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For the 3rd Time, Afghan Officials Flee US Training Site

They vanished from Colorado facility

(Newser) - Three prison officials from Afghanistan apparently fled a Colorado residential training center over the weekend. Authorities say this is the third time in three years that Afghan officials who arrived at the International Correctional Management Training Center in Canon City for tactical training ended up walking away, the Denver Post... More »

Family Guilty of 'Honor Killing' of 3 Daughters, First Wife

Mohammad Shafia, 2nd wife, eldest son sentenced to 25 years

(Newser) - Three Afghan-Canadians were convicted yesterday of the so-called "honor killing" of four members of their family , in a case that has shocked much of the country with its scope and cold-bloodedness, reports the Globe and Mail . Mohammad Shafia, his second wife, and their eldest son were found guilty of... More »

27% of Afghans Say Insurgent Attacks Are Justified

Last year, only 8% thought so

(Newser) - A new poll shows a striking increase in the number of Afghans who support insurgent attacks against American troops: 27%, compared to just 8% last year, called such attacks justified. The increase parallels an increase in Afghan civilian casualties—fatalities and injuries were up 31% in the first half of... More »

Afghan Wives' Horrific Way Out: Cooking Fuel, a Match

A look at the women who choose fire as a way to escape ... but survive

(Newser) - In Afghanistan, the most desperate women turn to items that even the poorest have access to as a way of escape: matches and cooking fuel. The New York Times takes a heart-wrenching look at the women who burn themselves in failed suicide attempts driven by forced marriages, abuse, and crippling... More »

Lone Tipster Triggered Afghan Air Strike Decision

Single-source action appears to violate Gen. Stanley McChrystal's orders

(Newser) - A single eye witness was responsible for much of the intelligence guiding the decision to bomb two fuel tankers surrounded by more than 100 Afghanis, including civilians, reports the Washington Post. Dropping the 500-pound bombs based on the word of a single source appears to violate recent directives aimed at... More »

2 Dozen Gitmo Prisoners Win Court Cases

All but 3 who got hearings were found wrongfully detained

(Newser) - At least 24 detainees at Guantanamo Bay have won cases in federal court or military tribunals voiding their detention in the last 3 months. While the Bush administration has insisted that the prisoners who remain at Gitmo are "the worst of the worst," there was apparently no legal... More »

Live on the California Air: Upstart Afghans

Shoestring budget aside, Noor TV's moguls lift off

(Newser) - An estimated half a million Americans have tuned into Afghan-only Noor TV since its launch about a month ago. That it was started by three 20-something brothers who shrugged off market research and dodged politics hasn’t killed the buzz yet, they claim. But it is running in the red... More »

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