Afghanistan
Associated Press/Photo by Anjum Naveed

Earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/31/18, 09:27 am

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least one child and injuring at least 15 others. The United States Geological Survey recorded the quake’s center in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Television footage showed people in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, fleeing from schools and offices in panic. Izat Nazir Baluch, a local government official, said at least one girl died and eight others sustained injuries when roofs collapsed on mud-brick homes in the village of Lasbela in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul (file)

Pentagon restricts information on Afghan war

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/30/18, 11:37 am

The Pentagon has started restricting the release of unclassified information about U.S. progress in the 16-year-long war in Afghanistan, a change an independent federal auditor called “troubling.” The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in its latest quarterly report released late Monday said it received orders not to release data on the amount of territory controlled or influenced by the Taliban or the Afghan government. Pentagon officials also classified information about the size of the Afghan military and police forces.

Read more

Associated Press/Arab 24 Network

U.S. troops remain in Syria despite warnings from Turkey

International | Turkish forces move into northern Syria with air attack destroying ancient Hittite temple
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/29/18, 12:49 pm

SYRIA: The United States has no plans to withdraw troops stationed near Manbij despite warnings from Turkey, which has staged a cross-border offensive into nearby Ain Dara in northern Syria. Indiscriminate shelling by Turkish air forces destroyed the Ain Dara archaeological site dating to 1300 B.C., including a Hittite temple.

Read more