Wednesday, 20 August 2014

NATO soldier stabbed, killed in Afghanistan

NATO soldier stabbed, killed in Afghanistan - UPI.com
KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A coalition service member in Afghanistan was stabbed to death early Wednesday near the Kabul airport. Local reports suggest that the soldier had quarreled with a taxi driver.

A Coup Brewing in Afghanistan?

A Coup Is Brewing in Afghanistan | The Diplomat
As Afghanistan’s political crisis continues unabated, the New York Times reports that some members of the Karzai administration are considering seizing power.





Tuesday, 19 August 2014

'Take No Prisoners': Order in Afghanistan as Battle Gets Deadly

'Take No Prisoners': Order in Afghanistan as Battle Gets Deadly

No longer pinned down by US air cover, Taliban fighters are attacking Afghan military posts in larger numbers with the aim of taking and holding ground, a shift from the hit-and-run strikes with posses of gunmen, explosives and suicide bombers.
Struggling to hold the insurgents back, the riposte from commanders of the Afghan security forces has been clear: across the country, they are now telling their men to kill captured Taliban fighters instead of taking prisoners.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Taliban executes 5 people over espionage charges in Helmand

Taliban executes 5 people over espionage charges in Helmand - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
Local residents have also confirmed that the individuals had links with the Taliban group and were hanged to death in public around 10:00 am local time on Friday.
The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.
Nearly 800 Taliban militants launched a major offensive in Helmand province late in June which continued for several weeks and left dozens of people including civilians and members of the Afghan forces dead.



Photographer's Week With The Afghan Army

Five Aid Workers Abducted

The employees were traveling by road in the western province of Herat on Friday when they were detained by a local armed group.
The aid organization is trying to secure their release.
Raouf Ahmadi, a police spokesman in Herat, said the aid workers were delivering sheep to local villages when they were stopped by the gunmen. LINK

NATO Airstrike Kills 3 Policemen

"A checkpoint of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces was targeted in the airstrike in Ghorband, leaving three policemen dead and another one injured", Afghan governor spokesman, Wahid Sediqi added. MORE


Friday, 15 August 2014

US Marine prosecuted for urinating on Afghan corpses found dead

US Marine prosecuted for urinating on Afghan corpses found dead — RT USA
A Marine who was prosecuted for a 2011 video that depicted he and other Marines urinating on corpses of Taliban members was found dead on Wednesday. His death did not appear to be a suicide, his lawyer told Marine Corps Times.
Retired Cpl. Robert Richards, 28, died at his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina, according to Guy Womack, Richards’ attorney. Richards was deployed to Afghanistan three times. He was badly wounded in one of those tours, as an improvised explosive device injured his legs and throat.

Former American Football Player killed in Afghanistan

Former Houston player Sam Hairston killed in Afghanistan - NFL.com
Former Houston linebacker and defensive end Sam Hairston, 35, died in combat in Afghanistan while serving in the Army.
Hairston, who played for the Cougars from 1997-2000, was killed in a small-arms battle Tuesday in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Police Chief Killed in Kandahar Clash

Police Chief Killed in Kandahar Clash
Seven Afghan policemen including the police chief were killed in a clash with a police commander in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province on Thursday night, local officials said.
The incident cross-fire happened after a verbal fight between Police Chief Shayesta Khan and Mohammad Reza, the police commander, said Dawa Khan Menapal, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Kandahar police chief resigns after ordering Taliban detainees execution

Kandahar police chief resigns after ordering Taliban detainees execution - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
Gen. Raziq is currently in Kabul and is expected to present his resignation in the near future.
The main motive behind the resignation of Gen. Raziq as Kandahar police chief is not clear so far.
However, it is believed that Gen. Raziq is resigning after he came under pressure due to his remarks against the Taliban militants where he instructed his forces to execute the Taliban detainees.