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  • July 27, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Exclusive: A US-backed militia runs amok in Afghanistan
    Al Jazeera America: Before dawn on June 1, a group of U.S. special forces and Afghan army commandos arrived by helicopter to the east of Alizai, a farming hamlet in Andar district in Taliban-controlled territory in central Afghanistan. They moved from house to house, arresting any fighting-age men they found, while the local Taliban fighters, who had been sleeping in a mosque at the other end of the village, fled without a fight.      Full news...

  • July 26, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Kill Team: The murderous reality of the US war in Afghanistan An important documentary, The Kill Team, opened in New York City and Toronto on July 25, and will play in other North American cities over the next several weeks and months. The WSWS reviewed the film as part of our coverage of the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival. This is a slightly edited version of that comment.      Full news...

  • July 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Don’t Ask Who’s Being Killed by Drones In Afghanistan
    VICE News: On the afternoon of September 7 last year, in the Watapur region of Afghanistan’s Kunar province, a farmer named Miya Jan heard a buzzing overhead. He looked up to see a drone, he told the Los Angeles Times, and minutes later, he heard an explosion. Reaching the site of the blast, he saw a mangled vehicle — which he soon realized belonged to his cousin. Among the bodies, he recognised his brother and his brother’s family.      Full news...

  • July 22, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Girl Unsafe After a Mullah Is Accused of Rape
    The New York Times: It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex. But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an “honor killing” in the case — against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.      Full news...

  • July 15, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001 (PHOTOS)
    The Associated Press: A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick shops, flipped cars over and stripped trees of their branches...      Full news...

  • June 28, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Gunmen’s presence worries Parwan residents
    PAN: The movements of illegal gunmen have increased in the capital of central Parwan province after the second round of presidential elections, locals complained on Saturday. Fardin Hakimi, who runs a shop in Charikar, said the growing movements of illegal armed men had raised concerns among the people. “Wearing plainclothes and caps, dozens of these gunmen can be seen daily in Charikar.”      Full news...

  • June 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: End ‘Moral Crimes’ Prosecutions
    Human Rights Watch: The government of Afghanistan should adopt recommendations from United Nations member countries to abolish prosecution of women for so-called “moral crimes.” Afghanistan rejected the recommendations in its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Outcome Report issued on June 16, 2014 at the UN Human Rights Council. Other issues addressed include the death penalty, anti-gay discrimination, and impunity.      Full news...

  • June 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Syria, Afghanistan world’s least peaceful countries
    The Telegraph: As the civil war in Iraq dominates headlines, it is no surprise that the world continued a seven-year-slide away from peacefulness over the last 12 months, as measured by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Syria displaced Afghanistan as the world’s least peaceful nation in its newly-released Global Peace Index, compiled before the latest upsurge in fighting in Iraq.      Full news...

  • June 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man claims govt officials cut off his finger
    PAN: A resident of the Jalgai district in northern Baghlan province has accused police and government officials of cutting off his middle finger two days after he cast his vote for Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Mohammad Dad told Pajhwok Afghan News he was on his way home on Sunday when three policemen and as many government officials attacked him.      Full news...

  • June 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Instability set to continue after Afghan presidential election No results have yet emerged from Afghanistan’s runoff presidential election last Saturday, with only partial results due to be released from July 2, and the final outcome on July 22. The protracted delay is partially due to the primitive state of the country’s infrastructure after nearly 13 years of US-led occupation. But it is also due to hundreds of complaints of electoral fraud, which could determine the expected close outcome of the contest.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    49 civilians among 254 killed on polling day
    PAN: Security officials on Sunday said about 49 civilians, 29 security officials and 176 militants have been killed during separate incidents of violence across the country on the election day (Saturday). Another at least 100 civilians, 74 security men and 93 insurgents were wounded in the violence, the officials said.      Full news...

  • June 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Elections in Kabul amid blasts, low turnout
    PAN: The voting process went well in most parts of Kabul, but the turnout in some areas was lower than the previous elections. A Pajhwok report wanted to visit a polling centre at the Qala-i-Zaman Khan Girls High School in the jurisdiction of 16th police district, but officials did not let her enter the site.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The ISI’s Great Game in Afghanistan
    The Diplomat: On the evening of March 20, two teenagers entered the buffet area of the luxurious Serena Hotel in Kabul. The well-guarded establishment was a popular meeting place for politicians, diplomats, and journalists; a kind of refuge away from the danger constantly present in Kabul.      Full news...

  • June 7, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Departing troops put civilians at risk
    The Killid Group: Foreign troops are pulling out of Afghanistan but the war they started will likely continue to extract a price. Evacuated bases and other theatres of military operations are littered with unexploded ordnance, and have claimed civilian lives. An investigation.      Full news...

  • June 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Here are the Taliban Terrorists Obama Released to Free POW Bowe Bergdahl
    The Daily Beast: In exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. has released five senior Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison. They are considered some of the worst of the worst. The five Guantanamo detainees released by the Obama administration in exchange for America’s last prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, are bad guys. They are top Taliban commanders the group has tried to free for more than a decade.      Full news...

  • June 1, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Murder by MP and officials’ relatives sparks protest
    PAN: Following the killing of a local by the alleged connivance of relatives of Wolesi Jirga and another senior official, hundreds of people on Saturday held protest in the Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province, demanding arrest of the perpetrators. Mirwais was gunned down by unidentified men on Saturday evening in the district.      Full news...

  • May 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Roadside bomb kills 14 civilians returning from wedding
    AFP: A roadside bomb killed 14 civilians in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest violence in the country as US-led troops prepare to leave after 13 years of war. The victims were travelling in the Giro district of Ghazni province after a wedding ceremony when the bomb ripped through their vehicle, district governor Abdullah Khairkhwah told AFP.      Full news...

  • May 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sadly, rights on paper for disabled
    The Killid Group: Even government offices have flouted the law on jobs for the disabled. An Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigation. Article 22 of the Law on Rights and Privileges of Persons with Disabilities says 3 percent of jobs in all offices – whether private or government – have to go to the disabled.      Full news...

  • May 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Helmand rocket strike leaves 3 children dead
    PAN: Three children were killed following a rocket attack in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday. The incident took place in the Shawol area of Nad Ali district late on Sunday, the governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • May 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ghazni police beat, threaten journalists
    PAN: A journalist was beaten and others were threatened by police after they attempted to cover the scene of a rocket attack that left eight civilians injured in the capital of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday. Pajhwok reporter Saifullah Maftoon and other journalists were barred from entering the hospital where the injured civilians had been taken.      Full news...

  • May 7, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman beaten to death by husband
    PAN: A woman was beaten to death by her spouse in western Herat province and another was gunned down by unidentified assailants in northern Faryab province, officials said on Wednesday. The murder in Herat took place in Safarabad area of Karkh district on Wednesday, the governor’s spokesman, Ihsanullah Hayat, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

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