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“Ghost schools” risk breeding militancy in Pakistan tribal areas

“Ghost schools” risk breeding militancy in Pakistan tribal areas

carolyn.simon@hrc.org January 25, 2018 0

The school in Maminzo village has four classrooms. There are rows of desks and chairs, even a two-metre high boundary wall to protect it from the militancy that once dominated this part of

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EXCLUSIVE: Pakistan recruiting Taliban fighters into pro-government militias

EXCLUSIVE: Pakistan recruiting Taliban fighters into pro-government militias

dan.rafter@hrc.org July 3, 2017 0

Pakistan waged a bloody offensive for years to drive Islamist militants out of Afghan border regions, but now some Taliban factions are regrouping, only this time with the government’s blessing, according to opposition

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Fancy a holiday in a former Taliban stronghold?

Fancy a holiday in a former Taliban stronghold?

June 1, 2016 0

With peace returning to the Swat Valley, Pakistan has opened up the former tourism hotspot to visitors once again, but the army retains tight control as the threat from militants remains.    The

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Opium bounces back, enriching Taliban and Afghan officials

Opium bounces back, enriching Taliban and Afghan officials

dan.rafter@hrc.org March 4, 2016 0

Afghanistan supplies the lion’s share of the world’s opium, most of which is refined into heroin in an illegal trade that enriches government officials, the Taliban and global drug dealing networks.

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School closures fuel Taliban recruitment

School closures fuel Taliban recruitment

dan.rafter@hrc.org December 16, 2015 0

LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN 16 December 2015 (IRIN) - Intensifying conflict in Afghanistan's Helmand Province has forced more than 50 schools to close, leaving about 100,000 students vulnerable to recruitment by the Taliban. >

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Afghan conflict and upcoming winter complicate earthquake relief

Afghan conflict and upcoming winter complicate earthquake relief

October 27, 2015 0

KUNDUZ 27 October 2015 (IRIN) - Several districts near the epicentre of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan are contested by government forces and Taliban insurgents, complicating relief to some of those affected by

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Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?

Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?

October 8, 2015 0

KABUL 08 October 2015 (IRIN) - The replacement of four provincial governors in northern Afghanistan could stem years of steady gains made by the Taliban in the region, where thousands of people have

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Doctors overwhelmed in Afghan city taken by Taliban

Doctors overwhelmed in Afghan city taken by Taliban

dan.rafter@hrc.org September 30, 2015 0

YANGON 30 September 2015 (IRIN) - With the government hospital shut down, a facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières is now the only place for people needing urgent trauma care to be treated

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Abuses rise along with pro-Afghan government militias

Abuses rise along with pro-Afghan government militias

dan.rafter@hrc.org September 7, 2015 0

KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN 07 September 2015 (IRIN) - In a bid to enforce its authority in Kunduz where the Taliban has taken over about 70 percent of the province, the Afghan government has scaled

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Talking to the Taliban, again

Talking to the Taliban, again

carolyn.simon@hrc.org November 20, 2014 0

KABUL 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the

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