Tag Archives: ANP

EU censors jailed Afghan rape victim – and the rapist says ‘thank you’

I thought I’d flag up a story in The Times newspaper yesterday that highlights how far the rights of Afghan women have slipped down the agenda in Afghanistan. One of the justifications for going to war in 2001 was to “free the Afghan women” from the “barbaric” Taliban. Despite this pledge, little has changed for […]

Suicide bomber kills five American soldiers in Kabul

The Sunday Times A suicide bomber yesterday killed 17 people, including five US soldiers and eight British and American civilian contractors, when he drove a minibus packed with explosives into the side of a military bus in Kabul in one of the deadliest attacks inside the city since the conflict began. The explosion hurled the […]

Nato ready to risk swifter Afghan handover

A classified document seen by The Sunday Times shows planners are mulling the idea of completing the planned transfer of power in 2013 The Sunday Times Nato has drawn up plans to accelerate the passing of security to Afghan soldiers and police before it withdraws from the country. It currently plans to hand over all […]

Police guard ‘aided terror attack on Kabul hotel’

The Sunday Times The terrorists who launched a commando assault on one of Kabul’s leading hotels received help from three insiders, including a police officer, according to the man who planned the attack. Eight suicide bombers armed with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machineguns, assault rifles, grenade launchers and suicide vests stormed the InterContinental Hotel on the […]

‘Without us cajoling, pushing or pleading, the Afghan army would sit on their arse and do fuck all’

The Sunday Times The bullet tore into the British sniper’s hip and knocked him to the ground. Surrounded by Taliban fighters after being pinned down by heavy fire inside a mud compound for seven hours, British soldiers suffering from heat exhaustion dragged the wounded corporal from the rooftop and into an inner courtyard. They bent […]

Taliban mines and assassinations disrupt transition in Lashkar Gah

The Sunday Times Their faces concealed with chequered scarves, the Taliban assassins found Haji Zahir Arian sitting on cushions in the living room of a friend’s house. They wasted no time in striking a blow against peace. The first hitman to enter the small room raised his rifle and loosed off four rounds as Arian, […]

Nuristan – province in terror as Taliban return

The Sunday Times The Al-Qaeda instructor spent an hour schooling his protégé, a 12-year-old Afghan boy, in the art of suicide bombing. Flanked by retired officers from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Arab militant is said to have shown the boy how to approach his target calmly before pressing the handheld button that would detonate […]