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 A rare glimpse inside the world of an ex-jihadist Afghan warlord


KABUL, Afghanistan: Recalling his battlefield days, ex-jihadist warlord Haji Mohammad Almas Zahid offers up a grisly tour of his scars, souvenirs from a life spent fighting. "I've got a lot of bullets in my body," the former mujahedeen fighter and Afghan army commander says with spine-chillin...

 Tab for bringing gear home from Afghanistan: $3 billion


Washington: A year from now, the Pentagon plans to have shipped home, sold or scrapped virtually every weapon, truck and rucksack it has sent to fight the war in Afghanistan. It's an enormous task. About 1.5 million pieces of equipment ranging from armored trucks and ammunition to radios and ...

 SIGAR Worried About Embezzlement of US Aid


John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), in a report that was made public on Wednesday said that huge amounts of the US aid money in Afghanistan have been either embezzled or wasted. Mr. Sopko warned the US authorities against the possibility of more e...

 Men in Forces’ Uniform Caught on Camera Torturing a Taliban Fighter


In an extreme case of human rights violation, a group of unidentified men wearing the Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform were caught on camera torturing a suspected Taliban fighter. The men had tied the hands and legs of the suspected Taliban member and were whip...

 A savior of tree species


Life's mission inspired by angel Copemish: David Milarch believes he died and came back to life. And the reason was God had a mission for him. The mission was simple if grandiose: Clone the biggest trees and cover the world with them. The north Michigan nurseryman had little money, education or...

 India's coal cycle wallahs: 'People have no alternative but to steal from mines'


Shorn of their livelihoods by industrial activity, India's rural poor have taken to gathering and transporting coal illegally Between the rolling fields of Kathara, on a road about 25 miles from Bokaro Steel City in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, coal trucks rattle towards a power station....

 US and China Agree to Phase Out Hydrofluorocarbons


The United States and China announced Friday they would seek to eliminate some of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases through the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the landmark treaty that successfully phased out ozone-depleting substances decades ago. The move, announced at the Group of 20 summit in...

 Did global warming cause the Syrian civil war?


If Congress authorizes military strikes against Syria, is global warming to blame? According to Francesco Femia, co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, the Syrian conflict that has caught the attention of the world was preceded by the “worst long-term drought and most severe set of c...

 Nearly 1,900 wells shut down as floods inundate oil and gas fields


EVANS, Colo: With Colorado’s richest oil and gas field devastated by severe flooding, the industry is working hard to allay the concerns of northern Colorado residents unnerved by upturned tanks and flooded fracking sites. Nearly 1,900 wells have been shut down, according to the Colorado Oil an...

 Sexy spring: How group sex will liberate Iran, China


It's a neo-conservative nightmare: In Iran and China, Western sexual values are bringing about real change Edited excerpt from "Plays Well In Groups: A Journey Through The World Of Group Sex" When Iranian American anthropologist Pardis Mahdavi first visited Tehran in the summer of 2000, she exp...

 Afghan Women Silenced by Fear


ISLAMABAD: Women in Afghanistan are increasingly worried about a return to the repressive policies of the past as international combat forces leave the country. Following years of outspoken activism, women are retreating into public silence to avoid being targeted by extremists. Even after de...

 Afghans flock to colleges, even as Taliban loom


Showing confidence in their country's future, Afghans _ male and female _ flock to colleges KABUL, Afghanistan: Ten years ago, Roeen Rahmani and some friends spent $300 on an overhead projector and a rented room to teach a business course to Afghans emerging from civil war and Taliban rule. N...

 1970s Afghan death lists end uncertainty for some


The Netherlands releases the names of nearly 5,000 Afghans tortured and killed by the then-communist government. KABUL, Afghanistan: For more than three decades, Yossef Azim's family wondered what had happened to his grandfather, Shah Wali. The commanding general at Afghanistan's Bagram air b...

 Afghanistan's dancing boys


NANGAHAR: Sexual exploitation of boys, in particular the practice of "bacha bazi" (literally boy play) in which boys are "owned" for dancing and sex, remains one of the least talked about abuses in Afghanistan. It is an age-old custom, banned by the Taliban when they were in power, but now und...

 Afghanistan’s Soccer Captain: Meet the Humble Hero of a War-Torn Nation


Without enough money to buy spare jerseys, or even pay for hotels, the Afghan team has somehow emerged as regional champions Kabul: In the little room, barely three by four meters, 48 men sit wherever they can: on the floor, on the windowsill and on a lone bed tucked into the corner. A modest...

 Gunman in Afghanistan puts spotlight on the dangers facing Afghan policewomen


Gunman in Afghanistan: Five men were arrested today in connection with the second killing of a top policewoman in less than two months.   Five men were arrested today in Afghanistan for their role in the killing of the most senior female police officer in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, who wa...

 Violent Censorship on Rise in Afghanistan


Journalists Face Increasing Intimidation, in Threat to Press Freedom KABUL: When Afghan reporter Nasratullah Iqbal criticized on his Facebook FB +6.02% page a new history book written by a powerful provincial governor, he didn't expect he would wind up with a bloodied nose and a bruised bac...

 Author Provides Glimpse Into Afghanistan's Secret Subcultures, Hidden Worlds


Underground converts to Christianity, shadowy male cross-dressers, and gay bloggers are not usually associated with Afghanistan. And yet they are part of the real but often unseen world Afghans live in. That unknown side of Afghanistan is the topic of a new book, "Afghan Rumor Bazaar: Secret ...

 A wide-open Afghan presidential race kicks off as candidates permitted to submit their names


KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s presidential race kicked off Monday as election authorities began accepting the nominations of would-be candidates, the start of a wide-open race whose winner will oversee the final phases of the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops amid a relentless Taliban insurgency...

 Afghan mines among world's most dangerous


Afghanistan has huge mineral deposits, but the underground wealth is unlikely to enrich the workers. Kabul, Afghanistan: When residents near the Abkhorak mine in northern Afghanistan heard of the coal mine's collapse, they immediately rushed to free the 57 miners trapped beneath the debris. ...


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