January 1, 2013
Re "Female pilots on standby," Column One, Dec. 28 The article implies that because these women are serving in the male-dominated Afghan armed forces, they are being deliberately left behind. The fact is that both the pilots profiled by The Times are scheduled to go back on active duty this month and will soon begin training on Afghan helicopters. It should be noted that reservists occasionally wait extended periods before going back on active duty to resume training. This happens in Western armies too. I believe The Times could have shown better editorial judgment by not printing a picture of the pilots' faces and their names.
December 10, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen killed another female Afghan official in the latest in a series of violent attacks on women who promote women's rights or are involved in activities outside their traditional roles here as homemakers. The acting director for women's affairs in the northeastern province of Laghman was shot and killed by two gunmen Monday morning as she was on her way to her office. The director, Najia Sediqqi, had been filling in for her predecessor, Hanifa Safi, who was assassinated in Laghman in July by a bomb attached to her car. No group immediately took responsibility for Sediqqi's murder.
December 6, 2012 |
KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered a top-level investigation into the killing of an Afghan student who had volunteered to assist with polio vaccinations in villages in the northern province of Kapisa. Karzai appointed a commission of five high-ranking government officials in Kabul to probe the death of the woman identified as Hanisa, 22, a 12th-grader who was shot by gunmen riding two motorcycles as she reported to work on her first day as a vaccination volunteer Saturday morning.
December 6, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - In her small village of Kalota, north of Kabul, the young woman named Hanisa was known to be headstrong and independent. At 22, she had persevered in school long enough to reach 12th grade, and she was determined to flout tradition and work outside her home. Hanisa had just left her house Saturday and was on her way to her first day of work as a village vaccination worker when three men on two motorcycles roared up behind her. She was shot at least six times and collapsed, bleeding profusely from abdominal wounds, according to Qais Qadiri, a spokesman for the governor's office in Kapisa province.
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November 27, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Capt. Zoe Bedell graduated at the top of her Marine Corps officer candidates class. In deployments to Afghanistan, she oversaw "female engagement teams" that accompanied male infantry units into the field - living and working in identical conditions. Yet since 1994, the Defense Department has formally excluded women from most direct ground combat positions, creating a growing disconnect with the realities of warfare. Bedell said she left active duty last year because the policy limited her potential for promotion by failing to officially recognize her combat leadership experience.
October 11, 2012 |
BRISTOW, Va. - Last year, Army Col. Ellen Haring thought she was finally getting her dream job. She was selected to supervise female soldiers who search and interview Afghan women in combat zones for special operations units. Haring spent three months training at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Then, just before she was to deploy to Afghanistan, she got a phone call from a staff officer. "Ma'am, we don't think you're qualified," she recalled him saying. The job went to a lower-ranking male officer.