RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan October 9, 2018 A suspected suicide bomb attack at an election rally in southern Afghanistan has killed at least eight people, officials say, as militants escalate their attacks across the country ahead of general elections scheduled for later this month. Umar Shakti, the provincial governor’s spokesman, told RFE/RL that 11 people
New York Times: The bay windows in the Bost Hotel’s dining room looked out across the Helmand River. For all the river’s immensity, the current, borne hundreds of miles from up in the Hindu Kush, spoke only in whispers. The air hummed with mosquitoes. Beyond the river, on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of
Khaama Press: The activists of Helmand Peace March handed over a bloodstained letter to the office of the United Nations in protest to the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. The members of Helmand Peace March are saying that the letter is stained with the blood of the leader of the Peace March Iqbal Khyber and the main
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 17, 2018 A suicide bomber has killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan, including a Taliban commander, an Afghan official says. Abdul Qauom Baqizoi, provincial chief police of the northern Sar-e Pul Province, said the attack took place as village elders met with Taliban officials in the area. No group claimed
Tolo News: Members of the minority Sikh community in Afghanistan said their numbers have dropped sharply in the country over the years and that in Helmand alone, there are now only four Sikhs left, from the original 85 families. Click here to read more (external link).
BBC News: People in Helmand Province might be exhausted and desperate after many years of war and violence. But every Friday night, they still gather in dimly-lit rooms for a laugh and card games – right under the Taliban’s nose. Click here for more (external link).
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan June 18, 2018 Afghan peace activists have arrived in Kabul after trekking some 700 kilometers on foot calling for an end to Afghanistan’s nearly 17-year war. The Helmand Peace Convoy reached the Afghan capital on the morning of June 18 after traveling for almost 40 days, chanting slogans including “We want peace” and
Akmal Dawi VOA News June 4, 2018 At the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, a group of eight young men set off in Helmand province for a 600-kilometer march to the capital, Kabul, to press for peace. Like other Muslims observing Ramadan around the world, the men abstained from food and drink from
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 31, 2018 Afghan special forces have freed more than 100 prisoners held by the Taliban, including women and children, in an operation in the southern province of Helmand, the military says. Army spokesman Abdul Qadeir Bahadorzai said the early morning operation on May 31 freed 103 people held in two
Ayaz Gul VOA News May 30, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The U.S. military in Afghanistan says it has killed more than 70 senior Taliban leaders this month in a series of “precision” strikes, dealing a major blow to the insurgency. An official announcement Wednesday listed details of the strikes conducted over a 10-day period starting from May