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Afghan roadside bomb kills several children in Faryab province

Afghan roadside bomb kills several children in Faryab province

10 Hour The Guardian The Guardian

At least eight children killed and six more wounded in blast in Shirin Tagab district, Afghan official saysAt least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province, an Afghan official has said.Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said six other children were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district. Continue reading...

'Isis will be looking for targets': guns and fear mark Afghan Ashura

'Isis will be looking for targets': guns and fear mark Afghan Ashura

19 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Shias in Kabul prepared for their annual commemorations by scrambling to arm themselvesTwo months ago, Mohammed Murtaza Turkmeni gathered up his savings and bought his first Kalashnikov. He was born, educated and started a family against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s civil war, but until now the 27-year-old telecoms engineer had never fought or wanted to fight.This year, he didn’t feel he had a choice. He is one of hundreds of men from Kabul’s Shia population who have taken up arms to protect themselves and their community during Ashura, a ceremony that has been a frequent target for sectarian attacks from Pakistan to Iraq. Related: Pakistan's Imran Khan skirts issue of Afghan refugees' citizenship Continue reading...

Pakistan's Imran Khan skirts issue of Afghan refugees' citizenship

Pakistan's Imran Khan skirts issue of Afghan refugees' citizenship

18 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

After political backlash prime minister appears to row back on passports for child refugeesImran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, has appeared to drop his promise to grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees living on the margins of Pakistani society.On Sunday Khan announced that he would start work immediately to provide passports to the children of refugees born in the country. However, after a backlash from politicians and supporters of the country’s powerful military, he said on Tuesday that no decision had been made. Related: Pakistan's Imran Khan pledges citizenship for 1.5m Afghan refugees Continue reading...

Pakistan's Imran Khan pledges citizenship for 1.5m Afghan refugees

Pakistan's Imran Khan pledges citizenship for 1.5m Afghan refugees

17 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

PM’s offer reverses decades of hostility in official policy but analysts question motivesImran Khan has pledged to grant citizenship to 1.5 million Afghan refugees who have lived on the margins of Pakistan’s society for decades.According to the UN, Pakistan has the largest refugee population in the world, mostly made up of 2.7 million refugees from Afghanistan. Many fled the Soviet invasion in 1979, while others came across the border due to violence and economic turmoil. Continue reading...

Indiana Jones and the relics of Brazil

Indiana Jones and the relics of Brazil

13 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

As Unesco prepares a mission to help recover priceless antiquities from the Rio museum fire, a course in ‘cultural first aid’ shows how it is doneAs the dust settles at the National Museum of Brazil after its devastating fire last week, Samuel Franco Arce is gearing up to help.Arce has twice rescued his own small museum in Guatemala from floods and storms, and has just completed a Dutch leadership course to teach others this unusual form of emergency aid. Related: Brazil National Museum: as much as 90% of collection destroyed in fire Continue reading...

John Bolton to castigate ICC in Washington speech

John Bolton to castigate ICC in Washington speech

10 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Trump’s national security adviser threatens sanctions against judges at international criminal courtThe US national security adviser, John Bolton, will adopt an aggressive posture against the international criminal court (ICC), threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan. Related: The ICC must hold the US accountable for crimes in Afghanistan | Katherine Gallagher Related: The US and Afghanistan: can’t win the war, can’t stop it, can’t leave Continue reading...

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How two men and a WhatsApp group rescued scores of Afghan heroes

How two men and a WhatsApp group rescued scores of Afghan heroes

07 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Home Office issues commitment to resettle more Afghan interpreters and their families in latest victory for two-man campaignLike other British soldiers who served in Afghanistan, the former British army captain Ed Aitken relied heavily on his Afghan interpreter. And not just for translation.Nervously leading his first patrol in Helmand province in 2011, Aitken recalled coming under fire for the first time: “The infamous crack-thump of fire in our direction and a crack-whizz of rounds deflecting off undergrowth.” Continue reading...

At least 20 people killed in separate bombings at Kabul wrestling club

At least 20 people killed in separate bombings at Kabul wrestling club

05 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Car bomb explodes as security forces and journalists gather at scene of suicide bombingAt least 20 people have been killed and 70 wounded in separate blasts at a Kabul wrestling club.An hour after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a sports hall in a heavily Shia neighbourhood on Wednesday, a car packed with explosives detonated as journalists and security forces gathered at the scene, police said. Continue reading...

Ex-hostage says husband abused her while family held captive in Afghanistan

Ex-hostage says husband abused her while family held captive in Afghanistan

05 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Caitlan Coleman accused Joshua Boyle of physically and emotionally abusing her while they were held by Taliban-linked militantsThe American woman who was kidnapped in Afghanistan and held hostage for five years – giving birth to three children while in captivity – has accused her husband of physically and emotionally abusing her while the family was being held by Taliban-linked militants.The allegations levied by Caitlan Coleman against her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle are contained in newly unsealed court documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen. Related: Canadian American family rescued after five years as captives in Afghanistan Related: Children born in Afghanistan captivity fear new lives in Canada won't last Continue reading...

Leader of militant Haqqani network in Afghanistan has died, say Taliban

Leader of militant Haqqani network in Afghanistan has died, say Taliban

04 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Jalaluddin Haqqani died ‘after a long sickness’, the insurgent group saysThe Taliban have announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of Afghanistan’s Haqqani militant group – one of the most powerful and feared groups in the insurgency.The Taliban said he died after “a long struggle with a disease”, according to the monitoring group Site. Continue reading...

US service member killed in Afghanistan in apparent insider attack

US service member killed in Afghanistan in apparent insider attack

03 Sep 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Service member is sixth US fatality in Afghanistan this yearWounded American in stable condition, Nato-led force saysA US service member was killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement. The service member, who was not immediately identified, was the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year. Related: US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan Continue reading...

Four senior members of Afghan government resign

Four senior members of Afghan government resign

25 Aug 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Ministers of defence and interior are among those to follow in footsteps of national security adviserAfghanistan’s ministers of defence and interior, as well as another security chief, quit on Saturday, government sources have said, following the resignation of the president’s national security adviser earlier in the day. “We have received four resignations by two ministers and two senior security officials,” an official in President Ashraf Ghani’s office told Reuters. Government sources said the resignations included the defence minister, Tariq Shah Bahrami, the interior minister, Wais Barmak and Masoom Stanekzai, the head of the National Directorate of Security. The announcement followed a decision by national security adviser Hanif Atmar to step down. Related: Selfies with the Taliban: Afghan women buoyed by ceasefire snaps | Ruchi Kumar Continue reading...

Taliban to travel to Moscow for peace talks after 17 years of war

Taliban to travel to Moscow for peace talks after 17 years of war

21 Aug 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Talks follow wave of violence but also series of overtures from Afghan government The Afghan Taliban will travel to Moscow for peace talks next month in a high-profile embrace of public diplomacy that will be a landmark for the group and their Russian hosts after 17 years of war.“The first reaction was positive, they are planning to take part in the meeting,” Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that he hoped for “productive” negotiations at the talks which will bring together a dozen groups including regional heavyweights China, Iran and Pakistan, starting on 4 September. Continue reading...

Blasts heard in Kabul during Afghan president's Eid speech - video

21 Aug 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

The Taliban have been blamed for a pair of rockets fired towards the presidential palace during a live broadcast by Ashraf Ghani to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Blasts were heard as the president spoke. He interrupted his message to say: ‘If they are thinking the rocket attack will keep Afghans down, they are wrong’Rockets fired at Afghan presidential palace during Eid speech Continue reading...

Rockets fired at Afghan presidential palace in Kabul during Eid speech

Rockets fired at Afghan presidential palace in Kabul during Eid speech

21 Aug 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Police blame Taliban for attack heard in live broadcast of Ashraf Ghani’s address The Taliban fired a pair of rockets toward the presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police have said. No injuries were reported in the attack.The first rocket landed somewhere near the presidency, the second near a Nato compound and the US embassy in Kabul but no one was hurt, said police official Jan Agha. Continue reading...

Taliban take hostages after attack on bus convoy in Afghanistan

Taliban take hostages after attack on bus convoy in Afghanistan

20 Aug 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Ambush follows conditional ceasefire announcement by Afghan president Ashraf GhaniThe Taliban have ambushed a convoy of buses on a road in northern Afghanistan and taken more than 100 people hostage, in the latest assault by insurgents.The ambush came despite the announcement by the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, of a conditional ceasefire with the Taliban during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha this week. Continue reading...

Afghan president announces conditional ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan president announces conditional ceasefire with Taliban

19 Aug 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Ashraf Ghani calls on insurgents to reciprocate to mark Eid al-Adha holidayThe Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting in recent days in the central city of Ghazni. Related: Taliban hails 'helpful' US talks as boost to Afghan peace process Continue reading...