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Bagram detainee haunted by ‘mental torture’
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(Dawn)

Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence —and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.




Exclusive: The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military
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by Jacob Hausner

The US military’s “Islam problem” captured news headlines even before Wired.com ‘s 2012 breaking story about a military course teaching soldiers that the USA was at “war with Islam.”




Outsourcing Torture: US Special Forces Watch Afghan Police Brutally Beat Detainee
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By Matthieu Aikins (Rolling Stone)

The video was floating around on Afghan social media pages, but has since apparently been removed. The Americans are visible around the one-minute mark.




Afghanistan’s College Students Are Just Like Ours: Dumb and Angry
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Today his article in the Gawker inspired comments that ranged from thoughtful to outright hateful, with some clearly suggesting that Islam discourages education for women–a misconception that has been widely reinforced by the media blitz surrounding the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan.




Afghan Governor: US Drone Strike Kills Three Children
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(Via antiwar.com)

The governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province has reported a US drone strike against the Manogi District has killed at least three civilians, all children, and wounding seven others.




Former drone operator says he’s haunted by his part in more than 1,600 deaths
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By Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

A former Air Force drone operator who says he participated in missions that killed more than 1,600 people remembers watching one of the first victims bleed to death.




Gitmo Is Killing Me
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By SAMIR NAJI al HASAN MOQBEL

ONE man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago. I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity.




Afghanistan: NATO Air Strike Kills 11 Children
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KABUL, Afghanistan — A fierce battle between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a remote corner of eastern Afghanistan left nearly 20 people dead, including 11 Afghan children killed in an airstrike and an American civilian adviser, officials said Sunday.




The message sent by America’s invisible victims
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by Glenn Greenwald

As two more Afghan children are liberated (from their lives) by NATO this weekend, a new film examines the effects of endless US aggression




The hardline Buddhists targeting Sri Lanka’s Muslims
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After a series of attacks on mosques, wild rumours about animal slaughter and an attempt to outlaw the halal system of classification, the BBC’s Charles Haviland investigates how Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority is being targeted by hardline Buddhists.