AN Afghan soldier has shot dead two soldiers serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, officials say, in the latest “insider attack” to target the coalition. Continue reading
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The public killing of a woman in Afghanistan is further proof that the authorities are still failing to tackle the shocking levels of gender-based violence in the country, Amnesty International said today. Continue reading
TALIBAN insurgents killed 13 local policemen while they were sleeping, in an attack on their checkpoint in southeast Afghanistan, officials said.
The policemen were shot dead early Friday in the Andar district of Ghazni province, said district governor Mohammad Qasim Desiwal.
A car bomb blast killed five Americans, including three U.S. soldiers and a young diplomat, on Saturday, while an American civilian died in a separate attack in the east. Continue reading
A NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 children, officials said Sunday, the latest case of civilian casualties which provoke great anger in the war-torn country. Continue reading
TALIBAN militants have stormed an Afghan court, killing at least 44 people in a bid to free insurgents standing trial, officials said, in the deadliest attack for more than a year. Continue reading
Two Australian special forces soldiers have been wounded by a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Continue reading
A large suicide bomb has exploded near the defence ministry in central Kabul during a visit to the Afghan capital by new US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Continue reading
Efforts like the one being led by Bill Gates and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have reduced the number of children paralyzed by the polio virus from 350,000 in 1998 to fewer than 225 cases in 2012. Continue reading
Australian soldiers have been accused of accidentally shooting dead two children during an operation against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. Continue reading
Three Australian Special Forces soldiers have been wounded during a firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan.
The soldiers were trying to disrupt insurgent networks during a Special Operations Task Group operation in Uruzgan when they came under fire last Saturday.
Taliban insurgents have launched a major attack against a NATO base at an Afghan airport with suicide car bombs, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and small arms fire…
There were no early reports of ISAF casualties but one Afghan security force member was reportedly killed and another was wounded, the spokesman said.
An Afghan security official said he had seen five dead men in Afghan army uniform, but it was unclear whether they were soldiers or Taliban attackers.
Two men have been arrested for slitting the throat of a 15-year-old Afghan girl after her family refused a marriage proposal, police say.
The girl was carrying water from a river to her village home in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday when she was murdered, police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said.
“The two men attacked her and slit her throat with a knife,” he said. “They were arrested and are in police custody.”
Mr Hussaini said one of the suspects had proposed marriage to the girl, but her family had rejected the offer.
Extreme violence against women and girls remains a major problem in the conservative Muslim nation more than a decade after US-led troops brought down the notoriously brutal Taliban Islamist regime.
According to figures by British charity Oxfam, 87 per cent of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.
Expecting outrage and horror from the Islamic authorities? Don’t hold your breath.
Two schoolchildren, including a nine-year-old girl, have been shot dead by militants in Afghanistan after their father refused to quit his job as a policeman, officials say.
Henna and her 16-year-old brother Zelgai were killed by two gunmen on motorcycles late on Saturday while in their father’s car in the Edgah area of Ghazni province, in the south of the country.
“They were playing inside my car, and the Taliban maybe thought it was me in the car. They opened fire at the car and killed my children,” the father, Zalmai, who uses just one name, said on Sunday.
He said the Taliban had warned him several times in the past that his family would be at risk if he did not leave his job.
To stamp a reference to a Bible verse on a rifle scope, or to view that as evidence of a religious crusade?
The code stamped into the metal of the soldier’s ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) ends with the model number with “JN8:12.” which refers to the New Testament passage, John 8:12, which reads: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Other rifle scopes among some 250,000 provided by Michigan-based manufacturer Trijicon were imprinted with codes that point to passages in Matthew, Mark, Luke, Corinthians and Revelation, ABC News reported when it broke the news in 2010.
…these scopes attach to M-4 assault rifles used by U.S. troops, allies and Afghan and Iraqi forces being trained by the U.S. military.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit group that aggressively pursues the separation of church and state in defense institutions, first flagged the issue in late 2009 after receiving scores of complaints from active duty military members.
“It’s constitutionally noxious,” said foundation president Mikey Weinstein. “It’s an embarrassment and makes us look exactly like the tenth incarnation of the crusades which launches 8 million new jihadist recruiting videos.”
“Our mission is to protect the population we’re serving and establish conditions for security, stability, and development, and we strive to do that while remaining sensitive to the cultural and religious norms of the populace we are supporting,” he said.
Hmmm… tough call.
A suicide bomber killed 14 people on Tuesday, including 10 foreigners, most of whom worked as flight crew members under contract with the United States government, officials said. The attack brought to at least 28 the number of deaths attributed to unrest sweeping the Muslim world as a result of a video parodying the Prophet Muhammad.
Two U.S. Marines were killed and other Americans were wounded on Friday during a Taliban attack on a base in southern Afghanistan where Britain’s Prince Harry is stationed, U.S. officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A spokesman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said Harry was on the base at the time of the attack but was unharmed.
“Prince Harry was never in any danger,” spokesman Martyn Crighton said…
Which I’m sure is a great comfort to the friends and families of the dead Marines.
Most [murders] are attributable to personal disputes, rooted in the coalition’s failure to better educate its forces on the complexities of Afghan life and culture. Feda Wakil, head of recruiting for the Afghan National Police, told The Washington Post: ”[NATO troops] are not arriving with enough knowledge … they are learning from Afghans overseas who do not fully understand our culture.”
Every day is filled with slights for the Afghans – imagined and real. …
Attempting to explain the Afghan psychology, Afghan officers talk of the ease with which perfectly normal behaviour by foreigners is read as an offence against the ”sanctity” of their life and culture….
As the Afghan commander explained to Newsweek, even the simplest comment by a foreigner could lead to explosive misunderstandings. One of his men was so distraught when an American revealed he did not believe in God, that ”he quit the army within days, and gave his salary to poor local people”
If you don’t want people to laugh at your beliefs, then don’t hold laughable beliefs.
TEN civilians and two police were killed and dozens more were wounded Saturday in a Taliban twin suicide attack targeting a US-run military base in central Afghanistan, officials said.
The first bombing was carried out by a militant on foot, followed by a huge blast from a truck bomb that destroyed much of a local bazaar near the military outpost in Wardak province’s Sayedabad district, police said.
“The number of wounded is so high that it can hardly be counted. Lots of people have been wounded and much of the Sayedabad bazaar has been destroyed,” Wardak police spokesman Abdul Wali said.
Three Australian soldiers have been killed and two injured in a rogue attack in Afghanistan by someone wearing an Afghan army uniform.
Defence Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon has confirmed that the soldiers died following an an attack on NATO-led troops at a base in southern Oruzgan province at 10.30 pm yesterday.
Fifteen men and two women were found beheaded in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Monday, punishment meted out by Taliban insurgents for a mixed-sex party with music and dancing, officials said.
The bodies were found in a house near the Musa Qala district, about 75 km (46 miles) north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, said district governor Nimatullah, who only goes by one name.
“The victims threw a late-night dance and music party when the Taliban attacked” on Sunday night, Nimatullah told Reuters.
I have a suggestion: why doesn’t the West withhold one three-hundred-and-sixtieth of its annual aid to Afghanistan (several billions) for every day on which one of these atrocities happens? If we can’t appeal to their love of reason, perhaps we can appeal to their love of money.
Afghan female artist and actress Sahar Parniyan has shifted her home from western Kabul city to an unknown location after she received death threats from unknown individuals.
Sahar Parniyan used to perform in Afghan drama serials and TV shows with Benafsha who was murdered by unknown men during the Eid days in capital Kabul.
She says she has been threatened by unknown individuals not to appear in TV channels before her colleague Benafsha was assassinated.
Four Australian soldiers have been wounded, one seriously, in Afghanistan, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) says.
The soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up in Oruzgan province during operations with the Afghan National Security Force, the ADF said in a statement.
The soldier who was seriously wounded was flown to Tarin Kowt then Kandahar, but is being transferred to a hospital in Germany for specialist treatment.
Three New Zealand soldiers serving with the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan have been killed after their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.
The incident happened in the northeast of Bamyan province about 9.20am on Sunday (local time), the New Zealand Defence Force said.
The last vehicle in a convoy was hit by a roadside bomb, northwest of Do Abe, on the road to Romero.
Islamist suicide bombers targeted markets crowded with Ramadan shoppers and a major provincial hospital in Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 38 people and wounding close to 100.
The bloodshed underscored a surge in fighting ahead of a withdrawal by most Western combat troops and handover to Afghan forces winding up in 2014. NATO-led forces have been struggling to eliminate Taliban insurgent bastions, especially in the east.
Suicide bombings in markets in the southwest province of Nimroz killed at least 28 people – 18 of them civilians and three policemen – and wounded over 70, police said, in the deadliest day of violence in the normally peaceful region since 2001.
Women and children and at least three members of the Afghan security forces were among the dead in Zaranj, the capital of the largely rural province, which lies on Afghanistan’s western border with Iran.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says the deaths of two New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan is a great tragedy for the country.
The pair, who were working in the Provincial Reconstruction Team, died after a battle in Bamiyan province, in which six other Kiwi soldiers were wounded.
“For New Zealand, a small country, losing seven of our men is an enormous price to pay.” — NZ Prime Minister John Key
‘Price’, of course, implies you’re getting something in return. Which is…?
Insurgents Wednesday executed seven Afghans near Kabul for working with Westerners, Afghan officials said, while four NATO troops and an interpreter were killed in bomb attacks.
The deaths come after NATO reported an escalation in insurgent attacks in recent months, amid growing unrest in areas neighbouring the capital.
The bodies of four men working for a Western security company were discovered in Jalrez district of Wardak province, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Kabul, Afghan army General Abdul Razaq Safi told AFP.
The men had been seized by Taliban insurgents while travelling to work from Kabul on Tuesday.
“Their hands were tied behind their backs and their chests riddled with bullets,” he said. “They were killed by the Taliban because they worked for a foreign security company.”
Separately, the Islamist militants killed three Afghans who worked for NATO in Logar province some 70 kilometres (40 miles) south of the capital Kabul, officials said.
Just explain again how this will bring peace and prosperity to the country..?
…you’re doing it wrong.
A GROUP of 20 police officers in the Australian-controlled province of Oruzgan have taken their guns and joined the Taliban insurgency in the province following a dispute…
Fraud Hayel, a spokesman for the Oruzgan police chief, Matiullah Khan, said the men deserted about 8.30pm on Tuesday.
”They were all from the Cha Chino district,” Mr Hayel said. ”The area where they are from is dominated by the Taliban and their relatives are in the Taliban and they provided the contacts for them in the Taliban.”
But on the positive side, ‘Fraud’ is a wonderful name for an Afghani peacekeeper.
A person wearing an Afghan national security force uniform has turned his weapon against civilian contractors with the US-led military coalition, killing three.
In other incidents over the weekend, five NATO service members were killed in roadside bombings.
NATO said the attack on the civilian coalition workers occurred in western Afghanistan on Sunday but disclosed few other details.
The gunman was killed during the incident, which is still being investigated. No further information about the civilians who died was released.
Afghan security forces or militants dressed in their uniforms have been killing a rising number of coalition forces, but they have not been specifically targeting contractors working for the coalition. So far this year, 26 foreign troops have been killed in this type of attacks.
…or at least, you know, write now and then.
…the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, derided by some as the mayor of Kabul because that is as far as his authority extends, appears desperate to bring the Taliban, who control large swathes of the countryside, where most Afghans live, to the negotiating table.
”All those Taliban and other militant bodies that are working against their own country now are welcome to participate in the life of the country and to benefit from the laws and the freedom that Afghanistan offers today, with the condition that they respect the Afghan constitution, that they continue with the rebuilding of Afghanistan and that they renounce violence,” he said in Tokyo…