Ayaz Gul VOA News November 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Fresh Taliban attacks have killed more than 40 government troops in Afghanistan’s western Farah province, which borders Iran. Officials said Thursday most of the casualties occurred in the embattled Bala Buluk district where insurgents staged a major offensive against a police base late at night. A top
Tolo News: Heads of Afghanistan’s security institutions on Wednesday rejected claims that the battles in Uruzgan and Ghazni provinces, and others, were an “ethnic war”, but said that regional countries and terrorists are trying to manipulate these battles in order for them to look like this. Interior minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said regional intelligence agencies and insurgent
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan November 12, 2018 Dozens of people have been killed in violence across Afghanistan, including in a suicide bombing in Kabul targeting a protest by members of the mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority, officials say. The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility for the suicide blast on November 12 that killed at
Tolo News: Hundreds of protesters marched through the night from the western parts of Kabul to the city center, close to the Presidential Palace, in protest against what they say is neglect on the part of government to secure large parts of Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces. The protesters accuse government of not providing enough security to
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 11, 2018 Afghan officials say 15 civilians and 10 elite force members have been killed in Ghazni Province, as a days-long battle continued November 11. Fighting in Jaghori district — an area inhabited mainly by Shi’ite ethnic Hazaras — erupted on November 7 when Taliban militants attacked the district. The
Al Jazeera: The war in Afghanistan is forcing people from religious minorities to leave the country. But not everyone can afford to escape persecution and seek a new life abroad. The Afghan government has said that protecting minorities and religious freedoms are part of its duties defined by the Constitution of Afghanistan. However, with the government occupied fighting
Eurasia.net: Since moving to Termez for his studies, the strangest thing for Asadullah Azizi has been to hear Uzbek spoken everywhere. The 24-year-old is himself an ethnic Uzbek, but his mother tongue gets little public exposure in his native Afghanistan. “Uzbek for us is a language for the street and the home. We Afghan Uzbeks only
Eisa Khan Ayoob Ayoobi via The Globe Post: The National “Unity” Government (NUG) was formed through a power-sharing deal to harmonize and protect the society. But in reality, it has emerged as a tribal monocracy and just a facade, plagued by disunity and ethnonationalism. As the head of NUG, Ashraf Ghani, since his illegitimate rise to power,
Eisa Khan Ayoobi via Al Jazeera: The NUG is struggling with containing the Taliban and addressing internal divisions – [Ghani’s] intra-Pashtun clan politics seems to have made reaching out to the Taliban more difficult. The Taliban leadership are Durrani Pashtun from Kandahar who take pride in being the descendants of “conventional” Afghan rulers like Ahmad Shah Durrani.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 20, 2018 Members of the Shi’ite minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan have commemorated Ashura, the holiest celebration in their religious calendar, amid heightened security measures against possible sectarian attacks. The festival making the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, this year fell on September 20.