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  • July 26, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Kill Team: The murderous reality of the US war in Afghanistan
    WSWS.org: 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 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Another 1.5 billion USD that may go up in smoke in Afghanistan
    Washington Examiner: Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it can certainly burn like them. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spent 1.57 billion USD on nearly 2,000 buildings for the Afghan National Army — but as many as 1,600 are at risk of catching on fire, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.      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...



  • May 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The Prison State
    A Mind Infinite: With the revelation of the United States most massively targeted state subject to 24/7 surveillance being Afghanistan. Nearly every phone call or other form of communication being made intercepted, in complete disregard to personal privacy and without context of targeting specific individuals. The aims of the United States government once again are shown publicly in relation to it’s occupation of Afghanistan.      Full news...


  • April 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The real fraud about Afghanistan’s election
    SocialistWorker.org: The U.S. media celebrated Afghanistan’s April 5 elections as a success story. The country’s Independent Election Commission reported that more than 7 million voters participated in the presidential and provincial council voting, a higher turnout than the 2009 election.      Full news...


  • April 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Newspeak: 10 ways the US skews the narrative
    GlobalPost: As the clock ticks down to the promised withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US military is trying to figure out how to market the idea that the international intervention has actually accomplished its core mission — bringing peace and stability to a nation that has known little of either for the past 35 years.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Innocent truck driver tells of ordeal at Afghanistan’s Bagram jail
    AFP: Pakistani truck driver Umran Khan spent nine years in Afghanistan’s Bagram prison, where he says he suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and a sustained campaign of mental disintegration despite committing no crime. Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence - and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.      Full news...

  • April 3, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The US Just Can’t Stop Blowing Billions in Afghanistan
    Vice News: You might have heard that the US spent some 102 billion USD trying to develop Afghanistan over the last decade — and that’s in addition to the estimated 6 trillion USD it spent going to war there in the first place. You also might have heard that a lot of that money vanished into thin air, went to shady contractors, corrupt politicians, or, occasionally, the Taliban.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US May Be Paying for Nonexistent Afghan Police
    Antiwar.com: The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) warned of the problem of “ghost workers” in the past, but their most recent letter to the Combined Security Transition Command (CTSC) suggests the problem may be bigger and worse than ever suggested before.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Imperial Exit: Britain’s Departure from Afghanistan
    Scoop Media: Farewell to the British, as they leave the country that took their soldiers, and more than a sense of dignity. Forces are being withdraw (the popular term is drawn down, as if they were blinds) and it is hard to see the mission in Afghanistan as anything but another intervention that did not quite pan out well for the invader. At one point, 137 bases dotted Helmand province.      Full news...

  • March 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian drone deaths triple in Afghanistan: UN
    The News International: The number of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan plunged last year amid growing care to avoid civilian deaths, but the death toll in neighboring Afghanistan continues to rise, the United Nations´ special investigator on counterterrorism said Wednesday.      Full news...

  • March 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan-US force raids Logar house, one killed
    PAN: A joint Afghan-US security force raided a house in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province early on Wednesday morning, killing one inmate and arresting two others, officials said. The joint force conducted the raid in the Kandahari village around 4am in pursuit of suspected insurgents, the district chief, Abdul Hamid Hamid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • March 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 ANA soldiers killed, 17 injured in NATO airstrike
    International Business Times: Five soldiers were killed and 17 people in total were injured in an air strike led by NATO in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar on Thursday. Among the wounded were eight members of the Afghan National Army and the soldiers’ deaths were confirmed by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, which called it an accident.      Full news...

  • February 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Occupation of Afghanistan is not ‘democracy’
    Workers World: When the anti-war movement makes the argument that U.S. and NATO troops must get out of Afghanistan, liberal apologists for the war counter that without the troops, the country will fall under the control of the Taliban, and any improvements in the status of women or other “democratic” measures will be reversed.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian deaths spark protest in Herat
    PAN: Hundreds of people on Sunday staged a protest against Afghan security forces, foreign troops and the mayor of western Herat province, an official said. Shindand district residents and doctors’ union members took part in the protest, chanting slogans against local security forces and foreign troops.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ​US scraps ‘glossy propaganda’ plans for Afghanistan aid projects
    RT: A US federal agency that sought to pay photographers for “positive images” of its work in Afghanistan has canceled the program. The project, created to combat negative news coverage, collapsed amid charges that the effort amounted to propaganda. Using USD 1 billion on aid programs in Afghanistan, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) solicited proposals on Monday for a project that aimed to...      Full news...

  • February 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian casualties up by 14pc in 2013: UN
    Reuters: War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan’s civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and insurgents, the United Nations said in a report on Saturday, with total casualties rising 14 percent. The gradual withdrawal of foreign troops has left Afghan government forces more vulnerable to attack by insurgents, and the resulting battles helped account for last year’s rise in casualties, according to the report.      Full news...

  • January 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: most Americans now soured on Iraq, Afghanistan wars
    USA Today: As two of the nation’s longest wars finally end, most Americans have concluded that neither achieved its goals. Those grim assessments in a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll underscore the erosion in support for the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and the loss of faith in the outcome of the wars, both launched in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    To Salvage What we can From Afghanistan, Our Leaders Must Admit that the War has Failed
    The Daily Beast: As America ploughs through its 13th year of war in Afghanistan and negotiates with Kabul to keeps troops there for another ten years, we must take a sober look at the military and diplomatic actions that have thus far characterized our involvement. We must ask what we have accomplished after more than a decade of fighting, whether our goals have been met and our mission has been a success.      Full news...

  • January 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The 2009 shadow on 2014 election
    The Killid Group: The rift between Kabul and Washington has again widened with statements by Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Daoud Ali Najafi and a former US defence secretary Robert Gates. US claims of impartiality in Afghan polls are at stake. Gates has said in a memoir that is hitting the stands that top US diplomats tried to manipulate the outcome of the 2009 presidential election, and stop President Hamid Karzai from winning a second term.      Full news...

  • January 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US airstrike killed at least 14 civilians, including women and children
    Khaama Press: A delegation of the Afghan officials including parliament members, who were assigned by president Karzai to investigate the US airstrike in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, has revealed at least 14 civilians were killed in the air raid. Afghan lawmaker Abdul Satar Khawasi who was heading the probe team has said, at least 14 civilians including three women and five children were killed in US airstrike in Siagh Gerd district.      Full news...

  • January 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What We Did to Afghanistan
    Counterpunch: A few years ago in Kabul, I was listening to a spokesman for an Afghan government organisation who was giving me a long, upbeat and not very convincing account of the achievements of the institution for which he worked. To relieve the tedium, and without much expectation of getting an interesting reply, I asked him – with a guarantee of non-attribution – what benefits the Afghan government had brought to its people.      Full news...




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