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Taliban torch five civilian homes in Maidan Wardak’s Charkh District
Khaama Press August 25, 2015
Taliban militants have torched five civilian homes in Charkh District of Maidan Wardak province.

Pregnant Afghan woman loses unborn baby after brutally beaten by Taliban
Khaama Press August 25, 2015
A pregnant Afghan woman lost her child after she was brutally beaten by the Taliban militants, her crime being the wife of a translator who worked with the British forces.

Afghanistan, Choose Your Enemies Wisely
The Taliban’s new leadership may be the last decent opportunity for a political solution to the conflict. Without one, the Islamic State will make Afghanistan the next Iraq or Syria.
The Foreign Policy By Jeff Eggers August 24, 2015
Reverberations have subsided following the confirmed death of long-time Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, but the dust is far from settled. The succession to Omar’s former Deputy Akhtar Mohammed Mansour was relatively smooth (despite tensions among Omar’s family members) yet the outlook for Afghanistan is hardly more of the same.

Dyncorp Workers Killed By Bomb Were Afghan Army Trainers
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 25, 2015
Three DynCorp International employees who were killed by a car bomb in Kabul last weekend all worked on a program to train the Afghan Army and police, the company said.

Inspector Critiques U.S. Spending in Afghanistan, to Dramatic Effect
The New York Times By RON NIXON AUGUST 24, 2015
WASHINGTON - When the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an American government watchdog, requested information in June about health clinics in that country funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the aid agency handed over a database with the locations of more than 600 facilities.

Feature: Innocent Afghan civilians increasingly becoming victims of terrorist attacks
KABUL, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- "Enough is enough, we are fed up with the relentless killing and destruction, please stop the indiscriminate massacring of innocent civilians, please stop it for God's sake,"a crying boy exclaimed at the site of a deadly suicide car bomb that claimed 12 lives and injured more than 60 others in Kabul on Saturday.

Afghans Petition UN Security Council To Act Against Pakistan
TOLOnews By Nabila Ashrafi August 24, 2015
More than 15,000 Afghans have signed a petition calling on the United Nation's Security Council to step in and take action against Pakistan.

Gas storage explosion claims 11 lives in W. Afghanistan, fire devours bazaar in north
KABUL, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- At least 11 people, all civilians including women and children, were killed and 18 others sustained injuries as a reservoir of liquid gas caught fire in Herat city of western Herat province overnight Monday, an official said on Tuesday.

Nai Accuses NSC Of Gagging The Press
TOLOnews By Nabila Ashrafi August 24, 2015
The National Security Council (NSC) reportedly summoned a number of members of the press to their offices over the past month and accused them of administering Kabul Taxi – a popular, satirical Facebook news page that is run by an anonymous person.

U.S. Army Reopens Criminal Inquiry Into Afghan Civilians’ Deaths
The New York Times By ROD NORDLAND AUGUST 24, 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States military has reopened a criminal investigation into a series of at least 17 murders of civilians in 2012 and 2013 for which Afghan officials blamed an Army Special Forces team, a senior Western official here said on Monday.

Kabul Bank Scandal: At least $440 million retrieved so far
Khaama Press August 25, 2015
The Attorney General Office (AGO) says that at least $440 million of Kabul Bank’s missing money has been retrieved so far.

Foreign Air Support Would Help: MoD
TOLOnews By Shakeela Ibrahimkhail August 24, 2015
As the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) continue their offensive operations against militants in 16 provinces, officials from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday announced that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) may ask for foreign air support if the need arises.

Police Round Up 200 Drug Addicts In Kabul
TOLOnews By Tamim Hamid August 24, 2015
Amidst a sharp rise in drug addict numbers in the country's cities, including Kabul, officials on Monday said that they have rounded up at least 200 drug addicts in the capital alone in the hope of reducing drug addiction.







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