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  • One of the attacks targeted security forces near Dushanbe's airport.

    Tajik Police Say 17 Killed In 'Terrorist' Attacks

    Tajik officials say eight police officers were killed in attacks in and around the capital, Dushanbe, early on September 4, prompting the U.S. Embassy to close and sparking fears of further violence in the Central Asian nation.

  • Pakistan's Alternative Press: Jihadist Newspapers

    Video Pakistan's Alternative Press: Jihadist Newspapers

    Last year, in the wake of a major terrorist attack, the Pakistani government pledged to take action against extremist publications. But in Peshawar, newspapers and magazines that openly support the Taliban and call for jihad are on sale alongside the mainstream press.

  • Members of a Pakistani Jamiat Ulma-e Islam Nazraiti party pray for Mullah Mohammad Omar in late July.

    Taliban Infighting Rife Amid Growing Differences

    Disagreements among top Afghan Taliban leaders have now seeped down to fighters, resulting in violent clashes potentially escalating into a full-fledged war among the insurgents.


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Eight police officers and two alleged attackers were killed in separate shootings in and around the Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe. They come amid anger over the alleged police beating of a 23-year old student.
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Video Eight Police Officers Killed in Tajikistan Violence

Eight police officers and two alleged attackers were killed in separate shootings in and around the Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe. They come amid anger over the alleged police beating of a 23-year old student.
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Video Pakistan's Alternative Press: Jihadist Newspapers

Last year, in the wake of a major terrorist attack, the Pakistani government pledged to take action against extremist publications. But in Peshawar, newspapers and magazines that openly support the Taliban and call for jihad are on sale alongside the mainstream press.
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Video Afghan Provincial Officials Back Public Lashing

An Afghan man and woman both endured 100 lashes in the western province of Ghor after being found guilty of adultery. It was the first time since the end of Taliban rule that such a sentence was supported by provincial authorities. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Suicide Bombing Kills Three In Northwest Pakistan

A suicide bomber set off explosives outside a government building in the Jamrud district of northwest Pakistan on September 1. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
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Video Pakistanis Protest Power Rate Hikes

There was outrage on the streets of Peshawar over a 20 fold hike in electricity rates.

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  • Afghan women cover their faces at their temporary home in Kabul. They are among nearly 90,000 Afghan refugees who have returned from Pakistan in recent months.

     
  • Some returnees have made makeshift dwellings on government land on the outskirts of Kabul. 
  • Many returnees say that in Pakistan, they have been subject to beatings, detentions by police, and evictions from their homes. The police crackdown began after the December 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, which killed 150 people, mostly children. The attack was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban. 
  • Many returnees live on meager handouts from the government and foreign aid groups. 
  • Naimatullah was running a school for Afghan refugees in the Pakistani town of Sialkot. Now he lives in a refugee camp outside Kabul. 
  • Latifa (left), a mother of five, was evicted from her home in Darra Adam Khel, a town in northwest Pakistan, where she had lived for nearly 20 years. 
  • Returnees have little access to shelter, water, or medicine. These children, all born to Afghan families in Pakistan, can't go to school in Kabul because they do not have Afghan identity cards.
     
  • Some families have been lucky enough to bring their belongings, but many left Pakistan with little more than the clothes on their backs.
  • Pakistan has issued a December 31 deadline for the return of all 3.5 million Afghan refugees residing there. 
  • A refugee woman shows henna decorations on her hands.
  • Eight-year-old Negin fled the Pakistani city of Gujrat two months ago with her parents and two sisters. 
  • Haji Khanzada, a local elder, provides food and water for the returnees. 

Afghan Refugees Flock Home Amid Crackdown In Pakistan

Almost 90,000 Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan to their home country in recent months. Many claim to have been beaten by police, detained, and evicted from their homes in Pakistan, which has set a December 31 deadline for the return of all Afghan refugees still living there. (Photos by Vaiva Katinaityte)

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