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Former Hostage Says Husband Abused Her in Captivity

Canadian Joshua Boyle loses custody of children

(Newser) - Caitlan Coleman, the American woman held hostage in Afghanistan for 5 years , says her own husband made the ordeal much worse. In court papers obtained by the Ottawa Citizen , the 32-year-old Coleman says Joshua Boyle, her 34-year-old Canadian husband, became mentally and physically abusive, confining her to a shower stall... More »

CIA Asset Turned Ruthless US Enemy Dies

Jalaluddin Haqqani founded Haqqani network

(Newser) - The Taliban say the Afghan Haqqani network founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani, an ex-US ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told the AP that Haqqani died on Monday inside Afghanistan. The elderly founder of the outlawed group had been paralyzed for the past... More »

ISIS Now Needs Its 4th Leader in a Year

US-Afghan troops take out Abu Saad Erhabi in Afghanistan

(Newser) - One could be forgiven for not knowing who's running ISIS in Afghanistan these days: American and Afghan forces killed the terror group's leader on Saturday night, and he's the third man in the position killed since last July, reports the Wall Street Journal . Afghan officials characterize Abu... More »

After Call for Ceasefire, Taliban Seize 100 Hostages

Women, children taken from buses

(Newser) - The Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses Monday on a road in northern Afghanistan and took more than 100 people hostage, including women and children, in the latest brazen assault by insurgents, provincial officials say. The ambush came despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's announcement of a conditional ceasefire with... More »

Married at 7, Girl Was Dead by 9

Murder in Afghanistan raises plight of child brides

(Newser) - The murder of a 9-year-old girl, allegedly by her 35-year-old husband, is punctuating a disturbing UN report on child marriages in Afghanistan. A bride at age 7, the girl identified as Samia was beaten and strangled to death in the Qads district of Badghis province on Sunday, per Tolo News... More »

She Refused to Sit on a Plane, Stopped a Man's Deportation

Swedish student Elin Ersson bought a ticket, caused a ruckus til officials took Afghan man off

(Newser) - A Swedish student took a stand—literally—against an Afghan man's deportation from her country, and it worked, at least temporarily. Asylum activist Elin Ersson learned the man was to be flown to Istanbul from Gothenburg and then on to Kabul and bought a ticket for that same Monday... More »

US One of 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women

India is No. 1

(Newser) - A new Thompson Reuters Foundation survey names the 10 countries deemed to be the least safe for women, and the Washington Post focuses on the nation that claims the title of most dangerous. "India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women … rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and... More »

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 »

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