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10 Killed as Suicide Bombers Raid Afghan Education Office

Ayaz Gul VOA News July 11, 2018 ISLAMABAD — A pair of heavily armed suicide bombers Wednesday stormed an education department office in eastern Afghanistan and killed at least 11 people. Witnesses said the assailants fired indiscriminately at staffers insi

Inside Doctors Without Borders’ Afghanistan ‘baby factory’

AFP: Women often arrive in extremis at the maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of the most active in the world, with more than 60 babies born daily. The Taliban are active in the region and roads are often dangerous after dark, so when 25-ye
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Inside Doctors Without Borders’ Afghanistan ‘baby factory’

AFP: Women often arrive in extremis at the maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of the most active in the world, with more than 60 babies born daily. The Taliban are active in the region and roads are often dangerous after dark, so when 25-year-old Asmad Fahri felt her contractions begin at night she knew she wouldRead More...

Afghanistan Ambassador to India quits

The Hindu: As the Afghanistan President left at the end of his one-day visit to Delhi, Ambassador Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali announced his resignation in a tweet. The timing of his resignation has strengthened speculation that he has differences with the Gh
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Afghanistan Ambassador to India quits

The Hindu: As the Afghanistan President left at the end of his one-day visit to Delhi, Ambassador Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali announced his resignation in a tweet. The timing of his resignation has strengthened speculation that he has differences with the Ghani government and will run for office on return. Click here to read more (external link).

The Hotel in Afghanistan That Refuses to Close Its Doors

New York Times: The bay windows in the Bost Hotel’s dining room looked out across the Helmand River. For all the river’s immensity, the current, borne hundreds of miles from up in the Hindu Kush, spoke only in whispers. The air hummed with mosquitoes. Be
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The Hotel in Afghanistan That Refuses to Close Its Doors

New York Times: The bay windows in the Bost Hotel’s dining room looked out across the Helmand River. For all the river’s immensity, the current, borne hundreds of miles from up in the Hindu Kush, spoke only in whispers. The air hummed with mosquitoes. Beyond the river, on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital ofRead More...

Azizullah Fazli Introduced As New ACB Chief

Tolo News: Azizullah Fazli was formally introduced as the new head of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) at a ceremony on Wednesday.  Fazli said he wants to review the incumbent structure of the cricket board and the selection committee and that he will establ
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Azizullah Fazli Introduced As New ACB Chief

Tolo News: Azizullah Fazli was formally introduced as the new head of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) at a ceremony on Wednesday.  Fazli said he wants to review the incumbent structure of the cricket board and the selection committee and that he will establish a system through which best employees will be appreciated and admired for theirRead More...

Hundreds of Shi’ite Civilians Armed to Protect Mosques

VOA News | September 18, 2018: In the face of growing threats posed by Islamic State, the Afghan government has taken extra precautions to protect Shi’ite religious minorities and their neighborhoods in the capital, Kabul. The government is relyi
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Hundreds of Shi’ite Civilians Armed to Protect Mosques

VOA News | September 18, 2018: In the face of growing threats posed by Islamic State, the Afghan government has taken extra precautions to protect Shi’ite religious minorities and their neighborhoods in the capital, Kabul. The government is relying on hundreds of civilians it armed last year to protect Shi’ite mosques in the city, as Muslims observeRead More...

Disrupting elections is treason: VP Danish

1TV: After the government’s opposition closed election offices in several provinces, Afghanistan’s Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Tuesday described the move as a “futile recourse” against democracy.  According to Danish, clos
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Disrupting elections is treason: VP Danish

1TV: After the government’s opposition closed election offices in several provinces, Afghanistan’s Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Tuesday described the move as a “futile recourse” against democracy.  According to Danish, closing election offices is against national interests and against the Constitution. “Any act to disrupt the elections is considered treason against the nation,” Danish said.Read More...

Govt Planning ‘Massive Fraud’ In Elections: Politicians

Tolo News: A number of Afghanistan’s major political parties and movements on Tuesday accused government of planning a “massive fraud and vote rigging” in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for October 20. The parties also claimed that gove
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Govt Planning ‘Massive Fraud’ In Elections: Politicians

Tolo News: A number of Afghanistan’s major political parties and movements on Tuesday accused government of planning a “massive fraud and vote rigging” in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for October 20. The parties also claimed that government wants to have its favorite in the parliament. The political parties threatened to close offices of the IndependentRead More...

Afghanistan knock Sri Lanka out of Asia Cup

Cricket.com.au: Afghanistan continued their rise in international cricket with an upset 91-run win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Monday, knocking the former champions out of the Asia Cup.  Sri Lanka needed to win the Group B match to stay in the tournamen
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Afghanistan knock Sri Lanka out of Asia Cup

Cricket.com.au: Afghanistan continued their rise in international cricket with an upset 91-run win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Monday, knocking the former champions out of the Asia Cup.  Sri Lanka needed to win the Group B match to stay in the tournament but were outwitted by smart batting from Afghanistan who put up a fightingRead More...

At least 12 Police Officers Killed In Attacks In Western Afghanistan

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 17, 2018 Taliban attacks across two western Afghan provinces have left at least 12 Afghan police officers dead, officials say. In the province of Farah, provincial council member Khair Mohammad Noorzai said at least s
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At least 12 Police Officers Killed In Attacks In Western Afghanistan

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 17, 2018 Taliban attacks across two western Afghan provinces have left at least 12 Afghan police officers dead, officials say. In the province of Farah, provincial council member Khair Mohammad Noorzai said at least seven Afghan police officers were killed after militants attacked a check post early on September 17.Read More...

Concerns over Low Quality Medicines in Afghanistan Markets

Ariana: The increase of low quality medicines in Afghanistan markets are threatening the lives of Afghan citizens. A number of patients say the reason that poor quality medicines are being sold in the markets is the lack of government’s attention and super
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Concerns over Low Quality Medicines in Afghanistan Markets

Ariana: The increase of low quality medicines in Afghanistan markets are threatening the lives of Afghan citizens. A number of patients say the reason that poor quality medicines are being sold in the markets is the lack of government’s attention and supervisions. “At first, I thought hospitals cannot recognize the diseases and treat them, but nowRead More...

Pakistan PM to Offer Citizenship to Afghans Born in Pakistan

Ayaz Gul VOA News September 16, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an unprecedented announcement Sunday, pledged to offer Pakistani citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghans born to refugee families his country has been hosting
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Pakistan PM to Offer Citizenship to Afghans Born in Pakistan

Ayaz Gul VOA News September 16, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an unprecedented announcement Sunday, pledged to offer Pakistani citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghans born to refugee families his country has been hosting for decades. The United Nations refugee agency and local officials say there are 2.7 million Afghans, includingRead More...

IEC Chief Blasts Political Parties Over Closure Of IEC Offices

Tolo News: Gulajan Abdulbadi Sayyad head of Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday criticized political parties for closing IEC offices in parts of the country and called on these parties to bring an end to the practice.  Sayyad called on the coali
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IEC Chief Blasts Political Parties Over Closure Of IEC Offices

Tolo News: Gulajan Abdulbadi Sayyad head of Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday criticized political parties for closing IEC offices in parts of the country and called on these parties to bring an end to the practice.  Sayyad called on the coalition of political parties to instead share their list of demands with the commission soRead More...

DSport to broadcast Afghanistan Premier League

Outlook India: DSport will broadcast the matches of the Afghanistan Premier League cricket tournament in India from October 5-21. Afghanistan was given the rights to play Test cricket after playing top class international cricket last year, where they debute
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DSport to broadcast Afghanistan Premier League

Outlook India: DSport will broadcast the matches of the Afghanistan Premier League cricket tournament in India from October 5-21. Afghanistan was given the rights to play Test cricket after playing top class international cricket last year, where they debuted against India. Afghanistan stands at the eighth spot in the Twnety20 rankings and has also qualified forRead More...

Afghan Boy, His Dog March for Peace

Mohammad Habibzada Hasib Danish Alikozai VOA News September 15, 2018 WASHINGTON / KABUL — After losing his mother to war, 10-year-old Hikmatullah decided to join a peace movement, members of which have been walking hundreds of kilometers to different regio
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Afghan Boy, His Dog March for Peace

Mohammad Habibzada Hasib Danish Alikozai VOA News September 15, 2018 WASHINGTON / KABUL — After losing his mother to war, 10-year-old Hikmatullah decided to join a peace movement, members of which have been walking hundreds of kilometers to different regions of Afghanistan since June with the message of peace and an end to violence. “A mortarRead More...

120 Athletes Attend Kabul Ultimate Frisbee Competition

Tolo News: At least 120 athletes from 12 clubs have participated in the 4th round of the Ultimate Frisbee competition in Kabul that started on Saturday. The Afghanistan Frisbee Federation says the country has almost 700 Frisbee players from around the count
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120 Athletes Attend Kabul Ultimate Frisbee Competition

Tolo News: At least 120 athletes from 12 clubs have participated in the 4th round of the Ultimate Frisbee competition in Kabul that started on Saturday. The Afghanistan Frisbee Federation says the country has almost 700 Frisbee players from around the country.  Click here to read more (external link). Other Sports News Cricket – Asia Cup 2018:Read More...

Civilians Are Losing the War in Afghanistan

HRW: Thousands of Afghan civilians are losing their lives, their loved ones, or suffering devastating injuries in bombings, gunbattles, and other violence. Since January, the United Nations documented the highest number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan sinc
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Civilians Are Losing the War in Afghanistan

HRW: Thousands of Afghan civilians are losing their lives, their loved ones, or suffering devastating injuries in bombings, gunbattles, and other violence. Since January, the United Nations documented the highest number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan since it started keeping track in 2009. At least 1,692 civilians died in the first six month of 2018 andRead More...

Afghan Intelligence forces suffer casualties in Parwan explosion

Khaama Press: Provincial spokesperson Wahida Shahkar confirmed the incident and said at least four personnel of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) lost their lives in the explosion. She said the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of Kh
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Afghan Intelligence forces suffer casualties in Parwan explosion

Khaama Press: Provincial spokesperson Wahida Shahkar confirmed the incident and said at least four personnel of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) lost their lives in the explosion. She said the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of Khalazai area of the province and as a result four NDS personnel also sustained injuries. ClickRead More...

‘My Heart Breaks for Taliban, They Are Afghans’ – Ghani

Ariana: “The worst part of my job is early morning, I get my first security briefing and I get the casualty figures. It is not just that my heart breaks for our security forces who are true heroes but also for Taliban; they are Afghans and I am the preside
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‘My Heart Breaks for Taliban, They Are Afghans’ – Ghani

Ariana: “The worst part of my job is early morning, I get my first security briefing and I get the casualty figures. It is not just that my heart breaks for our security forces who are true heroes but also for Taliban; they are Afghans and I am the president of all Afghanistan,” Ghani said inRead More...

U.S. Aid Program Vowed to Help 75,000 Afghan Women, Watchdog Says It’s a Flop

Ariana: An American aid project in Afghanistan that was billed as the world’s biggest program ever designed purely for female empowerment has been a failure and a waste of taxpayers’ money, the head of a government watchdog agency has charged. The Speci
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U.S. Aid Program Vowed to Help 75,000 Afghan Women, Watchdog Says It’s a Flop

Ariana: An American aid project in Afghanistan that was billed as the world’s biggest program ever designed purely for female empowerment has been a failure and a waste of taxpayers’ money, the head of a government watchdog agency has charged. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction has repeatedly criticized American aid projects in Afghanistan as wastefulRead More...

At least 37 killed in multiple attacks across Afghanistan

Al Jazeera: Afghan security personnel and civilians targeted in night-time attacks across the country – At least 37 people have been killed in night-time attacks across four provinces of Afghanistan, officials said. Twenty-nine police officers and mem
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At least 37 killed in multiple attacks across Afghanistan

Al Jazeera: Afghan security personnel and civilians targeted in night-time attacks across the country – At least 37 people have been killed in night-time attacks across four provinces of Afghanistan, officials said. Twenty-nine police officers and members of the Afghan national army were killed in Taliban attacks in the western province of Farah, the head of theRead More...

Hazara women opt for plastic surgery to change facial look and disguise ethnicity

PRI: “The Hazara have swelling eyes, moon-type face, and they have a small nose,” explains Dr. Ahmadzai, adding that “many look like Filipinos, Japanese and Chinese.” Dr. Ahmadzai, he says he gets roughly 20 or 30 Hazara patients every month. They ar
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Hazara women opt for plastic surgery to change facial look and disguise ethnicity

PRI: “The Hazara have swelling eyes, moon-type face, and they have a small nose,” explains Dr. Ahmadzai, adding that “many look like Filipinos, Japanese and Chinese.” Dr. Ahmadzai, he says he gets roughly 20 or 30 Hazara patients every month. They are mostly women wanting to enlarge their eyes and noses. And he says he doesn’tRead More...

Team reports sighting rare wild goat species in Afghanistan

Phys.org: Based on field surveys in northern Afghanistan, Zalmai Moheb, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Program and a doctoral candidate in environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with ot
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Team reports sighting rare wild goat species in Afghanistan

Phys.org: Based on field surveys in northern Afghanistan, Zalmai Moheb, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Program and a doctoral candidate in environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with others, report this week that they have for the first time documented by direct observation the presence of two rare Asian wild goatRead More...

Noor: No election that is filled with fraud

Ariana: Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan’s (JIA) Executive Chief and former governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Thursday warned about holding an election that is full of fraud and irregularities. “There will be widespread fraud and irregularities in the electi
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Noor: No election that is filled with fraud

Ariana: Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan’s (JIA) Executive Chief and former governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Thursday warned about holding an election that is full of fraud and irregularities. “There will be widespread fraud and irregularities in the election process and we will prevent holding an election with full of fraud. It is not acceptable for any of ourRead More...

Afghanistan Peace Talks Stick on Bases: US Wants 2, Taliban None

Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News September 13, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement to end the protracted war in Afghanistan are stuck over the issue of maintenance of U.S. military bases in the c
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Afghanistan Peace Talks Stick on Bases: US Wants 2, Taliban None

Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News September 13, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement to end the protracted war in Afghanistan are stuck over the issue of maintenance of U.S. military bases in the country, according to Waheed Muzhda, a former Taliban official in Kabul who remains inRead More...

How U.S. Taxpayers Are Spending $1.8B For Afghanistan To Fly A Couple Dozen A-29 Attack Planes

The Drive: The estimated annual sustainment costs alone are more than twice what the U.S. Air Force pays to operate a squadron of F-16s for a year – The U.S. military recently awarded the Sierra Nevada Corporation, or SNC, a deal worth over $1.8 billio
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How U.S. Taxpayers Are Spending $1.8B For Afghanistan To Fly A Couple Dozen A-29 Attack Planes

The Drive: The estimated annual sustainment costs alone are more than twice what the U.S. Air Force pays to operate a squadron of F-16s for a year – The U.S. military recently awarded the Sierra Nevada Corporation, or SNC, a deal worth over $1.8 billion dollars to support and grow the Afghan Air Force’s fleetRead More...

Afghan parliament to review security pact with U.S.

1TV:  Afghanistan’s lawmakers are set to review the bilateral security agreement with the United States as violence flares in the country. The idea was put forward by some lawmakers in the Lower House on Monday and it was approved by majority of the MP
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Afghan parliament to review security pact with U.S.

1TV:  Afghanistan’s lawmakers are set to review the bilateral security agreement with the United States as violence flares in the country. The idea was put forward by some lawmakers in the Lower House on Monday and it was approved by majority of the MPs through voting on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Hamid Karzai, a former Afghan president, whoRead More...

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