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  • April 20, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Eloped woman shot dead in Baghlan
    PAN: A young woman has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen after she eloped in northern Baghlan province, an official said Sunday. Amina 21 was eloped as she was unhappy with her husband. Unidentified gunmen forced her into the car and shot her dead in Kotal-i-Shahidan locality on the outskirts of Talau Barfak district last night, the district chief said.      Full news...

  • April 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iran executes 6 death row Afghans, set to hang another seven
    PAN: Iran executed half a dozen Afghans on death row yesterday and is set to hang another seven on Saturday, an official claimed. The six executed Afghans belonged to northeastern Takhar province and they had gone to the neighbouring country in search of work, the governor’s spokesman, Sunatullah Taimori told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • April 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “No one was there to be my breadwinner”
    The Killid Group: Kabul’s infamous prison Pul-e-Charkhi claimed the lives of thousands of political prisoners who were brutally tortured and executed under the Khalq and Parcham regimes. Jamila’s 22-year-old husband was picked up by the secret police, and was never seen again. She says she searched everywhere in Kabul for him for two months. “He still has not returned.”      Full news...

  • April 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Innocent truck driver tells of ordeal at Afghanistan’s Bagram jail
    AFP: Pakistani truck driver Umran Khan spent nine years in Afghanistan’s Bagram prison, where he says he suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and a sustained campaign of mental disintegration despite committing no crime. Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence - and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.      Full news...

  • April 10, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan woman stabbed multiple-times, body parts cut off, allegedly by brother-in-law
    PAN: A woman has been found stabbed to death multiple-times and her body’s parts, including lips, cut off allegedly by a brother-in-law in northwestern Jawzjan province, police said on Thursday. The victim, a 23-year-old mother of two children, was mercilessly killed on Wednesday night in Shiberghan, the provincial capital, police chief Col. Syed Zamanuddin Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • April 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘To Kill a Sparrow’ shows Afghanistan’s double standard on adultery
    PBS NewsHour: A young Afghan woman named Soheila ran away with a man after her father forced her to marry a 70-year-old. She and her lover were caught after three years and both were jailed for adultery. Soheila tells her story in the documentary “To Kill a Sparrow,” produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The PBS NewsHour will air an excerpt on Friday.      Full news...

  • April 7, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Roadside bomb kills 15 people in Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: A roadside bomb killed at least 15 people traveling in vehicles that had been diverted from a main road Monday after an earlier attack in southern Afghanistan, officials said. The blast came after a relatively calm weekend in which no major attacks were reported as Afghans voted for a new president and provincial councils.      Full news...

  • April 5, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok reporter beaten, camera broken
    PAN: A Pajhwok Afghan News video journalist was beaten and his camera broken by Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel guarding polling stations in the Lalpura district of eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday. Pajhwok reporter in the east, Mahbob Shah Mahbob, said he had travelled to the district along with cameraman Babrak Amirzada to cover the landmark elections.      Full news...

  • March 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Warlords and Corruption are on the Rise as Afghanistan Prepares to Vote
    The Nation: Having a presidential election in Afghanistan is sort of like trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again—that is, if every piece of the eggshell were trying to kill all the other pieces. Thirteen years after the US invasion in 2001, Afghanistan is no closer to being a unified country than it was back then, after a decade of war during the Soviet period, the civil war that followed and finally the conquest by the Taliban.      Full news...

  • March 29, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Journalists increasingly under attack
    The Killid Group: Violence against journalists has been growing. The last two years have been tough on the media fraternity. Two more names were added in March to the list of reporters killed by Taleban violence: Nils Horner, a radio journalist reporting for Radio Sweden, and Sardar Ahmad, reporter for AFP. Both were gunned down in Kabul.      Full news...

  • March 26, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women’s Rights in War Torn Afghanistan: Pervasive Poverty, Oppression and Abuse
    Global Research: Afghanistan has been called “the worst place in the world to be a woman,”1 because not only is the poverty pervasive and the lifespan short, but while they are alive many women live like serfs. Afghan students at the private school for girls where I work in Kabul recently produced a series of essays in which they describe the social norms for women in their country.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide bombings kill at least 17 in Afghanistan
    The Washington Post: A group of Taliban insurgents, including two suicide bombers, stormed an office of the election commission in the Afghan capital Tuesday, killing six people, around the same time that two suicide bombers killed six members of the Afghan security forces in an eastern province. In a third attack, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest during an athletic competition, killing five people.      Full news...

  • March 21, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Bomb hits Persian New Year ceremony, kills 3
    The Associated Press: Afghan officials say an explosion during a ceremony marking the Persian New Year has killed three people in the southern province of Kandahar. Police spokesman Zia Durani says militants used a new style of weapon in Friday’s attack. He says they threw an explosives-packed bottle that blew up when it landed on the ground.      Full news...

  • March 20, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police station attack leaves at least 18 people dead
    BBC News: Taliban fighters have killed at least 10 policeman in an attack on a city in eastern Afghanistan. Gun battles started early on Thursday morning in Jalalabad after a “multi-pronged” attack by insurgents. Police said they shot dead seven attackers, all of them wearing suicide bomb vests.      Full news...

  • March 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide attack kills 15, injures at least 27 in north Afghanistan: officials
    AFP: A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people at a crowded market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, as security is ramped up ahead of presidential elections. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Maimanah city, the capital of Faryab, a remote province that borders Turkmenistan and has a mixed population of Uzbek, Turkmen and Pashtun ethnic groups.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    6 civilians killed in Helmand blast
    UPI: At least six civilians, including two women and two children, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, officials said. Local government officials said Thursday’s blast occurred after a civilian vehicle struck the improvised explosive device, Khaama Press reported Friday.      Full news...

  • March 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian drone deaths triple in Afghanistan: UN
    The News International: The number of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan plunged last year amid growing care to avoid civilian deaths, but the death toll in neighboring Afghanistan continues to rise, the United Nations´ special investigator on counterterrorism said Wednesday.      Full news...

  • March 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan-US force raids Logar house, one killed
    PAN: A joint Afghan-US security force raided a house in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province early on Wednesday morning, killing one inmate and arresting two others, officials said. The joint force conducted the raid in the Kandahari village around 4am in pursuit of suspected insurgents, the district chief, Abdul Hamid Hamid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • March 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Journalist injured, beaten unconscious in Balkh
    PAN: Unidentified gunmen beat a journalist until he was unconscious and also shot him in the capital of northern Balkh province, the victim and police said on Tuesday. With wound marks visible on his face, Mukhtar Wafaee, in-charge of Howaida website, told a press conference two men with pistols in hands stopped him on his way home from university in the third municipal district of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday evening.      Full news...

  • March 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Weekend Violence Kills 11 Civilians in Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: A roadside bomb ripped through a car in southern Afghanistan, the deadliest of a series of weekend attacks that killed 11 civilians, officials said Sunday. Seven people, including three women and two children, were killed and eight others wounded when the car was hit while traveling in the volatile Helmand province, according to a statement by the provincial governor’s office.      Full news...

  • March 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 ANA soldiers killed, 17 injured in NATO airstrike
    International Business Times: Five soldiers were killed and 17 people in total were injured in an air strike led by NATO in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar on Thursday. Among the wounded were eight members of the Afghan National Army and the soldiers’ deaths were confirmed by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, which called it an accident.      Full news...

  • March 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Number of slain women rises to 32 in Jawzjan province
    PAN: A woman was gunned down by her in-laws in Jawzjan, taking the number of women killed in the northern province this solar year to 32, police said on Sunday. Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Pajhwok Afghan News the 21-year-old married woman had been shot to death with a hunting rifle in Shiberghan, the provincial capital.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian deaths spark protest in Herat
    PAN: Hundreds of people on Sunday staged a protest against Afghan security forces, foreign troops and the mayor of western Herat province, an official said. Shindand district residents and doctors’ union members took part in the protest, chanting slogans against local security forces and foreign troops.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Jihadists create “no-go zones” in northern Afghanistan
    Threat Matrix: For years, The Long War Journal has observed that while media coverage has tended to focus on the Taliban and allied jihadists' efforts in the Afghan south and west, the groups have devoted significant resources in the north. And not just in the provinces of Kunar and Nuristan. The Taliban and groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Turkistan Islamic Party have been active in the northern and northwestern provinces of Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Samagan, Balkh, Sar-i-Pul, Jawzjan, Faryab, and Badghis.      Full news...

  • February 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Legalized Spousal Abuse Is Coming to Afghanistan
    The Daily Beast: Nelosar was 15 years old when she was married off to a man more than twice her age. When she told her father she did not want to marry and wanted to continue her education instead, he replied that he would kill her if she didn’t comply. She entered into the marriage, but was ruthlessly beaten by her in-laws and her husband. “I never loved him, but I had to stay,” Nelosar (not her real name) says.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Worsening Afghan humanitarian situation
    IRIN: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched this year’s Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) in Kabul, Afghanistan, identifying a worsening humanitarian situation but reducing the appeal to 406 million USD from last year’s 474 million USD. “At the start of 2014, Afghanistan faces an uncertain future, where the political and security transitions are bound to bring about major changes to the country and its people,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, speaking at the launch event.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman beaten to death by husband
    RAWA News: Bulbul Bismillah, who lived in Bangi in Takhar province, was killed by her husband on January 30, 2014. Her sister gave the details of her death and marriage, “She was 25 years old and had been married for two years. She had one child. We had not been in contact with her for a while because her husband did not allow anyone to visit them. We bought them gifts and cloths but her husband returned them...      Full news...

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