Tolo News: Heavy snowfalls have closed roads in nine districts of Badakhshan province – shutting off access to the provincial capital of Faizabad for the past few days, local officials said on Tuesday. The deputy head of Badakhshan provincial council, Ziauddin Wasiq, said roads have been closed for days and people living in remote areas are
The Mirror (UK): These images show the faces of Afghanistan’s people – in a region where the Taliban no longer exercise their rule of terror. Locals from the Afghan Pamir – an area between Tajikistan and Pakistan – are grateful for the peace of their region. Photographed by travelling snapper Eric Lafforgue, they live in a
Tolo News: A number of Pamir residents from Wakhan district in Badakhshan arrived in Faizabad, the provincial capital, on Thursday and lodged complaints about what they say are serious food shortages and a lack of health care facilities in their district. The residents said that government has forgotten about them and is not addressing their problems.
Reuters: Afghan Taliban militants have strengthened their grip on lucrative illegal mining operations in the north of the country, as security forces focus most of their efforts on battling the insurgency in the volatile south, officials said. Abuses by local commanders with private militias and beyond the purview of central government have also driven people into
Associated Press: The Wakhan corridor, which has been named Afghanistan’s second national park, is the country’s most — perhaps only — peaceful region. But it is so poor, even for Afghanistan, that people get food on credit or barter for it, and children go barefoot during the long, harsh winters. The Ismaili Shiite Muslim community here
Tolo News: Badakhshan local officials said Saturday that a gold mine in Raghistan district of Badakhshan has become a key source of income for the Taliban. Badakhshan provincial council warns that it will be impossible to clear the province of Taliban unless their revenue source is cut. Click here to read more (external link).
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, July 30 (Xinhua) — A total of 11 people lost their lives as the mini-bus they were travelling in plunged into a river in northern Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province on Saturday, a local official said. “Twelve people were travelling in a mini-bus in Baharak district of Badakhshan province early today when it suddenly plunged
VOA News Ayaz Gul July 21, 2016 ISLAMABAD—Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have overrun a remote northern district after days of intense clashes with government forces, officials confirmed to local media on Thursday. The Taliban first assaulted the district of Qala-e-Zal in Kunduz province earlier this week and both sides have since claimed to have inflicted
China Dialogue: For 6,500 years Afghanistan has been famous for the brilliant blue lapis lazuli, coveted by everybody from the Egyptian pharaohs to the common jewellers of today. These days mining of the precious stone is funding illegal armed groups and driving extremism and corruption in the northern province of Badakhshan, a two-year investigation by Global Witness,
Khaama Press: A relatively powerful earthquake jolted the capital Kabul and the surrounding areas of the city later this afternoon. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in Northwest of Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. According to USGS the earthquake started 45km Northwest of Alaqahdariye Kiran wa Munjan district with the location recorded 36.434°N 70.670°E