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  • Every third German baby born out of wedlock

    07/15/2016 11:45:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies ^ | 15 Jul 2016 17:00 GMT+02:00
    One in three babies in Germany are born to parents who haven’t tied the knot, according to a new report. The report by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research this week showed that 35 percent of babies born in Germany in 2014 came into the world with unmarried parents. And the study also revealed that there was great contrast between former East and West Germany, according to broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. The more religious and wealthy West saw 29 percent of new little bundles of joy born to unwed parents, compared to nearly 60 percent in the former states of socialist East...
  • Border Patrol Union Chief Says Arrests Of Afghans And Pakistanis Have Skyrocketed This Year

    03/23/2016 10:20:41 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 4 replies
    The number of arrests made at the border of people from Afghanistan and Pakistan is up significantly this year compared to last, the president of the National Border Patrol Council said when he testified during a House hearing on Tuesday. Brandon Judd, who has also served as a Border Patrol agent for nearly 20 years, also told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security that he has witnessed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials fudge alien apprehension statistics by low-balling the number of “got aways” — illegal border-crossers who enter the country but avoid being...
  • Rail passenger rescues woman of gang rape

    01/08/2016 7:37:57 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 30 replies
    A 28-year-old woman is on December 9 in extremis escaped a gang rape on a train between the French Versailles and Houdan. This was reported by Le Parisien. Three Afghans tried to rape the woman in an abandoned wagon, but an alert train passenger grip on time. Two suspects have since been arrested, the third suspect is still missing. The woman had just finished work at a supermarket when she stepped on the almost completely empty train. At Montparnasse station got a dozen Afghans on the train, of whom three women began to bother. The woman tried to still move...
  • Team Led BY Middle Eastern Woman Caught Surveilling U.S. Facility on Mexican Border

    12/16/2015 12:50:06 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 55 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 12/16/2015 | staff
    A Middle Eastern woman was caught surveilling a U.S. port of entry on the Mexican border holding a sketchbook with Arabic writing and drawings of the facility and its security system, federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch. The woman has been identified as 23-year-old Leila Abdelrazaq, according to a Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) report obtained by JW this week. Abdelrazaq appeared to have two accomplices, a 31-year-old man named Gabriel Schivone and a 28-year-old woman named Leslie Mcafee. CBP agents noticed the trio "observing the facilities" at the Port of Mariposa in Nogales, Arizona on December 2. Schivone...
  • Bin Laden’s deputy behind the Red Mosque bloodbath

    07/14/2007 7:10:32 PM PDT · by Dog · 42 replies · 1,565+ views ^ | July 15 2007 | Dean Nelson, Islamabad and Ghulam Hasnain
    AL-QAEDA’S leadership secretly directed the Islamic militants whose armed revolt at the Red Mosque in Islamabad ended last week with more than 100 deaths after it was stormed by the Pakistan army. According to senior intelligence officials, the troops who finally took control discovered letters from Osama Bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. They were written to Abdul Rashid Ghazi and Abdul Aziz, the brothers who ran the mosque and adjacent madrasah. Government sources said up to 18 foreign fighters � including Uzbeks, Egyptians and several Afghans � had arrived weeks before the final shootout and set up firing ranges to...
  • Greek island overwhelmed by stranded migrants, despair

    09/07/2015 10:03:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    ap ^ | September 7, 2015 | Hamza Hendawi,
    After perilous sea voyages from neighboring Turkey, they have been stranded here for days, some for nearly two weeks, running out of money and desperate to get to mainland Greece and continue their route. The island of some 100,000 residents has been transformed by the sudden new population of some 20,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — and the strain is pushing everyone to the limit. ... "Why, man? Why?" one municipality worker, pointing to bottles in the sea, yelled at some young Iraqis sitting by the water throwing bread to fish. ... It doesn't help...
  • Afghan officials walk away from Colorado training

    11/03/2014 8:20:59 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Fox 17 / AP ^ | 11-3-2014
    <p>AP material must be excerpted to 50% at all times.</p>
  • The 21 Sikhs of Saragarhi

    09/13/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · by cold start · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 13 September 2014 | Jaisal Singh
    A small body of Sikhs defended a vital North-West Frontier post against 10,000 Afridi and Orakzai attackers. Yesterday was the 117th anniversary of their heroic effort Britain’s Parliament interrupted proceedings and rose to give a standing ovation on September 12, 1897 to 21 valorous soldiers — all of them Indians, all of them Sikhs — for what was undoubtedly a tremendous act of collective bravery, and one of the greatest ‘last-stands’ in military history, the Battle of Saragarhi. The North-West Frontier of undivided India, now a part of Pakistan known as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, is a harsh place. Embroiled even today in...
  • Witnesses: Benghazi attack was planned (and young people were told to chant against film)

    10/29/2012 6:43:07 AM PDT · by mgist · 58 replies
    Press Herald ^ | Posted: October 28 | By MAGGIE MICHAEL The Associated Press
    <p>But they also say young people were told to chant against an anti-Islam film as a cover for the assault.</p> <p>TRIPOLI, Libya - It began around nightfall on Sept. 11 with about 150 bearded gunmen, some wearing the Afghan-style tunics favored by Islamic militants, sealing off the streets leading to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. They set up roadblocks with pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, according to witnesses.</p>
  • Afghans accuse U.S. special forces of being involved in torture

    02/24/2013 5:36:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan -Afghanistan´s president says all U.S. special forces must leave eastern Wardak province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi says Sunday´s decision was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are linked to the U.S. special forces. He said the government wants the individuals, whom he did not identify, to be handed over to the government. Wardak is a restive province next to Kabul and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts.
  • Intervening in Mali: West African Nations Plan Offensive against Islamists and Tuareg Rebels

    As Tuareg rebels battle radical Islamists with heavy weapons for control of the northern Mali city of Gao, Mali and the other 15 nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are planning a military offensive designed to drive both groups out of northern Mali in an effort to re-impose order in the region and prevent the six-month old conflict from destabilizing the entire region. So far, however, operational planning has not been detailed enough to gain the approval of the UN Security Council for authorization of a Chapter Seven military intervention, leaving ECOWAS and the African Union...
  • U.S. military suspends joint patrols with Afghans (Thank God!)

    09/17/2012 5:25:49 PM PDT · by hamboy · 26 replies
    CBS Evening News ^ | September 17, 2012 | David Martin
    The strategy for getting U.S. forces out of Afghanistan depends on training Afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves, but on Monday the U.S. military suspended most joint field operations with Afghan forces because so many Americans are being killed by the men they are training. Afghan government troops -- our allies -- have turned their guns on NATO forces 36 times this year, killing 51, most of them Americans. That is more attacks than the last two years combined.
  • Home

    11/16/2001 1:21:42 PM PST · by AndrewSshi · 10 replies · 626+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 15, 2001 | Elizabeth Rubin
    "Hurry hurry hurry. We can destroy the enemy. Advance." "Hit hit hit the Taliban." "Hit him hit him hit him. Fire, fire." "We're arriving in Khalakhan." "Take care about the troops." "The Taliban are surrendering." "Bring them to me." "One hundred of them are coming to you." "El Ham captured a pickup with their weapons." These were the voices on the radio of the Northern Alliance commanders we have been visiting for weeks. Several other journalists and I were standing with some Afghan soldiers on the roof of a command post--a mud house with a tank's turret and gun jutting ...
  • The Long Arm Of Pakistan

    07/01/2008 2:01:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 136+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 2 Jul 2008, 0050 hrs IST, | Haroun Mir
    KABUL: The latest terrorist attack on a prison in Kandahar was not the work of the Taliban alone. In fact, all significant terrorist attacks during the last several months in Afghanistan have the imprint of Al-Qaida both in the planning and execution. Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai's harsh reaction against Pakistan, by threatening to send Afghan troops into Pakistani soil to fight Al-Qaida and the Taliban in their safe houses, shows the frustration of the Afghan leadership against Pakistan's latest peace agreements with the Taliban. The US military in Afghanistan is convinced of Pakistan's duplicity and cannot ignore the threat coming...
  • U.S. commander readying request for more troops to advise Afghans

    11/25/2011 12:18:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/25/11 | David S. Cloud
    Washington— The U.S. commander in Afghanistan has prepared a request for more troops to serve as advisors for Afghan military units, a sign that Washington and its allies are trying to speed up the hand-over of combat operations to the Afghans as they prepare to withdraw, U.S. and NATO officials said. The stronger emphasis on training may keep more U.S. troops on bases next year and help reduce U.S. military casualties before presidential elections next November. President Obama's Afghan policy is already an issue. Marine Gen. John R. Allen, who took command in Afghanistan last summer, wants 1,700
  • 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...
  • Afghans Rejoice Over Osama Death

    05/06/2011 8:07:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    IPS ^ | 05/06/11 | Ashfaq Yusufzai
    Afghans Rejoice Over Osama Death Ashfaq Yusufzai ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan, May 6 (IPS) - The assassination of Al-Qaeda founder and chief Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces has gladdened Afghans, who see him as the person who consigned millions of them to hell. "His killing has pleased us because Osama was the person who can safely be held responsible for the woes of million of Afghans scattered around the world," said Juma Gul, an Afghan teacher at the Aryana School in Tehkal locality in this border town. Afghans are blaming bin Laden for the succession of wars that displaced millions, forcing...
  • Three Afghans held for disrespecting Qur’an (recycled copies into toilet paper)

    04/21/2011 1:14:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Gulf-Times ^ | 4/19/11
    Three Afghans held for disrespecting Qur’anLatest Update: Tuesday19/4/2011 April, 2011, 11:44 PM Three people have been arrested as officials probe claims that a paper mill in Afghanistan recycled copies of the Holy Qur’an into toilet paper, the attorney general’s office said yesterday. Around 1,000 angry demonstrators, some throwing stones, held a protest on Monday at the mill on the outskirts of Kabul, leaving the building partially destroyed. Copies of the Qur’an were found inside the factory, Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said, adding that no-one was injured in the protest. “The attorney general’s office and Kabul police have jointly tasked...
  • Dry Run or Wrong Turn? 3 Mid-East Men Try to Enter Calif. Marine Base

    03/31/2011 7:21:18 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 163 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 3-31-11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Was it just a wrong turn, or something more sinister? Marine base Camp Pendleton — one of the largest military bases in the country — is reportedly on high alert after three Middle Eastern men tried to enter the base last weekend on multiple occasions in multiple vehicles. And while the men initially claimed they didn’t know each other and simply took a wrong turn, new information from a local gas station about “hateful comments” and “terrorist threats” casts doubt on their story: KGTV explains some of the shocking details: According to a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert...
  • Report: 92% of Afghans don’t know about 9/11; 40% think US out to destroy Islam

    11/22/2010 4:23:13 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 19 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 22, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Report: 92% of Afghans don’t know about 9/11; another 40% think the US is out to destroy Islam. According to a completely disturbing, though not entirely unexpected, report by a think tank, many Afghans are either totally ignorant of what 9/11 is, and another sizable part of their medieval-minded culture still thinks the US is only in Afghanistan to wipe out Islam and occupy their country. These findings come in a new survey from the International Council on Security and Development. Were these findings not a picture-perfect illustration of what is wrong in the Islamic world, then they would actually...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Number of Afghans Gone AWOL in U.S. Reaches 46

    07/07/2010 11:22:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    fox news ^ | 7/7/10 | Jana Winter
    LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- A be-on-the-lookout alert issued last month for 17 Afghan military men who walked away from an Air Force base in Texas has turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. No fewer than 46 members of the Afghan military have gone absent without leave from the Defense Language Institute’s English Language Center at Lackland Air Force Base in recent years, has learned. From a series of interviews with civilians and military personnel conducted over the course of a week, and according to documents obtained from a variety of sources, has...
  • EXCLUSIVE: AWOL Afghans Found ... on Facebook

    06/25/2010 7:27:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25, 2010 | Jana Winter & Kelli Morgan
    At least 11 of the 17 members of the Afghan military who went AWOL from an Air Force base in Texas and are considered deserters by their nation have turned up in the exact place you'd expect to find them in the year 2010. They're on Facebook.
  • KT McFarland: About Those Missing Afghans

    06/21/2010 10:19:52 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 8 replies ^ | 6/21/10 | Joy Tiz
    While everyone else was beguiled by the BP show trials, the always astute K.T. McFarland was posing a few intriguing questions about the AWOL Afghani soldiers who have evaporated someplace in the United States. 1. Why are we just hearing about this situation now, when some of the people on the list have been missing for 2 years? And when the most recent person to go missing was 6 months ago. Has something changed? What’s happened to make us — all of a sudden — become more alert? 2. Was there a previous notice about this missing men? The Be-on-the-Lookout...
  • Alert Issued For 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base [The Hunt Is On]

    06/17/2010 11:49:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 836+ views
    FoxNews ^ | June 17, 2010 | Jana Winter
    EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued For 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base By Jana Winter June 17, 2010 A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, has learned. The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, "Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS [Continental U.S.]," issued by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas, and obtained by...
  • Taliban defiant as Afghans flee ahead of assault

    02/08/2010 11:20:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 551+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/10 | Nasrat Shoib
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – NATO commanders urged the Taliban to surrender as troops dug in Monday for a major assault on a key insurgent stronghold in southern Afghanistan, sending thousands of residents fleeing. Final preparations for battle with Taliban militants around Marjah in Helmand province, which could begin within days, had begun, a senior Marines commander said. "The combat operations for the assault of Marjah have begun this morning," Lieutenant Colonel James "Matt" Baker, of 1st Battalion 3rd Marines Regiment told AFP, referring to the final phase of assault preparations. Related article: Taliban, heroin hold sway in Marjah The Taliban...
  • Frightened Afghans flee offensive in opium valley

    02/08/2010 11:09:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 789+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/10 | AFP
    LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AFP) – Afghan men, women and children fearing imminent fighting between the Taliban and US troops, loaded up trucks on Monday and streamed out of one of the world's main sources of heroin. Wrapped in blankets to fend off the winter chill, families packed up goats, furniture and clothes, clogging roads with taxis, cars and tractors in a major exodus to safety, dodging roadside bombs planted to kill US and NATO troops. "We left the area because lots of aircraft were flying over and lots of forces were moving back and forth," Shir Ali Khan told AFP...
  • Afghans unimpressed by Obama's troops surge

    12/02/2009 12:37:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 609+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/2/09 | Sayed Salahuddin
    KABUL (Reuters) – Thirty thousand more U.S. troops for Afghanistan? Esmatullah only shrugged. "Even if they bring the whole of America, they won't be able to stabilize Afghanistan," said the young construction worker out on a Kabul street corner on Wednesday morning. "Only Afghans understand our traditions, geography and way of life." U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement of a massive new escalation of the eight-year-old war seemed to have impressed nobody in the Afghan capital, where few watched the speech on TV before dawn and fewer seemed to think new troops would help. Obama said his goal was to "disrupt,...
  • NATO, Afghans claim to kill 130 Taliban in Kunduz (including eight Taliban commanders)

    11/09/2009 7:59:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 516+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/9/09 | Peter Graff, Hamid Shalizi, Mohammad Hamed
    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – NATO and Afghan officials claimed on Monday their forces had killed at least 130 Taliban fighters in a major operation over the past week in an area of Afghanistan's north where militant activity has surged. A combined force of 700 Afghan troops and 50 NATO soldiers cleared villages of fighters, killing more than 130 insurgents including eight Taliban commanders during a five-day operation, NATO spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Vician said. Kunduz province governor Mohammad Omar told Reuters the combined force had killed 133 fighters during the operation, which took place in and around Kunduz's Char Dara...
  • The Front: The Taliban-Al Qaeda merger.

    10/20/2009 5:23:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,033+ views
    The New Republic ^ | October 19, 2009 | Peter Bergen
    On July 25, Najibullah Zazi, a lanky man in his mid-twenties, walked into the Beauty Supply Warehouse in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. The visit was captured on a store video camera. Wearing a baseball cap and pushing a shopping cart, Zazi appeared to be just another suburban guy.Of course, not many suburban guys buy six bottles of Clairoxide hair bleach, as Zazi did on this shopping trip--or return a month later to buy a dozen bottles of "Ms. K Liquid," a peroxide-based product. Aware that these were hardly the typical purchases of a heavily bearded, dark-haired young...
  • Re: Will on Afghanistan

    09/01/2009 6:59:39 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 233+ views
    National Review ^ | 09/01/2009 | Mark Steyn
    Rich, Kathryn et al, I'm less hostile to the George Will column. It seems to me we have no very clear war aims in Afghanistan, which is never a good position to be in.
  • Marines, Afghans Establish Bases in Helmand

    07/03/2009 4:40:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 286+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 3, 2009 – U.S. Marines and Afghan security forces are continuing Operation Khanjar in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, NATO officials said today. Almost 4,000 personnel from the Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan have moved into cities and towns along the Helmand River and are digging in for the long haul. The addition of nearly 22,000 American personnel in Afghanistan will allow the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force to institute a “clear, hold, build” counterinsurgency strategy. Before, small numbers of coalition forces would enter an area and clear it of Taliban, but the shortage of forces meant that when they pulled...
  • Afghans say US bombing run killed dozens (Obama's War)

    05/05/2009 1:33:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 491+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/5/09 | Jason Straziuso and Rahim Faiez - ap
    KABUL – Bombing runs called in by U.S. forces killed dozens of civilians taking shelter from fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan and international troops, Afghan officials said Tuesday. The U.S. promised a joint investigation. A provincial councilman said he saw about 30 bodies, many of them women and children, after villages bought them to a provincial capital. Overall death toll estimates varied widely. Villagers estimated from 70 to well over 100 civilians may have died, according to local and regional officials. But no government official could confirm such a toll.
  • US warplanes kill Taliban commanders in Badghis province, Afghanistan

    02/15/2009 10:39:18 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 794+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16 February 2009
    WARPLANES raided a militant hideout in northwestern Afghanistan overnight, killing two rebel commanders and several fighters, the US-led military and a police official said. A rebel compound was targeted in the province of Badghis, a troubled region on the Turkmenistan border, the US-led force said in a statement. Mullah Dastagir, a key militant leader and several of his associates were killed in the "precision air strike", the statement said. Dastagir was responsible for several attacks on Afghan and international forces, including a deadly ambush last November, the statement added. "Dastagir was responsible for an increase in violence in Badghis over...
  • TV reporters are not showing the Taliban's humanity, says BBC presenter

    08/25/2008 9:39:14 AM PDT · by Stoat · 33 replies · 181+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 25, 2008
    A BBC presenter has attacked coverage of Afghanistan's ongoing war, claiming TV reporters are not covering the 'humanity of the Taliban'.(edit)The veteran correspondent and presenter, who played a key role in the BBC's coverage of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, told the Edinburgh International Television Conference: 'What's lacking in the coverage of the Afghans is the sense of the humanity of the Afghans.(edit)Asked what was missing in British coverage, she added: 'It may sound odd but the humanity of the Taliban, because the Taliban are a wide, very diverse group of people.(edit) 'Some of them would like to talk...
  • Afghans count Taliban dead in valley near Kandahar

    06/20/2008 9:50:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 74+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/08 | Ismail Sameem
    MONARAI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - NATO and Afghan forces held mopping up operations, hunting Taliban fighters and burying the dead on Friday, after an air and ground offensive routed hundreds of insurgents from a valley near Kandahar city. The allies mounted the offensive on Wednesday after the Taliban took control of the Arghandab valley, 20 km (12 miles) northwest of Kandahar. Around 600 militants, including some who had escaped a week ago during a mass jail break from a prison in the city, had taken up positions in a cluster of villages, according to a provincial official and a Taliban spokesman....
  • Cell phone shutdown angers Afghans (Taliban attacks telecom towers, some Taliban now regret attacks)

    03/26/2008 1:14:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 822+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/08 | Jason Straziuso - ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban attacks on telecom towers have prompted cell phone companies to shut down service across southern Afghanistan, angering a quarter million customers who have no other telephones. Even some Taliban fighters now regret the disruptions and are demanding that service be restored by the companies. The communication blackout follows a campaign by the Taliban, which said the U.S. and NATO were using the fighters' cell phone signals to track them at night and launch pinpoint attacks. About 10 towers have been attacked since the warning late last month — seven of them seriously — causing almost $2...
  • Soldiers, Afghans Celebrate School Opening

    12/28/2007 6:10:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 140+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Daniel M. Rangel, USA
    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Dec. 28, 2007 – U.S. soldiers helped local Afghans celebrate the opening of the Aftabachi Girls’ School in the Aftabachi Village here during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 26. Army Capt. Jordan J. Berry, civil affairs team leader for the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, and Kapisa Gov. Koeja Ablebacker cut the ribbon at the Aftabachi Girls’ School ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 26, 2007. Photo by Pfc. Daniel M. Rangel, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In attendance were Kapisa Gov. Koeja Ablebacker and Army Capt. Jordan J. Berry, Kapisa province civil affairs team...
  • Afghans detain woman with suicide bomb under burqa

    12/24/2007 9:37:06 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 9 replies · 783+ views
    africa.reuters ^ | 12/24/07 | Roooooooters
    ASADABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A woman carrying a waistcoat filled with explosives under her all-enveloping burqa was arrested on Monday in eastern Afghanistan, provincial officials said, in the first possible reported case of a female suicide bomber in the country. She was arrested on a tip-off in Jalalabad after being followed by intelligence department officials near the border with Pakistan. The elderly woman's identity was not given, but she was now being questioned, officials said. It was not immediately clear if the woman wanted to use the explosives herself or was carrying the bomb to deliver it. If the former,...
  • Korean Hospital Provides Care, Help to Afghans

    06/28/2007 4:21:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 559+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 28, 2007 – A South Korean military hospital staff on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, is doing its part to help fight terrorism in that country. Korean army Lt. Col. Seoung-ki Kim, commander of the 924th Medical Support Group, said his troops are very proud of the contribution they are making. Kim spoke to Pentagon reporters via teleconference today. The hospital staff has passed a milestone, treating 240,000 Afghans since the hospital stood up in February 2002. The medics – along with engineers of the 100th Engineer Group – work closely with coalition partners in and around Bagram. Since...
  • Iran expells 70 000 Afghans

    05/21/2007 5:02:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 695+ views ^ | 21/05/2007 | staff
    Kabul - More than 70 000 Afghans who were in Iran illegally have been returned in the past month, the United Nations said on Monday, as talks were under way between the neighbours over the controversial deportations. The number of unregistered Afghans being expelled had eased off over the past week, the UN said. The talks in Iran were to focus on how the deportations were carried out and also the treatment of deportees, it said. There have been reports of returnees being separated from their families in the drive to get them out. Tehran has said it wanted one...
  • Taliban Mutilate Afghans For Helping US

    03/18/2007 7:16:50 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 623+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-19-2007 | Tom Coghlan
    Taliban mutilate Afghans for helping US By Tom Coghlan in Kabul Last Updated: 12:57am GMT 19/03/2007 Taliban militants have hacked off the ears and noses of three Afghan drivers captured helping American forces. Marine Joe Harvey, from Stafford, right, watches as British forces come under fire by Taliban insurgents near Kajaki in Helmand province Fighters mutilated the three men seized after delivering fuel to a US base in the eastern province of Nuristan on Saturday. "After downloading their supplies into a coalition base in Nuristan, they were heading to Kunar," said Ghulamullah, the deputy chief of police in Nuristan, who...
  • Bush, Abizaid Recognize Afghans, U.S. Soldiers for Heroism

    02/20/2007 4:51:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 408+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2007 – Two Afghan nationals and five American soldiers received recognition from President Bush and U.S. Central Command’s top officer for heroism in preventing a driver from carrying out a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in January. Army Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, recognizes Task Force Phoenix soldiers for heroic efforts in preventing a vehicle loaded with explosives from detonating inside the front gate of Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. From left are Army Staff Sgt. William Strobeck, Sgts. Brian Bailey and Mathew Sisson, and Spcs. Justin Carry and Linza Hampton. U.S....
  • British 'Quick Fix' Aid For Afghans Brought To Halt By Insurgents

    02/18/2007 6:23:51 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 532+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-19-2007 | Tom Coghlan
    British 'quick fix' aid for Afghans brought to halt by insurgents By Tom Coghlan in Lashkargar Last Updated: 1:16am GMT 19/02/2007 Few foreign aid agencies are prepared work in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. Two weeks ago, a white clad figure approached the sandbagged guard post outside the compound of one agency. Very politely the man explained that he was a suicide bomber. "I have no problem with you," he told the local guards, opening his jacket to show the bomb strapped to his body. "Just let me go inside and kill the foreigners." The nearest guard shot him in...
  • Arab Racism, Arabism, Arabization, Islamism - Islamofascism, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, etc.

    02/15/2007 1:53:52 AM PST · by PRePublic · 1,171+ views
    Arab Racism, Arabism, Arabization, Islamism - Islamofascism, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, etc. Arab Racism, Arabization, Islamism - Islamofascism, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, etc. On Blacks, Africans * Kurds * Berbers * Israelis * Jews * Afghanis * Iranians, Farsi * Pakistanis * English * Asians * Europeans * Marsh Arabs * Nubians * Al Akhdam * Iraqi Arabs vs Ahwazi Arabs * by "palestinians" (on others) General Arabism Equals Racism October 13, 2006 ThereÂ’s an expression, "The pot calling the kettle black." It refers to someone claiming a sin in others that is at least as prevalent - if not...
  • Engineer Helps Give Afghans Skills to Rebuild

    01/12/2007 5:22:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Defense News ^ | Capt. Stacie N. Shafran
    Capt. Dave Lin discusses details regarding the camp's new conference center with site engineer Renato, Jan. 11, in Afghanistan. Lin is an engineer with the International Security Assistance Force headquarters. U.S. Air Force photo U.S. Air Force Capt. Dave Lin Engineer Helps Give Afghans Skills to Rebuild By Capt. Stacie N. Shafran International Security Assistance Force Headquarters KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2007 -- A day in the life of a project engineer fills up pretty quickly. Between meetings and constant walks around the base to survey projects, there's concrete to be poured, gravel to be delivered and contractors needing...
  • Humanitarian Effort Aims to Help Afghans Become Self-sufficient

    01/11/2007 8:18:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 202+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro
    Afghan local policemen distribute humanitarian assistance supplies Jan. 6 near the town of Narang, located in northeast Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Paul Poland Humanitarian Effort Aims to Help Afghans Become Self-sufficient Soldiers and Iraqi police distribute winter supplies and food to locals. By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Pintagro Task Force Spartan Public Affairs Location and Date -- Afghan government officials, regional policemen and American soldiers demonstrated their commitment to the health, welfare and warmth of the people of northeastern Afghanistan, delivering humanitarian aid supplies to a string of villages located in...
  • Afghans stage Dublin (Episcopalian) Cathedral protest

    05/14/2006 6:32:31 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 3 replies · 343+ views
    RTE, Dublin, Ireland ^ | 14 May 2006 22:56 | RTE News Staff
    A group of Afghans are staging a sit-in at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. The group of around 30 have been at the Cathedral since earlier this afternoon. It is understood those involved in the protest are failed asylum seekers facing deportation. Advertisement They have said they were planning to go on hunger strike. Gardaí say they are demanding to speak to officials at the Department of Justice.
  • Afghans' growing appetite for porn

    11/13/2006 11:30:34 PM PST · by MadIvan · 21 replies · 1,150+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | November 14, 2006 | TERRY FRIEL
    ON THE TV screen, the two naked young women writhe together to the sounds of Hotel California as the occasional crackle of gunfire punctuates the Afghan night.Several overseas phone numbers offer an intimate chat with the ladies, or with some of their equally outgoing friends. The heaviest fighting in five years has slowed reconstruction to a crawl in the deserts and oases of Kandahar, where the strict Taleban movement began in 1994, but pornography, opium and illegal alcohol are flourishing, officials say. At least one satellite operator offers foreign channels such as eurotictv, allsex, 247Sex and transex, along with the...
  • Afghans Launch Security System; Raids Nab Suspects, Weapons

    09/06/2006 6:08:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 285+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 – The Afghan government is implementing a new national security system designed to strengthen the country’s security apparatus, U.S. officials reported. The entire National Security Coordination System is to be fully operational by the end of 2008, officials said. The system will improve coordination among Afghan military and law enforcement agencies and enhance regional stability. The system will consist of a National Coordination Center, five Joint Regional Coordination Centers and 34 Joint Provincial Coordination Centers. The centers will provide Afghan army and police leaders with operational information they can use to better-allocate security forces. Current and...
  • Coalition Forces Build Capacity, Bring Healthcare to Afghans

    08/10/2006 4:39:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 204+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2006 — Coalition medical teams have treated more than 64,000 Afghan patients since August 2005 as part of a joint Afghan-Coalition effort to bring medical and humanitarian aid to all regions of the country. Coalition medical efforts have focused on treating patients while at the same time helping Afghanistan rebuild its medical infrastructure, said Air Force Col. Donald Thompson, the command surgeon for Coalition forces in Afghanistan. He spoke to reporters during a media roundtable event at Camp Eggers here Aug. 4. The end goal, said Thompson, is to give the Afghanistan government the capability to...