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May 19, 2015

Bomb outside Afghan justice ministry kills five, wounds dozens

KABUL (Reuters) – A bomb exploded in the parking lot of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Justice on Tuesday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens as civil servants were leaving work for the day, officials said.

It was the fifth major attack in Kabul in just over two weeks and the third to target employees of the justice system, coinciding with a new offensive by Taliban insurgents across the country.

May 19, 2015

Bomb explodes outside Ministry of Justice in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded in the parking lot of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Justice on Tuesday as civil servants were due leave work for the day, police said.

There was no immediate word of any casualties. Sirens could be heard in the minutes after the blast as rescuers and police rushed to the scene.

May 14, 2015

Taliban claim attack on Afghan guesthouse that killed 11

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a popular guesthouse in Kabul that officials said killed at least 11 people, including foreigners attending a dinner and arriving for a concert.

At least one American and two Indian nationals were confirmed among the dead at the Park Palace guesthouse in an upscale neighborhood of central Kabul.

May 3, 2015

Afghan court shows video of mob lynching woman in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – Video of a crowd killing an Afghan woman accused of burning pages from a Koran was shown in court on Sunday in the trial of nearly 50 people over a lynching that prompted outrage and protests in Kabul.

The judge asked prosecutors on the second day of the trial to play footage, shot with mobile phone cameras, of a crowd kicking and beating the 27-year-old woman, named Farkhunda.

May 2, 2015

Dozens tried for mob killing of Afghan woman that sparked outcry

KABUL (Reuters) – Dozens of Afghan men including several policemen faced trial on Saturday over the mob killing in Kabul of a 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran, a lynching that prompted unprecedented protests.

The trial, expected to last two days, was broadcast live on television.

A frenzied crowd beat and kicked the woman, named Farkhunda, to death on March 19 and set her body on fire as several police looked on near a shrine in central Kabul.

Apr 19, 2015

UN investigation finds corruption in Afghan police oversight division

KABUL (Reuters) – A United Nations sponsored report has found that Afghanistan government officials who headed oversight of the police suppressed complaints of corruption against the force and has recommended their dismissal, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters.  

    The United Nations Development Programme is also investigating why its own division, the Law and Order Trust Fund of Afghanistan (LOTFA), which commissioned the report, did not show it to senior U.N. officials after it was submitted in January.

Apr 16, 2015

Rivals row over top Afghan defense posts as Taliban goes on attack

KABUL (Reuters) – Seven months after rival leaders finally agreed to share power, Afghanistan has no permanent defense minister and cannot decide who should run the army, threatening to weaken the war against Taliban militants on the offensive after foreign troops left.

Deadlock over choosing the minister and army chief of staff is the latest sign of tension in the government of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who fought a bitterly contested presidential election last year.

Apr 9, 2015

Afghan defense minister nominee drops out after two days

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan cabinet’s latest choice for defense minister dropped out on Wednesday, just two days after being nominated for the job, underlining tensions between the president and rival parties within the national unity government.

General Mohammad Afzal Ludin was to have taken charge of the country’s army at a time when most foreign troops have withdrawn and Afghan forces are battling the resilient Taliban insurgency largely alone.

Mar 31, 2015

Council fears U.S. troop decision will hurt faltering Afghan peace process

KABUL (Reuters) – The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency.

Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signaled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. The conflict costs thousands of lives each year.

Mar 30, 2015

Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process

KABUL (Reuters) – The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency.

Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signaled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. The conflict costs thousands of lives each year.

    • About Hamid

      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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