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Uzbekistan torture ignored by the west, say human rights group

Western governments have turned a blind eye to criticism of torture and rights abuses in Uzbekistan to preserve relations with the state pivotal to supplying Nato forces in Afghanistan, according to a human rights watchdog. New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic of 28 million people, had failed to keep […]

Trapped NATO fuel trucks set on fire in Pakistan

December 13, 2011 by legitgov ShareThis Trapped NATO fuel trucks set on fire in Pakistan 12 Dec 2011 A group of fuel tankers contracted to NATO forces in Afghanistan were set on fire by armed militants on motorcycles who ambushed the convoy in southwest Pakistan, officials said. The gunmen opened fire on the trucks, killing […]

US cuts put British-backed Afghan hydropower project in doubt

Cuts to the US government’s Afghanistan development programme have put in doubt the future of a 220-tonne hydroelectric generator that British forces hauled across the desert of Helmand more than three years ago. The September 2008 operation to sneak the heavy machinery across 100 miles of hostile territory in northern Helmand to the Kajaki dam […]

US Military Vacates Pakistani Air Base

U.S. military vacated an air base in Pakistan’s southwest Sunday, meeting a December 11 deadline set by Islamabad in response to NATO’s November 26 air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The Pakistani military said it took over the Shamsi base in Baluchistan province shortly after the last U.S. personnel departed. The Pakistani government ordered […]

Afghanistan: the lost decade | Editorial

There is one set of figures about the war in Afghanistan that puts the problems of trying to end it into their true perspective. The US is spending $120bn more in fighting the war this year than the Afghan exchequer is raising in tax revenue. Even the cost of the war to Britain, at £6bn […]

Nato braces for reprisals after deadly air strike on Pakistan border post

Nato forces in Afghanistan were braced on Sunday for possible reprisals from Pakistani-backed insurgents following the coalition air strike along the border that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Senior officers from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), were scrambling to resume contacts with their Pakistani counterparts in the hopes of setting up a joint investigation […]

Pakistan Orders US Out of Airbase

Pakistan has ordered the United States to move out of an airbase on its territory, after shutting down NATO’s two main overland supply routes into Afghanistan.  Popular anger is mounting in Pakistan after NATO’s killing of 24 Pakistani military personnel in a cross-border airstrike Saturday. American forces have been given 15 days to vacate the […]

Pakistan outrage at ‘Nato attack’

26 November 2011 Last updated at 12:14 GMT Pakistani officials have responded with fury to an apparent attack by Nato helicopters on an Afghan border checkpoint they say killed 26 soldiers. The “unprovoked and indiscriminate” attack took place in Mohmand tribal region, the Pakistani military said. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called it “outrageous” and […]

US removes Afghanistan commander Peter Fuller for criticising Karzai

Major General Peter Fuller, a top US commander in Afghanistan, has been relieved of his duties after criticising the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai. General John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), relieved Fuller as deputy commander of the effort to train Afghan security forces after Fuller told Politico that Afghan leaders were […]