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Photos: The tattered remnants of refugees’ long journeys

16 hours agoNews : BlogPost

In the Finnish border town of Tornio, busloads of refugees — mostly Iraqis, but also Afghans, Syrians and an array of Africans — arrived each day, their last stop on long journeys across Europe by foot, rail, bus and even ferry. Stepping off the buses, people would look around, put on jackets and light cigarettes, but […]

Suicide attack targeting Afghan official kills guard

Election commission official escapes unharmed after attack on his vehicle in Kabul kills bodyguard.

Suicide bomber targets Afghan election official in Kabul: police

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber targeted a senior member of Afghanistan's election commission during the morning rush hour in the capital Kabul on Saturday, killing his driver and wounding several passersby.

Once in Guantánamo, Afghan Now Leads War Against Taliban and ISIS

2 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Officials describe Hajji Ghalib as a fiercely effective fighter against the insurgency, and the American military supports his men with airstrikes.

Six children drown as refugee boats sink off Turkey

Four Afghan children and two sisters, aged four and one, die after two vessels capsize in separate incidents in Aegean.

Visiting Kunduz, a Taliban Target, Afghan Leader Urges Security Overhaul

2 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Reacting to Kunduz city’s recent fall to the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani announced the dismissal of the provincial intelligence chief and an overhaul of the security leadership.

How to make a granny square blanket

I don’t mean to brag, but I have now achieved approximately 0.4 completed granny square afghans over the past 5 months, and this is what I’ve learned. 1. Don’t plan the project  out too far in advance. Just dive right in spontaneously, this isn’t like those hats or scarf projects that you really want to carefully […]

'US Airstrikes Still Killing Civilians After Afghan Hospital Attack'

Those responsible for the recent airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz may face criminal and administrative charges, the top US military commander in Afghanistan warned on Thursday.

US Admits 'Tragic Mistake' in Bombing Afghan Hospital, Killing Patients

An American investigation has concluded that the deadly October air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan ran by Doctors Without Borders that killed 30 people was a "tragic mistake" due to "human error."

Afghan president sacks security officials over fall of Kunduz

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday dismissed national security agency officials who he said had neglected their duty to defend the northern city of Kunduz, which Taliban militants briefly captured in September.

US Sending 65 Drones to Afghan Armed Forces - Pentagon

The Insitu Company has won a $70 million contract to build eight Scan Eagle drones for the government of Afghanistan, the US Department of Defense announced.

"Human error" blamed for U.S. airstrike on Afghan hospital

"This was a tragic, but avoidable accident" says U.S. commander in Afghanistan of deadly U.S. airstrike on Afghanistan hospital

Pentagon: Attack on Afghan hospital 'tragic mistake.' MSF repeats call for independent investigation

Gen. John F. Campbell announced Wednesday that the October 3 U.S. bombing of a hospital run by  Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) was a “tragic mistake.” That, in fact, reiterates what he’s been saying since the attack...Show More Summary

Shifting Afghan Gears: Build, Don't Blast

Afghanistan has enormous economic potential as outlined in a recent US Army review; developing this is the key to stability. Despite fourteen years of US military support, the situation has deteriorated to the point that the senior US...Show More Summary

A Stunning Series of Screw-Ups Led to October's US Strike on an Afghan Hospital

The Pentagon has completed its investigation of the US attack on a hospital in Afghanistan operated by Doctors Without Borders, and it paints a grim picture. Gen. John Campbell, the top commander in Afghanistan, delivered a summary of...Show More Summary

Doctors Without Borders Condemns U.S. Report on Afghan Hospital Bombing as “Shocking”

4 days agoNews : Truthdig

CNN The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that ‘human error’ was at work in the Oct. 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which killed 30 civilians and left 37 others wounded. In aShow More Summary

U.S. servicemen suspended over Afghan hospital attack

Attack in Kunduz on Doctors Without Borders facility was result of egregious series of human and technical failures, U.S. commander says

U.S. service members suspended for attack on Afghan hospital, could face court martial

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that multiple service members were suspended from duty following an investigation into the deadly airstrike last month on a hospital in Kunduz. Gen. Joseph Campbell said the Oct. 3 strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital, which killed 30...

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