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  • December 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Suffering an enormous human cost”, civilian casualties up nearly 20 per cent in 2014 – UN
    UN News Center: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December – for the first time since the UN mission in the country began keeping record in 2008. “Men, women and children are suffering an enormous human cost as the transition evolves in Afghanistan,” Georgette Gagnon, the Director of Human Rights at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said...      Full news...

  • December 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ferguson Is Baghdad Is New York Is Kabul
    Truthdig: There is a pattern emerging in my Facebook feed this week. One group of friends has been posting stories of police brutality and protests accompanied by personal statements of outrage. Another group has been remarking on the disgusting revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report and the need for accountability.      Full news...

  • December 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cost of Afghanistan War nears 1 Trillion USD
    The Hill: The war in Afghanistan has cost the United States nearly 1 trillion USD, according to a report published Monday. The calculation was by the Financial Times and independent researchers. They found that the war has cost nearly 1 trillion USD, and that most of that was spent under President Obama, who escalated the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan upon taking office.      Full news...

  • December 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Multiple attacks kill 20 in Afghanistan
    AFP: Taliban insurgents killed at least 20 people in a series of gun and suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, underlining worsening security as US-led NATO forces end their combat mission in the country. A suicide blast wrecked an Afghan military bus in Kabul, killing seven soldiers, while a senior court official was assassinated in the city and 12 Afghan mine clearance workers were gunned down in the south.      Full news...

  • December 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban kill 12 workers clearing mines in Afghanistan
    Los Angeles Times: Taliban fighters shot dead at least 12 workers clearing mines Saturday in southern Afghanistan, authorities said, part of a series of attacks that saw two U.S. troops killed and a top Afghan court official gunned down. Security in the capital, Kabul, has been stepped up as the Taliban have warned that attacks will continue as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the month...      Full news...

  • December 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape victim’s father warns of self-immolation
    PAN: The father of a rape victim on Saturday threatened with setting himself and his children on fire if the rapists were not awarded harsh punishment. Nooruddin, who had gone to neighbouring Iran in search of a livelihood, returned home in the Rustaq district of Takhar province after receiving news of his daughter’s rape.      Full news...

  • December 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Lords of Ghor
    IWPR: An IWPR investigation has found that Ghor province in western Afghanistan is in the grip of around 40 warlords backed by thousands of paramilitaries. The armed groups they lead are accused of murder, kidnapping, gang rape, theft and drug trafficking, all carried out with impunity. The numerous groups typically range in size from 200 to 1,200 men, giving a total somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    17-year-old pregnant girl found dead with face burnt by acid in Helmand province
    PAN: A pregnant girl, whose face was badly burnt by acid, has been found dead in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Monday. Police spokesman Maj. Farid Ahmad Obaid told Pajhwok Afghan News the body was recovered a ruined house in Bashran area late on Sunday. The victim’s identity is yet to be established. The Bost Civil Hospital director said the victim was 17 years old and was pregnant.      Full news...

  • December 7, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    4 killed, 20 wounded in attack on wedding party
    PAN: At least four people were killed and 20 others injured when unidentified people lobbed a hand grenade at a wedding party in northern Balkh province, an official said Sunday. Col. Abdur Razzaq Qadiri, the acting police chief for the province, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place in Chamtal district on Saturday night.      Full news...

  • December 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 civilians shot dead by ISAF soldiers
    PAN: Foreign troops killed two civilians in the Daman district of southern Kandahar province on Saturday, an official claimed. The incident took place in the this afternoon in front of the airport on the Spin Boldak highway, police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News. Foreigner soldiers abruptly opened fire on a car carrying civilians, killing two of them, he added.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suffering in Afghanistan Hits Record High -- for Any Country
    Gallup: As delegates from around the world depart the United Kingdom following Thursday’s London Conference on Afghanistan, a new Gallup World Poll underscores just how bleak life is for most Afghans. Already the worst in the world in 2013, Afghans’ ratings of their lives declined even further in 2014. More than six in 10 Afghans evaluate their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering”      Full news...

  • December 3, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother, daughter found dead in Faryab province
    PAN: Two women have been found dead in the Shirin Tagab district of northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Wednesday. District chief Syed Luqman Kharik told Pajhwok Afghan News unidentified gunman killed the two women in their house located in Sayyad area. He said the slain women were mother, 50, and daughter, 20. The reason of their killing is said to be a family dispute, he added.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide blast hits Afghan funeral
    Al Jazeera: At least nine people, including two policemen, have been killed in a suicide attack at a funeral of a tribal elder in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, police officials have said. Aminullah Amarkhil, the police chief of the northern province, said at least 20 others were wounded in Monday’s attack in Burka District.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother’s revenge: Afghan woman “kills 25 Taliban” after son shot dead
    RT: An Afghan mother, enraged by the Taliban’s fatal shooting of her policeman son, has allegedly helped to kill 25 militants. She rushed to a police outpost near her home upon hearing gunfire, before her adrenalin took over and she “began to shoot back.” The incident happened early in the morning on November 17 in the Balabolok district, in the Farah province of western Afghanistan, near the border with Iran.      Full news...

  • November 28, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    30 wounded as bomb explodes in Afghanistan mosque
    At least 30 people were injured after a bomb explosion at a mosque in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Friday. Those injured included the Mullah of the mosque, as officials said the explosives were planted under his seat and blew up while he was delivering the Friday sermon in Khogyani district’s mosque.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan OKs Terrifying “Night Raids”
    Busines Insider Australia: Afghanistan’s new president has quietly gotten rid of the country’s ban on controversial night raids that are used to catch Taliban insurgents off-guard, The New York Times reports. The country’s previous president, Hamid Karzai, had mostly banned the raids even though the US government has said they’re key to catching insurgents.      Full news...

  • November 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Death toll from Paktika bombing rises to 61 (PHOTOS)
    PAN: The death toll from Sunday’s suicide bombing during a volleyball match in southeastern Paktika province has risen to 61, with more than 66 wounded, officials said. The suicide bomber detonated his explosives as he mingled with the large crowd watching a volleyball match between the Yahyakhel and Yusufkhel districts as part of an inter-district volleyball tournament in the Yahyakhel district at around 4:30 pm.      Full news...

  • November 22, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rockets Hit Afghan Border Province
    IWPR: Afghan security officials say Pakistan’s armed forces have fired nearly 6,000 rockets into the eastern Kunar province just in the past six months. Police say 14 civilians have been killed and more than 70 injured over that time, and over 1,000 families displaced from the worst-hit areas in the Dangam, Shaigal, Marawara and Sirkanay districts.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Canada Should Remember the Afghanistan War With Shame
    The Huffington Post: It was five years ago today that Richard Colvin delivered his explosive testimony to a House of Commons committee examining Canada’s role in the torture of Afghan detainees. Colvin, a diplomat at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), had served in Afghanistan for 17 months, first as a senior representative at the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team run by Canada, and later as the acting ambassador in Kabul.      Full news...

  • November 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Half a dozen women killed
    PAN: Two women have been killed in northern Faryab province, increasing the number of females killed in the province this solar year to 18. Faryab crime branch police chief Col. Sarbeland Hasham told Pajhwok Afghan News a 37-year-old woman had been shot to death with a pistol in the Pashtunkot district.      Full news...

  • November 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A 3-year-old and 12-year-old gang-raped by armed men in Afghan province
    TOLOnews.com: Two young girls, one 12-years-old and one only three, were abducted and raped in Takhar province in just the past week, local officials have confirmed. The parents of the 12-year-old girl, who live in the Yangi Qala district, said their daughter was abducted by armed men late at night six days ago, then taken somewhere and raped.      Full news...

  • November 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Family of woman gang-raped by 8 men in Badakhshan seeks justice
    Khaama Press: The family of a gang-rape victim has called on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to ensure the perpetrators are tried as they face death threats from the armed gang. The woman was gang-raped a group of eight men in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan five years ago, Tolo News reported on Monday.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rising Violence Against Women in Central Afghanistan
    IWPR: Rights groups in central Afghanistan have raised concerns about a rising tide of violence against women in this part of the country. About 100 people, mainly women, met in the town of Bamyan on September 28 to quiz local officials and rights organisations on what action they were taking against a rising tide of violence against women in this part of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • October 27, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabulis scared by increasing rocket strikes
    PAN: Increasing rocket and magnetic bomb attacks have worried Kabul residents, who believe lack of deterrence and coordination among security forces allows such assaults. This last week saw six magnetic bombs exploding and as many rockets landing in the heavily-fortified central capital, leaving four people dead and 16 others wounded.      Full news...

  • October 26, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Anti-War Campaigners Says Britain And US “Failed” In Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: Anti-war campaigners said the UK’s mission in Afghanistan had failed and had left a legacy of tens of thousands of civilian deaths as well as a series of unanswered questions. British troops today handed Camp Bastion over to Afghan forces - bringing to an end their bloody campaign in Helmand province - by lowering the Union Jack for the last time.      Full news...

  • October 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Zahra: An Afghan woman victim of domestic violence
    Khaama Press: An Afghan woman named Zahra ran away with a young man after her father forced her to marry a 65-year-old villager. She and her lover were caught after almost two years and both were jailed for adultery. Adultery is prohibited in Islam and Afghanistan is a country with 99% people.      Full news...


  • October 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local Police terrorise locals
    The Killid Group: While the process of disarming local commanders has stretched over six years little has changed on the ground in Kunduz, Ghazni and Bamyan. Locals complain of harassment and extortion at the hands of armed gunmen - both individuals and members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP).      Full news...


  • October 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The lack of transparency in drone attacks
    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Afghanistan is the most drone bombed country in the world. The US has been using its Predator and Reaper drones to kill people in Afghanistan since November 2001. Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, featured this week in a report by the Remote Control project, has found more than 1,000 drone attacks hit the country from the start of 2008 to the end of October 2012.      Full news...



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