How baby powder is helping to fund ISIS in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

ISIS fighters in Afghanistan are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from illegal mining of talc, much of which ends up in the United States and Europe, advocacy group Global Witness reported on Tuesday.About 500,000 tonnes of talc, used in products ranging from paint to baby powder, were exported from Afghanistan in the year to March, according to Afghan mining ministry figures cited in the group's report.Almost all went to Pakistan, where much of it is re-exported. Pakistan provides ...

Afghanistan blast toll rises to 16 dead, 38 wounded

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

At least 16 people were killed and 38 wounded Tuesday when a minivan packed with explosives detonated as security forces were trying to defuse it in southern Afghanistan, officials said.Security forces in Kandahar had already cleared the area around a bus station where the van was found, provincial governor spokesman Daud Ahmadi said. “As the security forces were trying to defuse the van, it detonated,” said police spokesman Mohammad Qasim Azad.“The latest figures show 16 dead ...

President Ghani apologizes after Afghan air strike kills 30 children

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologized Wednesday to the families of civilians, mainly children, killed when the country's air force sprayed an outdoor religious gathering with rockets and machine gun fire last month.The April 2 airstrike on a ceremony attended by hundreds of men and boys in Dasht-e-Archi district -- a Taliban stronghold in the northern province of Kunduz -- left at least 36 people dead including 30 children, a United Nations investigation has shown. Seventy-one people were ...

15 killed, 42 injured as ISIS claims responsibility for attack in Afghanistan

Sunday, 13 May 2018

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a government building in Afghanistan on Sunday, the group’s Amaq news agency said without providing any evidence. Afghan security forces battled for five hours against a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad after a coordinated assault that killed at least 15 people and wounded 42, local officials said. Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a suicide ...

Dozens of casualties in blast at Afghan voter registration center

Sunday, 6 May 2018

A blast at a voter registration center in Afghanistan’s restive east on Sunday killed or wounded at least 30 people, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country. The bomb had been placed in a tent being used to register voters on the grounds of a mosque, Khost provincial police chief Abdul Hanan Zadran told AFP. “A crowd of people who had come out of the mosque had gathered to register” when the blast took place, he said, putting the casualty toll at ...

Top ISIS commander in Afghanistan killed in airstrike

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A high-ranking ISIS commander in Afghanistan has been killed in an airstrike, officials said Saturday, as Afghan and US forces dial up attacks on the militant group. Qari Hekmat was the top commander of ISIS’s Afghan franchise in the northern province of Jowzjan, where the group established a stronghold after coming under intense pressure in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Hekmat was killed on Friday in an Afghan airstrike in Darzab district, the defense ministry said in a statement, ...

Turkey to deport nearly 600 Afghan migrants, says interior ministry

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Turkish authorities will deport close to 600 illegal Afghan migrants in eastern Turkey back to Kabul this weekend, the interior ministry said on Saturday. The Afghan migrants had crossed into Turkey through Iran due to “ongoing terrorist activities and economic troubles” in Afghanistan, the ministry said, and security forces had handed the migrants over to provincial immigration authorities. It said deportation procedures had been completed for 591 migrants in the eastern province ...

Car bomb near stadium kills 13 in Afghanistan, says official

Friday, 23 March 2018

A car bombing outside a sports stadium in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Friday killed 13 people and wounded 40 others, an official said. Aminullah Abed, the chief of the province’s public health department, said the casualties were received at a hospital in the province’s capital, Lashkar Gah, with six of the wounded in critical condition and many others burnt beyond recognition. The explosion occurred after Afghan new year celebrations were winding down and ...

Photos of Afghan woman taking care of her child during exam get twitter buzzing

Thursday, 22 March 2018

An Afghan woman who was photographed taking her social sciences entrance exam at a private university in Kabul while at the same time attending to her baby, has been praised on social media. Twenty-two-year-old Jahan Thab was spotted calming down the baby, feeding him and then completing the test. According to reports, Jahan passed the exam with good grades. “With gratitude to the young woman in that incredibly powerful picture: Thank you for doing what was simply you being who you are ...

Father of Afghan baby named Donald Trump hopes son will be ‘as successful’

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Donald Trump flops over his pink and white baby walker and rolls it around his family's modest home in Kabul, blissfully unaware of the turmoil his "infidel" name is causing in the deeply conservative Muslim country. The rosy-cheeked toddler's parents named him after the billionaire US President in the hope of replicating his success. But now he is at the centre of a social media firestorm in Afghanistan after a photo of his ID papers was posted on Facebook. A self-confessed fan of the ...

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