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  • November 28, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province
    Reuters: At least 30 Afghan civilians have been killed in US air strikes in the Afghan province of Helmand, officials and residents of the area said on Wednesday, the latest casualties from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks. Afghanistan’s NATO-led force said Afghan government forces and US advisers came under fire from Taliban fighters in a compound in Garmsir district and called in an air strike.      Full news...

  • November 20, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, a 17-Year Stalemate
    Foreign Policy: Another devastating suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday and an independent report on the situation in Afghanistan serve to underscore what is now a growing consensus in Washington: that the United States is making no progress toward ending the 17-year-old war there. More than 50 people were killed and at least 80 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, according to reports.      Full news...

  • November 13, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The U.S. Never Dropped As Many Bombs On Afghanistan As It Did In 2018 [Infographic]
    Forbes: 17 years after U.S. forces and the Northern Alliance captured Kabul, half of Afghanistan has been retaken by the Taliban and the war is dragging on. ISIS have also become increasingly active in the country and approximately 14,000 U.S. troops are still serving there in an attempt to contain a growing wave of extremism. Even though the conflict has been making fewer headlines in recent years, the U.S. has never dropped as many bombs on Afghanistan as it did this year.      Full news...

  • November 9, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US War On Terror Kills Nearly 147,000 In Afghanistan The US-led war on terrorism has killed about 507,000 people in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan post 9/11 attacks and is showing a 22 percent increase in deaths in the past two years, a study by a US institute says. The study by Brown University, titled Costs of War, released on Thursday, shows that the death toll includes civilians as well as US and allied troops in the war zones, local military and police forces, as well as militants, who have died from war violence.      Full news...

  • November 8, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Billions in aid to Afghanistan wasted, including money from Canada, U.S. agency finds
    The Globe and Mail: Billions of dollars in Western foreign aid to Afghanistan, including from Canada, has been lost to widespread waste, lax oversight and endemic corruption, a U.S. watchdog agency says. The U.S. Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report to Congress that aid money has gone to build medical clinics without electricity or water, schools without children and buildings that literally melted away in the rain.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, failure is heaped on failure
    Washington Examiner: We have failed in Afghanistan, and our government is beginning to admit it. Numbers from the 41st quarterly report to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, SIGAR, offer a clear and bleak assessment, reaffirming what the public and lawmakers have long known, which is that President George W. Bush’s ambitious project to build a nation-state in that remote tribal territory was flawed and unrealistic.      Full news...

  • October 11, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan civilian deaths highest since 2014: UN
    Al Jazeera: Afghan civilians continue to be killed in record numbers by anti-government armed groups this year, the United Nations said, noting that the deaths have been the highest since 2014. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that from January to September 2018, an estimated 2,798 civilians have been killed and 5,252 others injured in attacks across the country.      Full news...

  • October 10, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Deaths of civilians spike as US, Afghan air forces pound Afghanistan
    CNN: The number of civilians -- mostly women and children -- killed or injured by airstrikes in Afghanistan has risen a startling 39% year on year, according to UN figures released Wednesday, casting fresh scrutiny on the use of air power by the United States and its Afghan partners at a time of near-record bombing and increasing violence.      Full news...

  • October 5, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Air Strike Kills Four Civilians In Southern Afghanistan
    RFE/RL: Afghan officials said at least four civilians were mistakenly killed when the Afghan Air Force carried out an air strike targeting Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan. Abdul Raziq, the police chief of Kandahar Province, said the Taliban had mounted an attack in the Maroof district when security forces responded with an airstrike late on October 4.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Airstrike kills three civilians in Kunduz province
    The New York Times: After the release of the United Nations statement, an airstrike on Tuesday in the Chardara district of Kunduz Province killed three more people, a 45-year-old woman and two teenage girls, according to Sher Mohammed, the husband of the woman who died. On Wednesday, angry residents carried the bodies of two of the victims to the city of Kunduz, the provincial capital, and chanted slogans against the government and American forces.      Full news...

  • September 25, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Preliminary findings indicate airstrike killed 12 civilians in Maidan Wardak province
    UNAMA: Preliminary findings from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicate that 12 civilians were killed Sunday in an airstrike in Maidan Wardak province during operations conducted by Pro-Government Forces in the area. All of the victims were women and children from the same family whose house in the village of Mullah Hafez, Jaghato district, Maidan Wardak, was destroyed by aerial ordnance late on 23 September. Ten of those killed were children whose ages ranged from 6 to 15. Eight were girls.      Full news...

  • September 25, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Airstrike killed 9 civilians in Kapisa province
    UNAMA: UNAMA received multiple, credible allegations that on 22 September, aerial ordnance impacted the home of a teacher in the Budrab area of Tagab district, Kapisa province, killing nine civilians, including four children and three women, with several others injured. All the victims from the attack were from the same family, including grandparents and children aged between two and twelve. Five of the six other family members who were injured when their home was destroyed were women and young children.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How the U.S. Government Misleads the Public on Afghanistan
    The New York Times: Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, American officials routinely issue inflated assessments of progress that contradict what is actually happening there. More than 2,200 Americans have been killed in the Afghan conflict, and the United States has spent more than 840 billion USD fighting the Taliban insurgency and paying for relief and reconstruction.      Full news...

  • August 25, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why the United States Will Not Leave Afghanistan Voluntarily
    In 2013 Tom Engelhardt wrote, referring to the United States presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, where at eight United States air strikes had killed almost 300 wedding guests: “we have become a nation of wedding crashers, the uninvited guests who arrived under false pretenses, tore up the place, offered nary and apology, and refused to go home.” That was never truer than in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • July 13, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    20 civilians killed by government forces in Paktia operation
    PAN: At least 20 civilians and 26 Taliban militants have been killed during hours long clashes and airstrike in Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province, residents said on Friday. The ground and air offensive was carried out on Thursday and the following night in Sahak area, said Sherin Jan, a resident of nearby Shamolzai village.      Full news...

  • June 6, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AIHRC: More than 64,000 Afghan civilians killed and injured in the past nine years
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has announced that in the past nine years, more than 64,000 civilians have been killed and injured in Afghanistan. Of this, more than 23,000 have been killed and 40,000 injured. With the publication of a report titled “Protecting the Rights of Victims of Armed Conflict and Terrorism”, Sima Samar, head of the AIHRC, said that the report recorded civilian casualties from March 21, 2009 to March 20, 2018.      Full news...

  • June 2, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    May casualties: nearly 3,000 people killed, wounded in Afghanistan
    PAN: Nearly 3,000 people have been killed and injured in 205 attacks in Afghanistan in May, showing 42 percent increase in casualties happened in April. Pajhwok Afghan News reports show 1,220 people have been killed and 866 others injured in 173 different attacks in 28 provinces of the country in April. Reports based on different sources showed 1,762 people were killed and 1,190 others injured in 28 out of total 34 provinces of the country during May.      Full news...

  • May 24, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. effort to stabilize Afghanistan a 5 billion USD failure, says watchdog
    Euronews: The watchdog responsible for monitoring the U.S. government’s effort to rebuild Afghanistan says the 15-year, 5 billion USD effort hasn’t worked, according to a report released Thursday. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says the U.S. set unrealistic expectations for stabilizing Afghanistan on a short timeline, that the Obama administration lacked the political will to invest the necessary time and effort to stabilize the country, and that some efforts to bolster the Afghan government actually backfired.      Full news...

  • May 4, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The U.S. Quietly Released Afghanistan’s “Biggest Drug Kingpin” From Prison. Did He Cut a Deal?
    The Intercept: In October 2008, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration heralded the arrest of Haji Juma Khan on narcotics and terror charges. His capture, they said, dealt a punishing blow to the Taliban and the symbiotic relationship between the insurgent group and Afghan drug traffickers. Yet, unbeknownst to all but the closest observers of the largely forgotten Afghanistan War, Khan was quietly released from Federal Bureau of Prisons custody last month.      Full news...

  • April 14, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Locals Recall Aftermath of US “Mother of All Bombs” Strike in Afghanistan
    Sputnik: The people of Afghanistan continue to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath of events that transpired one year ago when the US military dropped one of the biggest non-nuclear bombs ever made in their country. On April 13, 2017, a US military aircraft dropped the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast on a tunnel network used by Daesh* terrorists in the Acin district of the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • April 13, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian casualties in Afghanistan at near-record level this year, according to U.N. report
    The Washington Post: An ambulance packed with explosives that detonated in Kabul and a pedestrian suicide bombing outside a Shiite shrine there were among the deadly incidents that led to a near-record 2,258 civilian casualties in Afghanistan during the first quarter of this year, U.N. officials reported this week. According to the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, there were 763 conflict-related civilian deaths and 1,495 injuries across Afghanistan between January and March.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Missing the target: The Government inquiry into Afghanistan raid
    Stuff: Last year, far away from Defence Headquarters where top brass squirmed at questions and fought off calls for an inquiry, the parents of Fatima, the youngest victim of the Operation Burnham raid, sobbed and sobbed. Over cups of green tea, they’d been telling us of the night in 2010 when helicopters emerged from the night sky and started firing on their village in rural Afghanistan, when they broke down at the memory of their three-year-old girl.      Full news...

  • April 6, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Pentagon Spent 60 Million USD on a Power Station in Afghanistan that Doesn’t Work
    Motherboard: The United States has spent more than 800 billion USD on the never ending war in Afghanistan, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The bulk of that money was spent fighting the Taliban, but billions have also gone toward rebuilding the country and investing in its infrastructure. A lot of those projects haven’t gone well, and a 60 million USD power system in northeast Afghanistan that doesn’t provide any power is just the latest example.      Full news...

  • April 2, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Military Strike Kills at Least 70 at Mosque (PHOTOS)
    The New York Times: Afghan military helicopters bombed a religious gathering in the northern province of Kunduz on Monday, killing at least 70 people and wounding 30 others, according to a local official in the area. The official, Nasruddin Saadi, district governor of Dasht-e-Archi, said that the helicopters attacked a religious ceremony for which about 1,000 people had assembled in a mosque and surrounding fields around noon.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Moscow Concerned Over Unmarked Helicopters Transferring Militants in Afghanistan
    Sputnik: Moscow is concerned about the use of helicopters without identification marks for transportation of militants and weapons, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday ahead of the conference on Afghanistan. “The use of helicopters without identification marks in various regions of Afghanistan with an aim to transport militants and weapons produced in the Western countries to the Afghan affiliate [of the Islamic State terrorist group*] raises concern. We believe the statements of Afghan authorities confirming these facts urge serious investigation,” the statement read.      Full news...

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