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  • 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...

  • August 9, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    CIA Plans To Keep Proxy Units In Afghanistan: Report
    TOLOnews.com: Despite reports that American troops may soon be leaving the country following a deal with the Taliban, the United States Central Intelligence Agency plans to retain a strong presence on the ground in Afghanistan. Reports indicate that Washington has resolved its differences with the Taliban about withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan as the Doha talks are underway.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How the CIA Aims to Keep a Footprint in Afghanistan
    Foreign Policy: The muezzin had just called for the morning prayer when soldiers brandishing guns jumped off their Toyota Hiluxes, surrounded Noor Walli Khan’s house, knocked down the door, and entered the dark rooms where his family slept. Minutes later, they had tied everyone’s hands and feet and started pouring gasoline over the family’s only car.      Full news...

  • August 7, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. Navy SEALs Get Afghanistan Detainee Abuse Charges Dropped
    RFE/RL: The U.S. Navy dismissed charges on August 6 against four SEALs accused of abusing detainees in Afghanistan seven years ago, AP reported. The four SEALs -- Lieutenant Jason Webb, Chief Petty Officers David Swarts and Xavier Silva, and Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel D’Ambrosio -- were accused of abusing bound prisoners alongside Afghan local police.      Full news...

  • August 3, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    July casualties in Afghanistan highest since May 2017: UNAMA
    Al Jazeera: More than 1,500 civilians were killed or injured last month due to the ongoing war in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The figure is the highest in a single month since May 2017, UNAMA said in a statement released on Saturday. The main driver was a sharp rise in civilian casualties from increased activity by the Taliban in urban areas against military installations.      Full news...


  • July 31, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bus hit by roadside bomb in Afghanistan, 32 killed, including children
    Associated Press: A roadside bomb tore through a bus in western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people, including children, a provincial official said. Mohibullah Mohib, spokesman for the police chief in Farah province, said the explosion also wounded 15 people. Most of the wounded were said to be in critical condition, indicating the death toll could rise. The bus was traveling on a main highway between the western city of Herat and the southern city of Kandahar.      Full news...

  • July 30, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government and Nato killing more civilians than the Taliban
    The Guardian: Afghan forces and their international allies killed more civilians in the first half of 2019 than the Taliban and other militant groups, UN figures show, extending a trend that began in the first quarter of the year. This year is the first time since civilian casualty records started over a decade ago that pro-government forces have caused more deaths than insurgents, raising serious questions about the western mission there.      Full news...

  • July 28, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    It is time to reckon with blood and treasure lost in Afghanistan
    The Hill: America needs to reckon with the purpose of war and lives lost in Afghanistan. There is no reason that more American service members should lose their lives there. The real strategic mistake is not withdrawing too fast. It is remaining there or withdrawing slowly and painfully because of hubris or a sunk cost fallacy.      Full news...

  • July 25, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At Least 50 Killed In Separate Attacks In Afghanistan Despite Peace Efforts
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: wave of attacks across three Afghan provinces, including the capital, Kabul, despite renewed momentum in peace efforts to put an end to the country’s nearly 18-year war. Three blasts in eastern Kabul on July 25 left at least 10 dead, including five women while 41 others were wounded, Ministry of Public Health spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said.      Full news...

  • July 21, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “It’s something we use for fun”: A new street drug in Afghanistan
    Al Jazeera: The Zangoui settlement, where members of the Kochi nomad population live for part of the year, is on the edge of Jalalabad in Afghanistan’s east. It is usually quiet, cut off from the bustle of the commercial and cultural hub. But on one warm day last month, the calm was broken by the sounds of a Ford Ranger speeding down the road.      Full news...

  • July 18, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Kabul University hit by deadly explosion
    Al Jazeera: At least eight people have been killed after a bomb detonated near university premises in Afghanistan’s capital on Friday, officials said.Wahidullah Mayar, the Health Ministry spokesman, wrote on Twitter that another 33 people were wounded in Friday’s explosion. Reports said the blast took place near Kabul University's southern entrance.      Full news...

  • July 17, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child suicide bomber kills at least 9, wounds more than a dozen at Afghanistan wedding
    Fox News: As U.S. officials continue in Qatar to negotiate a peace agreement with the Taliban that would bring an end to the stalemate 18-year conflict – miles away in Afghanistan itself – bombings and bloodshed still define daily life On Friday, at least nine people died and more than a dozen injured – according to the BBC – when a child was made to detonate a suicide bomb at a wedding celebration in the eastern province of Nangarhar near the Pakistan border.      Full news...

  • July 12, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Special Forces Raid Medical Clinic
    Human Rights Watch: Afghan special forces raided a medical clinic in Wardak province on the night of July 8-9, 2019, and executed four civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. Afghan authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate the attack and appropriately prosecute those responsible. Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that security forces entered the clinic in the Day Mirdad district.      Full news...


  • July 11, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The sex scandal at the heart of the Afghan government
    Yogita Limaye: Afghanistan has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment at the highest levels of government. Officials deny wrongdoing but a BBC investigation has heard from women who describe a culture of abuse. In a house near the foot of the dusty mountains that surround Kabul, I meet a former government employee. She asks to remain anonymous because she fears a backlash. But she wants the world to hear her story.      Full news...

  • July 1, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan War’s Terrible Toll on Children
    Human Rights Watch: On July 1, a Taliban truck bomb apparently aimed at a Ministry of Defense facility in Kabul blew out the windows of a nearby school, injuring many civilians, including dozens of children. The attack is a grim reminder of the war in Afghanistan’s horrific toll on children. Since 2016, children have accounted for roughly 30 percent of the estimated 11,000 civilian casualties every year in the conflict.      Full news...

  • June 29, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Midwife and nurse gang-raped in northern Afghan province
    AT News: KABUL: Police in northern Sar-e-Pul province detained nine people after allegations that they gang-raped a midwife and a nurse in Aab Khorak Village in Ruyi Du Aab district of the province. Provincial police headquarters of Samangan in a statement said the detained individuals are accused of beating, robbing, and gang-rape of the two women.      Full news...

  • June 28, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban shoot and kill pregnant woman for condemning group
    1 TV: Taliban insurgents have executed a 25-year-old pregnant woman in Afghanistan’s northern Sar-i-Pul province after she condemned the group's fight against government forces, the army said Wednesday. Afghan army’s 209 Shaheen Corps in a statement said that after a number of Taliban militants were killed in an operation by security forces, the woman told Taliban members: “You wouldn’t be killed if you didn’t go.”      Full news...

  • June 26, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Lash 2 Women for Attending Music Party in Noristan Province, Afghanistan
    Darpan: A newly published video shows that Taliban lashed women in Nuristan for “singing/dancing”. Taliban’s leaders in Qatar tells U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad that they are no longer “the old Taliban” but the video has raised fresh question over the issue. Keeping in mind the atrocities and subjugating laws that women were subjected to in the Taliban-held regime, the women of Afghanistan are apprehensive of losing the freedoms that have acquired when the US-backed Afghan regime was established.      Full news...

  • June 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The Country of Widows
    Daily Outlook: Afghanistan is one of the world’s most prolific producers of orphans and widows. The number of widows in Afghanistan is estimated to be from 600,000 to two million (2M), one of the highest in the world. Three decades of war in Afghanistan have created a large crowd of widows. Most of these widows in Afghanistan lost their husbands as a result of war and conflicts.      Full news...

  • June 19, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Zero Girl Graduated from Helmand Schools in Last 18 Years
    Ariana News: No single female student has been graduated from high schools in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan during the last 18 years. According to the local officials, even there are no schools for girls in some districts of the province. Ataullah Afghan, a member of the Helmand provincial council said that except the provincial capital and Gerishk district, schools are not open for girls in other districts of the province.      Full news...


  • June 5, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Roundup: Clashes, attacks claim lives during fasting month in Afghanistan
    Xinhua: Armed clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants as well as attacks had claimed numerous lives and injured dozens during Ramadan, the Muslim holy fasting month. In Afghanistan, Ramadan began on May 6 and ended on June 3, during which, Taliban militants and Islamic States (IS) fighters have carried out series of deadly operations in different parts of the country and national capital Kabul.      Full news...



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