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the male prison in Herat in Afghanistan
Herat
By Giusi Cosentino
17 Feb 2015

The Afghan prison was considered important by the Italian military authorities who have funded for purposes " humanitarian " .

The opening of the prison in Herat took place in March of 2010 . The prison facility in question is located in Herat , the second largest city in Afghanistan . The prison is divided into two : the male part is made ​​up of 3310 inmates , and female , from the same prison 160.

In the same prison funded by the Italian government - specifically in the men's section where does the alleged Taliban captured by our contingent - are made of systematic torture . A complaint has been the UN through a dossier of 2011 accompanied by evidence defined as " overwhelming ". 

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Afghanistan Male Prison 09
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

group of prisoners behind a fence inside the prison of Herat .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 12
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Some Afghan detainees , within the male prison in Herat

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Afghanistan Male Prison 13
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

group of prisoners behind a fence inside the prison of Herat .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 15
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 16
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 17
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 02
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 03
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 04
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 05
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 06
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Held prisoners tied together with chains and handcuffs , just brought in the prison .

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Afghanistan Male Prison 07
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Some Afghan detainees , within the male prison in Herat

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Afghanistan Male Prison 08
Herat, Afghanistan
By Giusi Cosentino
26 Nov 2014

Some Afghan detainees , within the male prison in Herat

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On the Frontline with the Afghan Army
Herat
By laura.lesevre
13 Oct 2014

Afghanistan’s forgotten war continues with no sign of letting up as NATO troops ready to withdraw by the end of the year.

Now it's up to the army of Kabul repel Taliban attacks. Italian reporter Fausto Biloslavo follows a brigade of Afghan soldiers during a reconnaissance mission in Herat province, from their Camp Zafar base to Chest-i-Sharif, stopping at Salma dam where the soldiers built an outpost with an underground bunker.

Since January in western Afghanistan, there have been 422 attacks, mostly with roadside bombs and IEDs. The Afghan Army officials say they have lost between 200 and 400 men every month.

Footage and stand-ups by Fausto Biloslavo.

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Afghanistan's Endless War
Afghanistan
By laura.lesevre
13 Oct 2014

Video report with Standup by Italian journalist Fausto Biloslavo

In Afghanistan you are greeted by an explosion of a rocket. This way the Afghan soldiers of the 4th platoon make you clearly understand that the war is not over, even if the West would like to forget it.

The 4th platoon of the Afghan army trains in Herat. The Afghan army is made up of almost 200 thousand men who earn a base pay of 11,500 Afghani, less than 200 euro per month. They train every day to fight the Taliban, knowing that when the Nato will withdraw they will have to be ready to defend against the Taliban's attacks by themselves. For this reason, the training of the Afghan army is supervised by American contractors and Italian soldiers who help them to improve their use of weapons and to become themselves trainers.

The last battle of the 4th platoon was fought less than two weeks ago in Shindand, the former huge Soviet air base south of Herat. Captain Abdul Amid says that all hell broke loose: "They fired a barrage of rockets from behind the trenches while shouting in the loud speakers "Allah o Akbar (God is great). If you surrender you will stay alive. We responded by shooting and crushing them."

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With the Afghan Army
Herat
By laura.lesevre
07 Oct 2014

Fausto Biloslavo follows the soldiers of the Afghan Army during an operation against the Taliban who are surrounding all the areas close to Herat. He travels with the soldiers through the wild Afghan landscape and listens to the stories of the soldiers who are paid 200 euros for risking their lives against the Taliban. And as soon as the Nato mandate will end by the end of 2014, it would get even worse for the Afghan people.

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Text and Photos by: Fausto Biloslavo

"The policemen were ambushed. One agent was killed instantly, but the other five were alive, although injured," says the soldier Maitullah Wafa, back from a violent battle.

After placing the last belt of ammunitions, the young Afghan adds, "The Taliban have reached them while they were fizzling on the ground. They were shot to death one by one with a Kalashnikov.”

The forgotten war in Afghanistan continues with no mercy, but NATO troops are ready to leave the country by the end of 2014.

Now the army of Kabul has to repel the assault of the Taliban by itself, with no help from foreign armies. Since January 2014 there have been 422 attacks in western Afghanistan, especially booby trap attacks. Throughout the country, every month the Afghan army loses from 200 to 400 men.

The reconnaissance operation starts in the territory of Herat, from the base of the 207th Corps at Camp Zafar - which means"victory". At five in the morning, before dawn, the officials pray toward Mecca and they are illuminated by the lights of the armored jeeps left in dowry by the Americans.

The column of soldiers moves along a sandy track and goes through a valley surrounded by barren mountains where there are houses made from mud and straw. In addition to the tanks, with no anti-mine system, the Afghans travel on uncovered vehicles. If they bump on a booby trap they would explode ending in a thousand pieces like twigs.

The mountains on the other side of the river are Taliban-infested. A week ago the Talibans attacked the army along the road that leads to the great dam of Selma. "On the armor of the tank I felt the bullets bouncing. The rockets were exploding everywhere. A few meters away, I saw a Dushman (which means enemy), who had launched a rocket bursting in three steps from us. I took the grenade launcher firing at him and I saw him fall, "says Maitullah, a young soldier, with a bit of pride.

When the column of soldiers passes through their villages, the people remain composed. Women covered by turquoise burqas look like ghosts, some children wave to the soldiers while the shepherds look after their sheep.

To prevent any suicide bombing, the soldiers check all the cars and passengers, even the turbans of the men, which could hide a detonator.

The Afghan army is made up of almost 200,000 men. The base pay of an Afghan soldier is 11,500 afghani, less than 200 euro per month: this is all they are given for risking their lives every day.

The commander of the corps army built with the help of Italians, general Taji Mohammed Jahed, is convinced that "there is no difference between Daish (the Islamic state in Arabic) and the Talibans. Both distort Islam to use it against humanity. The first one kills in the name of the caliphate while the Talibans kill in the name of their emirate. "

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Afghanistan's only Female General Att...
Herat, Afghanistan
By laura.lesevre
01 Oct 2014

RAW INTERVIEW + B ROLL
Length: 26'
[English translation on camera]

Maria Bashir is General Attorney of Herat, the only woman in Afghanistan occupying such a position. Her office in Herat is manned 24/7 by bodyguards. In the first interview she grants foreign press, she tells reporters that the NATO mission against the Taliban has been a failure, and that the country is still threatened by the Taliban.

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Another Afghanistan
Kabul
By karolinasamborska
27 Sep 2014

There is always a paradox in war; that it shows us how life continues. This is a reflection, a look at Afghanistan, but not the one we already know well from war, the Taliban and women who wear the burqa. It focuses instead on the people who - in the presence of war which offers only uncertainty and violence - have the courage to live, smile and walk calmly in the streets. The photos examine how everyday life is negotiated despite major political dramas, how people manage to find everyday joy, pleasure, beauty, poetry, rap and freedom. Tired of wars, these people try to live in peace. At least they pretend to live in peace. They are born, they die, they love, windows tremble, bombs continue to explode, but children continue to go to school. Life goes on.