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 US soldier accused in Afghan massacre agrees to plead guilty


US army staff sergeant Robert Bales accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in two rampages last year will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. Robert Bales attorney John Henry Browne said, he is due to enter guilty pleas to charges of premeditated murder on 5 June at Joint Base Lewis-McC...

 Afghanistan war has cost Britain more than £37bn, new book claims


Frank Ledwidge, author of damning study Investment in Blood, says failing, bloody campaign has cost £2,000 per UK household The war in Afghanistan has cost Britain at least £37bn and the figure will rise to a sum equivalent to more than £2,000 for every taxpaying household, according to a devas...

 Afghan farmers worry crucial dam project will be left unfinished


Repairs to Dahla Dam were uncompleted when Canada pulled out of Afghanistan; now farmers in Taliban heartland fear U.S. will desert project. Kandahar, Afghanistan: Anger is growing among desperate Afghan farmers in the Taliban heartland, as are fears that U.S. forces will leave before making...

 The Potential Fallout Of A Pakistani Militant's Death


The death of a key Pakistani Taliban commander tied to high-profile terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan would be a major blow to the extremist movement's operations. Wali-ur Rehman Mehsud, the deputy commander of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is believed to have been killed in a ...

 Obama’s counterterror contradiction


THERE IS a contradiction at the center of the counterterrorism policy announced by President Obama in a speech last week. In describing a sharply reduced threat around the world, the president declared that “this war, like all wars, must end.” He promised “efforts to refine and ultimately repeal...

 Unemployment boost insurgency and crime


Khost, Afghanistan: Just before the sunset, they are heading back to homes desperate, tired, hopeless and sad. Visiting any open space but mostly central squares of major Afghan cities, your eyes will simply catch people gathered in big groups looking for jobs. If you ask anyone of them ab...

 Afghan Rugby Star Gives Of Himself To Save His Mother


Afghan sportsman Mustafa Sadat is no stranger to the spotlight. At the age of 25 Sadat, a former kickboxing champion is a star in the country's fledgling rugby league. But none of his sporting success has brought him the fame he has found since giving part of himself to save another's life. ...

 What's an American lawyer doing in Afghanistan?


Kimberley Motley, best known for defending a young girl imprisoned for 'adultery' after being raped and impregnated in 2010, is the first US lawyer to litigate on behalf of Afghans in Afghanistan. As Western troops plan for the drawdown in Afghanistan, one American lawyer has set up her own ...

 Drug tests ordered for State Department contractors in Israel, Afghanistan


The State Department is pushing a new initiative to ensure contractors and others serving in the department’s diplomatic security corps in Afghanistan and Israel are not abusing opiates, amphetamines, steroids, cocaine and other hard drugs. Recent weeks saw the department solicit bids from pr...

 Fighting by bullet and ballot in Afghanistan


Last week, ten Afghans and six Americans were killed in one of this year's worst insurgent attacks. While the bombing in Kabul raised eyebrows around the world, it was not mainly because of its deadliness, but because of the group behind it -- Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-e Islami (HIG). Once ...

 Will the Taliban ever sever its ties to al-Qaeda? Here's why the omens aren't good


From its very earliest days fighting the Afghan government in the mid-1970s, the militia led by Jalaluddin Haqqani has been used as a proxy by Pakistan. Today it is known as the Haqqani network, allied to the Taliban and considered the most deadly threat to international forces in Afghanistan. I...

 In Afghan Transition, U.S. Forces Take a Step Back


Chamkani, Afghanistan: The American soldiers were climbing the steep ridgeline, fractured shale cracking underfoot and sweat pouring off their faces, when their Afghan allies up ahead took off without warning. They scanned the mountainside below for movement before spotting one of the Afghan pol...

 Proposed law to protect Afghan women faces backlash


A proposed law to protect Afghan women and girls from abuses such as child marriage, bride barter and spousal abuse has created a furor in the past week, exposing a generational and religious struggle that persists in this traditional Muslim society despite a decade of Western-backed democracy a...

 Hydropower megaproject to dam River Congo


Africa's greatest river is about to be tamed. The River Congo is set to succumb to a series of giant hydroelectric dams with twice the generating capacity of the world's most powerful hydro-plant, the Three Gorges in China. Last weekend, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Afri...

 U.S. Sergeant Raped in Afghanistan Found Nowhere to Go


As the only woman in her bomb-disposal unit in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Rebekah Havrilla said she had learned to endure sexual harassment from her team leader and contempt from the captain who commanded the unit. So when another service member raped her, she said, reporting the crime to her...

 I Traveled Through Afghanistan And Didn't See Another Tourist


Afghanistan is the 10th least visited country in the world. Go figure. Then again, I always thought it would be even less visited. Not because of its beauty, cold mountains and fantastic scenery, but because of regular bombings, terrorist attacks and being the home turf of Taliban. War zone t...

 Mes Aynak highlights Afghanistan's dilemma over protecting heritage


Quest for copper riches in Mes Aynak develops as battle between culture and commerce The ruins of Mes Aynak straddle a copper deposit so rich that many of the rocks are brilliant green with oxidized ore from a seam of metal first exploited 5,000 years ago. The remaining copper cannot be e...

 Mosadeq: Afghanistan facing crucial year for human rights


The human rights situation in Afghanistan remains deeply worrying as the country faces a crucial year with the security transition well under way, Amnesty International said in its Annual Report released today. The report looks at the state of human rights around the world over the past year...

 Obama Must be Taken Before ICC for the War on Terror' - Noam Chomsky


"RT" - The US war on terror is in fact the most massive terror campaign ever, and the invasion of Iraq was the worst crime in recent history, prominent liberal thinker Noam Chomsky told RT, adding that he wants to see Bush, Blair and Obama tried at the ICC. The ‘father of modern linguistics,’ Ch...

 India To Train and Equip Afghan National Security Forces


President Karzai on his visit to India was assured by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee that New Delhi will equip and train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to the greatest possible extent. President of India emphasized on the fact that New Delhi will help Afghanistan in its rec...


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