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  • April 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The end game in Afghanistan
    The Express Tribune: The US is improvising its policy in Afghanistan based on this review and on Obama’s subsequent policy interventions, including the commitment to increase the force level in Afghanistan by another 60,000 troops during 2010. Despite these changes no major improvement has occurred in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. In fact, the Taliban have become more aggressive and are stronger than before.      Full news...

  • April 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Alarmed By Iran’s Executions Of Afghan Prisoners
    RFE/RL: In Koshan, along western Afghanistan's border with Iran, Arbab Zarif has just buried his brother. "Look how they hurt us," he says. "Look what is happening to us." Zarif's brother was executed in Iran for allegedly trafficking drugs. He says he had no defense lawyer and that Iranian authorities then added insult to tragedy.      Full news...

  • April 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Huge explosion rocks Kandahar in S. Afghanistan, killing at least 11
    Xinhua: A huge explosion took place in Kandahar city in southern Afghanistan late Thursday, killing at least 11 people and injuring 18 others. Xinhua's reporter saw military helicopters hovering over the bombing site, which is located at the city's business center called Aljadid Market. A police official who insisted on anonymity told Xinhua that it was a suicide car bombing attack.      Full news...

  • April 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    18-year-old Afghan woman slain in campaign of fear
    AP: A gunman lying in wait shot and killed an 18-year-old woman as she left her job at a U.S.-based development company Tuesday, casting a spotlight on a stepped-up campaign of Taliban intimidation against women .... Eight years after the U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban from power, fear again dominates the lives of many young women and girls in the violent south...      Full news...

  • April 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women Self-Immolation Surges in Paktia
    Quqnoos: Human rights bodies are concerned about the rise of women self-burnings in Paktia province. Daud Afzali, the head of the Human Rights Independent Commission, said during a session in southeast Afghanistan on ways how to reduce violence against women that several factors have boosted the self-burnings.      Full news...

  • April 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Anti-American anger grows in Afghanistan
    The Globe and Mail: U.S. troops fired on a crowded passenger bus on the outskirts of Kandahar city, killing four civilians and injuring 18 others, stoking anti-American protests that promised to complicate a massive offensive against Taliban insurgents this summer. Although the military command issued an apology, saying it “deeply regrets the tragic loss of life,” Monday’s incident cast fresh doubts on Operation Omid, billed as the pivotal offensive of the war, which will see tens of thousands of NATO troops attempt to seize control of Kandahar.      Full news...

  • April 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO troops kill 4 Afghans on bus - provincial official
    Reuters: Foreign forces opened fire on a bus in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing four civilians and wounding 18 others, a provincial official said. The issue of civilian casualties caused by international forces is an emotive one in Afghanistan and undermines support for their presence in the country.      Full news...

  • April 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Family violence leads woman to commit suicide in Herat
    PAN: An Afghan woman in an attempt to commit suicide has burned herself in the western Herat province, an official said. Domestic violence has led Shabnam, 25, to commit suicide, her relatives said, as she was in a critical health condition at Herat provincial hospital. Shabnam was brought to the hospital "long after the incident", a doctor at the state-run medical facility, Mohammad Arif Jalali, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Thursday.      Full news...

  • April 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Addicts spend USD1.5m a day on drugs: survey
    PAN: A survey showed over one million drug addicts, including women and children, in Afghanistan spent 1.5 million US dollars to buy drugs on a daily basis, an official said on Thursday. The spokesman for the counter-narcotics ministry Zalmay Afzali told a press conference here the survey revealed the number of drug addicts had increased in the country. "An addict uses drug costing one US dollar a day," he added.      Full news...

  • April 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hamid Karzai frees Taliban commander kidnapper of British UN worker
    BBC NEWS: Akbar Agha was sentenced to 16 years after abducting the trio from the Afghan capital in 2004 and threatening to execute them unless Taliban prisoners were released. Disclosure of the pardon came as the White House threatened to withdraw an invitation to Hamid Karzai amid ongoing anger at his accusations foreigners were responsible for last year's widespread electoral fraud.      Full news...

  • April 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan conflict masks preventable child deaths - aid group
    Reuters: The world is ignoring the daily deaths of more than 850 Afghan children from treatable diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia, focusing on fighting the insurgency rather than providing humanitarian relief, Save the Children said on Wednesday. According to the British charity, a child dies in the impoverished, war-torn nation every two minutes - mainly due to poverty, malnutrition and a lack of basic healthcare - and Afghan children have the worst chance in the world of surviving to their fifth birthday.      Full news...

  • April 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians
    The Guardian: A secret video showing US air crew falsely claiming to have encountered a firefight in Baghdad and then laughing at the dead after launching an air strike that killed a dozen people, including two Iraqis working for Reuters news agency, was revealed by Wikileaks today. The footage of the July 2007 attack was made public in a move that will further anger the Pentagon, which has drawn up a report identifying the whistleblower website as a threat to national security.      Full news...

  • April 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Unofficial moratorium on capital punishment
    IRIN: Up to 200 people have been sentenced to death in Afghanistan over the past 15 months but President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign any execution orders, according to the Supreme Court. “We have sent many execution verdicts to the president but he has not signed any for over a year,” Abdul Rasheed Rashid, a member of the Supreme Court’s High Council, told IRIN.      Full news...

  • April 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US special forces ‘tried to cover-up’ botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan
    The Times: US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez in eastern Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • April 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    German forces kill 6 Afghan soldiers
    CBC News: German troops have admitted they accidentally killed six Afghan soldiers during a gunfight with what they thought were Taliban insurgents, the Afghan army said Saturday. Three Germans died in the incident Friday in northern Kunduz province. German soldiers in an armoured personnel carrier opened fire after coming across two civilian vehicles that refused to stop.      Full news...

  • March 31, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sold, raped and jailed, a girl faces Afghan justice
    Reuters: For the shy Afghan girl who sat quietly in a detention center with a pale blue headscarf, teenage rebellion had come at a heavy price: seven years in prison. Engaged to an older man who had offered $5,000 to her father but in love with a boy she spoke to on the phone, the 16-year-old girl was hauled before a court that found her guilty of running away from home, according to an account she provided.      Full news...

  • March 31, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan world’s top cannabis source - U.N.
    Reuters: Long the world's largest producer of opium, the raw ingredient of heroin, Afghanistan has now become the top supplier of cannabis, with large-scale cultivation in half of its provinces, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Between 10,000 and 24,000 hectares of cannabis are grown every year in Afghanistan, with major cultivation in 17 out 34 provinces, the U.N. drug agency (UNODC) said in its first report on cannabis production in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • March 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN report: Afghans plagued by poverty, corruption
    The Associated Press: The majority of Afghans live in dire poverty, despite an estimated $35 billion in aid being poured into the country between 2002 to 2009, the United Nations said Tuesday.A report by the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights claims that over a third of Afghans live in "absolute poverty" and about the same number are only slightly above the poverty line.      Full news...

  • March 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Nightmare Will End When We Wake Up!  America, Please Open Your Eyes!
    RAWA News: Another year another peace rally. The wars rage on, and the struggle continues. Like at all the others, I felt inwardly horrified. A billion wailing voices echoed in my mind. On we go with this tragedy of intention and this comedy of errors while the bodies pile higher. I long to take the needle off this skipping record and rest it on my broken heart. There alone can truth be sourced. A mind is too easily corrupted.      Full news...

  • March 29, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hamid Karzai accused of blocking arrest of official
    The Telegraph: Sediq Chakari, former minister of Hajj, and who is thought to be in Britain has been under investigation into his alleged involvement in a kickback racket which made hundreds of thousands of pounds from poor pilgrims. Mr Karzai's palace allegedly vetoed his arrest because of his close links to former warlords within the government an international official in Kabul told The Daily Telegraph.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bush, Obama and the Corporate Media: Eight Years of Immaculate Deception about America’s Afghan War
    RAWA News: Examining a microcosm can shed light on the larger reality. I have chosen to analyze a small mountain hamlet, Chagoti Ghar (Chergotah), located some forty kilometers east of Khost city in eastern Afghanistan in a time frame separated by eight and a third years – November 23rd 2001 and March 24th 2010. Both times, two Afghan civilians perished as a result of foreign occupation fire. In both instances, the U.S corporate media was silent. Both times, to pierce the veil of silence spun by the American military industrial media information complex (MIMIC) a person had to turn to independent, regional media; in November 2001 to the Peshawar-based Afghan Islamic Press news agency and in March 2010, to the Kabul-based Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • March 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO Tries to Silence a Truth-Teller in Afghanistan After Killing Pregnant Women
    Rethink Afghanistan: recently, we spoke with Afghanistan-based journalist Jerome Starkey about his reporting on special forces raids that killed civilians and NATOs surprising–and disappointing–response. This video contains disturbing images, and an even more disturbing story of violence, and an attempt to silence a truth-teller. It shows why its absolutely essential that we keep pushing back against the Pentagon’s message machine.      Full news...

  • March 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Recruit Afghan women to sell war to Europeans: CIA report
    AFP: A CIA expert has called for recruiting Afghan women in a public relations bid to persuade skeptical Europeans to support the NATO-led war effort, according to a document leaked Friday. "Afghan women could serve as ideal messengers in humanizing" the mission for European audiences, particularly in France, according to the CIA analysis, posted on WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website.      Full news...

  • March 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Bloody Hands of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
    UN Dispatch: During the first half of Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990’s, Hekmatyar’s forces committed atrocities that elsewhere in the world are met with international arrest warrants and indictments for war crimes and crimes against humanity –not hints of future inclusion in government.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Guantanamo Bay in Afghanistan?
    Reuters: The United States is considering a proposal to hold foreign terrorism suspects at the Bagram military base in Afghanistan, the Los Angeles Times reported this week, a new Guantanamo Bay just as it is trying to close down the original facility in Cuba. Given the amount of trouble that Washington has run into for running a detention centre where prisoners have no access to the U.S. court system, it sounds like a bad idea to be setting it up in Afghanistan, say experts.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Human rights under pressure
    IRIN: Afghanistan’s hard-won post-Taliban human rights achievements are being eroded due to the persistent immunity from prosecution of powerful figures, the intensifying conflict, and the adoption of laws which undermine justice and human rights, a UN official warns.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan amnesty for militants draws UN condemnation
    Reuters: The United Nations urged Afghanistan on Thursday to repeal a law that grants a blanket pardon for perpetrators of war crimes and rights abuses, saying the law could hamper efforts to make peace. Afghan and international human rights groups expressed alarm earlier this month at the law, which appeared to have been enacted unannounced and gives immunity to all members of armed factions for acts committed before the Taliban’s ouster in 2001.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Taliban IEDs take toll on civilians
    IRIN: Hidden on roadsides, behind boulders or on cultivated land, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are killing or maiming dozens of civilians every month, according to rights groups and government officials. IEDs killed 773 civilians in 2009 - over 32 percent of the total 2,412 civilian deaths - according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 35 killed in Afghan avalanche: official
    AFP: An avalanche struck a remote mountain area of northern Afghanistan two weeks ago, killing at least 35 people and burying houses beneath the snow, a local official said Tuesday. The disaster struck in Badakhshan province in the far north, but harsh weather and the remoteness of the province bordering China, Pakistan and Tajikistan meant local officials had to travel for weeks to seek help.      Full news...

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