Qarabagh District, Ghazni
Qarabagh (Qarah Bagh) district is located 56 km to the south west of Ghazni in eastern Afghanistan. The 1,800 km² area is one of the most populated at 109,000; some reports count more than 200,000. There are three ethnic groups - Pashtun about 54%, Sayed about 2% and Hazara about 44%. The landscape varies in different parts of the district - deserts in the southwest, plains in the southeast and mountains in the north. The district is seriously affected by drought, especially farming and animal husbandry. Health and education need serious improvement.
Taliban militiamen are active in the area. Their threats have forced the girls' schools in the district to close. They briefly seized the government headquarters at the district centre in the town of Qarabagh in April 2007. The Taliban also seized the Giro district centre southeast of Qarabagh. In July 2007, 23 Korean aid workers were kidnapped by the Taliban as their bus was hijacked passing through the district on the road between Kabul and Kandahar. At present, American forces have reestablished a presence and have driven the Taliban out, reopened schools,and have made over all life better for the local populace.
Security and politics
On 22 November 2009 one militant was shot dead in Ali Naizi village in Qarabagh district after an operation by ISAF forces.
On July 2011 one local restaurant owner Muhammad Hussain Hussaini had assassinated in Bazare E Qarabagh, Qarabagh district, the day when his son Ali Muhammad Hussaini Burn Quran. He had accuse for helping his son, meanwhile Ali Muhammad Hussaini was on Run but he was not unable to leave the Qarabagh. Later Taliban took responsibility for rocket attack on his restaurant and issued fatwa against Ali Muhammad Hussaini.
- Reuter Christoph, Borhan Younus. "The Return of the Taliban in Andar District: Ghazni." Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field. Ed. Antonio Giustozzi. HURST Publications Ltd. 2009.
- "Operational Update, Nov. 22: Afghan-International Security Forces Kill, Detain Militants in Ghazni, Logar, Kandahar." 22 November 2009. Accessed at: http://www.nato.int/isaf/docu/pressreleases/2009/11/pr091122-xxa.html
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