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  • Taliban overrun base, capture and release 100 Afghan security personnel

    07/26/2015 2:55:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | July 26, 2015 | By Bill Roggio
    The Taliban overran a military base in the remote northern Afghan province of Badakhshan this weekend, capturing more than 100 police and tribal fighters before disarming and freeing them. Taliban fighters began their assault on the Qala base in the embattled district of Warduj beginning on July 24, according to the jihadist group and Afghan press reports. The base was overrun by July 25, but the Afghan government and the Taliban differ on the reasons why. Afghan officials claimed that a police commander known as Amanullah and his officers defected to the Taliban, TOLONews reported. “Amanullah head of the border...
  • Afghan engineer, who aided U.S. forces, killed and son injured when hit by car while bicycling

    07/13/2015 12:46:06 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/12/15 | Peter Hecht
    Father moved family to Sacramento amid security concerns in Afghanistan CHP: Driver, looking at text message, drifted into bike lane and struck dad and son ‘Charges are pending,’ spokeswoman says After risking his life working as an electrical engineer on U.S. military projects in northern Afghanistan, Mustafa Rafi believed he had found a safe haven for his family in Sacramento County. But less than two weeks after settling his family into a modest apartment, the 33-year-old was killed Sunday morning and his 8-year-old son suffered life-threatening injuries after a driver suspected of texting while at the wheel swerved into the...
  • Afghan refugee on 1984 National Geographic cover embroiled in ID row

    02/26/2015 12:31:14 PM PST · by fishtank · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-25-15 | Jon Boone
    In 1984 a photo of a green-eyed girl staring out of the front cover of National Geographic became an icon of the plight of Afghan refugees forced by war into Pakistani refugee camps. Three decades on and a new picture of Sharbat Gula, this time a cheap mugshot of a middle-aged woman, has come to symbolise the hostility many Pakistanis feel towards people they believe have outstayed their welcome.
  • U.S. Declassifies SomeInformation on Afghan Forces

    02/02/2015 10:27:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    nyt ^ | 2/2/15 | MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    Washington - The American military command in Afghanistan on Monday abruptly reversed its decision to classify details about the Afghan Army and police, information that it had said could pose a grave security risk if disclosed. The data, which includes figures like the number of Afghan soldiers and what it costs to feed them, had been readily available for the past six years. But last week word leaked that the information would be kept secret going forward, a move the American command insisted was needed to safeguard Afghan and American lives. Many in Kabul and Washington, including members of Congress,
  • Missing Afghan soldiers found at Canadian border near Niagara Falls

    09/22/2014 11:13:29 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-22-2014 | Fox News
    Published September 22, 2014 Three Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod military base Never autoplay videos DEVELOPING: Three Afghan National Army soldiers who vanished from a Cape Cod military base where they had been taking part in a training exercise have been found at the Canadian border near Niagara Falls, a senior Pentagon official told Fox News. The men were reported missing by the Massachusetts National Guard Saturday night at Joint Base Cape Cod. A statement identified the soldiers as Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, 48, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, 18, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar, 20.
  • Dunford urges Congress to approve Russian helicopter deal

    07/17/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | : July 17, 2014 | John Vandiver
    Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford urged to back off plans to cut funding ($550 million contract for Rosoboronexport, Russian supplier of the Mi-17), claiming it would have a “catastrophic” effect on Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations. By the end this year, U.S. will abandon its position in Afghanistan. Russian forces who will replace US are flight ready with the Mi-17, though many would prefer American class equipment.
  • Mexican Cartels Buying Afghan Heroin

    07/12/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT · by mgist · 26 replies
    Banderas News ^ | 7/12/14 | PVNN
    Mexican Cartels Buying Afghan Heroin PVNN More Sharing ServicesShareShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on googleShare on myspace Mexican cartels have established business alliances with gangs operating in places like Afganistán and Turkey, in order to obtain and smuggle drugs to supply Europe and North America, according to investigator Edgardo Buscaglia, a fellow at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Buscaglia confirmed that Mexican narcotraffickers operate like multinational emissaries "to establish contacts and place operatives that can deal with the Turkish and Indian criminal organizations in order to facilitate the production and sale of...
  • A Third of Afghan Heroin Goes to Russia

    06/16/2014 10:33:05 AM PDT · by mgist · 6 replies
    RIA novosti ^ | 2/14/14 | Na
    MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – About a third of heroin produced in Afghanistan enters Russia, a Kremlin official said Saturday. The drugs are either sold in Russia or pass through the country en route to other destinations including Europe, Zamir Kabulov, the presidential envoy to Afghanistan, told Ekho Moskvy radio. Kabulov complained that US troops stationed in the Central Asian country as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were not doing enough to battle the drug trade there, an accusation Russia has repeatedly made against the United States. “The Americans make excuses, saying that these tasks [of...
  • Release of Taliban Detainees Alarms Afghan Villagers

    06/05/2014 11:56:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5,2014 | Nathan Hodge
    SHEYKHAN, Afghanistan—Taliban forces led by Mohammed Fazl swept through this village on the Shomali plain north of Kabul in 1999 in a scorched-earth offensive that prompted some 300,000 people to flee for their lives.
  • FBI director: Afghanistan withdrawal to worsen heroin problem

    05/12/2014 3:22:26 PM PDT · by mgist · 16 replies
    TBO ^ | 5/5/14 | Howard Altman
    <p>The increasing flow of pure heroin into Tampa and other American communities will only get worse if the U.S. pulls all its troops out of Afghanistan at the end of the year, FBI Director James B. Comey said Monday afternoon at FBI headquarters in Tampa.</p>
  • Displaced Afghan women risk "cheap" marriages, isolation and depression

    05/10/2014 9:23:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Thomson Reuters ^ | 8 May 2014 | Katie Nguyen
    Violence against women is endemic in Afghanistan with cases of “honour” killings, rape, domestic violence and forced marriage well-documented and well-known. But women and girls who have been displaced from their homes during decades of conflict seem to be even worse off, according to the latest edition of Forced Migration Review, which looks at Afghanistan's displaced people and their prospects after foreign troops withdraw this year. Displaced Afghan women are especially vulnerable to exploitation and violence because of their often reduced circumstances, according to a piece by Camille Hennion, project director at the Kabul-based Samuel Hall research group. ... A...
  • Afghan “Torturer In Chief” gets asylum, living in Los Angeles

    05/01/2014 12:01:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/1/14 | Robert Spencer
    Gulalai, wearing sunglasses and standing next to Karzai in the photo, gets a pink two-story stucco ranch house in Los Angeles. Whole communities of Somali and Bosnian Muslims have been brought to the U.S. and plunked en masse in middle America. Where are the communities of Christians who are facing violent persecution in Syria, Egypt, Nigeria and elsewhere in the Muslim world being settled? Can they even get into the U.S. at all? “Mystery surrounds move of Afghan ‘torturer in chief’ to U.S. amid allegations of spy agency abuse,” by Greg Miller, Julie Tate and Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, April...
  • 74% of U.S. Afghan Casualties Came After Obama Ordered Troops Increased

    01/09/2014 3:47:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/9/14 | Ali Meyer
    ( - Seventy-four percent of the U.S. military personnel who have given their lives serving in the Afghan War died after Feb. 17, 2009, when President Barack Obama announced his first increase in the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan, according to’s database of U.S. casualties in the war. In the more than twelve years that have passed since U.S. troops first entered Afghanistan with the aim of removing al Qaeda from its sanctuary there, 2,162 U.S. service personnel have given their lives in and around Afghanistan in support of U.S. military activities in that country. 1,593 of...
  • Afghan risks US fury over 'Taliban' prisoner releases

    01/09/2014 8:48:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/9/14 | BBC
    Afghanistan will release scores of prisoners considered by the US to be a security threat because there is insufficient evidence against them, President Hamid Karzai's office says. A statement said there was not enough evidence against 72 out of 88 prisoners previously held by the US. Correspondents say that the move will further strain relations with the US. The two countries are at loggerheads over President Karzai's refusal to sign a security deal with Washington. The US is strongly opposed to the releases because it says the prisoners have been involved in the wounding or killing of US and Nato...
  • Another teenage girl gang raped in Baghlan

    12/13/2013 6:42:39 AM PST · by BCW · 7 replies
    Pajhwok Afghan News ^ | 13 DEC 2013 | Habibur Rahman Sherzai
    PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): A group of unidentified gunmen gang raped a teenage girl after kidnapping her from home in Doshi district of the northern Baghlan province, the victim’s father wishing not to be named said. Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, her father said unidentified gunmen stormed his home in Kelgi area of the district last night and abducted her 15-year old daughter who said the kidnapper freed her daughter next morning. Soon after the grievous incident, he approached the area security officials but they did not pay any heed to pursue the case. He then rushed to seek the cooperation of...
  • Afghan, Iranians found on Canada flight with fake tickets

    11/03/2013 7:06:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | 11/3/2013
    A Toronto-bound flight was stopped shortly before departure from Caracas when four Iranians and an Afghan were found aboard with fake tickets and no visas, Venezuelan officials said Saturday. The captain of Air Canada Flight 075 discovered there were five extra passengers aboard his flight as it was scheduled to depart late Friday, said Luis Graterol, the head of the Simon Bolivar Maiquetia International Airport. All those on board were forced to disembark and military officials identified the suspicious passengers, Graterol told the state-run Venezuelan News Agency. The Iranians and the Afghan "did not have a visa to enter Canada,...
  • John Kerry: Taliban Qatar office may close if Afghan peace talks fail

    06/23/2013 12:35:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    global post ^ | 6/23/13 | Daniel DeFraia
    US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Saturday that if peace talks with the Taliban don't get "back on track" the group's new office in Qatar could be closed. Negotiations with the militant group that had been set for Thursday in the Gulf were considered the best chance to bring all parties to the table, but the peace process stalled after Kabul voiced its opposition, saying it thought the Taliban office could be used as a government in exile. "We need to see if we can get back on track ... I don't know whether that's possible or not,"...
  • Greece: Afghan with swastikas throws woman over coastal wall

    05/29/2013 9:07:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    DG ^ | May 28, 2013 | Katerina Nikolas
    Police in Corfu have arrested an illegal Afghan immigrant after he robbed a 20-year-old student and callously threw her over an eight-meter coastal wall. Police were surprised to find the Afghan had tattoos of swastikas and other Nazi symbols on his body. Pantelis Haidos, the father of the young history student that was viciously attacked
  • A struggle of integration’: Deportation used to counter gangs within Toronto’s growing Afghan

    03/24/2013 6:24:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | 13/03/22 | Stewart Bell
    Afghan For Life and its more violent-sounding offshoot, Afghan Fighting Generation, emerged partly in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood, a hub of Canada’s fast-growing Afghan population. Police and immigration enforcement officers have now launched deportation proceedings against several alleged members, including Mr. Fatah, a 28-year-old Russian-speaking Afghan from Thorncliffe Park. Since 2002, more than 23,000 Afghans have become permanent residents of Canada. Gang members began tagging Afghan neighbourhoods with Afghan For Life (AFL or A4L) and Afghan Fighting Generation (AFG) symbols a decade ago. ... The crackdown on Afghan gangs is Canada’s latest attempt to use immigration laws to tackle street...
  • State Department to Spend $250,000 on Afghan YouTube Channel, Had No $$$ for Benghazi Security

    02/24/2013 11:06:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/24/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember the State Department had no money for Benghazi security because of the mean GOP. But it can always seem to find huge chunks of cash for really stupid things like this. This “Hope” nonsense smacks of an extension of Obama’s permanent campaign and it’s largely meant to fool Americans into thinking that matters in Afghanistan have improved so much that the departure is not a defeat. That makes this expensive propaganda boondoggle of dubious legality and obvious uselessness. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul plans to spend up to $250,000 in taxpayer money on the creation of a website that...
  • GAO: Defense Dept. Lowered Standards for Afghan Forces to Justify Withdrawal

    02/14/2013 1:32:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | William Bigelow
    During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, Barack Obama boasted that he and NATO are planning to leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014 and leave the security of the country to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). There’s one problem: the ANSF isn’t ready. The ANSF was supposed to meet determined standards of effectiveness before the U.S. would withdraw its forces, but now the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is admitting that those standards were lowered so that coalition forces could get out. The desired ranking for the ANSF was previously “independent,” which meant they could function alone. Those...
  • US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban

    12/09/2012 3:38:27 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-8-2012 | Agence France Presse
    US Special Forces Rescued A Kidnapped American Doctor From The Afghan Taliban Agence France PresseDecember 8, 2012 US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said. The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in "imminent danger of injury or death", NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. Joseph was abducted on December 5 by Taliban insurgents in the Surobi district of Kabul province. "Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the...
  • Explosions, shooting heard at U.S. base in Afghanistan

    12/01/2012 8:34:21 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 1, 2012 | (Reporting by Rafiq Shirzad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)
    (Reuters) - Two explosions and shooting were heard at a U.S. base in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. The Taliban said they carried out an attack on the compound and inflicted casualties. NATO officials were not immediately available for comment. Security forces surrounded the area. "We can confirm there have been multiple explosions in the vicinity of the Jalalabad airfield," the U.S.-led coalition said in a statemen. "Currently, ISAF officials are on the scene gathering facts, and as more information becomes available, we will release it as appropriate."
  • Facing Taliban threats, Afghan interpreters wait for U.S. visas

    10/26/2012 9:37:29 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24 | Kevin Sieff
    KABUL — Of the more than 5,700 Afghans who have applied for U.S. visas under a special program tailored for those who have supported the American war effort, just 32 have been approved. In 2009, the Afghan Allies Protection Act allocated 7,500 visas for Afghans employed by the U.S. government to thousands of men and women critical to the American mission, many of whom serve on the front lines with U.S. troops. Without a swift escape route, they will be high-priority targets for the Taliban... Until late 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul did not process a single visa under...
  • Sickening video shows Afghan Army turncoat receiving hero's welcome from Taliban after killing

    08/07/2012 7:54:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/7/12 | staff
    On May 11, First Lt Alejo Thompson, a father of two young children, was killed in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan that wounded two of his comrades. The Taliban says an Afghan Army soldier named Mamood turned on his American trainers and opened fire. Now the Taliban has released a sickening video that it claims to show Mamood being welcomed back to the insurgent encampment as a hero. Elders embrace him and adorn him with necklaces strung with flowers. They congratulate him on his deed as he smiles for the camera. 'I opened fire on three Americans who were sitting
  • Border Insecurity: Heavily-Armed Texas Gunboats Now Patrolling the Rio Grande

    07/11/2012 8:53:13 PM PDT · by montag813 · 34 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-12-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona The border is “safer than ever”. So says DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Again and again. Barack Obama has mocked those who say the border is unsafe: “Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied.” But for Texans, the Rio Grande is wide open - thanks to Federal failure to secure it  - and is a growing threat to the safety of citizens and law enforcement, on land and water. In January we chronicled how ranchers in the Rio Grande Valley were stocking up on AK-47s to defend their property and lives...
  • Tigers maul man to death in Copenhagen zoo

    07/11/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    AFP - ^ | 11 July 2012
    A man was mauled to death by three tigers after breaking into their enclosure at a zoo in Copenhagen, police and staff at the zoo said on Wednesday. The victim, a 20-year-old Afghan who was given Danish nationality last month, was found lying on the floor ... "He was attacked by the three tigers... Police said they do not know why the man broke into the enclosure
  • Afghan obvious photoshop

    04/19/2012 1:02:13 PM PDT · by Raebie · 22 replies
  • Taliban Strike Afghan Capital and Provinces

    04/15/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    The Taliban staged multiple and sustained attacks across Kabul and eastern Afghanistan on Sunday hitting the heavily secured diplomatic neighborhood of Kabul and the Parliament area as well as Afghan government installations in at least two provinces. A NATO spokesman confirmed multiple attacks had occurred across Kabul, potentially in as many as seven locations.
  • Large Scale Attack on Afghan Parlament

    04/15/2012 3:28:04 AM PDT · by An.American.Expatriate · 32 replies
    20 Minuten ^ | 15.04.2012 | self
    According to 20 Minuten (Swiss), there is a large scal attack underway against the Parlament buildings in Kabul. The Russian Embassy has reportedly taken rocket hits. Headline only .....
  • West to pay Afghan military $4 bn a year: Karzai

    03/22/2012 9:11:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | March 22, 2012 | Sardar Ahmad
    The West will subsidise Afghan security forces by more than $4 billion a year after US-led troops leave in 2014, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday, implicitly accepting a cut in the planned size of his military. Western officials told AFP that no final agreements had been reached on funding or on the size of Afghanistan's security forces after combat troops in NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force withdraw. But Karzai told a graduation ceremony at a military academy in Kabul: "It's set that post 2014, for the next 10 years until 2024, the international community, with the US in the...
  • Afghan Soldier Killed a U.S. Marine Last Month, But Pentagon Didn’t Reveal the Treachery

    03/16/2012 10:50:39 AM PDT · by mykroar · 20 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 16, 2012 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent Afghan treachery that marked at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks, Marine officials said. Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Miss., was shot in the back of the head on Feb. 1 while standing guard at an Afghan-U.S. base in the Marja district of Helmand province. The exact circumstances have not been disclosed, but the Dycus family has been notified...
  • APNewsBreak: New case of Afghan killing Marine (Happened last month)

    03/16/2012 5:58:59 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16 | Robert Burns
    Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Miss., was shot in the back of the head on Feb. 1 while standing guard at an Afghan-U.S. base in the Marja district of Helmand province
  • Karzai Calls for U.S. Troop Pullback

    03/15/2012 3:03:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2012 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
    KABUL—The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan suffered a double blow on Thursday, as President Hamid Karzai made a surprise demand that the U.S. and its allies pull their troops from villages into bases, and the Taliban said they suspended their negotiations with the U.S. Mr. Karzai's request, issued after a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Kabul, demands a virtual end to the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan more than a year ahead of schedule, derailing U.S. military campaign plans just as the annual fighting season begins. The Afghan president made the move amid widespread outcry over the shooting...
  • U.S. offers condolences as U.S. service member investigated for alleged killing of Afghan civilians

    03/11/2012 10:23:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    fox ^ | 3/11/12 | fox
    U.S. officials have briefed President Obama about an alleged shooting of civilians by a U.S. service member in Afghanistan as worries grow the incident could trigger more violence and fuel a push to abandon the war-worn country. "We are deeply concerned by the initial reports of this incident, and are monitoring the situation closely," White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday, after one service member was detained by his unit following an alleged shooting of as many as 16 Afghan civilians in two neighboring villages. According to a government representative for southern Afghanistan and a member of the...
  • UN: Civilian deaths in Afghan war up for 5th straight year

    02/04/2012 5:08:11 AM PST · by Makana · 3 replies
    Jeruselem Post ^ | 02/04/2012 08:45 | REUTERS
    KABUL - More than 3,000 civilians were killed in the war in Afghanistan in 2011, the fifth year in a row the number has risen, the United Nations said on Saturday in a report likely to revive tension between the Afghan government and its Western backers. Civilian deaths undermine support both in Afghanistan and the United States for the US-led war, and are one of the biggest causes of friction between President Hamid Karzai and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Bombs planted on roads, and increasingly deadly suicide attacks that targeted civilians, killed more people than any other...
  • Pakistan is helping Afghan Taliban, says Nato report (ISI in cahoots with Taliban)

    01/31/2012 8:36:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 2+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1/31/12 | BBC
    The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC. The leaked report, derived from thousands of interrogations, claims the Taliban remain defiant and have wide support among the Afghan people. It alleges that Pakistan knows the locations of senior Taliban leaders. A BBC correspondent says the report is painful reading for international forces and the Afghan government. Pakistan has strenuously denied any links with the Taliban on previous occasions. "We have long been concerned about ties between elements of the ISI and some extremist networks," said US...
  • Jury finds Afghan family guilty in 'honor' killings

    01/29/2012 12:56:19 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 29, 2012
    KINGSTON, Ontario – A jury on Sunday found an Afghan father, his wife and their son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor." The jury took 15 hours to find Mohammad Shafia, 58; his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in a case that shocked and riveted Canadians from coast to coast.
  • Gunman in Afghan Army Uniform Kills U.S. Soldier On Base

    01/09/2012 7:53:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    fox news ^ | 1//9/12 | ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan – A man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on a group of Americans at a base in the south of the country, killing a U.S. soldier and wounding another, an Afghan military spokesman said Monday. Spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the gunman was also killed in the shootout on Sunday. "Right now, an investigation is going on to determine whether he really was a soldier or someone using an army uniform. And if he was a soldier, what caused the shooting," Azimi said. Similar attacks have raised fears of increased Taliban infiltration of the Afghan...
  • Book: Petraeus almost quit over Afghan drawdown

    12/29/2011 8:42:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/30/11 | Kimberly Dozier
    WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama's decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider's look at Petraeus' 37-year Army career. Petraeus decided that resigning would be a "selfish, grandstanding move with huge political ramifications" and that now was "time to salute and carry on," according to a forthcoming biography. Author and Petraeus confidante Paula Broadwell had extensive access to the general in Afghanistan and Washington
  • Raped Afghan woman freed without condition of marrying attacker: Lawyer (Afghanistan)

    12/04/2011 12:18:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    New Kerala ^ | 12/03/11
    Raped Afghan woman freed without condition of marrying attacker: Lawyer Kabul, Dec 3 : An Afghan women who was raped by her husband's cousin and was jailed for adultery has been set free without being pressurized to marry her attacker, according to her lawyer. According to Kimberly Motley, Gulnaz's lawyer said that Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai office personally clarified that the women does not have to marry the man who attacked her honour in 2009. Kimberly said that 21-year-old Gulnaz would be released with no pre-conditions and would then be free to marry whomever she chooses. "She doesn't have plans...
  • The Battle of Broken Hill

    10/20/2011 6:05:16 PM PDT · by FritzG · 5 replies
    Smithsonian Mag ^ | 20 Oct 2011 | Mike Dash
    The Turkish flag flown, and rifles used, by Gool Mohammed and Mullah Abdullah during the Battle of Broken Hill, January 1, 1915.The war seemed a very long way away to the citizens of Broken Hill that January 1.It was the height of the southern summer, and the Australian silver-mining town baked in the outback desert heat, 720 miles from Sydney and half a world away from the mud and blood of the Western Front. The First World War was less than five months old, and only a fool would have accused the hardened miners of Broken Hill of lacking patriotism,...
  • Not a Single Christian Church Left in Afghanistan, Says State Department

    10/11/2011 12:36:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 10/10/11 | Edwin Mora
    ( -- There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime. In the intervening decade, U.S. taxpayers have spent $440 billion to support Afghanistan's new government and more than 1,700 U.S. military personnel have died serving in that country. The last public Christian church in Afghanistan was razed in March 2010, according to the State Department's latest International Religious Freedom Report. The report, which was released last...
  • US finds new friend in Uzbekistan after Pakistan fallout

    10/01/2011 4:19:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 09/30/11 | Rob Crilly and James Kilner
    US finds new friend in Uzbekistan after Pakistan fallout President Obama has asked Uzbekistan to expand its role in resupplying troops in Afghanistan as Washington tries to reduce its dependence on Pakistan. By Rob Crilly, Islamabad and James Kilner in Astana 5:05PM BST 30 Sep 2011 The past fortnight has seen relations between Islamabad and Washington sink to new lows over allegations that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency was working with the Haqqani network to direct attacks on American targets in Afghanistan. The crisis, the latest in a turbulent year, has seen both countries scrambling to build up alternative regional alliances....
  • KP government has decided to kick out afghan Refugees from Province.

    09/29/2011 10:55:53 PM PDT · by musarratullah ^ | 30 September 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 30 September 2011, Provincial government has decided to kick out Afghan Refugees whose employees in Afghan national Force in Afghanistan and they were staying in Pakistan. KP government has also ordered to different department to push the afghan refuges that’s have homes in Khyber PukhtoonKhwa province. Home department also ordered to Intelligence agencies and Revenue Board to collect the information about afghan refugees. The decision has made in meeting whose presiding by provincial Secretary interior Mohammad Azam Khan on Saturday at Pesahwar. The officer of Different departments has attended the meeting. Its has decided that Special Branch of Police...
  • Govt to drive out Afghan Army personnel from refugee camps

    09/24/2011 9:36:17 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | 25 September 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 25 September 2011, Government has decided to deport more than 100 officials of Afghan National Army present in Afghan refugee camps in wake of terrorism threats. Federal Ministry of Interior has send report from provincial government of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and FATA Secretariat to submit complete details of personnel of Afghan National Army, who are living in the camps of Afghan refugees, located either in KP or tribal areas. Provincial government has given the list of more 100 officials of Afghan National Army residence in the refugee camps. It is also known that they used to travel between Afghanistan and...
  • NATO: ‘Standard Procedure’ for Afghan Forces to Accompany Navy SEALs on Missions

    08/09/2011 2:23:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/9/11 | Edwin Mora
    It is standard procedure for U.S. special operations units, such as the elite Navy SEALs, to be supplemented by Afghan forces during missions against insurgents in Afghanistan, according to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan (ISAF). Such forces were in the helicopter that crashed on Aug. 6, killing 30 U.S. soldiers, most of them SEAL members.U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings Jr., a spokesman for ISAF, told in an e-mail today that Afghan forces were in the U.S. helicopter that crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Aug. 6 because “the majority of our operations are combined coalition/Afghan missions.”
  • Pakistan could "pull troops from Afghan border" if U.S. cuts aid

    07/12/2011 2:00:05 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 27 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 12 July 2011 | Zeeshan Haider
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan could pull back troops fighting Islamist militants near the Afghan border if the United States cuts off aid, the defense minister said on Tuesday in an interview with Pakistani media. The United States Monday said it would hold back $800 million -- a third of nearly $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan -- in a show of displeasure over Pakistan's removal of U.S. military trainers, limits on visas for U.S. personnel and other bilateral irritants. "If at all things become difficult, we will just get all our forces back," Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said in...
  • Afghan President's Corrupt and Powerful Brother Assassinated

    07/12/2011 12:47:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    cns news ^ | 7/12/11 | MIRWAIS KHAN, Associated Press
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's powerful half brother, a lightning rod for criticism of all that is wrong with the Afghan government, was assassinated by a bodyguard Tuesday at his home in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said. Ahmed Wali Karzai, who was head of the Kandahar provincial council, had become a political liability for the Karzai government after a series of allegations, including that he was on the CIA payroll and involved in drug trafficking. He denied the charges, and the president repeatedly defended him, denouncing accusations that his brother was involved in criminal activities...
  • Taliban on Twitter for Afghan Internet age (".. modern technology .. a blessing of God")

    05/14/2011 10:22:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/14/11 | AFP
    KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban once banned all television, music and cinema in Afghanistan, but now they are fighting their war via Twitter, the online messaging network that revolutionised global communication. The Islamist extremists sent out their first tweet in English on May 12 claiming "enemy attacked in Khak-e-Safid", with a link to their website for more details about rebel fighters killing "at least 6 puppet police". The move into the English language on Twitter is the latest sign that the Taliban are embracing modern technology in the propaganda battle that runs alongside the guerrilla war of ambushes, suicide bombings...