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Eight killed in bomb attack on cricket match in Afghanistan

Eight killed in bomb attack on cricket match in Afghanistan

19 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Dozens also injured after four blasts at a stadium in Jalalabad, with two explosions apparently aimed at people fleeing the first bombsEight people have been killed and dozens more wounded by multiple explosions at a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said. The blasts occurred after evening prayers on Friday at a football stadium that was hosting a cricket match at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, said. Related: Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it | Owen Jones Continue reading...

Physicist Kate Shaw: ‘Even in conservative places, you do not have to be in conflict with scientific ideas’

Physicist Kate Shaw: ‘Even in conservative places, you do not have to be in conflict with scientific ideas’

19 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

The Cern scientist on her dual role in studying quarks and helping to train a new generation of scientists from Palestine to PeruKate Shaw is a physicist based at the University of Sussex, where she studies the data that pours out of the Atlas experiment, one of the huge detectors that forms part of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, in Geneva. She is also the founder of Physics Without Frontiers, a Unesco-backed organisation that runs lectures, workshops and schools in war-torn nations to help kindle an interest in science and help local recovery.You work on the Atlas experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. What does that involve?I have worked on the experiment for the past 11 years and that brings me into two different areas of fundamental physics. The first is based on the top quark, the heaviest known fundamental particle in the universe. We are colliding beams of protons together and I study the top quarks that are produced in these collision. It is a great way of probing for new physics, which is really what we built our detector for. We are probing to understand complex issues that we still don’t understand. Continue reading...

Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it | Owen Jones

Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it | Owen Jones

18 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

The US president should not be allowed to dictate UK defence policyWhen we will we ever learn? How many more young British soldiers do we have to send to be slaughtered, maimed or traumatised in futile foreign calamities at the behest of US presidents? In the buildup to Iraq and Libya, critics were ridiculed as naive peaceniks or demonised as the heartless useless idiots of former western clients Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.What came next? Hundreds of thousands perished, millions were injured and displaced, while extremist jihadis flourished. With the British government preparing to bend to Donald Trump’s demands to double troops in Afghanistan, there are no excuses. We know the Afghan conflict – the longest in US history – has been a disaster. This is a blood sacrifice for the megalomaniac in the White House, paid by young Brits, teenagers among them.Before Trump assumed the presidency, it is notable that he described the war as a terrible mistake Related: UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request Continue reading...

US Air Force apologises for tweet linking Yanny Laurel meme to Afghanistan war

17 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Military chiefs admit joke about whether the Taliban would like to hear Yanny, Laurel or the sound of US gunfire was in ‘poor taste’The US Air Force has apologised and withdrawn a tweet that made light of killing Taliban militants in Afghanistan by invoking the viral “Laurel or Yanny” internet debate. Related: Laurel or Yanny explained: why do some people hear a different word? We apologize for the earlier tweet regarding the A-10. It was made in poor taste and we are addressing it internally. It has since been removed. Continue reading...

UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request

UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request

17 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

US asks for reinforcements after Taliban resurgenceThe UK is considering doubling the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan in response to a request from Donald Trump for reinforcements in the face of increasing gains by the Taliban.The UK has about 600 troops in Afghanistan at present, mainly based in Kabul training officers and not engaged in combat. There is also a small contingent of special forces. Continue reading...

Taliban launch large-scale assault on western Afghan city

Taliban launch large-scale assault on western Afghan city

15 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Security forces reportedly rushing reinforcements to Farah as insurgents armed with captured weapons flood into cityTaliban fighters armed with captured weapons and night vision goggles have flooded into the capital of Afghanistan’s western Farah province, forcing the governor to flee and driving security forces and officials into a handful of besieged compounds.Insurgents launched their attack on Farah city, near the Iranian border, around 2am, city residents said. Within hours they were within a few hundred metres of police and intelligence headquarters and had set up checkpoints on roads in and out of city, local officials said.#Farah city remains under govt. control. #ANDSF, supported by @USFOR_A #airpower, including @usairforce A-10s like one pictured, are on offensive against Taliban. @MoDAfghanistan has stated Afghan security forces are bringing their full capabilities to bear. #AFGStrong #ForAFG pic.twitter.com/LaM12izx6D Continue reading...

Life with microcephaly in wartorn Afghanistan – in pictures

14 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

In an impoverished country where support is limited at best, people with disabilities must look to their families for help. Mahgul, 69, is the sole carer for her four siblings, who suffer from microcephaly – a birth defect that prevents the skull from growing. The condition is so rare in Afghanistan that there is no specialist treatment availableText and photographs by Tahmina Saleem Continue reading...

Youth who fled Taliban held with adults in California amid dispute over his age

Youth who fled Taliban held with adults in California amid dispute over his age

08 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Despite federal court’s initial finding that he was 17, asylum seeker detained among hundreds of adults who do not speak his languageFirst he fled Afghanistan after his father and brother were murdered by the Taliban. Then he flew to Ecuador on what his lawyers described as a forged passport, and eventually he crossed the southern border into the United States, immediately surrendering to authorities. Now Hamid, whom a federal court had determined to be a child, is detained in California with hundreds of adult migrants, terrified and alone, and unable to converse with anyone inside the center as he speaks only Pashto. His lawyers accuse Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) of holding Hamid (not his real name) unlawfully as a dispute over his age leaves him in limbo. Related: US to stiffen border rules and separate children from parents Related: 'We live as second-class citizens': what it's like to face border agents every day Continue reading...

Afghan rockets killed up to 107 at religious event, says UN report

Afghan rockets killed up to 107 at religious event, says UN report

07 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Helicopter assault caused many child casualties, leading UN to question respect for international lawRockets and heavy machine guns fired from Afghan government helicopters killed and wounded at least 107 boys and men attending a religious ceremony near the northern city of Kunduz last month, according to a UN report. Villagers in the Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province said that dozens of people, including many children, had been killed in the 2 April attack, prompting the UN to launch an investigation. Related: Afghan civilians count cost of renewed US air campaign Continue reading...

Journalists’ deaths can only thicken the fog of war over Afghanistan

Journalists’ deaths can only thicken the fog of war over Afghanistan

05 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Emma Graham-Harrison, who has frequently reported from Kabul for the Observer and the Guardian, assesses the full impact of last week’s suicide attack on the cityAfghanistan is not widely known for its media, but it should be. For the bravery shown by hundreds of reporters in the face of escalating carnage, but also because it is a beacon for free press in a region where that is rare.In a country where officials are widely resented for corruption and incompetence, and security forces fight a deepening insurgency, a vibrant media at least means citizens know what is happening and have a platform to discuss it and challenge those in power.(January 4, 2018) Police targeted Continue reading...

UK backs down over Afghan interpreters' immigration fees

UK backs down over Afghan interpreters' immigration fees

03 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Interpreters who served with British troops in Helmand had faced deportation unless they each paid £2,389 The UK government has backed down over the fate of more than 150 Afghan interpreters who worked alongside British troops during their hard-fought deployment in Helmand province.The Home Office bowed to pressure after the interpreters sent a letter of protest after being told they would have to pay £2,389 each to apply for indefinite leave to remain. They had been allowed into the UK initially on a five-year relocation scheme. Related: Home Office 'to review' policy on returning Afghan military interpreters Related: Afghan interpreter for British army denied right to move to UK Continue reading...

'Are you with the tyrants?' Pakistani Che risks all to take on the army

'Are you with the tyrants?' Pakistani Che risks all to take on the army

02 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Manzoor Pashteen’s Pashtun Protection Movement gathers support in country where criticism of army is rareEvery morning Ahmed Shah puts on his circular, red-and-black cap, decorated with spades, and feels ready to take on the world. “For me this cap is a symbol of resistance,” he says. “That’s why I like it.”Shah (not his real name) is one of thousands of Pakistanis who have taken to wearing the distinctive tribal hat to show their support for Manzoor Pashteen. Related: Pakistani journalist who criticised military tells of attempted abduction My family say: if you are killed, then at least you will have done something for the people Related: Shutdown of Pakistani TV network hints at army's bid for control Continue reading...

The Guardian view on press freedom: a connective tissue of society | Editorial

The Guardian view on press freedom: a connective tissue of society | Editorial

01 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Journalists defy dangers because they understand that their role is a necessary check on the ambition and vanity of the rich and powerful. Protecting reporters has never been so necessaryTen journalists were killed in two attacks in Afghanistan on Monday along with 26 other people who seem to have been collateral damage. All of these deaths were tragedies for everyone who loved the victims. But attacks on journalists, like attacks on doctors or judges, are not just attacks on individuals and their families: they aim to tear the connective tissue of society. Not all journalists are singled out for killing, of course. Those who never attack the powerful or do not put themselves in harm’s way are unlikely to be victims.Yet neither is it necessary to display the extraordinary determination of the Maltese investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed in a car bomb near her home last year, in order to be at risk. Often it is enough to be doing the unglamorous work of reporting what happens in plain sight, to ensure that no one turns away from what should be in front of their noses. There are times and places when the simple truth is in itself a provocation to thugs and criminals. In Afghanistan, as in Pakistan, in Mexico, and above all in Syria, journalists are killed simply for recording the atrocities around them. Continue reading...

The US and Afghanistan: can’t win the war, can’t stop it, can’t leave

The US and Afghanistan: can’t win the war, can’t stop it, can’t leave

01 May 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Latest attacks focus attention on continuing failure of Trump’s efforts to stabilise the countryThe latest, dreadful suicide bombings in Kabul and Kandahar, which killed more than 50 people on Monday, have again focused attention on the continuing failure of American-led efforts to stabilise the country. After 16 years of conflict, critics say, the US is in a triple bind: it cannot win the war, it cannot halt the war, and it cannot leave. Continue reading...

Afghanistan: the 10 journalists who died in deadly day for media

Afghanistan: the 10 journalists who died in deadly day for media

30 Apr 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Nine killed while reporting on Kabul bombings, while BBC reporter shot dead in Khost provinceNine journalists were among at least 25 people killed in twin bombings in Kabul on Monday. One BBC journalist was also killed in a separate incident in the eastern province of Khost, making it the deadliest day for media workers in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Among the dead were: Continue reading...

Aftermath of second deadly explosion in Kabul – video

30 Apr 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

People flee in the Afghanistan capital after a suicide bomber posing as a journalist blew himself up in the second of two coordinated attacks in the city's Shash Darak neighbourhood, near the Nato headquarters and the US embassy. The attacks killed at least 25 people, including children and journalists Ten journalists among 36 killed in Afghanistan attacks Continue reading...

Kabul: casualties reported as explosions hit city centre

Kabul: casualties reported as explosions hit city centre

30 Apr 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

At least four dead in suspected suicide attacks on Afghan capital one week after a blast killed 60 people at a voter registration centreAuthorities in Kabul say two explosions have hit the centre of the Afghan capital and at least four people are dead.Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin says the area hit by the first blast on Monday morning included foreign offices. Authorities said at least four people, including a journalist, were killed and eight wounded. Related: Dozens dead in bombing at Kabul voter registration centre Continue reading...

Dozens dead in bombing at Kabul voter registration centre

Dozens dead in bombing at Kabul voter registration centre

22 Apr 2018 The Guardian The Guardian

Islamic State claims responsibility for suicide attack on ID cards queue that killed at least 31 peopleA suicide bomber has killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens outside a voter registration centre in Kabul, the health ministry said, in the latest attack on election preparations. The public health ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 54 people were wounded in Sunday’s attack. Gen Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards. Related: Family of Afghan man tortured by CIA demands US reveal location of his body Continue reading...