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Is Syria Another Afghanistan for Russia?

Observer - ‎4 hours ago‎
ISIS intends to force Russia into another costly quagmire like its miserable failure in Afghanistan (1979-1989) and early, where the Mujahadin literally forced out Russia with shoulder-launched Stinger rockets.

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis: The US Has Failed 'Spectacularly' in Afghanistan

TIME - ‎5 hours ago‎
Unfortunately, when it comes to the U.S.'s government's effort in Afghanistan, it has failed to achieve this. Spectacularly.
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Afghanistan sees Taliban leader as rigid conservative uninterested in peace

Reuters Canada - ‎2 hours ago‎
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government is looking warily at the conservative religious scholar who has assumed leadership of the Taliban, seeing in him a rigid proponent of hardline orthodoxy who is unlikely to favor peace talks, officials said.
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Death of a warlord will change nothing in Afghanistan - ‎May 24, 2016‎
The balance of power in Afghanistan shifted, perhaps permanently, with the reported assassination of the Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a United States drone strike on Saturday.
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Indian, Iran and Afghanistan sign trade corridor deal - ‎May 23, 2016‎
India, Iran and Afghanistan have signed a tripartite agreement to turn the Iranian port of Chabahar into a transit hub bypassing Pakistan, which has been the only route for war-stricken Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean. "The agreement can change the ...

Is Afghanistan really a "fanatically corrupt" country?

Huffington Post - ‎May 25, 2016‎
When British Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard calling Afghanistan and Nigeria “fanatically corrupt” countries on the eve of an anti-corruption summit in London, the incident was labeled as “embarrassing” and “unfair” by some in both countries.
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Drug-dealing thug who avoided jail after brutal attack on Afghanistan veteran posted gloating Facebook message ...

Daily Mail - ‎6 hours ago‎
A drug dealer who avoided jail after brutally attacking an Afghanistan veteran goaded his victim by calling him scum in a Facebook post next to a picture of bottle of £140 champagne saying 'I win'.
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Afghanistan's Growing Unrest: Implications for India's Security

The Diplomat - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Afghanistan is a place where post-war engagement will prove to be a more crucial battleground than the war itself. India cannot be a spectator as chaos ensues in Afghanistan, for it will not be safe from the spillover. Hence, it is imperative for ...
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Aurukun is 'the Afghanistan of teaching', Noel Pearson says

ABC Online - ‎6 hours ago‎
"Its disgusting that we expect young Australians to go out to remote areas - the hardest gigs in education - this is the Afghanistan of teaching, it is that hard. "We are asking people to do great service for us as a community and the least they ...

'My grandsons' fight to avenge their father': child soldiers in Afghanistan

The Guardian - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Habib* and Nabi* do their homework in the mud-walled compound the family shares. The boys both carry weapons under the command of their grandmother, Firoza, who commands a unit of the Afghan Local Police.

Women still punished for 'moral crimes' in Afghanistan

TRUNEWS - ‎8 hours ago‎
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan's president should ensure that the country's draft penal code upholds women's rights by banning “virginity exams” and outlawing the imprisonment of women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes, ...

Man writes names of 2300 military killed in Afghanistan by memory - ‎18 hours ago‎
Afghanistan war veteran Ron White writes the names of the servicemen and -women who died during the war in Afghanistan onto a wall at the USAA headquarters on May 25, 2016, in Phoenix. White travels the country writing around 2,300 names and ranks ...
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Iran, Afghanistan collaborate on increased security relations

Al-Bawaba - ‎9 hours ago‎
Reza Seifollahi, Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, met with Afghanistan's National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, on the sidelines of the seventh international conference of high representative supervising security ...

Exclusive: Iran Teams With Taliban To Fight Islamic State in Afghanistan

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎10 minutes ago‎
Tehran's growing push to secure its 572-mile border with Afghanistan, which hasn't previously been reported, marks a significant shift for the Shiite power.

Jewellery made by Afghanistan's women

Business Standard - ‎12 hours ago‎
Zada says, it took her two months to convince her sons to allow her to travel to Jaipur but now she uses the skills learnt to train others back in her country Afghanistan, which is home to the world's oldest lapis lazuli mines, some of which date back ...
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Doctor who served in Afghanistan planning Tory bid

Toronto Sun - ‎May 25, 2016‎
An accomplished physician who served on five tours of duty in Afghanistan is testing the waters for a possible run to lead the federal Conservatives.

Afghanistan: End 'Moral Crimes' Charges, 'Virginity' Tests

Human Rights Watch - ‎May 24, 2016‎
(Kabul) - Afghanistan's government should urgently act to end wrongful imprisonment and humiliating, scientifically invalid “virginity exams” of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said today.
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No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan

Channel News Asia - ‎May 25, 2016‎
HAIRATAN: Some days there is no train at all crossing the bridge to Uzbekistan, yawns a customs officer in Hairatan, formerly a teeming Silk Road border town whose decline is a barometer of economic depression in Afghanistan's north. "The camel driver ...
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Sebastian Junger's new book, "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging."

CTV News - ‎3 hours ago‎
A best-selling U.S. author who spent time with American forces in Afghanistan says in a new book that humans thrive on adversity, and that the communal way of life often experienced by combat soldiers and tribal communities is actually an “emotionally ...

Afghanistan hero Lisa Head honoured as street at new housing development is named after her

Huddersfield Examiner - ‎1 hour ago‎
Fallen hero Lisa Head was honoured in a moving ceremony in Almondbury today when a housing development was unveiled in her name. Capt Head, 29, of Huddersfield, was defusing bombs in Afghanistan in April 2011 with the Royal Logistic Corps when ...