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US service member civilian killed in Afghan capital


A affiliate of the US aggressive and a noncombatant were dead Wednesday during an advance in the Afghan basic of Kabul, the US Administration of Defense reported.Two US civilians were blood-soaked and are in abiding condition, the administration said in a statement.The advance happened abreast a affiliation abject while the Americans were assuming duties as allotment of the beyond NATO mission to alternation and abetment Afghan aegis services, the Defense Administration said. The antagonist was after killed.The casualties are not actuality articular until abutting of kin are notified. Anytime we lose a affiliate of our team, it is acutely painful, said Gen. John W. Nicholson, administrator of US Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support. Our sympathies go out to the families, admired ones and the units of those complex in this incident. s Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

US service member civilian killed near Afghan capital


A affiliate of the US aggressive and a noncombatant were dead Wednesday during an advance abreast the Afghan basic of Kabul, the US Administration of Defense reported.Two US civilians were blood-soaked and are in abiding condition, the administration said in a statement.A US official said the advance occurred at an Afghan aggressive armament accumulation point abreast Camp Morehead alfresco Kabul. The antagonist opened blaze at the access ascendancy point and was after killed, the US official said.The Americans were assuming duties as allotment of the beyond NATO mission to alternation and abetment Afghan aegis services, the Defense Administration said. The casualties are not actuality articular until abutting of kin are notified. Anytime we lose a affiliate of our team, it is acutely painful, said Gen. John W. Nicholson, administrator of US Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support. Our sympathies go out to the families, admired ones and the units of those complex in this incident. s Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

Refugee children from Calais camp arrive in UK


London Fourteen unaccompanied refugee teenagers from the belled Jungle casual affected in Calais, France, accept accustomed in Britain.They are the additional accumulation of a planned alteration of up to 200 youngsters ashore in the affected who accept been articular by the Red Cross as acceptable to go to Britain. The new arrivals chase an beforehand affair of bristles accouchement — four Syrians and one Afghan, who accustomed in the UK at the weekend. The accouchement were taken to a government centermost in south London for allotment afore actuality affiliated with their families. These accessible children, age-old amid 14 and 17, were transferred to the UK beneath the affliction of Home Office staff, with the abutment of volunteers from specialist NGOs and charities, the UK Home Office said in a statement. They will accompany their families in the UK as bound as accessible over the advancing days. Earlier, the UK government said it had beatific a aggregation to France to advice analyze those accouchement acceptable to appear to Britain afterward a affair amid the UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd and her French analogue Bernard Cazeneuve.All the accouchement accustomed so far authorize for alteration beneath European Union accustomed cover rules.The UK Home Office added: When she [Amber Rudd] met the French Interior Minister this anniversary she fabricated it bright clear that we intend to alteration as abounding amateur as possible, who authorize for alteration to the UK to affirmation cover on the base of abutting ancestors in the UK beneath the Dublin Regulation, afore the alpha of the clearance. In addition, accouchement who are acceptable to appear to the UK beneath the Dubs Alteration to the Immigration Act 2016 charge be looked afterwards in safe accessories area their best interests are appropriately considered. Lord Dubs was himself a adolescent refugee who came to the UK to escape Nazi Germany. Work is continuing on both abandon of the Channel to ensure this happens as a amount of urgency. In March, the UK s high aldermanic body, the House of Lords, voted adjoin the government and backed an alteration to the 2016 Immigration Act by the Labour associate Lord Dubs to acquiesce 3,000 unaccompanied adolescent refugees into the country. In total, added than 140 unaccompanied accouchement accept been accustomed for alteration beneath Dublin ancestors reunification so far this year (up to October 1), with added than 80 from France. The abominable and brimming affected in Calais is home to 10,000 bodies who, accepting entered Europe, are aggravating to get beyond the Channel to the UK.It is due to be burst by French authorities after this month. As the camp s cease looms, I am adequate that the aboriginal accouchement are starting to appear to the UK beneath fast clue arrangements, and can now alpha convalescent from their ordeals, said Anne Longfied, the Children s Commissioner for England. Apart from those with rights to appear to the UK there are several hundred added accouchement in the camp, the all-inclusive majority on their own. Some estimates put the cardinal of unaccompanied accouchement in the Calais affected at 900, aloof a admeasurement of the tens of bags believed to be in Europe, abandoned and vulnerable, as Europe s refugee crisis shows no assurance of abating.

The faces of Afghanistan


Three adolescent men in jeans and sneakers beam aback fiercely, captivation the cues they were arena with in the basin hall.Nasima, an elementary academy apprentice dressed in a acceptable black-and-white uniform, looks advanced considerately with her easily bound together.Mr. Saifudin, with a shemagh accidentally draped about his shoulders, holds up a assemblage of beginning bills and sports a arch beam on his face. He works in the bill business, exchanging money on his city s artery corners.They are the Afghans in Jens Umbach s latest project, which the columnist hopes to about-face into an 11-chapter book.In a alternation of portraits, Umbach depicts bodies who alive in and about Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan s third-largest burghal and a key area for US-led aggressive activity in the country. The portraits are set adjoin a apparent white background, abbreviating any ambience of the subjects surroundings. The photojournalistic admission is to get appropriate in there and accord you an abstraction of area bodies alive and what they endure, Umbach said. I capital to attending at the bodies alone and not accept the ambiance of what s activity on there. The Afghans was aggressive by Umbach s antecedent work, Afghanistan. In 2010, Umbach explored Germany s assurance in the country, documenting the German armament stationed there as allotment of a NATO-led peacekeeping effort.Once Afghanistan was appear in 2014, Umbach anon capital to go aback to the country. I ample it was time to booty a attending at the added ancillary that was declared to accept advice from the all-embracing community, Umbach said.At the time Umbach was in Afghanistan, about a decade aback US-backed armament captured Mazar-e-Sharif, best people s lives had regained some faculty of normalcy. Men were aback to their jobs as farmers or branch workers, and girls could go to school. In general, alike admitting the aegis bearings was not so stable, anybody seemed like their lives had improved, Umbach said. Everyone was absolutely balmy and welcoming. Bodies were able to body their businesses, and girls had admission to apprenticeship again. It wasn t consistently this way, though.Before Mazar-e-Sharif fell to US-led armament in November 2001, it had been controlled by the Taliban aback 1998. One of the bodies Umbach photographed was a man called Khan Mohammed. Mohammed absent his wife and an eye aback a bomb hit his house. The adventure not alone devastated him personally, but economically — Umbach said Mohammed had to advertise his son to the Taliban. Eventually, however, he was able to acquirement his son back, and calm they opened a bed-making business.Such a adventure was not altered amid the bodies Umbach interviewed. In times of political and bread-and-butter distress, abounding Afghans addled deals with the Taliban or took up accoutrements themselves. A adolescent man called Nasro absent both his parents in a bombing and concluded up abutting the Taliban, although he eventually afar himself from them already he was economically abiding again. If addition offers you $300 to aces up a Kalashnikov and that will augment your children, that was a big allurement at the time, Umbach said. And it apparently would be afresh if the bearings got to that point. For years afterwards 2001, Mazar-e-Sharif has been advised a archetypal of bread-and-butter abundance and adherence in the country. But with the Taliban s contempo attacks in the adjacent burghal of Kunduz and the city s unshaky alteration aback to bounded Afghan forces, activity in Mazar-e-Sharif doesn t assume as abiding as it already was.It s absolutely altered than the bearings Umbach said he accomplished during his time there. What we did then, we couldn t do now, Umbach said. Now, I accept a abiding almanac of what it was and what it could be and additionally some affidavit that it would be amiss to leave Afghanistan to itself now afterwards accepting promised to advice clean it. Jens Umbach is a columnist based in New York and Hamburg, Germany. He is adopting funds on Kickstarter to about-face The Afghans into a photo book. You can chase him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Gunman kills 14 at Shiite shrine in Kabul


Kabul, Afghanistan A apache opened blaze in a Shiite altar in Kabul on Tuesday morning, killing 14 bodies afore Afghan aegis armament dead him, appear Sediq Sediqqi, agent for the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs.The advance happened about 7:50 a.m. at the Karte Sakhi shrine. A badge administrator and a adolescent were dead and 36 bodies were wounded, including 19 women, Sediqqi said.After a two-hour gunbattle, aegis armament dead the gunman. No accumulation has claimed albatross yet.Another accumulation killing occurred in Kabul on August 24, back attackers dead 13 bodies at Kabul University. Badge dead two attackers and a third antagonist died back he detonated an explosive-laden vehicle, authorities said. s Ehsan Popalzai appear from Kabul and Ralph Ellis wrote and appear rom Atlanta.

Dozens of Afghan trainees go AWOL in US


Washington Added than 40 Afghan aegis force associates training in the US accept gone AWOL aback aftermost year, including eight aftermost month, according to the US military.One of those eight who vanished in September was bedfast by Canadian badge while attempting to cantankerous the US-Canada border, Cmdr. Patrick Evans told Thursday.A absolute of 45 associates of Afghanistan s aegis armament accept been appear absent after leave (AWOL) while in the US aback the alpha of 2015. Of those, the abode of 13 abide unknown, Evans said.The Department of Homeland Aegis is amenable for tracking them bottomward already they are appear missing, according to the military.The 32 that accept been located, Evans said, accept either been deported, arrested and jailed, beyond an all-embracing border, or activated for clearing benefits.The cardinal of missing acceptance was aboriginal appear by Reuters.The training is allotment of an all-embracing accomplishment to addition Afghanistan s adeptness to defeat the Taliban and the AWOL acceptance were ability apprenticeship in a array of topics, including leadership, language, infantry, aircrew, intelligence, engineering, aggressive police, ordnance, busline and Army Ranger training, US admiral said. A ample cardinal of Afghan soldiers and badge accept undergone training in the US aback the all-embracing accomplishment to accession Afghanistan s aegis armament began. Aback 2007, US accessories accept hosted 2,207 Afghan trainees, the Department of Defense said in a statement. It is important to agenda that the majority — able-bodied over 90% — of Afghans who alternation in the US auspiciously complete their training and acknowledgment to their country, Evans told .But Pentagon admiral additionally said that the US is attractive at means to abbreviate these blazon of incidents. DoD is assessing means to strengthen accommodation belief for training in means that will abate the likelihood of an alone Afghan agreeably abrogation from training in the US and activity AWOL, Evans added.US admiral additionally fatigued that there is currently a vetting action in abode as allotment of the requirements of the Leahy Law, which governs rules for the training of adopted aggressive and aegis personnel.The vetting is to assure the acceptance accept no links to agitator or anarchical groups and accept not committed any animal rights violations. The trainees are additionally appropriate to go through the approved US acceptance appliance process. If at any time they abort one of these steps, they are disqualified to go to this training or any approaching US-funded training, Defense Department agent Adam Stump told . Afghan aegis cadre are additionally buried for such ties by the Afghanistan government aloft enlistment.The eight trainees that went missing in September were not acting as a accumulation aback they vanished, Stump said.The September uptick in disappearances could be accompanying to the summer division in Afghanistan which tends to attestant an access in angry as the Taliban about barrage their offensives during that time. One such advance brought Taliban fighters abutting to the centermost of the bigoted basic burghal of Kunduz, a advance that was afresh baffled aback by Afghan troops backed by airstrikes and US appropriate operations forces.But best experts accept the disappearances are acceptable added angry to bread-and-butter apropos as abounding of the Afghan trainees accept accustomed all-encompassing English accent training and accordingly anticipate they would be bigger able to acquisition assignment in the US or Canada.