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  • March 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nato ‘covered up’ botched night raid in Afghanistan that killed five
    The Times: A night raid carried out by US and Afghan gunmen led to the deaths of two pregnant women, a teenage girl and two local officials in an atrocity which Nato then tried to cover up, survivors have told The Times. In a statement after the raid titled “Joint force operating in Gardez makes gruesome discovery”, Nato claimed that the force had found the women’s bodies “tied up, gagged and killed” in a room.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Kandahar hit by suicide bombers, 30 dead
    BBC News: At least 30 people have been killed and 46 wounded in four suicide bombings in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, hospital officials say. The first blast happened at about 2000 (1530 GMT). Officials said the biggest attack was aimed at the city's main prison. The Taliban said they carried out the bombings as a "message" to Nato.      Full news...

  • March 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police recruits abusing drugs, US report finds
    BBC News: Drug abuse is rife in the Afghan police force with up to four out of 10 recruits testing positive for illegal drugs in some areas, a US report says. The report for the US Congress said the illegal drugs trade "undermines virtually every aspect" of efforts to secure Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces 90% of the world's opium and the drugs trade is a key source of funding for the insurgency.      Full news...

  • March 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Kabul, hopelessness weighs on job hunters
    The Los Angeles Times: The men come at dawn, a ragged, anxious collection of faces peeking through scarves and hoping for work as they stand in a traffic circle beneath billboards advertising war heroes and washing machines. They are bricklayers, gardeners, hole diggers and carpenters. Sometimes they are tapped on the shoulder, most times they are not, so they hunch amid the cars and fruit stands, knowing that the higher the sun climbs the lower their chances of returning home with money in their pockets.      Full news...

  • March 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    One Month of the Obama Killing Machine in Afghanistan: Data and a Lesson for the UNAMA and its Groupies
    RAWA News:Let the numbers tell the story. The following presents a detailed summary and analysis of Afghan civilians killed directly - so-called impact deaths - by U.S/NATO forces in Afghanistan during a single month, February 2010. The Obama killing machine left 80-86 dead Afghan and Pashtun civilians. By contrast, the number in February 2009 was 50. The intent here is to set the record straight as regards Afghans killed by the U.S/NATO, and in so doing challenge the UNAMA to move beyond its “faith-based” counting.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Women’s rights trampled despite new law
    IRIN: As the world marks International Women’s Day, ambivalence, impunity, weak law enforcement and corruption continue to undermine women’s rights in Afghanistan, despite a July 2009 law banning violence against women, rights activists say. A recent case of the public beating of a woman for alleged elopement - also shown on private TV stations in Kabul - highlights the issue.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against women persists in Herat
    PAN: Despite efforts at improving their overall situation, women continue to be the target of violence in western Herat province, officials said on the International Women's Day. The Women Affairs Directorate said on Monday 633 cases of violence against females were reported in the province during the last solar year. Human rights officer at the directorate, Soraya Baleegh, told Pajhwok Afghan News the cases were linked to an increase in the number of drug addicts and growing poverty.      Full news...

  • March 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Army launches investigation: Corrupt Afghans stealing millions from aid funds
    The Independent: A major investigation has been launched into contracts awarded by coalition forces in Afghanistan that are worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The probe into construction and logistics contracts of the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) has been ordered by Major General Nick Carter, commander of Isaf forces in the south of the country.      Full news...

  • March 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Criminal past of man asked to run liberated Marjah
    Scotland on Sunday: THE man chosen as the fresh face of good governance in an Afghan town just seized from the Taliban has a violent criminal record in Germany. Records in Germany show Zahir served part of a prison sentence for stabbing his son in 1998, but Interpol say he is not on any watch list or wanted for any crime.      Full news...

  • March 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    No school for almost half of Afghan children
    DAWN: Almost half of school-age children in Afghanistan do not have access to education, President Hamid Karzai said Saturday as he inaugurated the new school year. “Five million school-age children in our country do not go to school, some because of war or because their schools have been closed by the Taliban or others, some because they do not have the ability to go to schools,” he said.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘Afghan women lawmakers hamstrung by warlords’
    AFP: Afghan women may hold a quarter of the seats in their country's parliament but many are mere mouthpieces for warlords, who continue to set the legislative agenda, an Afghan women's rights activist said. "Today we have 68 women in the parliament, 25 percent... We have a group of women high in quantity, but low in quality," Voice of Women director Suraya Pakzad told a meeting in the US Congress to mark International Women's Day.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    British soldier jailed for refusing to fight in Afghanistan
    CNN: A British soldier who went absent without leave rather than return to fight in Afghanistan was jailed Friday for nine months by a military court, officials said. Glenton, who completed a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2006, became an outspoken critic of British military operations in the country during his absence, frequently appearing at anti-war rallies and on television.      Full news...

  • March 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan survivors describe NATO helicopter assault
    McClatchy Newspapers: The military helicopters swooped in from behind the three-vehicle convoy as it wound through a remote road in southern Afghanistan , and survivors of last week's deadly attack said they had no idea they were in danger until the lead four-wheel drive exploded. After seeing the gruesome aftermath of that rocket strike, survivors of the NATO attack told McClatchy , women jumped from the second car and frantically waved their head scarves to try to stop the attack.      Full news...

  • March 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Technology Spectacles: the Country that Produced MRE’s now gives Afghans Drones and GRR (Government-Ready-to-Rule) Kits
    RAWA News: Future U.S wars in the Third World will involve massive use of drones to police the territory, employ local satrap forces (like those of Karzai’s Afghan Army) and once the territory has been pacified sufficiently, the deployment of “Government Ready-to-Rule (GRR)” kits. ... it represents the quintessential American way of “solving” problems with technological short-cuts, a military effort begun in 1942 with the Allied fire-bombing of German cities. The current American war in Afghanistan is a harbinger of what is to come, America’s electronic, troop-less war.      Full news...

  • March 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Big rise in Afghan child migrants
    BBC News: United Nations aid agencies are increasingly concerned about the number of children from Afghanistan migrating across Europe alone. Latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency show that the number of Afghan children under 18 who applied for asylum in Europe last year rose by 64%, from 3,800 to more than 6,000.      Full news...

  • February 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Plight of Afghan Women in Prison
    This is a story about the women and children of Badam Bagh, the only women’s prison in Kabul. It is home to some 90 inmates, many of them mothers. Eighteen-year-old Krishma is one of them..... Fawzia, inmate: “It’s been two months since my arrest. I’m in here because after my husband had hit me, I got angry so I left my house and went to stay with my sister-in-law.” ... In another country, Fawzia and many of the women here would not even be in jail. They would be considered victims rather than perpetrators.      Full news...

  • February 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan worlords’ unwelcome return
    The Australian: Hekmatyar is being feted with offers that reportedly include ministries and governorships for his party, Hezb-e-Islami, in a future Afghan regime. The devils with whom Kabul and Washington must now deal are largely of America's own making, assisted by its long-time ally, Pakistan. During the US-backed jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan, Hekmatyar led one of seven mujaheddin parties that were lavishly bankrolled by the CIA.      Full news...

  • February 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul bombings and gun battles leave 17 dead
    AP: Suicide bombers mounted attacks in the heart of Kabul today, triggering a series of explosions and gun battles that killed at least 17 people, including Indian government officials. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying five suicide bombers conducted the early-morning attacks on two buildings in an area that is home to small residential hotels used by foreigners. An Italian diplomat was also among the victims, according to the Italian foreign minister, Franco Frattini.      Full news...

  • February 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Officials puzzle over millions of dollars leaving Afghanistan by plane for Dubai
    The Washington Post: A blizzard of bank notes is flying out of Afghanistan -- often in full view of customs officers at the Kabul airport -- as part of a cash exodus that is confounding U.S. officials and raising concerns about the money's origin. The cash, estimated to total well over $1 billion a year, flows mostly to the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai, where many wealthy Afghans now park their families and funds, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. So long as departing cash is declared at the airport here, its transfer is legal.      Full news...

  • February 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Diplomats angry at Karzai election move to take control of a key election watchdog
    AFP: Moves by the Afghan president to take control of a key election watchdog have dismayed diplomats and analysts who said today there is now even less chance that future polls will be free and fair. The president Hamid Karzai has changed a law to give himself control of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), a body that threw out more than half a million votes cast for him in last year’s fraud-tainted poll.      Full news...

  • February 24, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: 346 Afghan children killed in 2009, more than half by NATO
    DPA: The United Nations said Wednesday that 346 children were killed in Afghanistan last year, more than half of them by NATO forces, mostly in airstrikes. "In 2009, 346 children were killed," Radhika Coomaraswamy, the special representative of the UN secretary general for children and armed conflict, said in Kabul after a seven-day visit the country.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans call for Nato to leave after airstrike kills 27 civilians
    The Times: Relatives of 27 people killed when Nato aircraft bombed a civilian convoy in southern Afghanistan have demanded that foreign forces leave the country. Afghan officials said that at least four women and a child were among the dead. Twelve other civilians were wounded when three minibuses were attacked on Sunday in a remote part of Uruzgan province. The local governor and the Interior Minister said that all of the victims were civilians.      Full news...

  • February 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Bank’s Sherkhan Farnood feeds crony capitalism in Afghanistan
    The Washington Post: Afghanistan’s biggest private bank -- founded by the Islamic nation’s only world-class poker player -- celebrated its fifth year in business last summer .... Less publicly, Kabul Bank's boss has been handing out far bigger prizes to his country’s U.S.-backed ruling elite: multimillion-dollar loans for the purchase of luxury villas in Dubai by members of President Hamid Karzai’s family, his government and his supporters.      Full news...

  • February 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Warlord’s Tune: Afghanistan’s war on children
    ABC News: Sexual slavery involving boys as young as 10 is being condoned and in many cases protected by authorities in northern Afghanistan. Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi has filmed police attending a party where a young boy is the "entertainment". The police shown on the video include one officer from the youth crime squad. Such parties are illegal under Afghanistan law and with good reason.      Full news...

  • February 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO Afghanistan airstrike kills 27 civilians
    Reuters: A NATO airstrike in Afghanistan mistakenly killed 27 civilians, the government said on Monday, hurting a campaign to win over the local population and defeat Taliban insurgents. The Afghan cabinet condemned the killings as "unjustifiable" after an aircraft fired on civilians, mistaking them for insurgents, in the south near the border of Uruzgan and Dai Kondi provinces.      Full news...

  • February 21, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan girl in comma after being stabbed
    PAN: Police found a married girl stabbed in the neck inside a ruined house in northwestern Ghor province late Saturday evening, officials said on Sunday. The 16-year-old, identified as Shakar, was shifted to a nearby health facility, where doctors say the girl is still in comma. Doctors at Ghor Civil Hospital said the teenager was in a critical condition after she was stabbed in the neck.      Full news...

  • February 20, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO air strike kills seven Afghan policemen in Kunduz
    The Telegraph: Seven Afghan policemen have been mistakenly killed in a Nato air strike in the north of the country. The government said an air strike had been ordered after a patrol including Nato and Afghan soldiers and police was attacked by the Taliban in the northern province of Kunduz. But the air strike instead killed seven of the policemen and injured two others.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two Afghan women are publicly flogged by local warlord in Ghor
    RAWA News: According to reports by Afghan media, ordered by a local warlord called Fazl Ahad, two Afghan women were publicly flogged in Ghor province in Western Afghanistan. Spokesman of Ghor’s Governor, Abdul Hai Khatibi said these women were forcibly married in Dolina district, but later they both ran away from their husbands' houses. Police in Heart arrested the two and returned them to their village and handed over to their husbands.      Full news...

  • February 17, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bodies of 12 civilians killed by NATO handed over to families
    PAN: The bodies of a dozen people killed in a NATO air strike in Marja district two days ago were handed over to their families. A Marja dweller, who visited the hospital to receive the bodies of his relatives, said he lost 10 members of his family in the strike. He added his parents and a young brother were among his other family members dead in the assault. "No one attacked foreign forces from our house and there were no fighters hiding in our house," he explained.      Full news...

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