Civilians by US Troops Sparks Protest in Logar
    PAN: Hundreds of angry residents took to the streets against the killing of five civilians in a predawn US-led coalition operation in the central province of Logar on Friday. But the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) called the dead militants, who were shot dead in a fierce gunbattle with the combined force. Also, two US service members died of wounds suffered in the firefight.      Full news...

  • April 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan War ‘A Waste of Blood and Treasure’
    OpedNews.com: As all wars are not morally objectionable, not all wars are permissible. However, even in the situation where use of force becomes permissible, there are certain essential and universally accepted principles that need to be abided... Judging from the above principles, the eight-year-old US war against Afghanistan trampled every accepted norms and standard conduct of war; a war bereft of reason and uncalled for.      Full news...

  • April 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    No friendly waves only hatred for British troops in Afghan town
    The Guardian: As with so many of the Helmand towns where the British are present the bazaar in Sangin is officially "thriving". Indeed, recent visitors have to admit that there are signs of commerce in the long thin strip of shops. But the rest, says David Gill, a photographer who visited Sangin three times last year, is like "a ghost town in Death Valley where you drive through and all you see is a sign flapping in the wind".      Full news...

  • April 21, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The two-Guantanamo solution
    Asia Times: On his first day in office, President Barack Obama promised that he would close the George W Bush-era prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "as soon as practicable" and "no later than one year from the date of this order". The announcement was met with relief, even joy, by those, like me, who had opposed the very existence of Guantanamo on the grounds that it represented a legal black hole where the distinction between guilt and innocence had been obliterated, respect for the rule of law was mocked, and the rights of prisoners were dismissed out of hand. We should have known better.      Full news...

  • April 21, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Politics of Counting Dead Afghan Civilians
    RAWA News: The figures cited by McChrystal suggest a large increase (though very small absolute numbers) of civilians killed by NATO actions, when in fact the level of deaths has remained stable. Secondly, the NATO figures are gross, “fantasy” undercounts, e.g., during the first three months of 2010 they captured at most 39% of the actual deaths. Interestingly, the NATO figures for 2010 and the UNAMA ones for the year 2009 reveal the same magnitude (@ 60%) of undercounting.      Full news...

  • April 20, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Officials: NATO forces kill four Afghan school students
    DPA: Afghan officials said Tuesday that NATO forces shot dead four Afghan school students, but NATO said those killed were Taliban militants and their associates. The incident happened around three kilometres south of Khost city, the capital of the south-eastern province of Khost, on Monday night, Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told the German Press Agency dpa.      Full news...



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