Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Please help support wounded Afghan journalists

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the survivors of a horrific April 30 suicide bombing in Afghanistan that targeted journalists, plus the families of those nine killed. The goal is $50,000. Please donate whatever you can and spread the word about the campaign. Background Horrific day for journalists in Afghanistan

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Sat, May 19 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Britain may double number of troops in Afghanistan

Following a request from U.S. President Donald Trump, Britain is reportedly considering doubling its small troop contingent in Afghanistan.

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Thu, May 17 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Stuck inside of Virginia with the Afghan blues again

Seven Afghan journalists were resettled in Charlottesville, Va. — something that may have saved their lives. But they aren’t journalists any more, just wage slaves, and it’s got to hurt.

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Wed, May 16 2018 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

World Press Freedom Day – The Globe’s view

The newest twist in the never-ending battle for press freedom is the mainstream assault on journalists, writes the Globe and Mail in a World Press Freedom Day editorial.

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Horrific day for journalists in Afghanistan

Nine journalists killed in a suicide bombing. Another shot to death in Khost province. April 30, 2018 will go down as one of the most deadly days for journalists in Afghanistan’s troubled history.

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Gains of Operation Medusa on verge of being overturned by Taliban

Operation Medusa was a two-week land battle in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province that began in early September 2006. Canada’s troops did the job and drove the Taliban out of village districts such as Panjwaii and Zhari. Twelve Canadian soldiers died in the fighting. However, nearly 11 years later, the Taliban threaten to retake control of their […]

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Gigantic bomb dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan

The United States military used the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal Thursday against its Islamic State foes in Afghanistan. The bomb is formally called GBU 43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB. Its nickname is Mother of All Bombs.

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Drone strike kills Islamic State leader for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died July 26 when a U.S. drone blasted him and some associates in Afghanistan’s Nangharhar province, which lies east of Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul.

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U.S. drone strike targets Afghan Taliban leader

U.S. drone strikes may have killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban Saturday just inside Pakistan, but the Taliban deny it.

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Afghan cop shoots two AP journalists, one a Canadian

Kathy Gannon, 60, an Associated Press correspondent who had covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for about three decades, and AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, were out covering a routine story on Afghanistan’s elections. But in Afghanistan, nothing is routine. Death and violence can rear themselves out of nowhere.

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