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  • 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...

  • February 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO troops kill more civilians
    PAN: More civilians have been killed in a Taliban stronghold in southern Helmand province during a huge onslaught that NATO and Afghan officials say is aimed at protecting residents and bringing them prosperity.... villagers accused the international troops of killing at least 15 residents in the Washer district of Helmand alone -- the scene of an ongoing joint sweep involving 15,000 Afghan and foreign forces.      Full news...

  • February 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Team America Kills Five Kids in Marja
    Huffington Post: It will be argued that the government of the United States did not decide to kill these five children specifically, and that's absolutely true. The U.S. government did not decide to kill these particular children; it only decided to kill some Afghan civilians, chosen randomly from Marja's civilian population, when it decided to launch its military assault.      Full news...

  • February 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Marjah Offensive Marked by Confusion, Civilian Deaths
    firedoglake.com: ... even the reporters there, on the ground, directly interacting with and personally interviewing the military are getting contradictory reports of what’s going on. Chandrasekaran and Phillips, for example, both datelined their stories from Marjeh, and they couldn’t be more different: Chandrasekaran says it’s less than 4,000 troops encountering heavy and unexpected resistance, while Phillips says it’s almost 10,000 troops experiencing light and expected resistance.      Full news...

  • February 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO missiles kill 12 Afghan civilians in Helmand
    PAN: Despite assurances from NATO and Afghan officials to minimize the collateral damage during an ongoing offensive in southern Helmand province, a dozen civilians were killed on Sunday."Two rockets launched at insurgents firing upon Afghan and ISAF forces impacted approximately 300 meters off their intended target, killing 12 civilians in Nad Ali district," the International Security Assistance Force said.      Full news...

  • February 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Villagers accuse US Special Forces for killing five civilians
    Morning Star: An Afghan provincial official and villagers has accused US special forces on Friday of killing five civilians in a raid on a home near Gardez in Paktia province. Gardez provincial council member Shahyesta Jan Ahadi said: "On Thursday night, the Americans conducted an operation in a house and killed five innocent people, including three women. The people are so angry."      Full news...

  • February 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama’s secret prisons in Afghanistan endanger us all
    The Independent: Osama bin Laden's favourite son, Omar, recently abandoned his father's cave in favour of spending his time dancing and drooling in the nightclubs of Damascus. The tang of freedom almost always trumps Islamist fanaticism in the end: three million people abandoned the Puritan hell of Taliban Afghanistan for freer countries, while only a few thousand faith-addled fanatics ever travelled the other way. Osama's vision can't even inspire his own kids. But Omar bin Laden says his father is banking on one thing to shore up his flailing, failing cause – and we are giving it to him.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bodies found gagged, bound after Afghan ‘honor killing’
    CNN: Four people found dead in a southeastern Afghan compound appear to be victims of an honor killing, a senior U.S. military official said on Friday. The bodies were discovered during an operation by Afghan and NATO-led forces in Paktia province, a volatile region along the border of Pakistan. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the bodies of two men and two women were found      Full news...

  • February 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan quietly brings into force Taliban amnesty law
    The Guardian: Taliban fighters who have maimed and murdered but who lay down their weapons will be given immunity from prosecution according to a law that came into force without announcement in the weeks running up to last month's London conference on Afghanistan. The reconciliation and general amnesty law also gives immunity from prosecution to all of the country's warlords, the former factional leaders, many of whom are hated for the atrocities they committed during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s.      Full news...

  • February 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ending the War in Afghanistan
    CounterPunch: Perhaps, there was once a time when most westerners could pretend that the US-led onslaught against the Afghan people was a good thing. Perhaps they convinced themselves that because the government of that country had allowed Osama Bin Laden to live in the mountains there that there was reason enough to attack his neighbors and destroy what remained of their nation.      Full news...

  • February 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Most Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD did not get enough care, study shows
    HealthCanal.com: Between 2002 and 2008, fewer than 10 percent of U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who were newly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder received the recommended course of care for their condition at VA health facilities, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The U.S. and its Allies Have 700 Bases in Afghanistan
    Danger Room: That’s according to Colonel Wayne Shanks, a spokesman for the U.S. military effort there, and dogged researcher Nick Turse. About 400 belong to NATO and American forces; the rest are in the hands of the Afghan National Army. The number will almost certainly grow, as more NATO troops execute top commander General Stanley McChrystal’s dictum to live among the local population.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan avalanches kill 165, rescue underway
    AFP: Rescuers recovered the bodies of 165 people killed by a series of avalanches on a treacherous Afghan mountain pass in one of the country's worst such disasters, an official said on Wednesday. An AFP photographer on the scene said massive avalanches had pushed vehicles from the road into the deep valley below, with at least nine passenger cars and two large buses lying upside down on the valley floor.      Full news...

  • February 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Amnesty International Urges No Impunity for Afghan War Criminals
    Amnesty International: Amnesty International calls on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan Parliament to immediately suspend controversial legislation that will give immunity from prosecution for serious violations of human rights, including war crimes and crimes against humanity committed, in the past 30 years.      Full news...

  • February 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s outsourced war
    Le Monde diplomatique: A worrying two-thirds of the Pentagon’s personnel in Afghanistan are private military contractors, unaccountable to military law or ethics, swaggeringly overbearing, and not in any hurry to help improve the poor security situation that assures their firms’ current and future profits. The Central Intelligence Agency hired staff from a private military company called Blackwater in 2004 as part of a secret programme to track down and assassinate al-Qaida leaders, according to the New York Times of 19 August 2009.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan veterans on disability now 6,000
    The Hill Times: More than 6,000 Canadian Forces members and discharged veterans who are receiving physical or psychiatric disability benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada have either served in Afghanistan or have a disability that has been related to their service in Afghanistan, the department says. The majority of the soldiers receiving benefits are likely suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or war-related psychiatric conditions, according to global figures the department and the Canadian Forces provided The Hill Times.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A witness to horror
    The Sydney Morning Herald: Anyone who has witnessed the horror of a charred body and the putrid stench of burned flesh knows how these sights and smells are seared into your psyche. But to witness such horrific injury to the body of a young woman who has purposefully done this to herself - in a desperate attempt to die – is almost too much to bear. Sydney filmmaker Amin Palangi kept his head down and his eye behind the camera as he filmed shocking scenes of burned young women and girls beng treated in Afghan hospitals.      Full news...

  • February 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dirty Little Secrets, Duplicity in Afghanistan
    Veterans Today: Open today’s newspaper and get a map of the battle zones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You say they aren’t there? Open today’s newspaper and find out how many troops our enemies have, who their leaders are. Can’t find that either? Look in the paper to find out why we are fighting at all. Not there too? This isn’t half of it, we aren’t just being kept in the dark. It goes much further. Lets look at some things that just don’t add up.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police kill seven boys collecting firewood
    Reuters: Seven Afghan boys were shot dead on Saturday by police who mistook them for insurgents, a provincial police official said. The boys were collecting firewood when police opened fire on them in the border town of Spin Boldak, southern Kandahar province, Abdul Raziq, police commander for the town, said. The police had been detained and were being questioned, he said.      Full news...

  • February 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    For some kids in Kandahar city, labour is the only life they know
    The Canadian Press: There's a lot the sooty-faced boy doesn't know. His own name, for one thing. Or how much money he earns dishing out bowls of rice from his weathered metal stand. But he knows it's his job to feed his family. The boy leans an arm on the counter to chat with a visitor. If he had a dish rag tossed over one shoulder and a white T-shirt stretched over a beer gut, he'd look like a short-order cook at some Canadian greasy-spoon diner.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women For Sale in Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: In Shinwar, a district of Nangarhar province, there are two markets, one called Shadal and the other, Pikheh... these markets have one main commodity. And that commodity is women. In Nangarhar markets exist where women are sold. Cases have been reported where a woman was sold with her five children. Another woman was sold to five different people and returned back to the original man who sold her, then killed her.      Full news...

  • February 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans protest to Iran over border killings
    Reuters: Afghanistan protested on Tuesday against what it said was the killing of five of its nationals by Iranian border forces. Host to millions of Afghan refugees for decades, Iran is also a key transit route for Afghanistan's opium and heroin trade. The incident happened on Monday when a group of seven Afghans were trying to enter Iran, an Afghan foreign ministry official said, adding all were teenage males.      Full news...

  • February 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan drug trade fuels insurgency
    AFP: From the watchtower at an Afghan outpost, the Dutch soldiers can follow the growth of the pretty poppies that may one day pay for the weapons that kill them or their comrades. Taliban insurgents waging an increasingly deadly campaign against foreign troops make at least 100 million dollars a year from taxing Afghanistan's opium trade -- the world's biggest, US and Afghan officials say.      Full news...

  • February 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Karzai’s Brother Tied To Corrupt Afghan Land Deals
    NPR: In Afghanistan, the theft of public and private land is a growing form of corruption. President Hamid Karzai has vowed to tackle the vexing issue. But one obstacle to his vision is his own brother, who is allegedly at the center of land grabs in Kandahar province. In Afghanistan, the theft of public and private land is a growing form of corruption.... The spoils of corruption can be seen several times a week at Kabul's tiny airport: bags of money heading out of the country.      Full news...


  • February 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan ‘geological reserves worth a trillion dollars’
    AFP: Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, is sitting on mineral and petroleum reserves worth an estimated one trillion dollars, President Hamid Karzai said Sunday. "The initial figures we have obtained show that our mineral deposits are worth a thousand billion dollars -- not a thousand million dollars but a thousand billion," he said.      Full news...

  • January 31, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Malalai Joya talks about her hopes for her country, her heroes and the London conference
    New Statesman: Malalai Joya: "We Afghans know well that the US and its allies occupied Afghanistan for their own strategic, economic and regional interests and don't care about the wishes of our people. So the "liberation" of Afghan women was never part of the real agenda. It is just a lie. The so-called freedom given by the US to Afghanistan is enjoyed mainly by the warlords and drug lords, who are free to commit their crimes and do their drug trafficking."      Full news...

  • January 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Mullah Imam Arrested for Raping Two Women
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): The police say that they have arrested a Mullah Imam (a religious cleric who leads the prayers) in connection with the rape of two women in the Imam Sahib District of Kunduz Province. Police chief of Imam Sahib District, Abdul Qayum Ibrahimi stated the culprit’s name as Mullah Rahmatullah and told PAN that he was an Imam in the mosque of the Baika village and had been arrested two days back as he thought to be involved in the rape of two women.      Full news...



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