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  • October 17, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Young Social Activist Dies Under Taliban Torture in Kabul City
    Hasht-E Subh: Local sources have confirmed the tragic death of a young social activist who succumbed to torture while in a Taliban prison. The sources, speaking to Hasht-e Subh on Tuesday, October 17th, verified that the victim was Matiullah Fathzada, who passed away due to his injuries two days prior while in Taliban custody.In a recent incident, the group opened fire on a young man named Abdulaziz, a prominent figure from Panjshir, on Saturday, October 14th, following a verbal altercation in the Qala-e Fathullah area of Kabul city.      Full news...

  • September 21, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN records torture, deaths of detainees in Taliban custody
    Reuters: The United Nations has recorded over 1,600 incidents of rights violations against people detained by the Taliban authorities, nearly half of them acts of torture and ill-treatment mostly by police and intelligence agents, a report released on Wednesday showed. The U.N. Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 18 people had also died in prisons and in the custody of police and intelligence in the 19 months ending July 2023.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW: Taliban are committing the Crime Against Humanity of Gender Persecution
    HRW: Taliban authorities in Afghanistan are committing the crime against humanity of gender persecution against women and girls, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Since taking over the country in August 2021, the Taliban have imposed laws and policies intended to deny women and girls throughout the country their fundamental rights because of their gender.      Full news...

  • August 29, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Student killed by Taliban for playing music in Laghman
    BNN: A young student was killed by Taliban gunfire in Laghman province on August 27, after he attended a wedding party where music was played. The incident occurred in the Qarghayi district of the eastern province, where the Taliban have a strong presence. The victim was identified as Samiullah, a resident of the Chapa Daria area of Qarghayi district. He was a first-year student at the Faculty of Agriculture of Nangarhar University, one of the largest and oldest universities in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • August 1, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban burns musical instruments in bonfire, declaring ‘music causes moral corruption’
    Classic FM: Photos have emerged from Afghanistan of musical instruments being set on fire by the Taliban as a spokesperson for the ruling government describes music as “immoral”. One photo showing four men watching a large pile of instruments engulfed by flames was released to the press by the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice on Sunday and was reportedly taken in Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city.      Full news...

  • May 5, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Women tell UN rights experts ‘we’re alive, but not living’
    UN News: Following a systematic crackdown on the rights of Afghan women and girls by the Taliban – from attending school to working at the UN – “the stage may be set for multiple preventable deaths that could amount to femicide” unless restrictions are reversed rapidly, independent UN human rights experts announced on Friday, following an eight-day visit to the country.      Full news...

  • May 2, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Zarmina Resisted Sexual Assault with Bravery: A Tragic Tale of Resistance
    Hasht-e-Subh Daily: Numerous reports have surfaced over the past two years about extramarital relationships and sexual assault by Taliban commanders on young women and girls during their rule in the country. Recently, in Ghor province, a Taliban militant named Abdul Qodos attempted to sexually assault a young girl named Zarmina in her father’s house in the Saad Siah area of the city of Firozkoh, the center of Ghor province. When Zarmina resisted, Abdul Qodos shot and killed her. Reliable sources in Ghor province have confirmed these details.      Full news...

  • April 4, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Public executions and torture: ‘The Taliban have reverted to their true nature’
    Fraqnce24: In the latest example of public punishments carried out by the Taliban, two men were forced to wear a chador, a full-length hijab traditionally worn by women as a form of public "humiliation". But other punishments meted out by the Taliban have been far more violent, including flagellations and public executions. While Afghan activists have documented dozens of public punishments since October 2022, video evidence of them is scarce – only two videos document these brutal tactics.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    75 People Publicly Executed, Flogged by Taliban in Past Two Weeks
    8am: The Taliban 2:0 have resumed public executions similar to their previous rule in the 1990s. The high-ranking officials of the Taliban personally attend the place of corporal punishment of the convicted civilians and invited spectators to watch the flogging. The order issued by Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s secretive leader, regarding the implementation of “Qisas punishment or retribution in kind” has been implemented in the last two weeks. So that in the span of two weeks, the Taliban have flogged 75 suspects in public and shot dead one suspect under the name of “retaliation or retribution in kind” by the hands of the victim’s father.      Full news...

  • November 28, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A young woman shot dead in Balkh
    Rukhshana: Unknown gunmen shot dead a young girl in district 9 of Mazar-e-Sharif today afternoon, November 28, local sources say. According to the sources, the incident happened around 1:00 PM in Naw Abad area of the city. The victim is identified as 24-year-old Habiba Rahimi, who was a doctor in a local hospital in the province.      Full news...

  • July 7, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Taliban Execute, ‘Disappear’ Alleged Militants
    Human Rights Watch: Taliban security forces have summarily executed and forcibly disappeared alleged members and supporters of an Islamic State offshoot in eastern Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the Taliban took power in August 2021, residents of Nangahar and Kunar provinces east of Kabul have discovered the bodies of more than 100 men dumped in canals and other locations.      Full news...

  • April 14, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban kill and kidnap 500 former military and government personnel for helping the United States
    The Bharat Express News: Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan last year, they have hunted down government officials aided by the United States. Contrary to their promise, they have been investigating these officials for months and, despite their promise of clemency, have finally punished them. According to a report, 500 government officers have been killed or disappeared so far. The Taliban, however, call these allegations baseless. According to media reports, the Taliban used numerous tactics to track the whereabouts of Afghan soldiers and government officials who aided the United States.      Full news...

  • March 29, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rights watchdog condemns Taliban for detaining journalists
    Arab News: LONDON: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the Taliban on Monday for detaining at least seven journalists, warning that the group “must cease detaining journalists for their work and lift all bans on news outlets’ operations.”Since Saturday, the Taliban detained and subsequently released at least seven journalists and media workers, and have ordered local outlets to stop airing content from three international broadcasters.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban accused of killing a man in Helmand over a critical note on Facebook
    Etilaat-e-Roz newspaper: Relatives of a young man named Navid Ahmad in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, confirm that he was killed by Taliban forces for a critical post on Facebook. Sharif Sharafat, Navid Ahmad's brother, said in a Facebook post that the Taliban had taken him away from home on Thursday last week, and then they found his dead body in a hospital on Sunday.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan journalists lament ‘bleak’ future for media under Taliban
    Aljazeera: Shabir Ahmadi started his job at TOLO TV, Afghanistan’s largest private broadcaster, during one of the darkest days for the media in the war-torn nation: January 21, 2016.The evening before, a Taliban suicide bomber had killed a graphic designer, video editor, set decorator, three dubbing artists and a driver who worked for TOLO’s entertainment wing.      Full news...

  • October 15, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shia mosque bombing in Afghanistan that killed at least 47 claimed by ISKP
    The Guardian: A suicide bombing at a mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar has killed at least 47 people and injured more than 80, in the second major attack on Shia worshippers in Afghanistan in a week.The Imam Bargah mosque was particularly crowded when the attackers struck, because the community had been holding memorial prayers for the victims of the previous bombing, in northern Kunduz province.      Full news...

  • October 8, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IS bomber kills 46 inside Afghan mosque, challenges Taliban
    AP: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber struck at a mosque packed with Shiite Muslim worshippers in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens in the latest security challenge to the Taliban as they transition from insurgency to governance.      Full news...

  • October 5, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban hang bodies of dead ‘criminals’ in gruesome public display
    New York Post: The Taliban hung the dead bodies of three alleged criminals in public view in Afghanistan on Tuesday — a shocking display reminiscent of the Islamic militant group’s brutal regime of the late 1990s.The alleged criminals were killed by a man after they tried to break into his home, deputy governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir told AFP.      Full news...

  • October 3, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bomb at Kabul mosque kills 5 civilians, Taliban say
    AP News: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least five civilians were killed in a bomb blast outside a Kabul mosque Sunday, a Taliban official said. It was the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since U.S. forces left at the end of August.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell on Islamic State extremists who have stepped up attacks on the Taliban in recent weeks, particularly in an IS stronghold in eastern Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • September 23, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    America’s Generals Are Cowards. Fire Them All.
    The Intercept: IF YOU ARE waiting for an American general to resign or be fired over the drone strike that killed seven children and three men in Kabul last month, you will likely experience the meaning of infinity.You might think that the Pentagon would be scrambling to find a general to take the fall for what can no longer be denied: that the U.S. military killed 10 Afghans on August 29, called it a “righteous strike” against terrorists, and then had to admit the truth after journalists found out what happened. But don’t bet your bitcoin on it.      Full news...

  • August 17, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The United States, Afghanistan, and the Doctrinal Boundaries of Permissible Reflection
    Counter Punch: One of the doctrinal principles behind U.S. corporate-imperial news coverage and commentary and mainstream US politics is that the United States is a fundamentally benevolent force for good facing difficulties created by evil others and challenging situations not of Washington’s own making. Debate is permissible on immediate strategy and tactics but is not allowed on these core American Exceptionalist positions.      Full news...

  • August 17, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Biden Forfeits His Afghan Victory by Defending His Deep State Advisors
    Counter Punch: President Biden put a popular flag-waving wrapping on America’s forced withdrawal from Afghanistan in his 4 PM speech on Monday. It was as if all this was following Biden’s own intentions, not a demonstration of the totally incompetent assurances by the CIA and State Department as recently as last Friday that the Taliban was over a month away from being able to enter Kabul. Instead of saying that the massive public support for the Taliban replacing the United States showed the incompetent hubris of U.S. intelligence agencies – which itself would have justified Biden’s agreement to complete the withdrawal with all haste – he doubled down on his defense of the Deep State and its mythology.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Taliban overrun city of Kunduz — as it happened
    DW: The Taliban's political spokesperson Mohammad Naim told Al-Jazeera TV on Sunday that the radical Islamist group had no ceasefire agreement with the Afghan government and warned the US against further intervention.He also blamed the government for the fighting, calling them the aggressors and claimed the Taliban's attacks were a response.      Full news...

  • July 28, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kandahar residents fear Taliban advance on Afghan city
    Aljazeera: Kandahar, Afghanistan – Last week, Kawsar Sama and her family packed up their belongings and got on a flight to the capital city of Kabul. For the 21-year-old and her family, life in the southern city of Kandahar had become dangerous as the Taliban has pushed into the districts surrounding Afghanistan’s second-largest city in recent weeks.      Full news...

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