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  • May 30, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US, coalition strikes in Afghanistan spike, hit highest number in five years
    AP: The number of weapons released by U.S. and allied aircraft in Afghanistan sharply spiked in April, hitting the highest point in nearly five years. According to an airpower summary posted online this week by U.S. Air Forces Central Command, coalition aircraft released 460 weapons last month, more than double the 203 weapons released in March. It was the most in a single month since August 2012, when 589 weapons were released.      Full news...

  • May 27, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Traumatic Night Raids Haunt Afghan Women
    IWPR: At 11pm on the night of April 3, 2016, Bibi Sahra was woken by a group of armed soldiers storming into her family home. The 37-year-old, from the village of Qala Taqai in Baraki Barak district, recounted how the door of the bedroom was kicked in and half-a-dozen Afghan army soldiers in camouflage gear entered. A voice booming out over a loudspeaker warned everyone not to move.      Full news...

  • May 24, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War in Afghanistan Is Killing Children in Record Numbers in 2017
    Truthout: Four-year-old Alisina was playing in the fields outside her house in the Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, located 80 kilometers from the capital city of Kabul, on a mid-April morning. Only vaguely aware of the constant war that surrounds them, Alisina and her friends didn’t know the large metal object they found in the field that day was in fact an unexploded ordnance left behind by one of the warring parties.      Full news...

  • May 21, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    100 female journalists have left their jobs in the past few years
    Ufoq News (Translated by RAWA): Head of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, Najibullah Sharifi, says that since 2014, about 100 female journalists have left their jobs. These women are from Kabul and other provinces, according to him, and have left their jobs because of lack of security in their workplace that created life-threatening situations for them.      Full news...

  • May 18, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman tortured with heated tools by husband and in-laws
    TOLOnews (Translated by RAWA): Qadria, a resident of Farkhar district in Takhar province, spoke to TOLOnews on May 18, and revealed the forms of violence she faced from her husband and his relatives. She said that the night before, her mother-in-law, husband, and two brother-in-laws, first accused her of having relations with a man living next door, then locked her in a room; then they tied up her hands and feet and taped her mouth, and tortured her with hot screwdrivers and pliers.      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...

  • May 14, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Soldiers Reloaded: The Privatisation of War
    Al Jazeera: From opportunistic guns for hire on the fringe of domestic conflicts to a global force operating within a multibillion-dollar industry - the private military sector seems to be flourishing. As armies and war increasingly become “outsourced”, private military companies have taken on a wider increasing range of responsibilities, from security and intelligence analysis to training and combat roles.      Full news...

  • May 8, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Angry Over Fake Medicine
    IWPR: For the last year Ziaullah, a resident of Jalalabad city in the eastern province of Nangarhar, has been regularly taking the medicine his doctor prescribed to treat his kidney stones. But his agonising condition had not improved for one simple reason, he told IWPR. It was virtually impossible to get decent medication locally, with a market flooded with substandard or out-of-date drugs.      Full news...

  • May 7, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Truths from the Epicentre of US Bomb in Achin
    The Killid Group: The US dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on Achin, Nangarhar province, to target what the military described as a “tunnel complex” used by the ISIS’s Afghanistan affiliate. A Killid investigation reveals other truths. Colloquially called the “mother of all bombs”, the GBU-43/B is meant for destroying underground targets with an explosive yield of more than 11 tonnes of TNT.      Full news...

  • May 3, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    1000 suicide attempts in one year in Afghan province
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Doctors in Herat Hospital say that they need a special healthcare center with special equipment to deal with patients who attempt suicide by taking toxic substances. Dr. Aziz ul Rahman Jami, head of the emergency department told BBC that in one year (1395) about 1000 people in Herat province attempted suicide by taking toxic substances. About 30 of these people died while the rest were saved.      Full news...

  • April 28, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Malnutrition Mounts in Afghan Province
    IWPR: Rising numbers of children in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar are suffering from malnutrition, according to local health officials, with more than 36,000 in need of assistance. Ahmadullah Faizi, head of public nutrition at Kandahar’s department of public health, told IWPR that their most recent figures, from December 2016, showed that 20,157 children were suffering from moderate malnutrition.      Full news...

  • April 24, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.N. Finds Torture Widespread in Afghanistan
    Reuters: Torture and mistreatment of detainees by Afghan security forces is as widespread as ever, according to a U.N. report released on Monday, despite promises by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and new laws enacted by the government. At least 39 percent of the conflict-related detainees interviewed by U.N. investigators “gave credible and reliable accounts” of being tortured or experiencing other mistreatment at the hands of Afghan police, intelligence, or military personnel while in custody.      Full news...

  • April 20, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Women Seek Refuge in Safe Houses
    IWPR: The beatings began soon after Zahra, now 22, was married off to a 75-year old man in exchange for a large bride price. “My father was blinded by money and he gave me in marriage to this man,” she told IWPR. “Every time my husband was violent to me, his family members used to tell me, ‘Your husband has these rights over you, you should put up with it.’      Full news...

  • April 16, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    25 cases of suicide attempts in three days in Afghan province
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Officials in Herat Hospital have reported that 25 people have been admitted in the hospital for suicide attempts in the past three days. Aziz ul Rahman Jami, head of the emergency department said that 90% of these people were women and all the people were below thirty in age. According to him, one woman lost her life and three people are in critical condition.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    4 Children Killed, 7 injured in Kunduz Mortar Blast
    The Killid Group: Security officials in Kunduz reported that 11 children were killed or injured in a mortar explosion yesterday evening. Mahfozullah Akbari, spokesman for Spenghar 808 Zone, said that the incident happened in Chardara district in which four children were killed and seven others were injured.      Full news...

  • April 5, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Labour in Afghan Coal Mines
    IWPR: Shir Ahmad, 12, spends all day working in the pitch darkness of a coalmine in the Dara-e Suf district of northern Samangan province. His face black with dust, he said he spent his time loading a donkey with coal to then transport to the surface. The work was dangerous, Ahmad explained, continuing, “Once a big piece of coal fell on my head and I was in bed for ten days.”      Full news...

  • March 30, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man shoots wife dead in eastern Afghanistan
    Khaama Press (Translated by RAWA): Local officials in eastern Afghanistan say that a man has shot his wife dead in Nangarhar province.Acccording to these officials, this incident took place the previous day in Doorbabay district. A man named Rahtmatullah shot his wife multiple times and escaped. Local sources say the cause of the shooting was domestic issues.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Female Detainees Face Sexual Abuse
    IWPR: Zahra (not her real name) is in Kabul Badam-Bagh women’s prison, six years into a 15-year prison sentence - the maximum punishment for adultery under Afghan law. The mother-of four said that she had run away with another man after her husband beat and mistreated her. One night in her new home as she slept alongside her partner, police raided the house and took her to the police station wearing only her nightwear.      Full news...

  • March 24, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sopko Highlights Major Corruption Cases Among Commanders of Afghan Forces The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John F. Sopko, at an event in Duke University in the United States made shocking remarks on “corruption” among Afghan forces as he said the combination of corruption and poor leadership in the security forces in Afghanistan is the root cause for their “ineffectiveness”.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says civilian deaths in Afghanistan were “an accident”
    Stuff: Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has called the killing of civilians in an Afghanistan raid involving the New Zealand SAS “an accident”, and said soldiers had not committed a war crime. Authors Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson launched their book, Hit and Run, on Tuesday night, which alleges that elite New Zealand troops in Afghanistan were involved in a botched raid which killed six civilians, including a 3-year-old girl, in two isolated villages.      Full news...

  • March 22, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven-Year-Old Badakhshan Girl Raped Badakhshan residents have slammed local police for not having arrested the man who allegedly raped a seven-year-old Faizabad girl earlier this week. The incident reportedly took place on Monday when the suspect raped the child in her home. The man allegedly entered the girl’s house while she was home alone and then tied her up and raped her.      Full news...

  • March 21, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: Conditions in Afghanistan Deteriorating, Kids at Great Risk
    VOA: The United Nations reports humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan are deteriorating, with children at great risk of dying at an early age from lack of health care and proper nutrition. The United Nations reports 9.3 million people in Afghanistan will need humanitarian assistance this year. The world body has appealed for 550 million USD to support 5.6 million of the most vulnerable people.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Horror at Kabul’s military hospital
    BBC News: In the Afghan capital, Kabul, there’s still widespread shock and anger at the brutal militant attack last week on the city’s main military hospital. The authorities have acted swiftly, sacking the deputy interior minister and arresting 24 hospital and military officials, including an army general. But for many Kabul residents it feels too little, too late. A local man interviewed on the street this week by state TV spoke for many.      Full news...

  • March 12, 2017 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Challenges, year after year
    The Killid Group: There is nothing new here: Maternal mortality levels have shown little improvement. The majority of deliveries are at home in the absence of medical facilities. There are few female doctors and an acute shortage of mid-wives. Among the provinces with the worst records is Uruzgan. Hamid Agha, a resident of its Charchino district, says 10 women have died in child birth over a few months. “Clinics don’t exist in most districts in our province,” he says. “If there are they are just in name; no female doctor is appointed. In an emergency we take the patient, even a woman in labour, to Tirinkoot (provincial capital).”      Full news...

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