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Afghanistan election commission names Ghani president-elect
September 21, 2014
Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday declared Ashraf Ghani the winner of the country's presidential election. The announcement came less than a day after the two candidates for the presidency, Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah agreed to a deal that will divide power between....... [more]

Afghanistan court sentences 5 to death for armed robbery, sexual assault
September 15, 2014
An Afghanistan court of appeals on Monday sentenced five men to death for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. Two other defendants, out of the original group of seven defendants who allegedly stopped the victims' car while dressed as police officers, were....... [more]

UN tribunal overturns ruling in favor of whistleblower
September 7, 2014
The UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) last week overturned a decision in favor of a whistleblower involved with the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat currently serving as an anti-corruption officer at the US embassy in Kabul, accused high-level colleagues of retaliating af....... [more]

Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Releases
August 31, 2014
Six hundred and twenty-one detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay since 2002. NPR and The New York Times have identified at least a dozen of the 621 whom have resumed terrorist activities. Of that dozen, two became leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The news outlets acquired....... [more]

Ex-Guantanamo detainee appeals conviction
August 21, 2014
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, 2011....... [more]

AI: US military ignored evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan
August 11, 2014
The US military systematically covered up or disregarded "abundant and compelling evidence" of war crimes in Afghanistan, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. The report, entitled "Afghanistan: Left in the dark: Failures of accountability for civilian casualties caused by international milita....... [more]

France court sentences 9 to prison for terrorist associations
July 13, 2014
The Criminal Court of Paris sentenced nine men to prison on Friday for belonging to terrorist groups and plotting attacks against France, in violation of France's terrorism law. Only two of the men were present for the hearing, the others being tried in absentia. All denied being fighters or havin....... [more]

UN: ground combat now leading cause of conflict-related civilian casualties in Afghanistan
July 10, 2014
Ground combat engagements have surpassed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as the most common cause of conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported Wednesday. The report states that in the first six months of 2014, 1,901 ci....... [more]

Canada appeals court rules Khadr must be transferred from federal prison
July 9, 2014
The Alberta Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in favor of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr, ordering that he be transferred from a federal penitentiary to a provincial correctional facility. Khadr, a Canadian citizen now age 27, was captured by US forces after being found fighting in Afghanista....... [more]

European Union urge for deeper investigation into Afghan election fraud
July 4, 2014
The European Union (EU) on Thursday called on Afghanistan to conduct a more extensive investigation into vote-rigging in their presidential election. Observers involved with the EU specifically stated that other aspects of the election should be investigated, such an uncharacteristically high number....... [more]

The Case for "Amnesty" for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with PTSD and "Bad Paper" Discharges
July 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses the case for Amnesty for soldiers with PTSD who received other than honorable discharges... The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan saw the participation of more than two million American service members. Over 6,500 d....... [more]




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