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  • 22 ISIS and Taliban militants killed, wounded in Nangarhar operations22 ISIS and Taliban militants killed, wounded in Nangarhar operations

    At least twenty militants of the Taliban group and loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed or wounded during the operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The 201st Silab Corps in the East said the militants were killed or wounded in three different districts in the past 24 hours. The Silab Corps officials said at least 13 ISIS militants and 3 Taliban insurgents were killed during the airstrikes in Khogyani and Achin districts. The officials further added that a local leader of the ISIS terrorists identified as Saqib was also among those killed. At least 4 ISIS militants were killed and 2 others were wounded during a clash with the security forces in Chaparhar district, the officials added. The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far. The Afghan national defense and security forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations to suppress the insurgency activities of the militant groups. The US forces based in Afghanistan also conduct airstrikes on militants hideouts as the terror groups attempt to expand their insurgency.

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  • US troops in Japan banned from alcohol after marine kills man in drunken collisionUS troops in Japan banned from alcohol after marine kills man in drunken collision

    The Telegraph / 22 min. ago
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    The Telegraph / 42 min. ago
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  • Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe 'has drafted resignation letter' in immunity deal, sources claim ahead of deadline Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe 'has drafted resignation letter' in immunity deal, sources claim ahead of deadline 

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  • Theresa May warned British public will 'go bananas' if she offers EU £40bn to settle Brexit divorce billTheresa May warned British public will 'go bananas' if she offers EU £40bn to settle Brexit divorce bill

    The Telegraph / 1 h. 8 min. ago
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  • Government signs new contracts for power transmission lines worth $75mGovernment signs new contracts for power transmission lines worth $75m

    The Afghan government signed new contract for the construction of power transmission lines worth around 75 million US Dollars. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the contracts were signed in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday. Da Breshna Sherkat, State Electricity Firm, signed the contracts with the KEC International private and KPTL firms. The power transmission lines will be built from Shebarghan to Alwan and Shebarghan to Andkhoi in the northern parts of the country. According to a statement by ARG Palace, the power transmission lines, once completed, will help in the transmission of 500kV and 220kV of electricity in the area. The statement further added that Shebarghan-Alwan 500kV transmission line will have a length of 308 kilometers and will incur a cost of around $60 million. The project is expected to kick off in the month of January next year and will be completed over a period of two and half years. The second project, Shebarghan-Andkhoi 220kV transmission line will have a length of 70 kilometers and its building work is expected to kick off in early 2018 and will be completed over a period of two years. The office of the President says the two projects will cost around 75 million US dollars and will be funded by the Asian Development Bank.

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    The Telegraph / 2 h. 39 min. ago
  • Watch: The Queen and Prince Philip's 70 years of marriage on cameraWatch: The Queen and Prince Philip's 70 years of marriage on camera

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  • Pictures of the Day: 20 November 2017Pictures of the Day: 20 November 2017

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  • Mass killer and cult leader Charles Manson dies aged 83Mass killer and cult leader Charles Manson dies aged 83

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  • MoI rejects discrimination in recruitment process of public order policeMoI rejects discrimination in recruitment process of public order police

    The Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan rejected the perceptions regarding the discrimination in recruitment of personnel in the ranks of the public order police forces. The ministry issued a statement to clarify the government’s stance regarding a controversial letter being circulated on media. Admitting the writing mistakes in the letter, the ministry said such perceptions are baseless that the ministry has adopted discriminatory approach while recruiting new personnel in public order police forces. The letter being shared on social media has stated that the new personnel for the new formations of the public order police forces should be recruited from the other ethnic groups, apart from the Afghan nationals belonging to the Tajik ethnic group. However, the ministry of interior says the main objective of the letter was that there is no need to further hire Afghan nationals belonging to Tajik ethnic group as considerable number of Tajiks are already serving with the public order police forces and therefore the other ethnic groups should be given the similar chance. The new document sparks fears of discrimination at a time when other major issues including the controversial census continues to remain a major issue on the way of the electronic national identity cards distribution, a move which is seen as critical for future transparent elections. This comes as a similar document emerged online from the administrative office of the president in mid-September this year, sparking outrage among the people regarding the discriminatory approach by certain government officials.

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  • Robert Mugabe defies the generals to cling on to power in ZimbabweRobert Mugabe defies the generals to cling on to power in Zimbabwe

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  • Haqqani network likely on agenda during top US defense officials visit to PakistanHaqqani network likely on agenda during top US defense officials visit to Pakistan

    The US defense secretary and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the US military Gen. Joseph Dunford are expected to kick off their visit to Pakistan earlier next week and in December. According to the local media reports, Mattis is expected to arrive to Islamabad early next week while Gen. Dunford will likely arrive in the first week of the coming month. The two top US defense are expected to hold talks with the Pakistani officials aimed at attracting the cooperation of the country in the fight against terrorism and Taliban. The two key US defence officials are likely to ask Pakistan to eliminate the Haqqani Network which, they claim, still has hideouts in Fata and uses them for launching attacks into Afghanistan, according to Dawn News. The Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan where from they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan. This comes as the US congress last week passed a new amended bill regarding Pakistan and the notorious Haqqani network restricting the future military aid to Pakistan to actions against the terror network. Passed on Thursday evening, the bill includes $700 billion for the US defense needs for the year 2018 as well as $700 million on Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan. However, the US Congress has said half of the funds from the Coalition Support Fund amounting to $350 million will be withheld and will be released only when the US defense secretary certifies Pakistan’s steps against the Haqqani terrorist network.

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  • Afghan Senate passes the controversial census law amended by the governmentAfghan Senate passes the controversial census law amended by the government

    The Afghan Senate House, Upper House of the Parliament (Meshrano Jirga) on Sunday passed the amended version of the controversial census law. The Afghan government had forwarded the amended version of the law to the Lower House and Upper House of the parliament for their approval. However, the members of the Lower House of the Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) had earlier voted against the law and had subsequently rejected it. In reaction to Lower House decision, the Office of the President, ARG Palace, said last week that the Afghan government calls on the lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, to reconsider their decision and once again try to pass the law. A statement by ARG Palace said as the nation is aware that the census law was passed by the government after bringing necessary changes and modifications. The statement further added that the law has been prepared in line with the Islamic values and complies with the constitution of the country. The members of the Senate today discussed the amended version which includes the word Afghan as the nationality and Islam as the relgion. The government also called on the lawmakers to once again reconsider their decision and tries to pass the law, insisting that the government of national unity has done its best to respect and implement the articles of the constitution and is committed for the execution and implementation.

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  • Afghanistan looks to Canada for more training support - Politics ... - CBC.caAfghanistan looks to Canada for more training support - Politics ... - CBC.ca

    CBC.caAfghanistan looks to Canada for more training support - Politics ...CBC.caOne of the leading figures in Afghanistan's national government insists his war-torn country must be put back at the forefront of NATO's efforts to defeat terrorist ...and more »

    Google News / 7 h. 53 min. ago
  • Afghanistan crush Pakistan to win Asia Cup U-19 title - The News InternationalAfghanistan crush Pakistan to win Asia Cup U-19 title - The News International

    Geo News, PakistanAfghanistan crush Pakistan to win Asia Cup U-19 titleThe News InternationalKARACHI: The Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, turned out to be a graveyard for Pakistan Under-19s on Sunday when they were routed by Afghanistan Under-19s by 185 runs in the final of Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Asia Cup. The heroes of ...Afghanistan thrash Pakistan at U-19 Asia cup in MalaysiaGeo News, PakistanAfghanistan clinches Under-19 Asia CupInternational Cricket CouncilAfghanistan wins maiden Under-19 Asia CupDoordarshanThe Express Tribune -News18 -DAWN.comall 57 news articles »

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  • Angela Merkel's leadership in the balance as German coalition talks collapseAngela Merkel's leadership in the balance as German coalition talks collapse

    The Telegraph / 9 h. 9 min. ago
  • Afghanistan's Stabilization Can Ensure Maritime Security - The National Interest OnlineAfghanistan's Stabilization Can Ensure Maritime Security - The National Interest Online

    The National Interest OnlineAfghanistan's Stabilization Can Ensure Maritime SecurityThe National Interest OnlineIn absence of peace in Afghanistan to enable sustainable development that secures the future of its youthful population, poverty permeates the Afghan society. And this provides an enabling environment for such maritime security challenges as terrorism ...and more »

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  • Iowa attorney spends year serving in Afghanistan - SFGateIowa attorney spends year serving in Afghanistan - SFGate

    SFGateIowa attorney spends year serving in AfghanistanSFGateWith years of experience investigating difficult cases, Fairchild passed on his knowledge to Afghanistan's attorney general and leaders in units that prosecute terrorism, narcotics and corruption cases. He was there to observe and assist, not to try ...and more »

    Google News / 10 h. 31 min. ago
  • Afghan Youth Team Beats Pakistan to Win Asian Cricket ChampionshipAfghan Youth Team Beats Pakistan to Win Asian Cricket Championship

    VOA News: Afghanistan defeated Pakistan Sunday, winning their first under-19 cricket Asia Cup final in Kuala Lumpur, offering a rare opportunity for celebrations in a country desperate for a break from relentless rounds of deadly violence… The win demonstrated significant improvement in Afghan cricket, which spread in the war-torn country from refugee camps in neighboring Pakistan and has become one of Afghanistan’s most popular sports in recent years. The International Cricket Council in this year inducted Afghanistan as its 12th full member, recognizing the strides the Afghan national side has made in the game. Click here to read more (external link).

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  • Necessary steps taken to reach to a peace deal with Pakistan: GhaniNecessary steps taken to reach to a peace deal with Pakistan: Ghani

    The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Afghan government has taken necessary steps to reach to a peace deal with Pakistan. Speaking to local residents and elders of southern Zabul province, President Ghani rejected the perceptions that Afghanistan wants destruction of Pakistan. He said this is neither the notion of the Afghan government and nation nor will Afghanistan allow anyone to do bad with the country. President Ghani also added that such perceptions that the government’s strategies regarding peace efforts are not clear, are also baseless. This comes as President Ghani has long been insisting on peace with Pakistan first approach. In his message on the first day of Eid Al-Adha, President Ghani said the Afghan government is fully prepared for the peace talks and negotiations with Pakistan for peace is on the agenda of the government. He was apparently gesturing towards his previous remarks where he insisted that peace talks with Pakistan is important and should come first before holding talks with the anti-government armed militant groups. The Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for allowing the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network to use its soil for planning and coordinating attacks in Afghanistan, calling it as one of the major barriers in forcing the militant groups to participate in talks.

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  • China’s envoy for Afghanistan meets Pak army chief amid growing US pressuresChina’s envoy for Afghanistan meets Pak army chief amid growing US pressures

    The Special Envoy of China for Afghanistan Ambassador Deng Xijun has met with the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa amid growing pressures by Washington on Islamabad to act against the terror outfits having safe havens in the country. The Inter Services Public Relations, Pakistani military’s media wing, in a statement said “H.E Mr Deng Xijun, Special Envoy on Afghan Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) today.” The statement further added that matters of mutual interest including regional security issues with particular emphasis on Pak-Afghan border management and counter-terrorism efforts were discussed during the meeting. “Visiting dignitary appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions and Pakistan’s sacrifices in War against terrorism,” the statement added. The meeting between Ambassador Xijun and Gen. Bajwa was reportedly organized after the US CENTCOM commander Gen. Joseph Votel met with the Pakistani military leadership during his two-day visit to the country. Gen. Votel reportedly pressed the Pakistani officials to step up efforts to eradicate the safe havens of the terror groups from the country. The Afghan and US officials are saying that the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network are having safe havens in Pakistan from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

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  • Taliban attack checkpoints in Afghanistan, killing 6 police - Fox NewsTaliban attack checkpoints in Afghanistan, killing 6 police - Fox News

    RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyTaliban attack checkpoints in Afghanistan, killing 6 policeFox NewsElsewhere in Afghanistan, seven insurgents were killed and two others wounded when a bomb exploded prematurely in the northern Kunduz province. Mahbobullah Sayedi, a district chief, says the fighters died while trying to plant the bomb on a road used ...Raid On Taliban Prison Frees At Least 30 In AfghanistanRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertySpecial Forces Raid Taliban Prison in AfghanistanVoice of AmericaDozens of prisoners freed from Taliban jail in southern AfghanistanArab NewsRT -Daily Sabah -Xinhuaall 106 news articles »

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  • Taliban attack checkpoints in Afghanistan, killing 6 policeTaliban attack checkpoints in Afghanistan, killing 6 police

    An Afghan official says the Taliban attacked three checkpoints in the western Farah province, killing six police

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  • Afghan forces rescue over 30 people including children from Taliban prisonAfghan forces rescue over 30 people including children from Taliban prison

    The Afghan Special Forces have rescued more than 30 people including children from a Taliban-run prison in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. According to the Afghan military officials in the South, the prisoners were rescued during an operation in the early hours of Sunday morning. A spokesman for the 215th Maiwan Corps of the Army Abdul Qadir Bahadurzai confirmed that the raid was conducted in the vicinity of Nawzad disrict. He said at least four children under the age of 12 were also among those rescued durig the operation. The local officials are saying that the civilians were apparently abducted on charges of supporting the government or having relations with the security personnel. The Taliban militants in the meantime claim that the individuals rescued during the operation were arrested by the Taliban fighters on various criminal charges. Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities. This is not the first time the Afghan forces have rescued detainees from a Taliban-run prison in this province. The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel rescued at least eleven people from a Taliban prison in this province late in May this year.

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  • Villagers for Veterans salute quadruple amputee veteran of Afghanistan and Iraqi wars - Villages-NewsVillagers for Veterans salute quadruple amputee veteran of Afghanistan and Iraqi wars - Villages-News

    Villages-NewsVillagers for Veterans salute quadruple amputee veteran of Afghanistan and Iraqi warsVillages-NewsJohn Peck, then a 24-year-old Marine, had lost both arms and legs stemming from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, May 24, 2010. He then spent two years in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center undergoing 27 surgeries, months ...and more »

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  • US congress passes new bill regarding Pakistan and Haqqani networkUS congress passes new bill regarding Pakistan and Haqqani network

    The US congress has passed a new amended law regarding Pakistan and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network, it has been reported. According to the new bill passed by the Congress, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2018, Pakistan is obliged to work with the Afghan government and Washington for the elimination of the safe havens of the terror network in its soil. Passed on Thursday evening, the bill includes $700 billion for the US defense needs for the year 2018 as well as $700 million on Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan. However, the US Congress has said half of the funds from the Coalition Support Fund amounting to $350 million will be withheld and will be released only when the US defense secretary certifies Pakistan’s steps against the Haqqani terrorist network. This comes as the Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan where from they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan. The Haqqani terrorist network was found in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani and is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011. The network is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region and was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012 by the US Department of State.

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  • UN concerned by controversial US plan to revive Afghan militiasUN concerned by controversial US plan to revive Afghan militias

    Afghan strongmen have already begun vying for influence over militia program that diplomats fear will undermine Afghan government and lead to abuseAs the Afghan government struggles to stem the Taliban insurgency and shore up its dwindling security forces, the US military is turning to a controversial solution long known to stoke unrest and exploitation: local militias.International donors, including the UN, have warned against such plans and lobbied the Afghan president to reject the US proposal. They say the new militias resemble the Afghan Local Police, a force notorious for grave human rights abuses and destabilising villages by undermining the central government. Related: The war America can't win: how the Taliban are regaining control in Afghanistan Related: '150,000 Americans couldn’t beat us': Taliban fighters defiant in Afghanistan Continue reading...

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  • Afghanistan thrashes Pakistan in ACC U19 Youth Asia Cup FinalAfghanistan thrashes Pakistan in ACC U19 Youth Asia Cup Final

    The Afghanistan Under-19 national cricket team defeated Pakistan in the Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Youth Asia Cup final match. Played at Kuala Lumpur, the Pakistani U-19s won the toss and elected to field first, allowing the Afghan batsmen to start their batting innings. Afghanistan lost 7 wickets during the 50 over game to set a target of 249 runs for the Pakstani Under-19 national cricket team. The Afghan Under-19s started their batting innings in an aggressive way with Ikram Faizi remaining not out after scoring 107 runs while opener Rahman Gul scored 40 runs. Other batsmen Ibrahim Zadran scored 36 runs, Darwish Rasooli 18 runs, Nisar Wahdat 7 runs, Tariq Stanikzai 5 runs, Qais Ahmad 14 runs, Navid Obaid 2 runs, and Abdul Wasi remained not out after scoring 1 run. The Pakistani Under-19 batsmen could not chase the given target and were all out after scoring 63 runs. Mujib Zadran once again shined on the bowling side and managed to take four wickets on the bowling side to restrict the Pakistani Under-19 batsmen to 63 runs from 22.1 overs.

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  • ISIS militants suffer casualties during clashes with Kunar residentsISIS militants suffer casualties during clashes with Kunar residents

    Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group suffered casualties during clashes with the local residents in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. The 201st Silab Corps officials in the East said the clashes between ISIS militants and local residents broke out on Saturday in Suki district. The officials further added that the residents of Chambil village started armed clashes with the ISIS militants due to unknown reasons. According to Silab Corps officials, at least three ISIS militants were killed and two others were arrested alive during the clashes. The residents of the village did not suffer any casualties during the clashes, the officials said, adding that additional contingent of police and armed forces were deployed in the area to push back the ISIS militants. The anti-government armed militant groups including ISIS militants have not commented regarding the report so far. Kunar, located in eastern parts of Afghanistan, borders the tribal regions of Pakistan and is home to several terrorist groups. The Afghan Taliban insurgents as well as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot, ISIS Khorasan, operate in some of the restive districts of the province.

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  • Ghani warns regarding looming water crisis threatening Kabul cityGhani warns regarding looming water crisis threatening Kabul city

    President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani warned regarding the looming water crisis threatening capital Kabul and other key cities of the country. Speaking during the 4th round national urban conference in Kabul, President Ghani said the lack of a strategy to manage resources is one of the worst legacies left to the Afghan government. He said extensive research and studies have been done regarding the water resources and its management over the period of the past three years. President Ghani further added that the government has important plans on hand particularly for water resources management in Kabul. According to President Ghani, a major program incuding the construction of a water dam is due to kick off in the near future in a bid to respond to the looming water crisis threatening the capital. This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani earlier in August said more water dams will be built in western Herat and other provinces of Afghanistan as he unveiled the government’s new economic perspectives. Earlier, President Ghani had said the government is committed for the administration of the waters despite the objections as he called on the youths of the country to step up efforts to eradicate poverty, discrimination, and violence in the country.

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  • Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles as Taliban Threaten Families - New York TimesAfghan Army Recruitment Dwindles as Taliban Threaten Families - New York Times

    Scroll.inAfghan Army Recruitment Dwindles as Taliban Threaten FamiliesNew York TimesKUNDUZ, Afghanistan — Rahimullah served in the Afghan Army for two years, deployed to the bloody front lines of the southern province of Helmand. When he quit, it was not because of the combat: It was when the Taliban went after his family back home, ...Back in Afghanistan, Russia is now tacitly supporting its former enemy, the TalibanScroll.inAfghanistan hopes Pakistan will work to dismantle terror havens, says AbdullahPakistan Todayall 33 news articles »

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  • NDS foil Haqqani network’s coordinated attack plan in KabulNDS foil Haqqani network’s coordinated attack plan in Kabul

    The Afghan intelligence operatives have foiled a coordinated attack plan by the notorious Haqqani terrorist network in Kabul city. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the Afghan forces discovered a cache of mines, explosives, and weapons prepared by the terror network for the attack. The statement further added that the cache was discovered from the vicinity of the 7th police district of the city which included ten magnetic bombs, a suicide bombing vest, mobile phones, and weapons. The explosives and mines were destroyed on the spot, NDS said, adding that the Haqqani network was looking to use the explosives for coordinated attacks in the city. The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban and Haqqani network have not commented regarding the report so far. This comes as the anti-government armed militant groups have been attempting to carry out terrorist attacks in the key cities of the country, including capital Kabul amid mounting pressure on them in the battlefield. At least eighteen people were killed and several others were wounded after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Kabul city on Thursday afternoon. The incident took place near a hotel in Lab-e-Jar area of the city amid an ongoing gathering of the supporters of Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor.

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  • Dostum says suicide attack in Kabul was an attack on all coalition membersDostum says suicide attack in Kabul was an attack on all coalition members

    The first vice president General Abdul Rashid Dostum condemned Thursday’s suicide attack on supporters of Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor, calling it an attack on all members of the new coalition for salvation of Afghanistan. Dostum issued a statement in the aftermath of the suicide attack and said the incident that took place close to such an important gathering raises questions regarding the negligence of the security institutions. He said the government provides better security to certain gatherings and the security officials should provide answers to Thursday’s attack. Gen. Dostum further added that the attack near the hotel in Kabul took place amid an ongoing gathering in support of Ata Mohammad Noor, insisting that the attack was not only against his supporters but it was an attack on all members of the coalition for salvation of Afghanistan. The governor of Balkh and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor said Thursday’s attack was similar to the ones carried out by certain circles in the government in the past, including the attack on Salim Izadyar’s funeral. Noor said they do not expect the government will launch any investigation into the incident and nor they expect any outcome from such investigations. He promised that the new coalition and its political activities will be taken forward despite such attempts.

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  • Afghan Officials: Islamic State Fighters Finding Sanctuary in ... - Voice of AmericaAfghan Officials: Islamic State Fighters Finding Sanctuary in ... - Voice of America

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  • Defense bill leashes Afghanistan watchdog - PoliticoDefense bill leashes Afghanistan watchdog - Politico

    PoliticoDefense bill leashes Afghanistan watchdogPoliticoA provision tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed both houses of Congress this week, requires inspectors general overseeing a key U.S. fund for Afghanistan to adhere to strict government auditing and inspection standards for ...

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  • EU compound allegedly at centre of Kabul alcohol-smuggling ringEU compound allegedly at centre of Kabul alcohol-smuggling ring

    Exclusive: EU to investigate claims disused fridges and adapted gas canisters were used to sneak whisky out of Afghan compoundEU investigators are examining claims that the organisation’s compound in Kabul is at the centre of an alleged alcohol-smuggling ring in Afghanistan.Disused fridges and adapted gas canisters have been used to sneak bottles of alcohol brands such as Chivas Regal and Johnnie Walker out of the official EU-designated area, it is alleged. 2 red wine box 1 white wine Continue reading...

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  • Mali is surely a hero. But can a dog really be brave? | Julian BagginiMali is surely a hero. But can a dog really be brave? | Julian Baggini

    It may seem anthropomorphic to give a Belgian malinois the Dickin medal for fighting insurgents in Kabul. Perhaps philosophy has the answerIf ever a member of Her Majesty’s armed forces deserved a medal for bravery, it was surely the hero who dodged booby-traps and helped clear militants from a Kabul tower block, despite sustaining horrendous shrapnel injuries. This was a battle-hardened warrior who had already “shown his mettle and built a reputation among all the guys”, according to a brother in arms in the Special Boat Service. Related: Army dog wins ‘animal Victoria Cross’ for Taliban counterattack Human and animal bravery may not be as different as we think. Both are often kinds of instinctive impulses to help Continue reading...

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  • PHOTOS: Street art in Afghanistan targets corruption and hate - PBS NewsHourPHOTOS: Street art in Afghanistan targets corruption and hate - PBS NewsHour

    PBS NewsHourPHOTOS: Street art in Afghanistan targets corruption and hatePBS NewsHour“We wanted to give a voice to the people of Afghanistan who do not have much of a say in what is happening, but they are the most who are suffering — the young people,” she said. In a population of 34 million, about 63 percent are under the age of 25, ...

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  • The Military Working Dog, Mali, Friday Nov. 17, 2017, who was named as recipient of the Dickin Medal for animal bravery after Mali helped save the lives of troops in Afghanistan. The PDSA Dickin ...The Military Working Dog, Mali, Friday Nov. 17, 2017, who was named as recipient of the Dickin Medal for animal bravery after Mali helped save the lives of troops in Afghanistan. The PDSA Dickin ...

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  • PHOTO: Al Franken visiting soldiers in Baghram, Afghanistan during his 2006 USO tour.PHOTO: Al Franken visiting soldiers in Baghram, Afghanistan during his 2006 USO tour.

    PHOTO: Al Franken visiting soldiers in Baghram, Afghanistan during his 2006 USO tour.

    ABC News / 3 d. 17 h. 7 min. ago
  • Suicide bomber kills 14 at political meeting in AfghanistanSuicide bomber kills 14 at political meeting in Afghanistan

    A suicide bomber has killed 14 people at a political gathering in the Afghan capital in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group

    ABC News / 3 d. 19 h. 30 min. ago
  • An Afghan security officer tries to hold a child back from the site of deadly suicide bombing, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The Interior Ministry spokesman said the suicide bomber ...An Afghan security officer tries to hold a child back from the site of deadly suicide bombing, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The Interior Ministry spokesman said the suicide bomber ...

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    ABC News / 3 d. 21 h. 5 min. ago
  • Afghan Journalists take photographs at the site of a deadly suicide bombing, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. An Afghan official said the suicide bomber killed nine people at a ...Afghan Journalists take photographs at the site of a deadly suicide bombing, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. An Afghan official said the suicide bomber killed nine people at a ...

    Afghan Journalists take photographs at the site of a deadly suicide bombing, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. An Afghan official said the suicide bomber killed nine people at a political gathering in the capital, Kabul. The Interior Mi

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    ABC News / 3 d. 21 h. 6 min. ago
  • Afghanistan's booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at homeAfghanistan's booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at home

    With the country’s opium production rising by 87% on last year, a former US base in Helmand is now a drug abuse treatment centreFor a decade, the office of the British Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand was busy dispersing hundreds of millions of aid dollars across the province.Now, the base is barren; stripped of everything of value. Occasional moans reverberate down the corridors where gaunt-looking men sleep, belly-down, seeking respite from the sun beating through the windows. All of them are recovering drug addicts. Continue reading...

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  • NATO chief says they'll have enough forces in AfghanistanNATO chief says they'll have enough forces in Afghanistan

    NATO's chief says he is confident the alliance will have sufficient forces in 2018 to fulfill its training mission in Afghanistan after months of lobbying allies to increase troop contributions

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  • Update for Wednesday, November 15, 2017Update for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    The Kurdistan movement for independence appears to be over, at least for now, as the Kurdistan Regional Government issues a statement affirming the unity of Iraq.An earthquake centered near Halabja causes severe damage and hundreds of deaths in Iranian Kurdish region. The damage is relatively little in Iraqi Kurdistan, due to higher quality construction, but not insignificant. There are 10 known dead in Iraq and fears for the integrity of a dam on the Diyala river, as well as damaged and destroyed buildings. The death toll in Iran is, as usual, largely attributable to unreinforced masonry construction. (Halabja was the site of the notorious chemical attack by the Saddam Hussein regime in 1988.)Jan Egeland of the Norwegian refugee council warns that new humanitarian challenges loom in Iraq following the defeat of IS. Three million people remain displaced and the cleavages in Iraqi society are creating new refugees and the prospect of new conflicts. Meanwhile international attention may be fading in the face of enormous rebuilding needs.Two bombings in Baghdad kill 9 people. These occurrences remain common, and are now so routine as to receive little attention.A law proposed in parliament would allow girls as young as nine to be married. It is based on a school of Shia jurisprudence and would apply only to Shiite citizens. While the law is unlikely to pass, this is an indication that the secular nature of the Iraq regime is under challenge.Iraqi forces continue to take remaining IS territory near the Syrian border, apparently with little resistance.Analysis by John Jenkins finds that the failure of the Kurdish bid for independence has enhanced Iranian influence in the region.And indeed, Iran will already receive oil from the Kirkuk fields. 

    Today in Afghanistan / 4 d. 19 h. 1 min. ago more
  • FILE - In this March 31, 2017 file photo, a man walks in an opium field in Sorkhrud district of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. A joint survey by the Afghan government and the United Nation ...FILE - In this March 31, 2017 file photo, a man walks in an opium field in Sorkhrud district of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. A joint survey by the Afghan government and the United Nation ...

    FILE - In this March 31, 2017 file photo, a man walks in an opium field in Sorkhrud district of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. A joint survey by the Afghan government and the United Nation released Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, shows that the o

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  • Survey: Afghanistan opium production up by 87 percentSurvey: Afghanistan opium production up by 87 percent

    Afghan-UN survey shows opium production in Afghanistan up by 87 percent in 2017, compared to all of 2016

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  • Peaceful coexistence is better than punching above our weight | LettersPeaceful coexistence is better than punching above our weight | Letters

    The Blairite doctrine of intervention in other countries has punched its way through Afghanistan and Iraq leaving devastation and hundreds of thousands dead, writes Fawzi IbrahimJonathan Powell laments that Britain no longer “punches above its weight” (Brexit Britain has rendered itself irrelevant, Opinion, 13 November) with “punching” being the operative word in the literal sense. The foreign policy that Powell is nostalgic for, the one he was most intimately involved in – the disastrous Blairite doctrine of intervention in other countries even if our national interests are not at stake – has punched its way through Afghanistan and Iraq leaving nothing but devastation, with hundreds of thousands dead and even more wounded. The consequences of these wars and other interventions such those in Libya continue to haunt these regions. Implicit within the vote to leave the EU was that the UK will seek a different role for itself, for the old one has so clearly failed – a new role based on peaceful coexistence, non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations, respect for other nations, and trade with other countries based on mutual benefits.Fawzi IbrahimLondon Continue reading...

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  • A mountain wedding and Trump in the Philippines: Monday's best photosA mountain wedding and Trump in the Philippines: Monday's best photos

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including saffron production in Afghanistan and a cold snap in Europe Continue reading...

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  • Afghanistan: The Gateway Drug For Three AdministrationsAfghanistan: The Gateway Drug For Three Administrations

    Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com As you read “Into the Afghan Abyss (Again)” by historian Alfred McCoy, author most recently

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  • Into The Afghan Abyss (Again)Into The Afghan Abyss (Again)

    How a failed drug war will defeat Trump’s Afghan adventure.

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  • UN says at least 10 civilians died in Afghanistan airstrike, contradicting USUN says at least 10 civilians died in Afghanistan airstrike, contradicting US

    Pentagon insists no civilians died in bombing of Kunduz on SaturdayUN mission: ‘Credible reports that at least 10 civilians’ killed in airstrikeThe United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an airstrike in the northern city of Kunduz last week, despite a US military investigation that found no civilian deaths. In a series of messages on Twitter, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said interviews with multiple survivors, medics, elders and others gave it strong reason to believe that civilians were among the victims of Saturday’s attack. Related: US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Kunduz province, Afghans say Related: Prosecutor seeks to investigate Afghan war crimes allegations – and claims of US torture Continue reading...

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  • U.N. believes at least 10 civilians killed in Kunduz airstrikeU.N. believes at least 10 civilians killed in Kunduz airstrike

    1TV: The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least 10 civilians may have been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province last Saturday. This comes as U.S. military said that its investigation had found no evidence of civilian deaths in the airstrike which happened in Chardara, a district west of the provincial capital city.

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  • Kabul TV station defiantly resumes broadcasting moments after Isis attack endsKabul TV station defiantly resumes broadcasting moments after Isis attack ends

    One person was killed and two dozen wounded when gunmen stormed Shamshad TV in an attack claimed by Islamic StateA defiant Kabul TV station went back on the air moments after the end of an attack by gunmen who had stormed the broadcaster, killing at least one person and leaving two dozen wounded.The assault on Shamshad TV by militants disguised as policemen, which was claimed by Islamic State, highlights the risks facing journalists, who are increasingly targets in the war-torn country. Continue reading...

    The Guardian | The Guardian / 12 d. 21 h. 35 min. ago more
  • Gunmen Disguised As Police Storm TV Station In Afghan CapitalGunmen Disguised As Police Storm TV Station In Afghan Capital

    The militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

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  • Update for Monday, November 6, 2017Update for Monday, November 6, 2017

    U.S. soldier killed in a combat operation in Logar province, Afghanistan on Saturday is identified as 33-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Stephen B. Cribben. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado. The circumstances of the death have not been further described publicly.Reports of civilian casualties in a NATO operation in Kunduz. There are conflicting reports on the number of casualties.A district official in Faryab is assasinated.The acting governor of Jawzan says IS is making gains in the province after defeating a rival Taliban faction. (IS in Afghanistan is really a branding of a breakaway faction of the Taliban. That they have any operational link with the group in Syria and Iraq is doubtful, particularly now that IS in that region has been reduced to a remnant.)And indeed, the eradication of IS territorial control in Iraq continues with the rapid recapture of Quaim. IS still holds the town of Rawa and some remote desert outposts.There are reports that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was in Rawa and has now fled to Syria, purportedly in a yellow taxi. (I'm not sure how anybody would know this. -- C) Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani offers a deal to hand over border controls and oil revenues to Baghdad in exchange for 17% of  the federal budget.However, there are reports that the federal government is taking a harsher attitude, and may want to reduce or eliminate the prerogatives of the KRG.Suicide bombers attack a Shiite mosque in Kirkuk, killing at least five.

    Today in Afghanistan / 13 d. 18 h. 42 min. ago more
  • The Afghan diaspora – in picturesThe Afghan diaspora – in pictures

    For the past four years, Dutch photographer Joël van Houdt has been documenting the journeys of Afghan refugees around the world. In Afghanistan, there is a dearth of information about the reality of the refugee experience. Van Houdt moved to Kabul in 2010 and witnessed the soaring optimism created by the US surge in which money and human resources were pumped into the beleaguered state. By the time he left in 2015, the optimism had turned to utter hopelessness. The question his Afghan friends most routinely asked him was how to leave the country. These photographs are from an exhibition simultaneously displayed in the offices of the Guardian in London and on blast walls in the centre of Kabul Continue reading...

    The Guardian | The Guardian / 13 d. 22 h. 47 min. ago more
  • Sima Wali obituarySima Wali obituary

    Afghan women’s rights campaigner and vociferous opponent of Taliban ideologyNearly 40 years of war and insecurity have taken their toll on Afghan women, and access to education, health services and the rule of law remain severely limited. Sima Wali, who has died aged 66 from multiple system atrophy, a rare neurological disease, was a persistent voice in her countrywomen’s battle for better rights.As president of Refugee Women in Development, a nonprofit organisation that she established in the US in 1981 after fleeing Afghanistan for fear of communist persecution, Wali raised international awareness of the plight of Afghan women, and raised millions of dollars in funding for women-led Afghan organisations, in her own “jihad for social justice and peace”. Continue reading...

    The Guardian | The Guardian / 14 d. 19 h. 46 min. ago more
  • The pop-up crafts shop helping war-torn communitiesThe pop-up crafts shop helping war-torn communities

    A small shop selling work from Afghanistan and elsewhere is helping people from conflict zones make a livingFrom a small corner window display on London’s Baker Street, Edmund le Brun and Flore de Taisne are trying to help the victims of war. Their pop-up shop, Ishkar, which is also online, sells crafts from conflict zones. Among the items on display are gorgeous hand-blown glasses in green, lapis lazuli blue and turquoise, intricate kilim rugs, fine-woven camel hair shawls, earrings and necklaces and knives.Afghanistan has been at war for the past 40 years, so there are zero tourists, and no local marketThese places have incredible traditions of making, but their stories are not heard in the west Continue reading...

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  • US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Kunduz province, Afghans sayUS airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Kunduz province, Afghans say

    Estimates of fatalities from ‘ongoing’ operation varyUS soldier dies of wounds sustained in Logar provinceUS airstrikes have killed scores of civilians in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, according to officials and residents in the area, a fierce battleground that has been hit by several errant US airstrikes in recent years.A US soldier was killed on Saturday after sustaining injuries on an operation in Logar in the eastern part of the country, the US military said. Related: Prosecutor seeks to investigate Afghan war crimes allegations – and claims of US torture Continue reading...

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  • US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Kunduz province, Afghans say (PHOTOS)US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Kunduz province, Afghans say (PHOTOS)

    The Guardian: US airstrikes have killed scores of civilians in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, according to officials and residents in the area, a fierce battleground that has been hit by several errant US airstrikes in recent years. A US soldier was killed on Saturday after sustaining injuries on an operation in Logar in the eastern part of the country, the US military said.

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  • Prosecutor seeks to investigate Afghan war crimes allegations – and claims of US tortureProsecutor seeks to investigate Afghan war crimes allegations – and claims of US torture

    If authorised ICC would investigate crimes allegedly committed by all sides including US forces, CIA, Taliban and Afghan militaryThe chief prosecutor of the international criminal court is seeking approval to investigate allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan, including possible torture by US forces and the CIA.If authorised, the investigation would also look at crimes allegedly committed by armed opposition groups, such as the Taliban, and Afghan government forces. Related: Inside the CIA’s black site torture room Continue reading...

    The Guardian | The Guardian / 16 d. 16 h. 2 min. ago more
  • Outrage at video of Afghan colonel sexually exploiting womanOutrage at video of Afghan colonel sexually exploiting woman

    Graphic video apparently shows official having sexual intercourse with a woman reported to have been pressured for sex after asking for a promotionA video of an Afghan government official appearing to sexually exploit a female employee has sent shockwaves through Afghanistan where sexual harassment is rampant but rarely discussed in public.The video, which went viral, is a daring accusation in a conservative society where victims of abuse are often stigmatised. Related: Afghan artist dons armour to counter men's street harassment Continue reading...

    The Guardian | The Guardian / 17 d. 15 h. 8 min. ago more
  • Update for Monday, October 30, 2017Update for Monday, October 30, 2017

    Editor's note: I have very consciously limited our scope to Iraq and Afghanistan, simply because I felt I needed to keep focus and conserve my resources. However, it has seemed arbitrary to exclude Syria, where U.S. troops are deployed and the same forces that contend in Iraq are also central to the conflict. Now friend of the site Chet urges us to pay more attention to the little-discussed deployment of U.S. troops to other conflict zones, notably Africa. The recent deaths of 4 soldiers in Niger marked the first many Americans even knew of the deployment there -- including members of congress. Now we learn of an Army Green Beret who was found murdered in Mali "on a secret assignment," with suspicion falling on Navy SEALS. If we still want to claim that we live in a democracy, we need a public explanation of why these troops are in these places, and what they are doing there. And we need congress to take responsibility for decisions about war and peace, which the constitution gives them the sole power to do. Somehow we have forgotten that.In the wake of the failed independence bid, KRG president Barzani resigns. Protesters stormed the parliament building during the closed door meeting in which he made the announcement. Later, in a public statement, he vowed to continue the fight for independence and defended the independence referendum. He accused the United States of betrayal.The U.S. commends his decision to resign and also parliament's move to devolve presidential powers to other institutions. [I'm not entirely sure what the latter means but it may be an attempt to ameliorate the partition of Kurdish government between the KDP and the PUK. We'll see. -- C]Offices of the PUK and Goran party are looted and burned in Dohuk. [Goran is a "third way" party that has worked to end tribalist politics. -- C]Barah Saleh indeed hopes that we will see the end of tribalism in Kurdish politics, but fears Baghdad will not play a sufficiently constructive role. In light of these developments, Iran will re-open borders with Kurdistan.Negotiations for new federal arrangements between Baghad and Erbil are ongoing, currently between military representatives who are discussing territorial issues. Border control and aviation [and oil?] will be discussed  by the ministries of interior and finance.Soldier killed in the helicopter crash in Logar, Afghanistan Oct. 27 is identified as Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims of Juneau, Alaska. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

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  • Update for Sunday, October 29, 2017Update for Sunday, October 29, 2017

    A U.S. military service member is killed, 6 injured in a helicopter crash in Logar. NATO command says enemy action was not involve. Local sources say the helicopter hit a tree.Thirteen Afghan police are killed in attacks on checkpoints in Kunduz.Nine police and 12 Taliban killed in fighting in Ghazni.Deputy governor of Kunar province, Mohammad Nabi, in Pakistan for medical treatment, is allegedly abducted. He is reportedly an activist in Hezb-e-Islami, presumably the Khalis faction since the organization founded by Gulbuddin Hekmyatar is considered a terrorist organization, whereas the non-violent faction is a registered political party in Afghanistan.Fighting in Zabul kills 6 police and 8 militants.Taliban said to burn hundreds of houses in villages in Sar-e-Pul. The motive is not explained but presumably the locals have opposed them.U.S. state department officials say Taliban still have safe haven in Pakistan.

    Today in Afghanistan / 21 d. 21 h. 17 min. ago more
  • Afghan Premiere League Finale Brings Nation Under UmbrellaAfghan Premiere League Finale Brings Nation Under Umbrella

    Tolo News: The crowd that gathered on Friday night at Afghanistan’s Football Federation stadium to watch the final match of the Afghan Premier League (APL) was the first of its kind in over 30 years in Afghanistan.  Despite security threats, a crowd of 10,000 people gathered at the stadium to watch the final match between Shaheen Asmayee and De Maiwand Atalan.  People from different ethnic groups stood shoulder to shoulder to watch the match, and together tension was put aside and everyone cheered for their favorite team. Click here to read more (external link).  

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  • Update for Wednesday,  October 25, 2017Update for Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    This is being spun in various ways, but the Kurdish Regional Government offers to "freeze" the independence referendum, asks for cessation of military operations, and asks for talks with Baghdad.However, Baghdad and allied militias continue to move on additional territory.Iraqi casualties in clashes with Kurdish forces near Mosul. Iran re-opens its border with Kurdistan, apparently in response to the "freeze" announcement. PM Abadi is in Ankara for talks about the Kurdistan situation. Turkish president President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers to help rebuild a pipeline that runs near Mosul, that will allow Baghdad to export oil to Turkey while bypassing Kurdistan.Some 30,000 Kurds have been displaced from Tuz Kurmatu. International aid agencies say Kurdish properties in the city have been looted and burned. Displaced people are staying in the open or sheltering in mosques and schools.Kurdish sources accuse militias of looting government offices in Sinjar.Meanwhile, Iraq prepares for a final assault on IS holdouts near the Syrian border.KRG parliament delays elections for 8 months.

    Today in Afghanistan / 25 d. 16 h. 49 min. ago more
  • Will The U.S. Ever Win The War In Afghanistan?Will The U.S. Ever Win The War In Afghanistan?

    The American consciousness simply has no conception, not even a Trumpian illusion, of what “winning” looks like.

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  • Suicide bombers target Afghanistan mosques, killing at least 72 peopleSuicide bombers target Afghanistan mosques, killing at least 72 people

    Associated Press: Suicide bombers have struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 72 people. The deaths come at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation.

    RAWA News / 29 d. 20 h. 46 min. ago
  • Update for Friday, October 20, 2017Update for Friday, October 20, 2017

    Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange indirect fire as government moves to take the town of Altun Kupri, just outside the official boundary of the Kurdish autonomous region. There are no reported casualties, however Kurdish command claims to have destroyed 10 vehicles in this exchange, and blames the attack on a Shiite militia using weapons supplied by the U.S. There are conflicting reports over whether federal troops have captured the area, but the federal forces say they have.Ayatollah Sistani endorses the move to recapture disputed territory from the KRG, but calls for protection of the Kurdish population and national unity.Muqtada al-Sadr dispatches fighters to Kirkuk. The Sadrist military arm, now called Saraya al-Salaam, did not take part in the battle against IS.Al Jazeera reviews the Kurds sudden reversal of fortune, and the resulting rift between the KDP and PUK.

    Today in Afghanistan / 30 d. 19 h. 40 min. ago more
  • Afghanistan fourth-worst place in the world for girls’ education: reportAfghanistan fourth-worst place in the world for girls’ education: report

    Foreign Policy: Around 130 million girls don’t go to school every day. ONE, a global organization that fights extreme poverty, is trying to fix that by finding out where the problem is the worst. Their new report ranks the 10 worst nations in the world for girls to get an education. Nine of those are in Africa. The other? Afghanistan — a place where the United States has poured massive funds for education since overthrowing the Taliban there in 2001.

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  • Update for Thursday, October 19, 2017Update for Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Taliban attack an Afghan army base in Kandahar province, killing at least 43 of the 60 soldiers present. They used the same tactic used to attack the police HQ in Gardez two days ago, captured humvees used as truck bombs. They are said to have captured many of the vehicles during the occupation of Kunduz in 2015.U.S. Secretary of Defense Tillerson says U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan until the Taliban make a peace agreement.Meanwhile, in Iraq, the situation regarding Kirkuk continues to be volatile.Some 100,000 Kurds are said to have fled the region in fear of sectarian reprisals, according to the governor of Erbil.An Iraqi court issues an arrest warrant for Korsat Rasul, vice president of the KRG, for referring to the government troops and Shiite militias in Kirkuk as "occupiers." As Iraqi security forces do not operate within Kurdistan, it is unlikely they will attempt to execute the warrant, but it will prevent him from travelling.IS forces take advantage of the situation to attack towns south of Kirkuk.UN has received reports of reprisals against Kurds in Tuz Khurmatu by Shiite militias. They also have reports of attacks on Turkmen political offices in Kirkuk, although the perpetrators are not named.Turkish president reiterates threats to close the border with Kurdistan.

    Today in Afghanistan / 31 d. 19 h. 35 min. ago more
  • Taliban Storm Afghan Military Base, Killing At Least 43 TroopsTaliban Storm Afghan Military Base, Killing At Least 43 Troops

    Nine soldiers were wounded in the attack, and six others were reported missing.

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  • Over It Redux*Over It Redux*

    "And really deeply, truly, I am over the passivity of good men."

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  • Wave of Taliban suicide attacks on Afghan forces kills at least 74Wave of Taliban suicide attacks on Afghan forces kills at least 74

    Associated Press: At least 74 people have been killed in a wave of Taliban suicide attacks targeting police compounds and government facilities in the south, east and west of Afghanistan. Among those killed was a provincial police chief. Scores of people, including police officers and civilians, were also wounded. The deputy interior minister, Murad Ali Murad, said the attacks on Tuesday had been the biggest this year.

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  • 'Tell Me How This Ends?''Tell Me How This Ends?'

    David Petraeus finally answers his own question.

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  • HRW: Two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school.HRW: Two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school.

    Human Rights Watch: Afghan government and international donor efforts since 2001 to educate girls have significantly faltered in recent years, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Sixteen years after the US-led military intervention in Afghanistan ousted the Taliban, an estimated two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school.

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  • Update for Tuesday, October 17, 2017Update for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    Kurdish forces abandon Sinjar to Iraqi government and militia forces. Sinjar was inhabited by the Kurdish speaking Yazidi, and the Kurdish government had hoped to incorporate it into Kurdistan, although prior to the IS takeover it was not part of the Kurdish autonomous region. Apparently there is a Yazidi militia allied with Baghdad which took part in the takeover.Iraqi government forces also make further advances in the Kirkuk region, seizing the remaining oil fields and thereby reducing the KRG's oil resources by half.There are various tales being spun about these events but Pepe Escobar has what I consider to be the straight dope. Although former U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad is accusing Iran of being behind what he portrays as an assault on the Kurds, in fact the KRG knows it cannot afford this fight. It must export its oil through Turkey, and in any case doesn't have the military capacity to resist. Furthermore it is the PUK (Talibani faction) that controlled Kirkuk, and the independence referendum was really KDP (Barzani) project. Escobar maintains that Iran brokered a deal with the PUK that had them get out of the way, perhaps in exchange for favorable treatment from Baghdad. Barzani had to accept it as well.This probably signals the end of prospects for Kurdish independence, although one can imagine an ultimate deal that brings greater autonomy within a federal Iraq. We shall see.In Afghanistan, a series of attacks by Taliban on police in Paktia and Ghazni has killed at least 71 people. The largest attack, in Gardez, on a police training center, killed 33 including the police chief. Five attackers are also said to be killed. As more than 100 were wounded, the death toll is likely to rise. Information about these incidents is just emerging, more later.

    Today in Afghanistan / 33 d. 20 h. 8 min. ago more
  • Freed Taliban Prisoner Thought Trump Presidency Couldn't Be RealFreed Taliban Prisoner Thought Trump Presidency Couldn't Be Real

    "It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious," Joshua Boyle recalled of the moment a captor told him the news.

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  • Chelsea Bomber Ahmad Rahimi Found GuiltyChelsea Bomber Ahmad Rahimi Found Guilty

    Thirty people were wounded in the 2016 attack.

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  • Update for Monday, October 16, 2017Update for Monday, October 16, 2017

    Iraqi forces seize territory near Kirkuk including an oil field and a military base. Although PM Abadi order troops to avoid violence, there have been clashes with Kurdish forces. The extent of any violence is so far unclear.Shiite militias take the town of Tuz Khurmatu as PUK forces evacuate. There are reports of looting by the militia. Despite abandonment by the PUK, local volunteers are said to be organizing resistance.PM Abadi has appointed an Arab governor of Kirkuk province, replacing Najmiddin Karim who was officially ousted for supporting the Kurdistan independence referendum.Despite lack of resistance so far, Kurdish military leader Karim Sinjari tells the U.S.-led coalition that Kurdish forces will defend Kirkuk.Stratfor covers some of the relevant history. When the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of the IS onslaught in 2014, Kurdish forces moved into Kirkuk. Although the area has long been disputed between Arabs and Kurds, it was not part of the autonomous Kurdish region prior to that time.Al Jazeera reports that civilians are fleeing Kirkuk, also that peshmerga forces are setting up positions near the airport, and that a Kurdish commander claims to have destroyed armored vehicles belonging to Shiite militias south of the city. Najmiddin Karim is reported to have called on civilians to take up arms in defense of the city, and a spokesman for KRG president Barzani has called for resistance.We will provide updates as warranted.Update: In spite of the bluster from Kurdish leaders, it appears they are abandoning the city of Kirkuk without resistance. Iraqi government forces have advanced into the city, seized the provincial government headquarters, and  taken down Kurdish flags, without apparent opposition.

    Today in Afghanistan / 34 d. 20 h. 33 min. ago more
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  • Rescued Canadian Says His Child Was Killed And His Wife Was Raped In AfghanistanRescued Canadian Says His Child Was Killed And His Wife Was Raped In Afghanistan

    Pakistani troops rescued the family this week, nearly five years after their abduction.

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  • Hostages Freed From Taliban CaptivityHostages Freed From Taliban Captivity

    A family has been released after being held by the Taliban in Pakistan for five years.

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  • Update for Friday, October 13, 2017Update for Friday, October 13, 2017

    Tensions are rising over the Kurdistan independence referendum and disputed territories.Kurdistan boosts peshmerga presence in Kirkuk region, fearing Iraqi military action, but they move back their front lines to avoid immediate confrontation.Turkey moves troops to the Kurdistan border including tanks.Baghdad denies rumors that it has already launched operations near Kirkuk, but peshmerga commanders refer to ominous troop movements by Iraqi forces.Al Jazeera has a backgrounder and comprehensive reporting on the situation.There are growing calls for Sunni Arab regional autonomy, although such a state would not be very viable.Here's a CBC story on the rescue of hostages Joshua Boyle and his U.S. wife Caitlan Coleman from the Haqqani network. The question is whether this represents a changed attitude by the Pakistanis toward the Afghan taliban, or is merely a one-time gesture to the U.S. (They had two children while in captivity, which would not have been my choice. -- C)Civilian casualties from U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan have been increasing, and may increase further as the U.S. steps up its action against the Taliban and loosens the rules of engagement.

    Today in Afghanistan / 37 d. 15 h. 55 min. ago more
  • The Boondoggle Of SuccessThe Boondoggle Of Success

    Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com I’m sure you’ve heard about the $65 million. Or was it $86 million? Or was it even more

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  • Trump's New Strategy In Afghanistan? Drop More BombsTrump's New Strategy In Afghanistan? Drop More Bombs

    In September, the U.S. Air Force dropped 751 bombs, an increase of nearly 50 percent from the August figure of 503.

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  • Female university student commits suicide in dormFemale university student commits suicide in dorm

    Rasad News (Translated by RAWA): A female student who lived in the Badakhshan university dorm, killed herself in the dorm. Nek Mohammad Nazari, the spokesperson for Badakhshan province’s governor, told Rasad News that the student was named Shukria and belonged to Shaghnan district of this province. According to Mr. Nazari, Shukria hung herself in the dorm around midnight the night before and her class fellows found her dead body this morning and informed the police.

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  • International Red Cross To 'Drastically' Cut Operations In Afghanistan After Deadly AttacksInternational Red Cross To 'Drastically' Cut Operations In Afghanistan After Deadly Attacks

    At least seven Red Cross workers have been killed in the past year, and another four were abducted.

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  • ‘Leave our country’: Protesters in Afghanistan gather to decry ‘US, NATO occupation’‘Leave our country’: Protesters in Afghanistan gather to decry ‘US, NATO occupation’

    RT: Protesters took to the streets of the Afghan capital, Kabul on Friday to demand an end to the “American occupation” as the country marks 16 years since the beginning of the US and NATO invasion. Hundreds took to the streets, according to RT’s Ruptly video news agency, shouting anti-American and anti-NATO slogans. Protesters carried banners in both English and local languages, reading “Yankees go home.”

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  • Update for Friday, October 6, 2017Update for Friday, October 6, 2017

    PM Abadi announces that Iraqi forces have retaken the city of Hawija. Some bad news for this is that it sets up a confrontation between Baghdad and Kurdistan over control of Kirkuk.The body of Iraqi Kurdish leader, founder of the PUK and former president of Iraq, arrives in Sulamaniyah following his death on Tuesday in Germany.PM Abadi calls for peshmerga to "remain an integral part of the Iraqi forces under the authority of the federal authorities", which is perhaps disingenuous as that is not really the case now. In any event he says he wants to avoid armed conflict.After losing internantional flights to the ban imposed by Baghdad, Erbil airport may not be able to remain open.Turkish president warns he will close the border with Kurdistan. He also threatens to shut down pipeline carrying KRG oil.

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  • Military blunders continue after MSF Kunduz bombingMilitary blunders continue after MSF Kunduz bombing

    Al Jazeera: Concerns are growing as military blunders have continued to kill innocent civilians in Afghanistan, two years after errant US air raids killed at least 42 people and razed an MSF hospital to the ground. On October 3, 2015, US raids bombarded the Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) hospital in the northern city of Kunduz.

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  • From the University of Arkansas From the University of Arkansas

    In regards to my previous blog post on Bahar Jalali's racist tweet, today, I received the following e-mail from the University of Arkansas saying that Bahar Jalali does not work in their institution. The University of Arkansas was contacted by a reader of your blog, http://www.afghanlord.org/2017/09/bahar-jalali-afghan-educator-or-racist.html regarding Bahar Jalali. There is no employee on our campus named Bahar Jalali, so to refer your readers to Dean Michael Miller isn't useful to your cause. If you could please correct this on your blog, I would be most appreciative.Thank you,Laura Jacobsassociate vice chancellorThe information is corrected in my previous blog post. I would like to ask the readers of this blog that please do not contact the university anymore. I am sorry that I misinformed you. Bahar Jalali has probably worked their before but not anymore. She may have forgotten to update her Linkedin profile, which says that she currently works there. 

    Afghan Lord / 48 d. 12 h. 44 min. ago more
  • Update for Monday, October 2, 2017Update for Monday, October 2, 2017

    One U.S. service member killed, one injured by IED attack in Iraq on Sunday. No further details have been released as yet.Iran has apparently deployed tanks and artillery to the border with Iraqi Kurdistan. While this is probably intended as a show of intimidation, it is only a small force and does not represent any actual imminent threat.Iraqi and Iranian forces also conduct joint exercises near the Kurdistan border.IS sets fire to oil wells near Hawija as Iraqi forces continue to seize ground in the area.PM Abadi says he will not hold talks with Kurdish leaders until the "cancel the result" of the referendum.While Iraq continues to close its airspace to international flights to and from Kurdistan, it will allow foreigners to leave via Baghdad.Among the people fleeing the Iraqi offensive in Hawija are military aged men. Although Kurdish fighters are not participating in the offensive, the refugees are going to Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk and Kurdish forces are responsible for screening them.In Afghanistan, Denmark will send 55 additional soldiers to Kabul following an attack on a Danish convoy last week. An Afghan helicopter mistakenly attacks Afghan troops in Helmand, killing nine.U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis accuses Russia and Iran of providing arms to the Taliban.

    Today in Afghanistan / 48 d. 14 h. 16 min. ago more
  • Bahar Jalali: An Educator or a Racist?Bahar Jalali: An Educator or a Racist?

    Bahar Jalali is a well-educated Afghan-American woman. According to her Linkedin profile, she has received her MA from the University of Chicago and studied her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at American University of Afghanistan for six years.I was hoping that those Afghans who grew up in the West have skipped the inherited hatred of the Hazaras, but it turns out that I have been wrong. Here it is an evidence from an American born Afghan woman:What makes Bahar Jalali, an American born Afghan to harbor such hatred towards the Hazaras who have been persecuted throughout the history? She says that the Hazaras should leave Afghanistan. That is exactly what the Taliban wanted almost two decades ago.In November 1998, when the Taliban force took over the city of Mazar-e Sharif for the second time, the Taliban/Pashtun governor of Balkh, Mullah Manan Niazi, announced that the Hazaras are infidels and killing them is not a sin. Niazi then gave Hazaras three options: convert to Sunni Islam, leave the country, or die.It is surprising to read such a racist tweet by an Afghan-American woman regarding the Hazaras who have been oppressed by her people for centuries. She must know better than anyone else what the Hazaras have been through. I can't help but to surmise that she has is a racist and she hates the Hazaras; the same people who have been working hard to rebuild the country. The sons and daughters of the same people whom she hates serve in army and police. In fact, when Jalili worked at American University of Afghanistan, the Hazaras have been protecting her from danger. The Hazaras were security guards at the compound where she held her classes.I might write another blog post on this, but for now what can be done about it? What would you do to help her learn that she must take responsibility for her actions?Remember she is an American citizen and she lives and works in the US.

    Afghan Lord / 50 d. 12 h. 11 min. ago more
  • U.S. is cold-blooded invader in Afghanistan: DwyerU.S. is cold-blooded invader in Afghanistan: Dwyer

    Shreveport Times: We’ve been at war in Afghanistan since 2001 and Iraq since 2003. We’ve been killing people in those countries longer than any wars in American history with no end in sight. None of the countries we’ve destroyed attacked us. The people and government of Afghanistan were not connected with 9-11. President George W. Bush actually backed the Taliban in May 2001 with 43 million USD. Therefore, every person we kill there is a war crime.

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  • Anger in Kabul after US air raid wounds civiliansAnger in Kabul after US air raid wounds civilians

    Al Jazeera: When the Taliban unleashed a barrage of rockets at Kabul’s airport on Wednesday, targeting the plane of visiting US Secretary of Defence James Mattis, streets in the area were devoid of life as residents remained indoors for several hours. A woman was killed, and 11 civilians were wounded in the Taliban attack, according to Afghan officials.

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  • 1 killed, 11 injured as several rockets land near Kabul airport1 killed, 11 injured as several rockets land near Kabul airport

    Associated Press: The Taliban fired several rockets at the Kabul international airport on Wednesday in an attack the insurgents claimed targeted the plane of visiting US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. An Afghan woman was killed and 11 other civilians were wounded in the barrage. Afghan special forces managed to repel the attackers, killing four in an ensuing gun battle.

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  • Update for Wednesday, September 27, 2017Update for Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    The Kurdistan independence referendum has engendered fierce push back in the region, but it may be mostly bluster.Iraq's civil aviation authority demanded that Erbil cede control of Kurdistan's airports to Iraq. The KRG refused and Baghdad has now officially closed Iraqi air space to traffic bound for Kurdistan. Lebanon, Egypt and Iran have suspended all air traffic to Kurdistan. However, this does not effectively ban travel to Kurdistan as passengers could go to Baghdad and then take a domestic flight.Turkey has threatened to close the border and to shut off oil exports through the pipeline through Turkey. However, Gonul Tol of the Middle East Institute doubts this would happen. The movement toward reconciliation between Ankara and Turkey was well advanced before the referendum became a major irritant, and it is not in Turkey's interest to come into direct conflict with the KRG. For one thing, the KRG could again provide sanctuary to the PKK, and encourage irredentism in Turkey. In fact the border remains open.The Iraqi parliament calls for the government to send troops to Kirkuk and seize the oil fields.In other news, Iraq carried out a mass execution of 42 men on Sunday, an action condemned by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who doubts they received due process. Iraq holds some 1,200 prisoners who have been condemned to death at the Nassiriya prison. Iraq has released no specific information about the individuals who were executed.

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  • Update for Monday, September 25, 2017Update for Monday, September 25, 2017

    While the Kurdish independence referendum will almost certainly pass, Kurdistan is in political dissaray, with control divided regionally between the KDP and PUK parties, and parliament largely dysfunctional. The referendum is a KDP project. Matthew Vickery explains the complicated situation for Al Jazeera.Turkish PM Erdogan appears to threaten the Kurdish Regional Government with military action.Iraq's parliament votes to send troops to Kirkuk, where territory is disputed between Erbil and Baghdad.Iran closes the border with Kurdistan and stops all air traffic between the countries.The referendum is not binding and will not immediately result in a declaration of independence. It will authorize the government to work toward independence. Baghdad will never agree to it, however, so the way ahead is unclear.

    Today in Afghanistan / 55 d. 19 h. 8 min. ago more
  • Afghan Children Free To Enroll In Iran SchoolsAfghan Children Free To Enroll In Iran Schools

    Tolo News: Iran leader said in a tweet that in future all Afghan children living in Iran can enroll in Iran’s schools, even the illegal immigrants. From now on no Afghan child should be deprived of an education in Iran, Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei said on his twitter page Saturday evening.  This is a major step forward for Afghan children in the country who were often deprived of an education. Click here to read more (external link).

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  • UN Mission: 80 civilians dying in terror attacks daily in AfghanistanUN Mission: 80 civilians dying in terror attacks daily in Afghanistan

    Fox News: It has been 16 years since the U.S. launched the War on Terror in Afghanistan, yet civilians still are bearing the brunt of the bloodshed. Mahmoud Saikal, the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, told Fox News that the war-embattled nation each day amid the insurgency is losing on average 70 to 80 civilians — only a small percent of whom are military.

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  • Widows Of Afghan Soldiers Forced To Perform ‘Sexual Favors’ To Receive Pension BenefitsWidows Of Afghan Soldiers Forced To Perform ‘Sexual Favors’ To Receive Pension Benefits

    The Daily Caller: Some widows of Afghan National Security Force members killed in action were forced to perform sexual favors for officials before they could obtain pension benefits, U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko said Thursday. He said that the U.S. is “trying to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people,” but “first need to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan Security Forces.”

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  • Kam Air Gets Local Go-Ahead To Fly To EuropeKam Air Gets Local Go-Ahead To Fly To Europe

    Tolo News: Kam Air on Monday announced it has been given the go-ahead by the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) to fly to Europe and will start flights as soon as the European Union lifts its ban on local airlines. Following a rigorous nine-month assessment process, the ACAA renewed Kam Air’s license and approved its application to fly to Europe. Click here to read more (external link).

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  • Stories of Eclipse from Around the WorldStories of Eclipse from Around the World

    Wouldn't be interesting if stories and reactions of people regarding the eclipse collected from around the world?That would a fascinating work because it would not only be entertaining but also enlightening and informative. People will learn about different culture and people's myths regarding the eclipse. It would also tell us about the world view of particular culture influenced by religions and traditions. I guess this would be an anthropological project for, perhaps, a Ph.D. candidate or anyone else who would be interested in folk culture and myths.If I do this project, I would start from my father. He used to tell us stories that earth is on a giant horn of an ox. But the weight on its long horn of the ox causes its neck to hurt or ache. And that is when the earth quake happens when the ox is changing the burden from one horn to another.When the eclipse happened, he blamed it on people's sin that evaporates like cloud in the air and rise up until it reaches the solar or moon and finally covers it. Maybe most of the stories would narrate in similar fashion, but I'm doubtful that a person in Africa or South America would think the same way that my father does. It would definitely be different and collecting stories of such myth is worth it.

    Afghan Lord / 85 d. 17 h. 12 min. ago more
  • Professor: Jesus Made the EclipseProfessor: Jesus Made the Eclipse

    This man believes that Eclipse is Jesus's work. He said, he's a professor.On Monday, August 21, more than 20,000 spectators gathered at Sanford Stadium on the University of Georgia campus for a "Blackout Eclipse Watch Party." (You can see some photos here.) When the eclipse was over and everyone was trying to make their way through throngs of people towards open areas, some encountered unexpected scenes. There were some individuals, like this person, who were preaching the gospel to the students. This person in the picture believed that Jesus made the eclipse. I approached him and made a tongue-in-cheek comment: "Hey, saying such thing that Jesus made the eclipse on a university campus is insulting to human intelligence," in which he answered: "Oh you are insulting me, sir!" He was obviously serious, but I was not. I left. Some students stopped by and took selfie while joking and laughing. This man reminded me of my father. Just a reminder for those of you who visit this blog for the first time and read this post, I was born in a far-flung village in central highlands of Afghanistan known Hazarajat. Every time there was a solar or lunar eclipse, my father used to tell us that it is the work of God. He used to ask us to read the Qur'an, (I used to joke with my brother that how terrifying verses of the Qur'an would be to stop God from what he likes to do) loud enough that can be heard across the planet. He himself used to weep while standing upright in front our house or sometimes on the roof for supplication. He was sad and made us sad, but we were sad because our dad was sad, not because of lunar eclipse. We had no idea what that was. Our sadness also had another element. When my father was sad, he would get irritable and difficult. We had avoid engaging with him in any sort of conversation. He would become unpredictable and that was not good. So, when the eclipse was happening, one could read from my father's face that the world was ending and we had to be careful not to contribute to it.Yes, I grew up with such myths, that God does such and such and if you do wrong you go to hell and if you do right, you go to heaven. My father is an illiterate peasant. He can't read and can't write. But when I encounter someone blaming the eclipse on human sin and says he's a professor, I feel hopeless and sad, not for the society, but for that individual person who still lives in the dark.

    Afghan Lord / 88 d. 7 h. 37 min. ago more
  • Trump's New Strategy, a New Hope for AfghansTrump's New Strategy, a New Hope for Afghans

    Tonight, President Trump, announced his long-awaited strategy on Afghanistan. He vowed to work with Afghan government, to increase the number of troops and most importantly, to pressure Pakistan into ending harboring terrorist networks in its land. Trump's new strategy will ignite hope across Afghanistan, especially among young Afghans.Factually, this speech was by far one of the most important of Trump's speeches both historically and geopolitically. It is true that Pakistan is the nest for all sort of terrorist networks. Surprisingly, these terrorist networks are controlled and administrated by the Pakistani intelligence service ISI and the army. We all know that the ISI was complicit in harboring Bin Laden for years and we also know that the 2008-Mumbai attacks were carried out by the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist network based in Pakistan. Trump has put his finger on the pulse of the problem in Afghanistan. That is that the Pakistan must end its support for the Taliban.Trump's words tonight will reverberate across Afghanistan, especially among the youth. The exodus of Afghan refugees to Europe since 2014 was as a result of U.S. troops drawdown by the Obama administration. It was a mistake. Obama's speech in 2014 on troops drawdown like a bolt of thunder among Afghan people, especially the young ones. It left them weakened and terrified because in the absence of U.S. presence, the Taliban can run over the capital overnight. Currently, Afghan security forces are so ill-equipped and inadequately trained to take over the country's security.However, Trump did not specify how many troops he will send to Afghanistan. Nevertheless, whatever number it would, it will boast the morale of Afghan government, its security forces and most importantly it will diminish the fear of living under stress and threats from the Taliban among Afghan people.Finally, this new strategy will also ease the anxiety of U.S. ally, especially some of European countries that are being inundated with Afghan refugees. Trump's speech tonight was a promise that the U.S. will not leave Afghan people alone. Any troop surge on Afghanistan will enhance security and Afghans would be reluctant taking long and perilous journey to Europe. 

    Afghan Lord / 89 d. 6 h. 53 min. ago more
  • Solar Eclipse in Athens, GASolar Eclipse in Athens, GA

    In a few minutes, we will have a complete solar eclipse in Georgia. A a few minutes ago, I was sitting outside the Journalism Department preparing for my tomorrow's class. A little girl who was playing at the lawn came to me and asked me if I need eclipse glasses. I said yes and thanked her. She was jolly and sprang back to her mom across the lawn. A minuter later she returned with a pair of eclipse glasses.This reminded me of my childhood in far the far-flung of the central highlands of Afghanistan. I remember we had a few solar eclipse and moon eclipse in our village. It was different. We were told that our sin has blurred the sun or the moon. We felt guilty. So we had to go through various rituals of repentance and when the eclipse was over, we were relieved. We believed that our prayers helped the eclipse go away. I will write more on the eclipse in another post, but here is a photo of me prepared for the eclipse. I'm excited to watch the nature's beautiful event. I must stop this line here otherwise I miss the eclipse.There were more than 20,000 spectators at Sanford Stadium at UGAI hate to take selfie but well, this time I loved it @ Sanford Stadium at UGA

    Afghan Lord / 90 d. 15 h. 37 min. ago more