Thursday, 24 April 2014

Three US Doctors shot dead at Kabul hospital

Three foreigners dead at Kabul hospital | SBS News:

"As a result of shooting by a security guard of the Cure hospital ... three foreign nationals have been killed and one female medical staff injured," a statement from the interior ministry said.

"The incident happened at around 9:50 this morning and the attacker has been injured and detained by police. The motive behind this attack is not clear yet."

Cure International is a non-profit organisation founded in 1998 and based in Pennsylvania."

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

5 Afghan Police Killed

News from The Associated Press:

"A spokesman for the Kandahar provincial police, Zia Durani, said Wednesday that Taliban insurgents raided the police post late the previous evening in Ghorak district. He did not elaborate.

The Taliban did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack. Their Kandahar spokesman could not be immediately reached."

Afghan campaign worker shot dead outside his home

Afghan campaign worker shot dead outside his home - PakTribune:

"Campaign worker Esmatullah, who like many Afghan men uses only one name, was returning home from visiting a friend on Monday afternoon when unknown gunmen opened fire outside his house in Logar province, provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish said.
Esmatullah — known as Commandor Tor for his role in the struggle against the 1990s Soviet occupation — was killed instantly while his two bodyguards were wounded, Darwish said.
Esmatullah worked as an election observer for presidential candidate Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, a prominent Islamic cleric who is currently running fourth in the race for the top post, according to the partial results that have been released."

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

R2P And US Foreign Policy

The Dangerous Neocon-R2P Alliance | Consortiumnews:
The two elements of this alliance – the neocons and the R2Pers – also now represent the dominant foreign policy establishment in Official Washington, with the few remaining “realists” largely shoved to the side, including to some degree President Barack Obama who has “realist” tendencies in seeking to limit use of U.S. military power but continues to cede control over his administration’s actions abroad to aggressive neocon-R2P operatives." READ MORE

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Afghan Peace Commissioner Shot Dead in Logar

Afghan high peace council member shot dead in Logar - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency:
"According to local government officials, the incident took place in Mohammad Agha district on Monday.
Provincial governor spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwish said Ismatullah was a prominent Mujahideen commander and member of the Afghan high peace council in Logar province.
Mr. Darwish said Ismatullah was shot dead by unknown gunmen and two of his bodyguards were injured."

Monday, 21 April 2014

Syria - Assad in Rare Public Appearance

USAID documents cite Hillary Clinton in chaos of Afghan Aid

USAID documents cite Hillary Clinton in chaos of Afghan aid - Washington Times:
"References to Mrs. Clinton’s role in the policy first appeared in a November 2012 USAID action memo, which outlined how U.S. officials made a “strategic foreign-assistance decision” two years earlier to provide “at least 50 percent of U.S. Government assistance directly to the” Afghan government.
The decision was “reaffirmed by Secretary of State Clinton” in July 2010, according to the memo, which highlighted her actions as justification for why USAID should waive an internal policy that otherwise would have required the agency to first assess the risk that such “direct assistance” might be lost to fraud, waste or outright theft."

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Gitmo Hearing Halted After FBI Spying Claim

Departing Troops Are Leaving Behind an Explosive Mess in Afghanistan | VICE News

Departing Troops Are Leaving Behind an Explosive Mess in Afghanistan | VICE News

"“I was lucky to survive,” Alizada, who is now an adult and a manager for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, based in Geneva, told VICE News. “I lost a lot of blood, there was no ambulance so I was carried in a truck. I was treated by a surgeon that was not really a surgeon. But I feel really lucky.”"

Former U.S. soldier Goes Public on Pat Tillman Death in Afghanistan

Former U.S. soldier says his friendly-fire shots might have killed Tillman - World - CBC News:
"Tillman gave up a multimillion dollar career as a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals football team to enlist in the military in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and served in the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, becoming one of the U.S. military's most high-profile service members.
The U.S. military initially said he was shot by enemy fighters in an ambush, but a subsequent investigation determined he was killed by friendly fire."

Right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists to US

Opinion: In U.S., right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists -

"In fact, since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda's ideology. According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. (The total includes the latest shootings in Kansas, which are being classified as a hate crime)."