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British Government Tells Gay Afghan Refugees to 'Act Straight' Before Deporting Them

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:15:30 GMT

Under Theresa May's conservative ruling, new British governement guidelines have caused some outrage. A document dated last month about the handling of LGBT refugees explains that deported gay Afghan refugees are told to "pretend to be straight" while returning to their country.

Afghan interior ministry says killing of UAE officials in Kandahar planned in Pakistan

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:05:32 GMT

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb.27 : The killing of five UAE diplomats in a terror attack in Kandahar was planned in Pakistan, a spokesman of Afghanistan's interior ministry has said. Sediq Seddiqi was quoted by the Voice of America , as saying that the attack was planned in the Mawlawi Ahmad Madrassa in Chaman, Quetta.

IS commander killed in N. Afghanistan

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:50:27 GMT

Four militants loyal to the Islamic State group including notorious commander Qari Qudrat were killed in the northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan on Monday, provincial police chief Rahmatullah Turkistani said. "Acting on tip off, units of police laid ambush against IS fighters in Qushtapa district today morning as a result four insurgents including IS notorious commander for Jawzjan province Mullah Qudrat were killed," Turkistani told Xinhua.

Afghan President: Taliban shadow governor killed in Kunduz

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:39:24 GMT

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Taliban leader behind Kiwi deaths killed

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:41:58 GMT

A notorious Taliban commander behind the killing of New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan has died in a shootout with Afghani security forces. Haji Abdullah Gardande, an insurgent leader in the Bamyan province where New Zealand Defence Force troops were based for 12 years, was killed on Sunday, Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence says.

In 'special message', Taliban leader urges Afghans to plant more trees

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:43:30 GMT

The Taliban group in Afghanistan on Sunday used a rare public statement in the name of its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, to call on Afghans to plant more trees for worldly and other-worldly good. Official Taliban outlets released the "special message" under Akhundzada's name, an uncommon move for the group that has recently published unsigned statements on a range of issues such as civilian casualties, upcoming military operations, and the anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops in the 1980s.

Afghan refugees return home amid Pakistan crackdown

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:44:19 GMT

Torkham is a maze of chain-link fences and razor wire. Stern-faced Pakistani guards, their rifles loaded and at the ready, watch on as Afghan visitors quietly circumnavigate the multiple checks of their papers at the main border crossing between the two South Asian countries.

Inside the Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:32:42 GMT

An Afghan boy, who was held as a child sex slave, sits at a restaurant in a unidentified location in Afghanistan in 2016. Rich and powerful men have been prowling the streets of Afghanistan in search of poor and orphaned boys to use as sex slaves and entertainment for centuries.

Taliban shadow governor killed, claims Afghanistan

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:24:33 GMT

Kabul, Feb 26 : Afghanistan security forces have killed 21 militants, including Taliban's appointed governor for Urozgan province and a local commander, while conducting joined offensive operations, officials said on Sunday. During the past 24 hour, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted joined offensive operations in order to protect lives and properties of people also defeating the insurgents in different parts of the country that as a result, 21 insurgents including Talibans appointed governor for Urozgan province and a local commander killed , 23 wounded and 1 other arrested, Afghanistans Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Mystery deepens over Chinese forces in Afghanistan

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:24:32 GMT

A mystery over recent sightings of Chinese military vehicles patrolling inside Afghanistan deepened last week as Beijing denied its troops were in Afghanistan but confirmed it was undertaking "joint counter-terrorism operations" with Kabul. The disclosure comes as China steps up its involvement with its western neighbour amid a gradual withdrawal by US forces from the war-ravaged country.

Afghan Taliban Governor killed in drone attack

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:18:26 GMT

Kabul, Feb 26 - A Taliban Governor for the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, along with two of his men, was killed in a drone attack on Sunday, provincial Governor Assadullah Omarkhil said. Acting upon intelligence report, a drone strike was conducted against a Taliban hideout early today , Governor Omarkhil told reporters, Xinhua reported.

Taliban leader encourages people to plant trees

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:05:25 GMT

Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks. But the Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees.

Kerala jihadist believed killed in Afghanistan's Nangarhar district

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:05:24 GMT

Hafesudheen, a resident of Padanna in Kerala's Kasaragod who turned 24 last year, was part of a group of at least 25 Kerala residents known to have travelled together to Nangarhar. The family of Hafesudheen Theke Koleth, a Kerala resident believed to have left the country to live in Islamic State-controlled territory in Afghanistan's war-torn Nangarhar district, has received information that he has been killed, police and intelligence sources have told The Indian Express.

Russia's new game in Afghanistan

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:55:38 GMT

A resurgent Russia is making new inroads into Afghanistan , not in the way the former USSR did, but by aligning itself with some of the very extremists whose leaders were involved in the defeat of the Soviet Union's decade-long invasion of Afghanistan. In December 2016, Moscow disclosed its contacts with the Taliban , the group that is intent on toppling the Afghan government.

Bergdahl charges stand despite Trump saying he 'should be shot'

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:04:37 GMT

A military judge has ruled against dismissing charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl despite his lawyers' claim that President Donald Trump violated their client's due-process rights.

'IRA's policy was to cover up rape and child abuse'

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:13:06 GMT

Senior former policeman says the IRA covered for rapists and child abusers to prevent Catholics from talking to his officers, writes Jim Cusack William Matchett was one of the top police intelligence officers during the later stages of the conflict in the North during which time, he said, the IRA was crushed by the RUC and Garda and had no option but to give up its "struggle". William Matchett was one of the top police intelligence officers during the later stages of the conflict in the North during which time, he said, the IRA was crushed by the RUC and Garda and had no option but to give up its "struggle".

Frank Ocean interviews Jay Z about how the radio still sucks

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 01:08:52 GMT

His first show was a treasure trove of insanely good music-Prince, Sade and Celine Dion were just a few of the selections-as well as an engrossing conversation with Jay Z , an interesting choice given that the latter owns Tidal, a rival streaming service to Apple. Just getting him to sit and talk about the state of the world is a rarity.