Tuesday 1 January 2008
November 21, 2007
UN Rights Chief Laments Troops' Role In Afghan Deaths
The UN's Louise Arbour (file photo) (epa) November 21, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has criticized insurgents and international troops in Afghanistan for the mounting civilian death toll.
November 20, 2007
Pentagon Wants More Funding For Pakistan Frontier Corps
November 20, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military wants to nearly double its funding to train and equip Pakistan's Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force with members who are the same ethnicity as pro-Taliban tribal fighters near the border with Afghanistan.
November 19, 2007
UN Report Says Afghan Guards Shot Bombing Victims
Dignitaries attend funeral services for the six lawmakers killed in the attack (Pajhwak Afghan News) November 19, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- An internal UN report from Afghanistan says many people who were killed early this month when a suicide bomber attacked a group of Afghan lawmakers appear to have been shot dead by bodyguards after the blast.
November 15, 2007
UN Human Rights Commissioner Visits Afghanistan
November 15, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour arrived in Afghanistan today for a one-week visit that coincides with new charges that Afghan officials have committed serious rights violations.
November 09, 2007
UN Report Says Suicide Bombers Get Support In Both Countries
Pakistani and Afghan authorities have repeatedly accused each other of failing to prevent cross-border suicide attacks by Taliban-linked militants. A recent UN report suggests that the crisis won't be resolved as long as both sides persist in blaming the other.
November 07, 2007
Suspicion, Fear Surround Afghan Attack
Speculation is rife about who carried out a bomb attack in northern Afghanistan that killed six members of the Afghan parliament and at least 35 other people. And there are fears that violence could escalate and widen rifts between rival factional militia groups in the north.
November 07, 2007
Democracy In Pakistan Would Help Afghan Stability
PRAGUE, November 7, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Washington is strongly urging President Pervez Musharraf to restore the democratic process in Pakistan following his declaration of emergency rule. U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman told RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel on November 6 that one reason is Washington's conviction that building democracy in Pakistan would also contribute to stability in Afghanistan, where NATO-led troops continue to battle Taliban insurgents.
November 06, 2007
Afghan Lawmakers Killed In Suicide Attack On Delegation
Sayed Mustafa Kazemi was among the lawmakers killed in the attack (file photo) (Pajhwak Afghan News) November 6, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Police in Afghanistan say a suicide bomber attacked a group of lawmakers and tribal elders who were touring a sugar factory north of Kabul today, killing and wounding scores of people.
November 04, 2007
Armed Northern Militias Complicate Security
As attention focuses on the battle against the Taliban in the south and east, a different dynamic is lingering in the north. There, ethnic militias are reportedly using the Taliban threat as a pretext to hoard weapons and assert their authority.