Afghan journalist was killed by US soldier who mistook him for Taliban

first_img May 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more September 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Afghan journalist was killed by US soldier who mistook him for Taliban to go further RSF_en Organisation Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Reporters Without Borders calls on the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) to take greater care to protect civilians during clashes with the Taliban after the ISAF revealed yesterday that an Afghan journalist who was killed during a Taliban attack in July was in fact shot by a US soldier who mistook him for a Taliban.The journalist, Ahmad Omid Khpalwak, who worked for the Afghan news agency Pajhwok and the BBC, was killed during fighting in Tarin Kot, in the southern province of Oruzgan on 28 July. According to the findings of an ISAF investigation, released yesterday, he was shot when he tried to show his press card because the US soldier thought he was about detonate a suicide vest.“We again offer our condolences to Khpalwak’s family,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This mishap has highlighted the constant danger for civilians and journalists, who are often at the center of the fighting. We had asked for light to be shed on the circumstances surrounding Khpalwak’s death and we are satisfied with the investigation that was carried out.“In the light of its findings, we urge ISAF’s members to take more care when they are securing the sites of clashes. The protection of journalists and civilians must continue to be a priority for all soldiers during their presence in Afghanistan. And we call for assistance to be given to Khpalwak’s family, as it would be to the family of an officer killed in combat.”“Although US soldiers were responsible for Khpalwak’s death, it is important to stress the Taliban’s responsibility as well. It was the Taliban who launched the attack that led to his death and it is the Taliban who continue to pose the leading threat to the safety of journalists and to the freedom of the media and information in Afghanistan.”The investigation was carried out by an officer appointed by ISAF commander Gen. John R. Allen. In its conclusions, his report said: “The investigating officer found that the ISAF member involved in this incident complied with the laws of armed conflict and rules of engagement and acted reasonably under the circumstances.” RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan AfghanistanAsia – Pacific center_img March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News News News News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Follow the news on Afghanistanlast_img read more

Pike County schools meet AYP goals in academics

first_img Bazzell said that he feels the Pike County Schools are ahead of the game with the new state program RtI (Response to Instruction).“Our administrative staff has done a good job in the implementation of the program,” he said. “They have targeted specific areas of concern for students and ways to provide academic support.”Bazzell said he is pleased with all academic indicators and the system is working hard to achieve the ever-increasing standards of No Child Left Behind.“Every year the bar is being raised and we are trying to keep pace,” he said. Bazzell said he is very pleased overall.“There are about 85 academic goals and 10 non-academic goals, so to have missed only two graduation rates, we have to be pleased,” he said.Bazzell is also pleased with individual assessments that help students throughout the school systems.He mentioned the ARMS (Alabama Reading Math Scores) and said that some grade level scores have been exceptional while others need to work in areas where improvements are needed to be made. Skip Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories “The high schools didn’t make AYP due to the graduation rate,” Bazzell said. “Those are non-academic goals and we will continue to work on them in the spirit of intervention. However, those are the goals in place that we have the least control over.”Bazzell said student dropouts are usually for reasons that have nothing to do with school.“Dropouts most often have more to what’s happening in the home,” he said. “And, those things we don’t have a lot of control over.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Published 11:00 pm Friday, August 12, 2011 All five of the schools in the Pike County School System made AYP in academics, but the high schools fell short in graduate rates, and superintendent Dr. Mark Bazzell is pleased with the results.“We made some improvements in areas from last year and we had worked really hard to show those improvements,” he said.Bazzell said that a very positive thing was that all three elementary schools and both high schools made 100 percent of their academic goals in the Adequate Yearly Progress benchmark tests. By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Pike County schools meet AYP goals in academics Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Home, sweet home Martha Garcia, left, and Drake Sanders kiss after a homecoming ceremony for the 900th Maintenance Company in Brundidge, Ala., Friday,… read more Print Article Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more