Thursday, 29 January 2015

Suicide bomber attacks Afghanistan funeral for roadside bomb victims

Suicide bomber attacks Afghanistan funeral for roadside bomb victims - 9news.com.au
"A suicide attacker detonated himself when he was identified by the police," said Khawani, the deputy security chief of eastern Laghman province where the attack took place, who goes by one name.
"Nine people were killed -- five police and four civilians -- as a result of the attack," he told AFP, adding that 34 people were also wounded by the bomb.
Earlier a local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least eight people were killed in the attack in the city of Mehtarlam.

Three American contractors killed in "insider attack"

Three American contractors killed in "insider attack" in Afghan capital - Yahoo News India
KABUL (Reuters) - Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan solider at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday.

$15.3B In US Reconstruction Aid For Afghanistan Overseen By Agency On The Ground


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17 killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

17 killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan - latest | News24
The deadliest of the attacks took place late on Wednesday in the central Ghazni province, where Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in Andar district, killing 11 members of a pro-government militia that was manning the post and wounding six.
As the militia fought back, six insurgents were killed and seven were wounded, according to Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor in central Ghazni province

US Suddenly Quiet On Effort to Bolster Afghan Forces

U.S. Suddenly Goes Quiet on Effort to Bolster Afghan Forces - NYTimes.com
The reality is that the United States is still deeply invested in Afghanistan and that it plans to spend billions of dollars to keep the Afghans armed, fed and fighting. At the same time, roughly 9,500 American service members and thousands of contractors remain in the country to help the Afghan forces with the crucial art of military logistics and to build an air force.



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Killing Ragheads for Jesus - Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges: Killing Ragheads for Jesus - Chris Hedges - Truthdig
“American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society.

Taliban confirm their visit to China

Taliban confirm their visit to China - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has sent a statement to media in Afghanistan in which he confirms that a group of their representatives recently made a visit to China but says that the visit was not made for the purpose having China mediate peace deal between them and government.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Quality junk food in Kabul? Harder to find now at the legendary Bush Bazaar.


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Wave of Judicial Assassinations Prompts Fears, Calls for Action

Wave of Judicial Assassinations Prompts Fears, Calls for Action
On Monday, a group of unknown armed men shot dead a judge of the Kabul Primary Court while he was driving to his office. In late December, unidentified armed men also shot and killed the head of the Supreme Court Secretariat near his house in Kabul.
The Association of Afghan Lawyers, along with other members of the legal community, have expressed major concerns about the safety of judicial and legal authorities, suggesting that security threats would undermine the integrity of their work. "If a judge doesn't feel safe, it will be difficult for him to conduct a transparent legal session," Afghanistan Lawyers Association Deputy Abdul Subhan Misbah said on Tuesday.

Tribal elder among two killed in Kot, Nangarhar

Tribal elder among two killed in Kot, Nangarhar - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

Unknown gunmen have killed a tribal elder along with his brother in Kot District of eastern Nangarhar province.

Ahmadzia Abdulzai, spokesman for Nangarhar province says the incident took place in Kala Joy area of Kot District around 09:00 AM this morning.

He said Malik Amin and his brother were sitting to a wall in their village when unidentified gunmen arrived and sprayed bullets on them.

7 ANA Members Killed

7 ANA embraced martyrdom in IED explosion, 29 insurgents killed in operations - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
Defense ministry of Afghanistan states that seven Afghan National Army soldiers have embraced martyrdom in an Improvised Explosive Devise explosion.
A statement issued by Defense Ministry Tuesday morning does not specify the location but states that the explosion occurred in past 24 hours.