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Mar 20, 2011

Afghan security handover more signal than real change

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai will announce within days plans for his security forces to take control of some parts of the country, but the handover from NATO troops is more a statement of intent than the start of real change.

Diplomatic and military sources say the areas likely to be chosen are either among the most secure in the country or have been the focus of intense coalition efforts — that would be unsustainable nationwide — to pump up the army and police.

Feb 24, 2011

Factbox: Night-time raids in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – The growing use of “night raids” by NATO-led and Afghan forces to kill or capture insurgents is one of the most controversial strategies in the Afghan war.

U.S. General David Petraeus says the pressure on suspected insurgents and their networks has given new impetus to a near decade-old war. Critics argue the raids fuel violence because dozens of innocents are killed or detained.

Feb 24, 2011

NATO’s “successful” Afghan night raids come with high civilian cost

SURKH ROD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A few minutes and a few bullets were enough to turn Abdullah from an 11th grade student with dreams of becoming a translator to the despairing head of a family of more than a dozen.

His father and oldest brother were shot dead last August at the start of a midnight assault by NATO-led troops on their house in Afghanistan’s east. Abdullah himself was hooded, handcuffed and flown to prison, where he was detained for

Feb 24, 2011

NATO’s “successful” Afghan night raids come with high

SURKH ROD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A few minutes and a few bullets were enough to turn Abdullah from an 11th grade student with dreams of becoming a translator to the despairing head of a family of more than a dozen.

His father and oldest brother were shot dead last August at the start of a midnight assault by NATO-led troops on their house in Afghanistan’s east. Abdullah himself was hooded, handcuffed and flown to prison, where he was detained for questioning and then released.

Feb 24, 2011

Night-time raids in Afghanistan

KABUL, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The growing use of “night raids”
by NATO-led and Afghan forces to kill or capture insurgents is
one of the most controversial strategies in the Afghan war.

U.S. General David Petraeus says the pressure on suspected
insurgents and their networks has given new impetus to a near
decade-old war. Critics argue the raids fuel violence because
dozens of innocents are killed or detained.

Feb 23, 2011

Exclusive: U.S. soldier faces trial for Afghan civilian murder

METHERLAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Yar Mohammad was in Iran one afternoon last September when his electrician father was taken from his home in an Afghan village by U.S. and Afghan soldiers, beaten in a school bathroom and then shot in the head.

By the time he returned the funeral was over, but neighbors had saved cellphone pictures of the bloodied concrete where they said Atta Mohammad spent his last minutes, and of the battered body being carried to his grave.

Feb 23, 2011

U.S. soldier faces trial for Afghan civilian murder

METHERLAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Yar Mohammad was in Iran one afternoon last September when his electrician father was taken from his home in an Afghan village by U.S. and Afghan soldiers, beaten in a school bathroom and then shot in the head.

By the time he returned the funeral was over, but neighbours had saved cellphone pictures of the bloodied concrete where they said Atta Mohammad spent his last minutes, and of the battered body being carried to his grave.

Feb 17, 2011

Afghanistan blames lack of support for bank crisis

KABUL, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The Afghan government said on
Thursday inadequate foreign technical support and a bad audit
had worsened a crisis at the country’s biggest private bank, a
scandal that could jeopardise Western aid to Afghanistan.

The fate of politically-connected private bank Kabulbank,
which has lost hundreds of millions of dollars, was on the
agenda at meetings between Afghan officials and a U.S. Treasury
delegation led by Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin.

Jan 26, 2011

Afghan parliament opens, paves way for bigger battle

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai will open parliament on Wednesday, ending a standoff with lawmakers, but setting the stage for a longer battle against an assembly he has long ignored.

Afghanistan’s government was plunged into political crisis last week after Karzai decided to delay the opening of the new parliament by a month to allow a special poll court he established, more time to probe fraud in the September 18 election.

Jan 26, 2011
via Afghan Journal

Afghan crisis had five-star lining for MPs

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By Hamid Shalizi

For Afghanistan’s recently elected MPs, a political crisis that threatened to stop some of them ever taking up their seats had a silver lining – they all moved into a five star hotel.

Nearly all 249 MPs booked rooms in one of Kabul’s most luxurious hotels, the hill-top Intercontinental, after President Hamid Karzai said he would delay the inauguration of parliament by a month.

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