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Av loren adams - 18 april 2015 10:51


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Av loren adams - 13 april 2015 09:20

The United Nations said civilian casualties from ground fighting in Afghanistan rose by 8 percent in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2014, and the world body urged all parties to adhere to their commitments to ensure safety of civilians.

The U.N Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents killed136 people and wounded 385 in the first quarter of 2015.

The latest figures, released Sunday, show a 43 percent rise in civilian casualties from mortars and rockets. But the UNAMA report noted total civilian casualties declined by 2 percent, to 655 dead and 1,155 wounded, compared to the same period last year.

It said Taliban insurgents are responsible for 73 percent of the total civilian casualties, with government forces responsible for 14 percent. The report attributed 7 percent of the civilian deaths and injuries to both parties, while it could not attribute the remaining 6 percent to any party to the conflict.  

UNAMA chief Nicolas Haysom emphasized the need to refrain from using mortars and rockets in areas populated by civilians.  

While reacting to the U.N findings, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi told VOA the protection of civilians is a top priority for national security forces while they conduct counter-insurgency operations.

“The Afghan forces, they pay a lot of attention to prevent civilian casualties.  For example whenever we conduct and plan any operation, first of all what comes to our mind is to how to secure civilians, how to make sure that any measure we take during our operation that ends to safety of public and civilians," Sediqi said. "But in many cases during the fighting Taliban use civilian houses and homes as best shields.”

UNAMA said the Afghan war continues to take a growing toll on women and children. In the first three months of the year, child casualties rose to a record 123 deaths and 307 injuries.

UNAMA said parties to the conflict should act urgently on the commitments they have made to prevent harm to civilians, especially woman and children.  

More than 10,000 Afghan civilian casualties were recorded last year, the deadliest since the United Nations began keeping records in 2009.  

Av loren adams - 11 april 2015 15:19

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.


Av loren adams - 9 april 2015 14:12

   KABUL, Afghanistan —An Afghan soldier shot and killed a U.S soldier and wounded two others Wednesday before being shot dead, the first so-called "insider attack" to target NATO troops since they ended their combat mission at the start of the year. The shooting happened after Afghan provincial leaders met a U.S Embassy official at the compound of the Nangarhar provincial governor in the city of Jalalabad. All U.S Embassy staff were accounted for and safe, the diplomatic mission said. "Right after the U.S official had left, suddenly an Afghan army soldier opened fire on the U.S soldiers who were present in the compound," said Afghan Gen. Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, the police chief for eastern Nangarhar province The American troops returned fire, killing the Afghan soldier, whom Sherzad identified as Abdul Azim of Laghman province. The motive for his attack was not immediately known and no group claimed responsibility for the assault. In past attacks, Taliban insurgents have been known to wear Afghan police or military uniforms to stage attacks on the international troops. Others have opened fire apparently on the own accord, like an Afghan soldier who last year killed Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranked U.S officer to be slain in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War. The attack was the second fatality suffered by NATO since the beginning of the year. The last incident in which an American soldier was killed in Afghanistan was on Dec. 13, when a roadside bombing killed two U.S troops in Parwan province. Also, an Afghan soldier killed three American contractors on Jan. 29 in another apparent insider attack. NATO confirmed that one of its soldiers died in Wednesday's attack, without providing the nationality of the slain soldier. A Washington official confirmed the soldier was American, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information before an official announcement was made. The U.S Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley, was not present at the time of the incident, Sherzad said. Neither Sherzad nor the U.S Embassy identified the senior American diplomat at the meeting. Information was sketchy and an eyewitness initially told The Associated Press that four U.S troops had been wounded in the attack - not three as Sherzad said - and were being treated at a clinic on the American base in Jalalabad. Noman Atefi, the spokesman for the Afghan National Army's eastern corps command, said one Afghan soldier had been killed and two others wounded in the shootout. It was not immediately clear if the fatality he was referring to was the attacker. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, when asked about the shooting, said it "underscores that Afghanistan continues to be a dangerous place." "We're going to continue to work closely with President (Ashraf) Ghani, other members of the Afghan government and our international partners to support the Afghan government of national unity as it pursues a future of greater peace, prosperity and, finally, an end to this conflict," Earnest said. At the Pentagon, spokesman Col. Steve Warren said an investigation into the shooting was underway and indications suggested it was an insider attacker. There were at least four insider attacks in Afghanistan in 2014. The worst was on Aug. 5, when the Afghan soldier shot and killed Greene and wounded 18. Insider attacks first surged in 2012 to become a tactic in the Taliban insurgency. That year, more than 60 coalition troops - most of them Americans - were killed in more than 40 attacks that threatened to shatter all trust between U.S forces and the Afghan troops. Such attacks are sometimes claimed by the Taliban as proof of their infiltration. Others are attributed to personal disputes or resentment by Afghans who have soured on the yearslong international presence in their country after the fall of the Taliban's ultra-conservative Islamic regime. In February, U.S Gen. John F. Campbell, the commander of U.S and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S.-led coalition continues to "implement mitigations to avoid patterns and prevent complacency" that can lead to such insider attacks. "These measures have reduced, but not eliminated, the threat. We will remain vigilant to prevent future insider attacks," Campbell said. The Western-backed Afghan government's nearly 13-year war against insurgents has intensified in the wake of the pullout of foreign combat forces, as both sides seek to strengthen their positions ahead of possible peace talks. Meanwhile, two Afghans were killed and three were wounded in an ambush late Tuesday aimed at the Afghan police in eastern Kunar province, which lies along the border with Pakistan and where the Taliban have a strong presence. Farid Dhekhan, the spokesman for the provincial police chief, said the attack in Narang district killed a man and woman from the same family. No police officers were wounded, he said.

Av loren adams - 5 april 2015 15:30

Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani at the Independent Electoral Commission in Kabul on Sept. 26. Ghani is to be sworn in on Sept. 29.


(Los Angeles Times) With his Ivy League pedigree and professorial air, Ashraf Ghani long seemed ill-suited to the rough-and-tumble politics of his native Afghanistan, especially after a quarter-century as an academic in the United States.

After a disastrous presidential run five years ago, Ghani remade himself into a candidate who could win. He selected as his running mate a notorious militia leader who guaranteed a key voting bloc. He swapped his business suits for traditional attire and began using his tribal last nam

Ghani will need all his skills to lead the country into a post-American era. A divisive election, budget crisis and widening Taliban offensive all have underscored Afghanistan's vulnerability as the U.S.-led military coalition withdraws and President Hamid Karzai — who managed to hold the country together through 13 tumultuous years — fades away.

Supporters of the 65-year-old Ghani, an anthropologist by training, say he's uniquely qualified for the job, having co-written a book titled "Fixing Failed States." Reforms he championed as Afghanistan's finance minister in the early 2000s impressed donors, and his more recent job as head of the transition to Afghan-led security took him to each of the country's 34 provinces to meet with Afghans of all stripes.

"He knows the technical elements, but he also knows how to make them work in a political context," said Clare Lockhart, Ghani's coauthor and founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness, a think tank that specializes in development and governance. "His technical agenda is rooted in a real understanding of the country."

Born into an influential Pashtun nomad family from eastern Afghanistan, Ghani studied at the American University in Beirut — where he met his wife, Rula, a Lebanese Christian who now holds Afghan citizenship — and won a scholarship to Columbia University, eventually earning a doctorate.

He spent nearly all of Afghanistan's turbulent 1980s and 1990s outside the country, in teaching posts at UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins and later as a senior official at the World Bank. He returned to Afghanistan after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban to help draft the Bonn agreement, which laid the groundwork for a new government.

From 2002 to 2004 he served as Karzai's finance minister, winning praise for reforming the currency, helping to establish a booming cellphone network and creating one of Afghanistan's most successful public programs: a rural development initiative that has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to far-flung districts.

He served briefly as chancellor of Kabul University before moving back to the United States to help Lockhart form the think tank, which has advised countries such as Nepal and Kosovo on political transitions. At one point he was considered on the short list to replace Kofi Annan as United Nations secretary-general.

But his international background did not impress his fellow Afghans, even after he gave up his U.S passport to challenge Karzai for president in 2009. A dispatch from the U.S Embassy in Kabul that year described Ghani as "out of touch" and given to "high-minded, often wandering" explanations of his country's ills.

"It's a style unlikely to win Afghan voters, who are eager for solutions," read the cable, which was obtained by WikiLeaks. He won less than 3% of the vote.

On the campaign trail this year, Ghani was noticeably mellower. Long known for giving didactic, multi-part answers to questions, he honed a simpler campaign message of citizenship and accountability. He added his tribal name, Ahmadzai, to more closely identify with Pashtuns, the largest ethnic group.

Crucially, he chose Abdul Rashid Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek leader who has been accused of atrocities during the civil war in the 1990s, as a vice presidential nominee, astounding many Afghans, particularly fellow Pashtuns. Years earlier, Ghani had called Dostum a "known killer."

This year, he described him as "a charismatic leader" — one who political analysts said was worth about 1 million Uzbek votes.

Ghani finished well behind Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, in a first round of balloting in April, but advisors say his campaign was more sophisticated for the June runoff. His campaign workers reached out to local religious officials to help more women in rural areas cast ballots and used social media and text messaging to communicate with urban voters.

"I personally spoke to groups and groups of people telling them that an intellectual Ghani, not the warlords of our past, are the ones who will lead Afghanistan into a new era," said Delawar, a campaigner in the northern province of Bamian who goes by a single name.

Preliminary results gave Ghani a decisive victory, prompting Abdullah to allege fraud and forcing the Obama administration to broker a compromise. After a lengthy, controversial recount led by the U.N., Ghani was named the winner last week and Abdullah said he would become chief executive, a new post, in a unity government.

Mohammad Qayoumi, a friend of Ghani's for more than four decades, said the new Afghan leader would try to unite the country the way a technocrat knows: through policies to enhance Afghanistan's economy and security.

"In the beginning, I hope people are going to give him the benefit of the doubt and look at the new government with an open mind," said Qayoumi, the president of San Jose State University. "Based on what he is able to deliver, that is how he can keep the momentum going."

Av loren adams - 1 april 2015 08:52

Following the 9/11 attacks in the United States 220,000 people have been killed during US-led War on Terror in Afghanistan.

A conservative report recently published jointly by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival and the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War states that in the War on Terror  including 220,000 in Afghanistan approximately 1.3 million people have been killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. According to the report the figure “is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs.

“[A]t a time when we’re contemplating at this point cutting off our removal of troops from Afghanistan and contemplating new military authorization for increasing our operations in Syria and Iraq, this insulation from the real impacts serves our government in being able to continue to conduct these wars in the name of the war on terror, with not only horrendous cost to the people in the region, but we in the United States suffer from what the budgetary costs of unending war are.”, said Social Responsibility and co-author of the forward to the report.

The report which is titled (Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the “War on Terror”) further states that 80,000 have been killed during the War on Terror in Pakistan while at least one million killed in Iraq alone.

The War on Terror started after September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States that left close to 3,000 people dead.



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