Afghanistan

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They Inspected an Odd Object. Now 4 Are Dead, 7 Lost Limbs

The 'New York Times' looks at a particularly awful day in Afghanistan

(Newser) - On one awful April day in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 10 children and one adult—all members of the same extended family—looked at an item on the ground near their home that they didn't recognize. It turned out to be an unexploded rocket, and as soon as a 16-year-old realized... More »

Suicide Bomber Hits Gathering of Top Clerics

At least 7 killed in Kabul attack

(Newser) - A suicide bombing targeted a gathering of Afghanistan's top clerics on Monday in Kabul, killing at least seven people and wounding nine, police say. Shortly before the attack, the clerics had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings and urged peace talks to end the Afghan war. Ghafor Aziz, police... More »

Nearly Half of Afghan Kids Not in School, Study Finds

War and poverty were among the factors causing the low enrollment rates

(Newser) - Nearly half of Afghanistan's children are not attending school because of war, poverty and other factors, a new report showed Sunday. Per the AP, the study, released by the Education Ministry and the UN children's agency, said that 3.7 million, or 44 percent, of all school-age children... More »

Air Force Apologizes for Yanny-Laurel Tweet

Linking viral video to Afghanistan was 'in poor taste'

(Newser) - The Air Force has apologized for bringing the "Laurel or Yanny" debate into an update on a battle in Afghanistan. "Taliban Forces in Farah city #Afghanistan would much rather have heard #Yanny or #Laurel than the deafening #BRRRT they got courtesy of our #A10," the Air Force... More »

Journos Arrived at the Site of a Blast. Then Came the 2nd One

AFP says chief photographer is among victims

(Newser) - A coordinated double suicide bombing hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing 25 people, including an AFP photographer and a cameraman for a local TV station, Afghan police say. At least 45 people were wounded in the twin attacks, according to a Kabul police spokesman, who added that four policemen... More »

Man Gets Penis and Scrotum Transplant in World First

Amazingly, doctors believe he'll regain both urinary and sexual function

(Newser) - A US serviceman has become the world's first man to ever receive a full penis and scrotum transplant. Per USA Today , the veteran was injured by an IED years ago while on combat tour in Afghanistan. Surgeons from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced the historic news... More »

ISIS Attack on 'Apostates' Shakes Kabul

At least 57 die in voter registration center attack

(Newser) - An ISIS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing at least 57 people and wounding more than 100 others, officials say. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro says that among the 57 killed, 22 were women and eight were children. He says 119... More »

Family of CIA 'Salt Pit' Victim: Where Is His Body?

No one's been told what happened to Gul Rahman's remains after he died in Afghan prison in 2002

(Newser) - He died "starved, sleepless, and freezing" more than 15 years ago in an Afghan prison cell, and now his family wants to know where his body is. In what an ACLU attorney calls a "failure of basic human decency," the CIA is being accused by relatives of... More »

Fake Ambulance Driver Kills at Least 95

Another suicide bomber strikes in Kabul

(Newser) - A suicide car bomber killed at least 95 people and wounded about 160 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban on Saturday in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, authorities said. The bombing came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the city. The attacker... More »

Report: US Funds Afghan Army Despite Use of Child Sex Slaves

And that appears to be against US law

(Newser) - The Leahy Law requires that US aid be cut off from foreign military units involved in gross human rights violations. A report commissioned by the Obama administration following stories of the "rampant" use of young boys as sex slaves by commanders—the practice is known as "bacha bazi"... More »

In Hotel Siege, People Tried to Escape With Bed Sheets

At least 18 are dead after Taliban attack on Kabul hotel

(Newser) - An Afghan official says that at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, have been killed when the Taliban attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. Spokesman for the Interior Ministry Najib Danish said that 11 of the 14 foreigners killed were employees of KamAir, a private Afghan airline,... More »

Gunmen Storm Afghan Hotel 2 Days After US Warning

No word yet on casualties

(Newser) - Guests were forced to flee as gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and opened fire Saturday night, the BBC reports. Najib Danish, spokesperson for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, tells Reuters the approximately four attackers also included suicide bombers. Afghan Special Forces responded to the attack and killed at least... More »

Kabul Attack Called 'Crime Against Humanity'

Dozens died in suicide attack on Shiite center

(Newser) - Authorities say an attack on a Shiite Muslim cultural center in the Afghan capital has left at least 35 people dead and 20 wounded. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says an unknown number of suicide attackers set off an explosion outside the Kabul center before storming it, the AP reports.... More »

A Girl, 11, Is in Prison Because Her Mother Is a Serial Killer

Afghanistan's prison policy results in children behind bars

(Newser) - The yards were apparently gruesome places: Afghan officials say Shirin Gul brought home the men who hired her for sex and fed them drug-spiked tea and kebabs; 27 of them ended up dead, buried in one of two backyards after her family members robbed and killed them, the New ... More »

Freed Hostage Mom Played Beheading Game With Son

In an effort to make him less afraid, says Caitlan Coleman Boyle

(Newser) - The American hostage mom who was freed five years after being captured by the Taliban-related Haqqani network is detailing the abuse she suffered to ABC News in hopes that those responsible will see some measure of justice for the "human rights violations" committed against the family. Caitlan Coleman Boyle,... More »

He Grabbed a Suicide Bomber in a 'Bear Hug,' Saved Many Lives

Police officer hailed as hero

(Newser) - Fourteen people were killed Thursday when an ISIS-aligned suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest outside a hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday. But many more would have died were it not for Afghan Police Lt. Sayed Basam Pacha. Pacha suspected the man was a bomber and told him to stop; when... More »

Afghan TV Station Back on Air Moments After Deadly Attack

'They cannot silence us,' news director says

(Newser) - A TV station in Kabul was hit by a deadly attack Tuesday but managed to get back on air just moments after Afghan security forces ended the raid. "The attack has ended. According to the commander of the special forces all the staff who were inside the building have... More »

Taliban: Kidnapped US Professor Is Extremely Sick

Kevin King's condition worsens by the day, militants say

(Newser) - An American professor kidnapped in Afghanistan more than a year ago is extremely ill and getting worse all the time, the Taliban says. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says 60-year-old Kevin King has "dangerous" heart and kidney diseases that have "exponentially worsened" during his time in captivity. "His... More »

Pics From Secret Tillerson Meeting Raise Eyebrows

Expert says one photo was doctored, and both US and Afghanistan claimed wrong meeting location

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson's visit to Afghanistan Monday was cloaked in mystery in more ways than one. Following the secretary of state's surprise meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani—which was only reported after the fact—the US Embassy released a photo of the two men seated together in a... More »

In a Shift, CIA Units Now Going After Taliban

Agency takes more aggressive approach in Afghanistan under Pompeo, Trump

(Newser) - CIA director Mike Pompeo has talked about the need to be more "aggressive" against militants, and the New York Times reports that his words are turning into reality in Afghanistan. The agency is ramping up its mission against the Taliban in the country, sending out small paramilitary units with... More »

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