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As Taliban Advance, Afghanistan Reluctantly Recruits Militias

22 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

Afghan officials are turning to forming militias as the army struggles to ward off Taliban offensives, stoking anxieties of factional rivalries in a nation still haunted by a civil war.

Italy coast guard rescues 70 Afghan, Iraqi migrants from crowded boat

ROME (Reuters) - Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said.

Energy crisis threatens Afghan business and security

Biggest city in country's south faces electricity shortages as it cannot afford to run its power stations.

At Least 10 Afghan Police Officers Killed in Taliban Assault

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

Officials in Afghanistan say at least 10 police officers have been killed in an ongoing Taliban assault in the country's volatile south.

Stretched Afghan army falls back on militias to help defend Kunduz

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

A Bad Af-Pak Deal

The former Afghan president Hamid Karzai seems mad at his successor and ex-chief advisor, President Ashraf Ghani, for brokering a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency. Show More Summary

Afghan government is sleeping with the enemy

Kabul's naive overture towards Islamabad works against Afghanistan's national interests.

NATO's Involvement in Afghanistan Beyond 2016

On May 13th NATO announced a plan to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016. The announcement came during the NATO's foreign ministers meeting in the city of Antalya, Turkey. The Afghan foreign minister Salahudin Rabani was invited to the meeting and confirmed the plan after his return to Kabul. Show More Summary

Shane Smith Interviews Ashton Carter: The VICE News Interview (Full Length)

5 days agoNews : Vice News

VICE founder Shane Smith interviews US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter about Putin's nukes, the rise of the Islamic State, Afghan tumult, and repairing the NSA's reputation.

Arming the Enemy in Afghanistan

"Sir, don't go out that far," the soldier warned. It was 2010, and Jeffrey Brown, a Pentagon auditor, was walking with a U.S. Army escort through Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, an Afghan city near the Pakistani border. They had just...Show More Summary

'Justice Has Not Been Served': One Year Sentence for Afghan Police Who Failed to Stop Mob Killing

6 days agoNews : Vice News

The family of Farkhunda, who was fatally beaten and burned by a mob in Kabul while police stood by, say the lenient sentence is just the latest failure of the Afghan justice system.

Afghan Eggplant & Tomato Casserole ? (Borani Banjan)

Today's eggplant recipe: An explosion of tastes and textures and temperatures, just eggplant and tomato slices baked in a smoky tomato sauce and topped with a garlicky yogurt-mint sauce. Serve this great summer dish as a side dish or...Show More Summary

Suicide Attack at Kabul's Ministry of Justice Kills at Least Six

6 days agoNews : Vice News

The attack is the third attack in the Afghan capital in the last week. It appears to have targeted Ministry of Justice employees as they boarded minibuses to go home at the end of the working day.

Suicide Bomb Hits Kabul Justice Ministry

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing at least six people, an Afghan official said. The attack happened in the car...Show More Summary

Afghan cops get 1 year for letting mob lynch woman

11 officers were among 49 people charged in brutal slaying of Farkhunda, young woman falsely accused of burning a Quran

Top Stories: Afghan Court Imprisons Officers In Woman's Death

6 days agoNews : The Two-Way

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Large blast hits near government buildings in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A large explosion hit a crowded intersection near government buildings in the centre of Afghanistan's capital on Tuesday as civil servants were leaving work.

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Huge Explosion Reported in Afghan Capital of Kabul

A huge explosion has reportedly hit a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital.

Judge Sends 11 Afghan Policemen To Prison Over Mob Killing Of Woman

6 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The case of Farkhunda has prompted outcry over violence against women in the country. It has resulted in rare sentences. Eight police officers implicated in the case were released.

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