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‘Too much money, too fast,’ U.S. watchdog says of struggling efforts to aid Afghanistan

The Star: For six years, John Sopko has served as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction with a broad mandate to assess how U.S. cash for Afghan reconstruction is spent. His investigations have found that billions of dollars in American ai
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‘Too much money, too fast,’ U.S. watchdog says of struggling efforts to aid Afghanistan

The Star: For six years, John Sopko has served as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction with a broad mandate to assess how U.S. cash for Afghan reconstruction is spent. His investigations have found that billions of dollars in American aid has been lost to corruption, waste and futile efforts in Afghanistan suggests Canada has likelyRead More...

Rashid Khan, Asghar Stanikzai, and Pakistani player fined in Asia Cup

AFP: Pakistan’s paceman Hasan Ali and Afghanistan’s Asghar [Stanikzai] and Rashid Khan have all been fined on Saturday for violating the players’ code of conduct, the International Cricket Council said Saturday. The ICC said: “Rashi
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Rashid Khan, Asghar Stanikzai, and Pakistani player fined in Asia Cup

AFP: Pakistan’s paceman Hasan Ali and Afghanistan’s Asghar [Stanikzai] and Rashid Khan have all been fined on Saturday for violating the players’ code of conduct, the International Cricket Council said Saturday. The ICC said: “Rashid was charged and fined for giving a sendoff to Asif Ali in the 47th over of Pakistan’s innings by holding up aRead More...

Afghan Orchestra Flourishes Despite Violence, Social Pressure

Ayaz Gul VOA News September 22, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The consequences of Afghanistan’s increasingly deadly war are weighing heaviest on the nation’s civilians, with women bearing the brunt of the violence. The Taliban banned music and girls education, and
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Afghan Orchestra Flourishes Despite Violence, Social Pressure

Ayaz Gul VOA News September 22, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The consequences of Afghanistan’s increasingly deadly war are weighing heaviest on the nation’s civilians, with women bearing the brunt of the violence. The Taliban banned music and girls education, and restricted outdoor activities of women when the group was controlling most of Afghanistan. But violence and socialRead More...

Pakistan Rallies To Defeat Afghanistan In Asia Cup Cricket

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 21, 2018 Pakistan, led by veteran batsman Shoaib Malik, defeated Afghanistan by three wickets in the Asia Cup cricket Super Four tournament in Abu Dhabi. Malik hit a six and a boundary to rally his squad past the Afgh
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Pakistan Rallies To Defeat Afghanistan In Asia Cup Cricket

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 21, 2018 Pakistan, led by veteran batsman Shoaib Malik, defeated Afghanistan by three wickets in the Asia Cup cricket Super Four tournament in Abu Dhabi. Malik hit a six and a boundary to rally his squad past the Afghans for the thrilling victory on September 21 at Abu Dhabi stadiumRead More...

At Least 15 Killed By Bus-Truck Crash In Western Afghanistan

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan September 21, 2018 Authorities in western Afghanistan say at least 15 people, including three women and two children, were killed early on September 21 when a bus hit a truck on Afghanistan’s Highway 1 — the r
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At Least 15 Killed By Bus-Truck Crash In Western Afghanistan

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan September 21, 2018 Authorities in western Afghanistan say at least 15 people, including three women and two children, were killed early on September 21 when a bus hit a truck on Afghanistan’s Highway 1 — the ring-road highway that links the city of Herat to Kabul. At least 30 other peopleRead More...

U.S. Retreats on Publicizing Body Count of Militants Killed in Afghanistan

New York Times: The body counts served as a grisly contrast to other metrics that paint a grimmer reality of the war effort — including high attrition rates in the Afghan military and the loss of territory to Taliban militants. Click here to read more (ext
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U.S. Retreats on Publicizing Body Count of Militants Killed in Afghanistan

New York Times: The body counts served as a grisly contrast to other metrics that paint a grimmer reality of the war effort — including high attrition rates in the Afghan military and the loss of territory to Taliban militants. Click here to read more (external link).

Excellent Teamwork Helps Afghanistan Trounce Bangladesh

Tolo News: Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team defeated Bangladesh by 136 runs in the 2018 Asia Cup as they showed an excellent team performance on Thursday evening. A rapid half-century and 2/13 from Rashid Khan saw his side canter to a 136-run win over B
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Excellent Teamwork Helps Afghanistan Trounce Bangladesh

Tolo News: Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team defeated Bangladesh by 136 runs in the 2018 Asia Cup as they showed an excellent team performance on Thursday evening. A rapid half-century and 2/13 from Rashid Khan saw his side canter to a 136-run win over Bangladesh. Click here to read more (external link). Related ‘Special Day’ For RashidRead More...

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...

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