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Army deserters rarely face prosecution

US army soldiers wait for orders at the Forward Base Honaker Miracle at Watahpur District in Kunar province prior to a joint patrol led by the Afghan National Army (ANA) to Operating Post Rocky to conduct artillery fire training with the Kandak 6/1 of the ANA on April 18, 2013. Show More Summary

Your Most Gigantic Waste of Taxpayer Money Today List, Afghan Edition

Our good friends at the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a high-risk list for the Afghanistan reconstruction effort that calls attention to areas that are especially vulnerable to significant waste, fraud, and abuse. Quick recap for those who haven’t binge-read the SIGAR reports for the past 13 or so years: the U.S. [...]

With US Gone, Afghans Struggle to Keep Taliban at Bay

Following the departure of most US forces from Afghanistan, clashes between its security forces and the Taliban have been renewed, with brutal fighting returning to areas that had been comparatively quiet, the New York Times reports. From June to November, some 1,300 members of Afghan security forces were killed...

BBC Correspondent Gets Unintentionally High While Reporting On Afghan Drug Bust

Covering Afghanistan is often serious business. So why then is BBC Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville giggling uncontrollably while reporting from the region? Well, it would seem that the fumes from the massive pile of drugs...Show More Summary

Afghan Taliban can't claim moral high ground while killing civilians at home

AGE: anti-government elements; PGF: pro-government forces. (Source.) In reaction to the despicable killing of over 100 school children in Pakistan whose only 'crime' was attending an army school at a time when the army was battling the...Show More Summary

Tattoos embody Afghan social revolution, but critics push back

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

Exposure to Western culture since 2001 has transformed Afghanistan's previously isolated society, and a love of tattoos has taken hold ? despite inking parlours being illegal. Under the Taliban's tough 1996-2001 regime, personal fashion...Show More Summary

Chinese malware targets visitors to official Afghan government websites

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. ThreatConnect, a Virginia-based cybersecurity firm, said its researchers last week found a corrupted JavaScript file that was used to...

Emboldened Obama promises to ‘do everything I can’ to shutter Guantanamo: CNN

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do “everything I can” to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees held there were sent home. Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison...

Taliban kill 7 Afghan police in outpost attack

A Taliban-claimed attack in northern Afghanistan has left seven members of the Afghan police dead and five injured.

Roadside bomb kills Afghan civilians in Kunar

At least seven killed, including two children, in a roadside bomb explosion in eastern Kunar Province, officials say.

U.S. Releases Four Afghan Detainees From Guantanamo

The U.S. still holds 63 detainees who have been cleared for release.

4 Afghan Guantanamo Detainees Return Home

Four more detainees have left Guantanamo. They are Mohammed Zahir, Shawali Khan, Abdul Ghani and Khi Ali Gul. All are from Afghanistan and were returned to Afghanistan. There is no requirement that the Afghan government further detain the men.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

US releases four Afghans from Guantanamo

Defence Department says release of detainees, arrested between 2002 and 2003, followed thorough review of their case.

U.S. sends 4 Afghans home from Guantanamo

The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country.

Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated, says Pentagon

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Four Afghans held for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday, edging President Barack Obama closer towards his goal of closing the controversial US military jail. The Department of Defense said the men — Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and...

Four Gitmo Detainees Released, Repatriated to Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced this morning the release and repatriation of four detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of Afghanistan. According to the Associated Press, the Afghan government is not required to further detain the men. Read more...

US sends four Afghans home from Guantanamo Bay

A lookout post at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Photo by the National Guard. WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. Show More Summary

Afghan civilian casualties 'hit record high'

UN says casualties are expected to exceed 10,000 by end of 2014, making it deadliest year for noncombatants since 2009.

U.S. releases four Guantanamo prisoners, sends them home to Afghanistan

The U.S. flew four Afghans home to Kabul early Saturday morning, after they had spent more than a decade imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Reuters reports. Identified as Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, the men were reportedly originally detained for alleged involvement with the Taliban or similar terror groups. Show More Summary

US Sends 4 Guantanamo Prisoners Back to Afghanistan

The US has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country. US officials say the transfer—which drops the number of detainees at the facility to 132—is a sign of confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The Defense Department identities them as Mohammed Zahir, Shawali...

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