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SLAIN hitman Hamad Assaad had many notorious acquaintances, including one-eyed Osman Haouchar who was detained last year after returning from the Syrian border where he told authorities he had been carrying out “humanitarian work”.

Haouchar, 27, was a pallbearer at Assaad’s funeral last Friday, and joined the mob of weeping mourners at Lakemba mosque.

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The 29-year-old Hamad Assaad was gunned down by two black-clad shooters outside his Georges Hall home last Tuesday in front of his mother and 12-year-old nephew.

Haouchar, who lost his eye following an accident with a pistol, was released without charge in November after being questioned for more than four hours by Australian Federal Police.

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When police raided his home shortly after his return, Houchar mocked: “I would like to thank the NSW Police Force for once again wasting Australian taxpayers’.

He had left Australia in the aftermath of another shooting — of a member of Sydney’s well-known Ibrahim family.

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Hamad Assaad

Haouchar’s presence at Assaad’s funeral adds to the web of figures that the contract killer associated with.

Assaad, 29, lived a dangerous life, full of violence and was in constant pursuit of money.

While there was a large crowd in attendance for his funeral, in reality few are mourning the loss of the cold-blooded assassin, who insiders say was “arrogant” and who believed he was “untouchable

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Assad was a hitman linked to attempts on the lives of a number of crime families.

His is the third life lost since April as the Western Sydney crime world has erupted in a hail of bullets.

Contract killer Assaad is believed to be behind attempts on the lives of some of Sydney’s most notorious underworld figures and their relatives.

Police also believe he was responsible for the murder of kingpin Walid “Wally” Ahmad.

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Assaad was shot multiple times and died on the driveway of his Georges Hall home.

Assaad ripped off drug gangs as he tried to show he was different to other criminals — more dangerous, more money-hungry, more bloodthirsty.

But whereas old school kingpin Ahmad knew he was going to die and accepted it, Assaad didn’t think anyone had the “balls” to knock him.

And that was his undoing.

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The 29-year-old Assad died in front of his 12-year-old nephew.

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Police fear reprisal attacks in the wake of Assaad’s murder

Man shot dead in Sydney driveway was targeted

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Chicago: Six people were killed and 31 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend as the number of murders this year climbed to nearly 200 above the same period last year.

Six people were shot in just one hour between 4am and 5am on Sunday – an average of one person shot every 10 minutes, according to according to data compiled by the Chicago Tribune.

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Chicago: 37 people shot in one weekend

Last weekend in Chicago, 6 people were killed and 31 others were wounded in shootings, as gun violence continues to soar in the US city.

The hour ended with the city’s most recent homicide. At 5am on Sunday, 29-year-old Jason Balboa was found with several gunshot wounds near 28th Street and Pulaski Road in Little Village. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead a few hours later.

The last shooting on the weekend was reported around 7.45pm on Sunday when a 16-year-old boy was wounded in the Gresham neighbourhood.

Extended overnight periods without gun violence have been relatively rare since last winter, say police.

It’s ‘normal’ weekends like this one – combined with mass shootings like at those in Florida and Dallas – that prompted the American Medical Association earlier this year to call gun violence a “public health crisis”

The AMA, which lobbies on behalf of doctors, urged that Congress fund research into the problem.

Its president, Dr Steven Stack, called gun violence crisis “unrivalled in any other developed country.”

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Some of the many guns confiscated by Chicago police. Photo: AP

“With approximately 30,000 men, women and children dying each year at the barrel of a gun in elementary schools, movie theatres, workplaces, houses of worship and on live television, the United States faces a public health crisis of gun violence,” he said.

In some parts of Chicago, gun violence is the norm. So far this year, there have been at least 614 murders in the city, with at least 3,560 people wounded as a result of gun shots.

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Autumn Dawson lost her brother, Deionte Harris, to gun violence on the South Side of Chicago last year. Photo: AP

This time last year, there were 416 homicides and at least 2,495 people shot.

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Published on Jul 7, 2016

10 officers have been shot by two snipers, leaving three officers dead and two in surgery, according to the Dallas police chief, KDFW reported. The shooting broke out during peaceful protests in downtown Dallas. There is an active shooter situation.
Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown added that the shots came from two snipers.

Three of the officers are reported to be in critical condition.
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10 police officers shot, 3 killed at Dallas #BlackLivesMatter rally, sniper reported

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Israeli troops have killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the Israeli military says.

Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in their 30s from the Hebron area, were blamed for grabbing and shooting dead the Israeli teenagers near a Jewish settlement on June 12, an incident that spiralled into a seven-week war in Gaza.

Israel had spent months searching for the two men, and said they were found in a house in Hebron today.

Hebron residents said troops surrounded the house before dawn, and reported sounds of gunfire.

The forces were seeking to arrest Kawasme and Abu Aysha, but the two wanted men were killed when a firefight erupted, Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said in a telephone briefing.

“We opened fire, they returned fire and they were killed in the exchange,” he said.

“We have visual confirmation for one. The second one, we have no visual confirmation, but the assumption is he was killed.”

Palestinian officials did not confirm the men were killed.

The two men were affiliated with the Hamas militant group which runs Gaza, and a group leader praised their deed in August, though other top officials denied any advance knowledge.

Israeli forces began West Bank sweeps and rounded up hundreds of suspected Hamas members after the three teenagers, Jewish seminary students Eyal Yifrach, 19, and 16-year-olds Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, went missing.

Their bodies were found in June near Hebron. After initially denying involvement in the killings, Hamas last month acknowledged responsibility.

The arrest of several hundred Palestinians in house-to-house raids across the West Bank stoked hostilities with Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip.

On July 8, Israel launched an offensive after a surge of Palestinian rockets being fired from Gaza at Israeli towns and cities.

Gaza medical officials say 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Sixty-seven Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel were also killed.

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THE MURDEROUS RAMPAGE OF ELLIOT RODGER – A COLLECTION OF GALLERY PHOTOS HERE

Californian gunman’s killing spree

Police have confirmed Elliot Rodger, the son of a Hollywood film director, Peter Rodger, was the gunman involved in a drive by shooting in Santa Barbara, after he stabbed and killed three people near his apartment.

Police have removed three bodies from the apartment of a 22-year-old Californian man after a killing rampage that left six dead and seven in hospital

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“A living hell”: Elliot Rodger posted a video on YouTube titled Retribution in which he vowed to take revenge on girls for rejecting him. Photo: Reuters

The killer, Elliot Rodger, died after an exchange of gunfire with police. Authorities said he apparently killed himself.

He also posted a series of videos on social media, concluding with one titled Retritbution, in which he graphically described his resentment and frustration.

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“You forced me to suffer all my life, now I will make you all suffer. I waited a long time for this. I’ll give you exactly what you deserve, all of you,” he said.

“All you girls who rejected me, looked down upon me, you know, treated me like scum while you gave yourselves to other men.

“And all of you men for living a better life than me, all of you sexually active men. I hate you. I hate all of you. I can’t wait to give you exactly what you deserve, annihilation.”

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Police have not released the names of the victims, but three families have identified their children as among those killed: Veronika Weiss and Katie Cooper, both 19, and Christopher Martinez, 20.

According to police, Rodger’s body was found with a semi-automatic handgun. He also had more than 400 rounds of unspent ammunition in his car.

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The three bodies removed from his apartment are believed to be among the six confirmed dead.

They were reported to have been stabbed, while the other three were shot elsewhere.

Sheriff Bill Brown described the mass killing as a “rapidly unfolding convoluted incident”, which covers “multiple crime scenes”.

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The gunfire continued for 10 minutes as the gunman made his way through the beach community in a rampage that mirrored threats made on a YouTube video posted the same night, authorities said.

Police confirmed Rodger, the son of a Hollywood film director, Peter Rodger, was the gunman.

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According to US media reports, a 140-page “manifesto” outlining his plans was retrieved from the apartment. In it he described his “day of retribution”.

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MIDDLE EASTERN CRIME SQUAD ARREST MALE SUSPECT IN SEX CLUB SHOOTING

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A second person has been arrested over the alleged attempted murder of a man outside a north-western Sydney sex club.

The 29-year-old man was stopped by officers from the Middle Eastern crime squad as he drove down Colechin Street at Yagoona at 9.30am on Thursday.

Witnesses said officers jumped out of unmarked police cars with their guns drawn and stopped the man driving an Audi four-wheel-drive. It is alleged that detectives also found ammunition and balaclavas inside the vehicle.

He was arrested and taken to Bankstown police station where he is being questioned over the May 1 shooting of a 52-year-old man outside Aarows, a 24-hour ”gay and social club” at Rydalmere

The victim was shot seven times and wounded in the groin, back and leg after being ambushed in the car park of the club about 1am.

The victim spent considerable time in hospital recuperating.

Police are also speaking to the 29-year-old about a shooting outside a kebab shop on the Cumberland Highway at Smithfield at 10pm on July 25. The 41-year-old victim was shot once in the leg.

On Tuesday, police arrested Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai, 23, at Goulburn and charged him with shooting with intent to murder, discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and stealing a motor vehicle in relation to the Rydalmere incident. Al-Ahmadzai was already in custody when arrested.

The 23-year-old did not apply for bail during Tuesday’s hearing and it was formally refused. The matter returns to court on November 28.

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FBI WERE RIGHT IN SUSPECTING EARLIER INDIVIDUALS AS PER PICS

WHITE CAP MALE BOMBER TRASH IS A DEAD MAN WALKING

One of the victims of the Boston bombings above.

The slaughtering of Boston innocents by cowardly bombers

The white capped cowardly bomber escaped the dragnet by police and is still at large. Hopefully to be shot on site. Yellow dog white capped coward

 Police are scouring Watertown near Boston for one of two suspects from this week’s marathon bombings. The other suspect was killed during a dramatic police pursuit, which involved gunfire and explosives, following the shooting of a police officer earlier in the night at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Some of the ways of executing over the years here below

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and here below also

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SYRIAN SNIPER ‘SALLY’ SEES & SHOOTS SEVEN SOLDIERS

ALEPPO, Syria: Her fame has spread throughout Aleppo. Her comrades have nicknamed her ”Guevara”, but to many of the city’s residents she is known simply as ”the female sniper”.

Standing stock still, her finger suspended over the trigger, she stares through the sight of her Dragunov rifle. Her view framed by the jagged concrete edges of the fist-sized hole cut into the wall of her hideout on one of the most dangerous front lines in Aleppo, Guevara, named after the Marxist revolutionary, watches the enemy – government soldiers – moving along the other side of the street.
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”I like fighting,” she says. ”When I see that one of my friends in my katiba [rebel brigade] has been killed, I feel that I have to hold a weapon and take my revenge.”

Dressed in green khaki trousers, a grey jumper dress, tight-fitting hijab and a camouflage combat jacket, Guevara, 36, cleans and loads her gun, sitting in a half-demolished building

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Despite the war, her eyebrows are perfectly plucked, and she wears blusher and a little eyeliner, small leather boots with heels, and a gold bracelet. A female fighter in Syria’s conservative Muslim society is rare, often considered improper. But Guevara commands the respect of her fellow fighters – some 30 men and boys, some as young as 16.

It is not easy to be a sniper, she explains. ”You have to be quick, careful and smart not to let them shoot you. And you need to be patient. I wait for hours at a time.”
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Through her peephole, she sees soldiers less than 200 metres away, mingling among the civilians trying to continue their livelihoods despite the war.

”The civilians go home in the late afternoon. When the streets clear it is a very good chance to shoot the soldiers. I think I have killed soldiers.

”You can never be 100 per cent sure that they are dead, but I have hit them at least four or five times.”

Her tone is dogmatic, almost fanatical: ”It makes you feel good. Whenever I hit one I shout, ‘Yes!”’

A former English teacher, she had children, a boy aged seven and a girl aged 10, but they were killed in an air strike that demolished their home months ago.

”My boy used to be frightened of the bombs, and ask me what was happening. I said, ‘I promise that I am going to defend your future’. Now, I will not forget my children’s blood and I promise to take revenge.”

A Syrian of Palestinian origin, Guevara learned how to fire a gun in Lebanon, in a military training camp run by the Palestinian militant faction Hamas.

In Syria, she has long fought for her cause: ”When I was a student in Aleppo University – years before the uprising began – we created an underground opposition newspaper.
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”We formed a political party for Palestinians and held secret, underground meetings to discuss how to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime.”

They took part in the protests that began in March 2011, bought video cameras and filmed the suppression.

She left her first husband for not being sufficiently ”revolutionary”. When her second, the commander of her brigade, refused to let her fight with him on the front line, she threatened to leave him too.

”I said, ‘I have the strength to hold a gun, so why can’t I fight?”’

He trained her in the art of sniping. The uprising has not been without its nightmares.
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At night sometimes, she admitted, she wakes up crying, at her personal loss and the horrors she has witnessed.

”I have seen more than 100 bodies in the last few months.

”So many people were killed in shelling and air strikes. And I have had many near misses. Once a bomb exploded nearby, wounding people who I was with in a car and I thought, ‘Oh my God, death is near’.”

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THE SNIPER HERO WHO WAS CHRIS KYLE

Since retiring from the Navy SEALs, Chris Kyle, who was known as America’s deadliest sniper, would occasionally take fellow veterans shooting as a kind of therapy to salve battlefield scars.

Kyle, author of the best-selling book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, was with a struggling former soldier on just such an outing on Saturday, hoping a day at a shooting range would bring some relief, said a friend, Travis Cox.

But Texas authorities said Sunday that for unknown reasons, the man turned on Kyle and a second man, Chad Littlefield, shooting and killing both before fleeing.

“Chad and Chris had taken a veteran out to shoot to try to help him,” Cox said. “And they were killed.”

On Sunday, the police identified the shooter as Eddie Ray Routh, a 25-year-old veteran with a history of mental illness who had served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The police offered no information about a possible motive.

A spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Division, Sgt. Lonny Haschel, said in a statement that Routh shot the men at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, at the Rough Creek Lodge, an exclusive shooting range near Glen Rose, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Routh then fled in a pickup truck and was arrested on Saturday night at his home in Lancaster, a southern Dallas suburb. He has been charged with two counts of capital murder, Haschel said.

Cox, the director of a foundation that Kyle created, said he was not acquainted with Routh, but said that Kyle had devoted his life since his military retirement to helping fellow soldiers overcome post-traumatic stress.

In 2011, Kyle created the FITCO Cares Foundation, to provide veterans with exercise equipment and counseling. He believed that exercise coupled with the camaraderie of fellow veterans could help former soldiers ease back into civilian life.

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“He served this country with extreme honor, but came home and was a servant leader in helping his brothers and sisters dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder,” Cox, also a former military sniper, said by telephone.

Kyle, who lived outside of Dallas, had his own difficulties adjusting after retiring from the SEALs in 2009. He was deployed in Iraq during the worst years of the insurgency, perched in or on top of bombed out apartment buildings with his .300 Winchester Magnum.

He became proficient at his job, racking up more than 150 kills and becoming the scourge of Iraqi insurgents, who put a price on his head and reportedly nicknamed him the “Devil of Ramadi.”

He preferred to think of his job not as killing bad guys, but saving the good.

“I feel pretty good because I am not just killing someone, I am also saving people,” he said in a Jan. 2012 interview with The Dallas Morning News. “What keeps me up at night is not the people that I have killed. It is the people I wasn’t able to save.”

Manny Fernandez contributed reporting.

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Executed … this frame grab shows Najiba (centre) sitting at the edge of a ditch shortly before being executed after being accused of adultery with a Taliban commander. Photo: AFP/Parwan Provincial Government

There sure is nothing like a public execution to arouse the dear public. Two hundred years ago, we’d be pushing our way to the front of the gallows or the guillotine’s platform just to hear the crack of the neck being snapped or to gasp as the doomed head bounced into its basket. If providence allowed, we’d even get close enough to spit in the face of the condemned.

The king/crook/traitor is dead! Hooray!

But, now, with our supersonic laptops and co-joined online lives, we can sit in private, trembling with pre-emptive disgust, and watch as those arousing words:  “This video contains images with may distress some viewers” scroll onto our screen.

Like that genre of film called Horror that encourages us to enjoy the murder and dismemberment of various poor sods, we squint and hide behind fingers but, as our bravery grows, we drop the pretence of shock.

And, here, we see the young woman by the ditch gunned down by the furious cuckold, his grey-speckled beard suggesting there was quite the age diff between he and his 22-year-old wife.

Of course, we don’t need a gang of religious zealots in a backward craphole to tell us that old men marrying young gals always ends badly.
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Can you imagine the awkward conversations? Old guy remembers, with a beatific smile, the nineties, like before the Americans came and screwed up everything, when any Taliban could freely fire his Kalishnikov into any woman who flashed a friendly smile or was stupid enough to walk to school.

Get with the times, Mr Afghan man!

A far as deaths go, it was completely different to the way America dispatches its condemned: 20 years on death row, appeal after appeal before, finally, a fat-saturated last meal and a couple of guards trying to find a arterial highway for their killer cocktail.

After the grainy video footage was posted on every news portal online, the usual pious chorus erupted. Barbaric, brutal, un-Islamic etc.

Blah..Blah…etc

I just can’t believe anyone is shocked anymore about what happens in kooky, tribal, medieval Afghanistan. Men are bad screwed up enough about women and sex in the hip, open west as it is, let alone in the land time forgot.

Yesterday, a Sydney man was found not guilty of murder after knifing a man he found tooling his wife. Like, express disappointment at their behaviour or maybe, in the fire of fury, punch the man in the nose, but to kill someone for adultery? And then for the killer to go unpunished? Hoo! Sounds like Afghanistan!

Does anyone really believe the $17 billion allocated a couple of days ago by the world’s powers toward civilian aid and to the advancement of women’s rights in Afghanistan, will do anything except maybe line the treasure caves of various warlords?

In 2014, when we finally split the joint, it’ll be biz as usual: public executions in stadiums, the poisoning of little girls, honour killings etc.

Get used to it. And enjoy online!
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Dead … this frame grab shows Najiba dead seconds after being shot by a man in an execution condemned by the Afghan government as un-Islamic and inhuman. Photo: AFP/Parwan Provincial Government

“Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death. They shot her in front of villagers in her village, Qol,” she said, adding that the execution took place late last month.

Following the shooting, a villager handed the video over to the provincial government and “the security forces are preparing a big operation to find the culprits”, she said.

The video opens with the woman, wrapped in a grey shawl, sitting at the edge of a ditch in a village surrounded by dozens of men, some perched on rooftops for a better view.

Watching ... this frame grab shows a gathering of people watching the execution by gunfire of a woman married to a member of a hardline Taliban militant group.
Watching … this frame grab shows a gathering of people watching the execution by gunfire of a woman married to a member of a hardline Taliban militant group. Photo: AFP/Parwan Provincial Government

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As she sits with her back to the crowd a bearded man is seen reading verses from the Koran condemning adultery, before saying: “We cannot forgive her, God tells us to finish her. Juma Khan, her husband, has the right to kill her.”

He approaches to within a couple of metres of the woman, says “Allahu akhbar” (God is greater), aims and fires twice, missing each time. The third shot hits her in the back, she flings her arms wide and collapses.

He then fires another six shots into her body as the crowd cheers wildly, shouting “Long live Islam”, “Long live mujahideen (holy warriors)”. The gunman then fires four more shots into her body.

The government issued a statement on Sunday saying it “strongly condemns this un-Islamic and inhuman action by those professional killers and has ordered the Parwan police to find the culprits and bring them to justice”

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The Afghanistan Human Rights Commission also expressed outrage. Its executive director Mohammad Musa Mahmodi said: “We condemn any killings done without proper trial. It is non-Islamic and against all human rights values.”

Hague shocked and disgusted

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday he was “shocked and disgusted” by reports that the Taliban had executed the woman.

The British government condemned the “deplorable” action and called upon Afghanistan’s rulers to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“I am shocked and disgusted by [the] reports,” Mr Hague said. “Such deplorable actions underline the vital need for better protection of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.”

He explained that the British government was working with its Afghan counterparts, NGOs and international partners to improve the status of women in Afghanistan.
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Clinton makes plea for women

The killing came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a powerful plea on Sunday for the rights of women in Afghanistan, using a global forum to insist that they must be part of the country’s future growth.

Mrs Clinton, who was addressing a world conference in Tokyo on Afghanistan’s future, said: “The United States believes strongly that no nation can achieve peace, stability and economic growth if half the population is not empowered.”

She said the way forward “must include fighting corruption, improving governance, strengthening the rule of law [and providing] access to economic opportunity for all Afghans, especially for women”.

“All citizens need to have the chance to benefit from and contribute to Afghanistan’s progress. The United States will continue to stand strongly by the women of Afghanistan,” she added.

But the execution video could renew concerns that Kabul is not doing enough to protect women, particularly from so-called honour killings, which were common during the Taliban regime that ruled from 1996 to 2001.

The Taliban have since waged an insurgency against the government of President Hamid Karzai, which is supported by about 130,000 NATO troops.

According to figures provided by the US State Department, out of the 8 million students enrolled in schools today, nearly 40 per cent are girls. That contrasts sharply with 2002 when there were only 900,000 children in schools, virtually none of them girls.

The US says there are now 175,000 teachers in Afghanistan, about a third of them women, thanks to $US316 million ($310 million) spent on education initiatives.

US officials said Mrs Clinton had raised the issue of women’s rights with Mr Karzai during her brief visit to Kabul on Saturday, warning that they were a litmus test for the country’s progress.

The Tokyo talks have raised pledges of $US16 billion in civilian aid for the conflict-torn nation over the next four years.

Representatives from more than 80 nations and international organisations gathering in the Japanese capital later adopted the “Tokyo Declaration”, pledging support and cash for Kabul.
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