Monday, 26 June 2017

US General’s Photo Op with Accused Torturer in Afghanistan

US General’s Photo Op with Accused Torturer in Afghanistan | Human Rights Watch

The US-led NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan just published a photo of Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, sharing a laugh with Kandahar strongman Gen. Abdul Raziq, long accused of forcibly disappearing detainees and having his henchman drill holes in the heads of some of them. Raziq runs secret prisons where torture is rife, and he’s also been implicated in corruption involving cross-border smuggling and unpaid custom duties. Both the United Nations and Afghan human rights activists have accused Raziq’s forces of extrajudicial killings going back at least a decade.

Afghan's Kharzai Blames US for Bad Security Situation

Afghan's Kharzai Blames US for Bad Security Situation: "The U.S. demanded a permanent military base from us and promised us two things in return," Karzai told Anadolu Agency in May. "The first was to support Afghanistan against external threats like Pakistan. And the second was to help the country improve its security situation and hence its economy."

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Herat Attack - Update


Insurgents Kill 10 Security Forces In Attack At Salma Dam In Afghanistan

Insurgents Kill 10 Security Forces In Attack At Salma Dam In Afghanistan
Afghan officials said 10 security forces were killed by Taliban militants in an attack on a checkpoint at the Salma Dam in the western part of the country.
Four other police were wounded and four militants were also killed in the attack in Herat Province, according to Farhad Jailani, a spokesman for Herat's governor.

Afghans Won't Accept Occupation


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Trump administration closes office on Pakistan and Afghanistan policy

Trump administration closes office on Pakistan and Afghanistan policy: 
The Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan office will be absorbed into the larger State Department division responsible for South and Central Asia, the officials said. The decision was announced to some office staff Thursday evening and took effect Friday, according to the officials, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a decision that had not yet been announced.
Friday was also the last day of work for the office’s current leader and her deputy.




Afghanistan fires senior PPF commanders over controversial video

Afghanistan fires senior PPF commanders over controversial video - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said the Battalion commander of the of the Public Protection Forces and the Company commander have been dismissed from their jobs.
He said the two commanders have been introduced to the Attorney General’s office for the persecution, apparently due to the controversial video of some soldiers posted on Facebook few days ago.
The video purported shows a group of soldiers harshly criticizing the government for the inadequate food they receive on the duty.

Friday, 23 June 2017

The Government Says It Wasted Millions of Dollars Dressing the Afghan Army in Proprietary Camouflage

The Government Says It Wasted Millions of Dollars Dressing the Afghan Army in Proprietary Camouflage:
The price tag for the never-ending, but occasionally paused, war in Afghanistan is well north of a trillion dollars by now. Nearly $100 million of that is attributable to our generous decision to buy uniforms for the struggling Afghan National Army—and a newly released inspector general report says that as much as $28 million of that cost was tacked on to pay for a proprietary camouflage pattern that Afghanistan’s then-minister of defense thought looked cool.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Lashkar Gah Bomb Update

Deadly car bomb hits Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah | Afghanistan News | Al Jazeera
The blast took place around 12 noon local time (08:00GMT), according to the governor's spokesperson Omar Zwak, when civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay.
The blast upturned vehicles, left the area littered with charred debris and sent a plume of smoke rising in the sky
The bank is believed to have been especially crowded ahead of the Eid holidays marking the end of Ramadan.

Car bomb in Afghanistan targets security forces waiting for pay

Car bomb in Afghanistan targets security forces waiting for pay | Reuters
Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said at least 20 people had been killed and more than 50 wounded, including members of the police and army, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch where the attack took place.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Explosion Rocks Jalalabad

According to reports, the incident has taken place close to a government compound but there are no information available regarding the type of the explosion and possible casualties. LINK

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Explosion in Kabul city leaves one wounded

xplosion in Kabul city leaves one wounded - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports indicate one person was wounded in the explosion.
He said the blast took place in the vicinity of the 15th police district of the city after a magnetic bomb planted in a vehicle went off.