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By: Ian McPhedran

March 30, 2011

AN Afghan boy was critically injured in a deadly gun battle between Australian troops and insurgents in Afghanistan.

The five-year-old was shot when a combined Australian Special Operations Task Group and Afghan Police Provincial Response Company patrol was engaged by a four-man force on Sunday.

When the smoke cleared, one insurgent fighter lay dead and Australian troops found the boy in a critical condition having been shot in the chest. (more…)

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By: Aunohita Mojumdar

March 24, 2011

Anti-American sentiment is at record high levels in Afghanistan, a factor that promises to complicate what is already shaping up as a tricky transfer of security responsibilities from Western forces to indigenous military and law-enforcement entities. (more…)

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http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/309171/malaysian-peace-monitors-begin-work-mindanaos-peace-efforts

By Edwin O. Fernandez
March 13, 2011, 8:22pm

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (PNA) – The new batch of Malaysian peace observers that belonged to the International Monitoring Team (IMT) started its job Sunday by meeting local police and military officials and other team members to ensure continuity of religious observance of the government and Moro rebel ceasefire agreement. (more…)

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New York Times
By THOM SHANKER
March 10, 2011
WASHINGTON
Statistics compiled by the American-led military mission in Afghanistan indicate that 2,537 civilians were killed and 5,594 were wounded in 2009 and 2010, according to a study released Thursday.
Official military statistics provided to Science magazine show that about 88 percent of civilian casualties in Afghanistan over the past two years were caused by insurgents, while about 12 percent were the fault of American and coalition forces.

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PARTIES TO AFGHAN CONFLICT SHOULD ESCALATE PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS IN 2011

KABUL – 9 MARCH 2011 – Parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan should escalate their efforts to protect Afghan civilians in 2011, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission said today on releasing their 2010 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. (more…)

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Balochistan has become the “epicentre” of regional rivalries

Worsening violence in Balochistan is going largely unnoticed as Pakistan slides ever deeper into crisis. The province has become the epicentre for regional warfare – threatening stability in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, reports guest columnist Ahmed Rashid. (more…)

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MAHUMUD-E-RAQI, Afghanistan (AP) — The calls were threatening and they just wouldn’t stop. The extortion demand was several hundred thousands of dollars.

“Or else,” said the caller.

Fearful, the civil engineer started to pay. But it was never enough. (more…)

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