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UN reports progress toward torture prevention in Afghanistan
February 25, 2015
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced Wednesday that Afghanistan has made "some progress" toward preventing the torture and ill-treatment of detainees held in government custody. The UN officials acknowledged the effort and commitment the Afghan government has shown towards elim....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on visa denials, prisoners' access to courts
February 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Kerry v. Din the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether US citizens have the right to judicial review if a consular officer denies a spouse's visa application. Respondent Fauzia Din, an American citizen from Afghanistan, had sued....... [more]

Pakistan authorites arrest school massacre suspect
February 23, 2015
The Pakistani military on Monday arrested Taj Muhamad, a man believed to be one of the militants who carried out the deadly Peshawar School Massacre last December. Taj Muhamad is believed to have been the commander of one of the units that attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, leavi....... [more]

Australia PM to toughen citizenship laws to curtail terrorism
February 23, 2015
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a plan to revoke and curb citizenship of Australians involved in terrorist activities. The proposal was made as a response to over a hundred Australian nationals who have traveled overseas to fight for the Islamic State (IS), finding themselv....... [more]

UN mission in Afghanistan reports rise in civilian casualties in 2014
February 19, 2015
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its annual report on the "Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict" on Wednesday, which indicated a 22 percent increase in civilian causalities in 2014. The marked increase represents the deadliest year in Afghanistan since record keeping be....... [more]

Pakistan authorities arrest 12 Taliban militants involved in school massacre
February 12, 2015
A Pakistani army spokesperson said Thursday that 12 local Taliban militants have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a deadly school attack last year. The militants were part of what is believed to be a 27-member cell, of which nine others have been killed. Pakistan credited the cooperati....... [more]

Defense seeks to have charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner
January 27, 2015
A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi, a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, is being held....... [more]

Afghanistan security forces arrest 5 for involvement in Pakistan school massacre
January 17, 2015
Afghanistan National Security Forces reported the arrest of five men on Saturday believed to have helped support the massacre that took place in December at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. The attack further strained Afghanistan and Pakistan's already tense relationship, but Afghan Pre....... [more]

Convening authority throws out conviction of Noor Uthman Mohammed
January 10, 2015
The convening authority for the Office of Military Commissions retired Marine Major General Vaughn A. Ary on Friday overturned the terror conviction against Sudanese national Noor Uthman Muhammed and dismissed the charges against him. Muhammed was accused of working as a weapons instructor and logi....... [more]

NATO formally ends 13 year conflict in Afghanistan
December 29, 2014
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday after 13 years of conflict. The quiet ceremony in Kabul was arranged in secret due to increasing Taliban strikes in the area, including suicide bombings and gun violence. On January 1 the US-led Internation....... [more]

Four Afghans transferred from Guantanamo
December 21, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Saturday announced the repatriation of four Guantanamo Bay detainees to Afghanistan. The prisoners, Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, were released after a review of their cases. Although originally detained on suspicion of being associa....... [more]




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