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  • July 24, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Women Abused in Lawless Ghor province
    IWPR: A case in which a widow was beaten, humiliated and had her 12-year-old daughter sold off in marriage by her former in-laws has illustrated the extent of lawlessness in the southern province of Ghor. Although aware of the case, the district governor told IWPR that he was powerless to intervene because local militias had far more power than he did.      Full news...

  • July 12, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman beaten by local strongman loyal to warlord Bashir Qanet
    Hambastagi.org (Translated by RAWA): On July 8, 2018, a woman named Umriaa from the Chah Aab district of Takhar province, was beaten up by the local lord of the area, Mohammadullah. Mohammadullah had led one of Bashir Qanet’s (a Gulbuddini commander) gangs in the past. The painful photo of Umriaa with a bloodied mouth was circulated on the social media.      Full news...

  • July 5, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Strongman’s loyalists show Taliban isn’t only threat in Afghanistan
    The Washington Post: As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani seeks to build momentum for peace talks with Taliban insurgents, a violent threat Wednesday from supporters of a powerful exiled warlord raised concerns that the government still faces pressure from ethnic minority leaders that could undermine its authority. For a second consecutive day, thousands of people in northern Faryab province protested the arrest of a commander loyal to Abdurrashid Dostum, the exiled ethnic Uzbek strongman who is technically first vice president under Ghani but has fled the country amid charges of abusing a political rival.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Horrifying: woman beaten publicly in northern Afghanistan
    Hambastagi.org (Translated by RAWA): On February 1, 2018, a 22-year-old woman named Suraya was beaten publicly in Rabaat Amdeen village of Chah Aab district in northern Takhar province. The woman’s husband is living in Iran, and the woman was accused of having relations with another man. Based on this accusation, Faiz, a local commander and one of Bashir Qanet’s (belonging to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezbe-Islami or Islamic Party) thugs, ordered her to be beaten brutally in public, in a mock court ruling.      Full news...

  • February 21, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Alleged Summary Executions by Special Forces
    HRW: The Afghan government and US military should investigate reports that Afghan special forces summarily executed civilians in Kandahar province during military operations from January 31 to February 1, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Security personnel found to be responsible for abuses, including failing to report possible war crimes, should be held accountable.      Full news...

  • January 4, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mafia politics threaten Afghan security as much as insurgency does
    The Hill: The dangerous ongoing showdown between the Kabul government and Atta Mohammad Noor, a warlord-turned-governor of Balkh province, is inescapably about two things: money and muscle. Although this explosive combination of vying fiercely for power and money has been the cornerstone of Afghan politics for decades, this time it could threaten the current U.S. military campaign and undermine Afghanistan’s fragile security.      Full news...

  • August 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, a Destructive ‘Game of Thrones’
    The New York Time: The senior security official in northeastern Takhar Province was deferential when he telephoned Commander Bashir Qanet. After all, he was talking to one of the most powerful government supporters in the province, who has hundreds of militiamen under his command. “Please could you stop killing your own people?” he asked the commander, whose irregulars had just opened fire on a couple of dozen pro-government worshipers inside a mosque, during prayers, killing five and wounding 37.      Full news...


  • May 15, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government welcomes Kabul’s “butcher”
    Fox News: He is known simply as the “Butcher of Kabul” and, after 20 years in self-imposed exile, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned last week to the Afghan capitol he once mercilessly massacred. President Ghani and members of his national unity government warmly welcomed the warlord. After fighting the Soviet Union and the Afghan communist government during the 1980s with his Hezb-e-Islami militia, Hekmatyar, 69, and other warlords eventually sparked civil war within Afghanistan.      Full news...




  • February 20, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Woman Gang-Raped After Fleeing Abusive Husband: Report
    Newsweek: A 20-year-old Afghan woman was allegedly gang-raped after escaping violence in her home, according to local media. The woman, a newlywed, was lured by a group of men and encouraged to elope with one of them after fleeing domestic violence perpetrated by her new husband, Afghan news outlet Khaama Press reports. The incident took place in northeastern Takhar province amid a surge in violence in the country over the past year.      Full news...

  • February 5, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Debate Role of Local Militia
    IWPR: A profusion of local militias in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan are presenting a serious threat to security, according to participants in a recent IWPR debate. The situation is further complicated by the semi-legal status of some of the armed groups, recruited by the government to try and help keep order.      Full news...




  • November 4, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Warnings Over Afghanistan’s Unofficial Madrassas
    IWPR: Large numbers of unregistered madrassas, or religious schools, operating in Afghanistan may be serving as a source of extremist recruitment, according to speakers at a series of IWPR debates. Public events held in August and September heard that the government urgently needed to crack down on institutions with no specific curriculum and no official oversight.      Full news...

  • October 2, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s second coming is a US-Pakistan enterprise
    Asia Times: One of the most colorful figures of the Afghan jihad, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, recently signed a peace deal with Kabul which is also seen as a back-to-back US-Pakistan deal. Hekmatyar, who lives in Pakistan with his family, is known for his anti-Indian views. As India openly supports Baluchi nationalists in Pakistan, Islamabad wants to sever the ties between Delhi and Kabul and Hekmatyar can guarantee that in future. India has reason to be worried.      Full news...


  • July 19, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cruelties and crimes of warlords in Takhar province
    RAWA.org: On July 13, 2016, the people of Rostaq district of Takhar province protested against the crimes and savagery of warlords under the leadership of Pirum Qul (supported by Abdul Rashid Dostum) once more. Pirum Qul’s gunmen opened fire on the peaceful protest and injured a number of people, but the people are fed up and have sworn to continue their struggle against the current situation.      Full news...


  • April 1, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan parliamentarian wanted for rape of Peshawar dancer
    Dawn.com: City police are hunting a man accused of raping an 18-year-old dancer after inviting her to perform at his residence in Peshawar. The suspect is believed to be a member of the Afghan parliament. A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Hayatabad Police Station on the victim's complaint.      Full news...


  • October 26, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Policeman Claims To Have Been Beaten UP By 2nd VP’s Guards
    TOLOnews.com: A police force member claimed on Monday that he was severely beaten up by the guards of second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish. The footage filmed by TOLOnews shows a policeman, Aimal Qaderi, all covered in blood with his head severely injured. He said that he was beaten up after he stopped the cars of Danish’s guards who he said were trying to cross a road illegally.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.
    TruthDig: “The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, featured a pivotal and highly controversial scene in which one of the young male protagonists is raped by an older youth. That harrowing section of the best-selling book highlighted the rampant sexual abuse of children in Afghanistan. Now, a revelation—even more horrifying—has implicated real-life U.S. soldiers serving in that country.      Full news...

  • September 20, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How the Successors of Warlords is a Challenge for Peace and Stability in Afghanistan
    RAWA News: The ousting of the Taliban regime and the establishment of a new government in 2001 brought with it a hope for the emergence of a truly just and democratic society. Many were hopeful that the warlords would go behind bars for the atrocities they had committed during the 1990s. On the contrary, they were reinforced during the Karzai’s administration. Regional warlords and power brokers such as Atta Noor in the North, Sherzai in the South and then East and Ismail Khan in the West of the country, turned the country into fiefdoms and often defied the presidential decrees if they were against their personal interests.      Full news...


  • September 9, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul a scene of horror and thuggery again
    Hambastagi.org (Translated by RAWA): Every year on 9th September, the death anniversary of Massoud, the people of Kabul experience barbarism of the factional kind (reference to factional infighting during the 1992-1996 civil war and the commission of horrendous crimes during that time). A group of reckless men belonging to Shorae Nizar roamed the whole city wildly, spreading terror, and causing disturbance and concern among the residents of Kabul.      Full news...



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