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  • January 27, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Highways, route to death
    The Killid Group: Travellers on many of Afghanistan’s roads are never sure of reaching their destinations. Armed groups routinely rob and also kill passengers in buses and other vehicles. According to eyewitness accounts, travellers on the busy Kabul to Kandahar highway are attacked even in the day time. Security forces are not able to provide every vehicle with armed escorts.      Full news...

  • January 22, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nesh police using civilian homes as checkpoints
    PAN: Residents of the Nesh district of southern Kandahar province on Thursday claimed police had established check-posts in their houses, but refused to pay rent. Abdul Rahman, who lives in Dara-i-Noor village, said police had long been using homes of residents as their posts without paying rent. In addition, police asked locals for firewood and money.      Full news...

  • January 21, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Media Under Attack
    Human Rights Watch: Violence and threats against Afghanistan’s journalists by the government and security forces are increasing, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These attacks put at risk the gains in media freedom in Afghanistan since 2001. The 48-page report, “‘Stop Reporting or We’ll Kill Your Family’: Threats to Media Freedom in Afghanistan,” documents harassment, intimidation, and attacks on journalists...      Full news...

  • January 18, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Insecurity displaces hundreds of Kunduz families
    PAN: Residents of Khanabad district of northeastern province of Kunduz claimed hundreds of families in their area displaced due to increased insecurity, claiming their houses were looted by illegal armed individuals. Heavy clashes between illegal armed individuals and militants over the past four days left four armed men and eight rebels dead and 20 others wounded.      Full news...

  • January 14, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Facing Intolerance, Many Sikhs and Hindus Leave Afghanistan
    The Wall Street Journal: Rawail Singh, a leader of Kabul’s Sikh community, is a big supporter of recently sworn-in President Ashraf Ghani : His Facebook profile features a photo of the president holding his 4-year-old daughter during a campaign rally. But despite Mr. Ghani’s pledge to make Afghanistan more inclusive, Mr. Singh says he worries that his tiny religious minority could disappear as more Sikhs and Hindus leave their homeland because of persistent discrimination.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Drone Rules in Afghanistan Go Unchanged, And Other Reasons the War Isn’t Really Over
    RollingStone: Though many Americans may not have realized it, December 28th marked what the U.S. government called the official end of the war in Afghanistan. That war has been the longest in U.S. history – but despite the new announcement that the formal conflict is over, America’s war there is far from finished. In fact, the Obama administration still considers the Afghan theater an area of active hostilities, according to an email from a senior administration official...      Full news...

  • January 4, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Skulking Away from a Failed War
    Common Dreams: “The only good Talib is a dead Talib.” These words, uttered half a decade ago by the head of intelligence for the NATO coalition force in Afghanistan, summon a far earlier American savagery. As the American empire affects to close the door on its war with Afghanistan, the words also serve as a sort of doorstop propping open our further intervention in this broken country.      Full news...

  • January 3, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Protest against wedding shelling continues to boil
    PAN:On third consecutive day, hundreds of protesters took to the streets denouncing government for what they alleged authorities failed to investigate the tragic incident that resulted in the killing and wounding of scores of people attending a wedding ceremony. Several people were killed and wounded when mortars fired by Afghan troops hit a wedding party in the Mian Rodi village in Sangin district of southern Helmand province.      Full news...

  • January 1, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dozens dead as Afghan wedding hit by rocket
    Al Jazeera: Mortar rounds fired during fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters has killed at least 26 wedding guests in the southern province of Helmand, officials have said. Most of the victims of the attack late on Wednesday in Helmand’s Sangin district were women and children.      Full news...

  • December 26, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 civilians dead in Logar airstrike
    PAN: Five civilians were killed and as many wounded in a NATO airstrike in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province, the town’s administrative chief said on Friday. Eng. Rahim Amin told Pajhwok Afghan News the air assault took place late on Thursday night in Abjosh area.      Full news...

  • December 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman killed by her husband in Logar province
    Khaama Press: A woman was killed by her husband in central Logar province late on Wednesday night, local officials said Thursday. The main reason behind the murder of the woman is not clear so far, but the provincial human rights officials are saying that the woman is apparently murdered due to domestic violence.      Full news...

  • December 21, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Disarm the armed
    The Killid Group: No government can any longer shut its eyes to the problem of armed groups in the country. They are behind the almost daily crimes in Kunduz, Badakshan, Baghlan, Parwan and Bamyan provinces. Local authorities in Kunduz accuse the Kabul government of supporting the men, some 4,000 in number, who are behind the kidnappings, rape and robberies particularly in the province’s Khan Abad and Dasht-e Archi districts.      Full news...

  • 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...

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