Years later, a flattened Afghan village reflects on U.S. bombardment

Years later, a flattened Afghan village reflects on U.S. bombardment

 
 
 

(Kevin Sieff/ The Washington Post ) – Niaz Mohammad, 46, was one of few villagers who returned to Tarok Kolache after Americans dropped 25,000 pounds of bombs over the village in 2010.

 

  • (Rajiv Chandrasekaran/ The Washington Post ) - Laborers repair a house in March 2011 that had been flattened by U.S. airstrikes in Tarok Kolache. U.S. commanders decided to raze the entire village, localed in Arghandab district, because it was being used as a command-and-control base by the Taliban.
  • (Kevin Sieff/ The Washington Post ) - Wakhil Ahmed, center, stands in what is left of Tarok Kolache July 26, 2013. He said he remembers looking for his bicycle after the bombing and finding only rubble.
  • (Kevin Sieff/ The Washington Post ) - The remnants of a dismantled American base can still be seen in the village July 26, 2013. The last American troops will leave Arghandab Valley this year.
  • (Kevin Sieff/ The Washington Post ) - Naiz Mohammad, the police chief of Arghandab Valley, makes a phone call in his office on July 26, 2013. The valley was at the heart of the American offensive in 2010 and 2011, and Naiz says he worries that stability is fragile.
  • (Kevin Sieff/ The Washington Post ) - A police officer plays with a villager’s bicycle in Tarok Kolache. With Americans gone, the Afghan army and police are now charged with keeping the key village secure.
  • (Kevin Sieff/ The Washington Post ) - A man and a boy wait for a taxi in the Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on July 26, 2013. The valley was at the heart of the American offensive in 2010 and 2011.
 

By , Sunday, August 25, 2:29 PM 

Washington Post

TAROK KOLACHE, Afghanistan — It took 50,000 pounds of American explosives to level Niaz Mohammad’s village.

The village had become a Taliban stronghold, a virtual factory for bombs that killed and maimed American soldiers. At the height of the U.S. offensive in late 2010, commanders chose what they considered their best option: They approved an airstrike that flattened all the buildings in town, more than 40, including Mohammad’s home. Though no civilians were killed, the bombardment quickly became one of the most controversial attacks of the war in Afghanistan.

After American bombardment, Afghan village weighs gains, losses

Kevin Sieff 2:29 PM ET

The village embodies the gains and losses of America’s longest war.

 
 

Three years later, the village is a sandy ruin, symbolizing the gains and losses of America’s longest war. A handful of villagers, among them Mohammad, have trickled back. The U.S. Army withdrew this summer from the valley where Tarok Kolache is located. The Taliban has mostly fled to other districts.

Relative peace came to Tarok Kolache, but only after it was demolished.

“What did we win in this war? We lost our homes. We lost our village,” said Mohammad, 47, the village’s de facto patriarch, with thick black eyebrows and a wavy salt-and-pepper beard. “The Taliban do not live here anymore, but they were only fighting in the first place because the Americans were here.”

On the other side of the world, the man who decided to bomb Tarok Kolache, Army Col. David Flynn, sits in his office at a base in Oklahoma, hoping that his “pains­taking choice” has paid off.

“I think about Tarok Kolache every day,” Flynn said. “There were no good options there.”

Mohammad was one of the few who have returned to his ancestral village, now only partially rebuilt. In a country still peppered with rusty 40-year-old Russian tanks and long-decayed 130-year-old British forts, Tarok Kolache already feels like another relic of war.

To compensate the villagers for the loss of their 100-year-old homes, the U.S. military built them square, concrete rooms. But those structures — oddities in a valley of mud-baked dwellings — are cracking. Locals refuse to live in them, so the buildings sit empty, full of wasp nests, the subject of mockery. There are still the barbed wire and blast barriers brought here to protect the U.S. base at the edge of the village. The base itself, constructed after the Tarok Kolache bombing, has since been dismantled.

Mostly, there are sand, rocks and empty space where there once were homes. Some residents received up to $10,000 in compensation from the U.S. military and moved elsewhere. Some said it was too dangerous to stay in Tarok Kolache after the U.S. base was established. Some said it still smelled like death after several Taliban members were killed. Many said the Americans failed to rebuild what they had promised.

“For us, it was like a deadly poison,” said Abdul Hamid, a former resident who moved to the nearby city of Kandahar after the operation, claiming he was compensated for a fraction of his property.

Mohammad felt compelled to go home, though now he wonders whether it was a good idea. His family has been in Tarok Kolache for 150 years, farming acres of nearby land. The Taliban insinuated itself into the village around 2008, turning it into one of the most prolific bomb factories in Kandahar province, according to U.S. officials. Soldiers started referring to its “house-borne improvised explosive devices,” a play on “vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices,” the military expression for car bombs.

 
 

Obama, Clinton, Pelosi mass murders continue

 

May 6 2009

 

US forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday have killed 123 Afghanistan men, women and children

 

The non-combative people were sheltering from fighting in the western province of Farah when their houses were struck by cowardly US military air strikes sanctioned and abetted by Canada, Italy, UK, Germany, France and many other European countries

 

The US air strike bombardment destroyed the whole village and some of the mutilated bodies were beyond recognition

 
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

A US airstrike injured woman from the Bala Baluk, district of Afghanistan, is seen on a bed at the hospital in Farah province of Afghanistan Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

US forces in Afghanistan on May 5 2009, have killed 123 Afghanistan men, women and children in US air strikes.

The non-combative people were sheltering from fighting in the western province of Farah when their houses were struck by cowardly US military air strikes sanctioned and abetted by Canada, Italy, UK, Germany, France and many other European countries.

Dr Atiqullah, a resident of the village, told Pajhwok Afghan News the bombardment destroyed the whole village and some of the mutilated bodies were beyond recognition.

He said they had so far retrieved 123 dead bodies from beneath the debris of the destroyed homes by using tractors.

Some of the injured people were provided first aid, Atiqullah said. One family lost 23 members alone, he claimed.

A tribal elder of the village, Abdul Manaan, told this news agency that 52 people in Ishaqzai area and 65 in Agha Sahiban area had been killed in the blitzkrieg.

'Our homes are destroyed and scores of people are killed, but the government is doing nothing,' he lamented.

Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer.

Photo: AP/Abdul Malek     
 
Obama mass murderer

 

‘The headmaster of a school in the town of Khair Khana, Rasul had just finished eating breakfast with his family and had walked outside to chat to a neighbour.

 

Inside the house were his wife, Shiekra, his four sons, aged three to ten, his brother and his wife, his sister and her husband.

 

He looked up to see an aircraft weaving in the sky, then his house exploded in a fireball behind him.

 

Nine people died in this attack by a US F-16 dropping a 500 pound bomb.

 

The only survivor was his nine-year-old son, Ahmad Bilal.

 

‘Most of the people killed in this war are not Taliban, they are innocents,’ Gulam Rasul told me.

 

‘Was the killing of my family a mistake?   No, it was not.   They fly their planes and look down on us, the mere Afghan people, who have no planes, and they bomb us for our birthright, and with all contempt.’

— John Pilger
 
Touches body of boy killed by U.S-led troops in Kabul

 

His dead brother lies next to him

Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

An Afghan man touches the body of a boy killed along with his brother and father by U.S-led troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, early September 1, 2008.

His dead brother lies next to him.

Hundreds of protesters blocked a road in Kabul on Monday accusing U.S-led troops of killing three members of a family, including two children, in a raid in the city.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan, August 22, 2008

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer.

Photo: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani     
 
  People take part in a hate protest holding guns up
after a US UK CANADA NATO cowardly air strike on Friday
killed their neighbors and relatives

 
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

Afghanistan people take part in a hate protest holding guns upafter a US NATO cowardly air strike on Friday killed their neighbors and relatives in Azizabad district of Shindand, in Afghanistan August 23, 2008.

Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan, August 22, 2008

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: Mohammad Shoiab/Reuters
NATO occupation murders continue

 

The Italian army occupying Afghanistan said they gave the bus numerous warnings which were not heeded.

 

Ahmad Vali, the uncle of this girl and the driver of the bus said that his 12 year old niece was shot in the face.

 

It was raining, the uncle said, and he was unable to see.

 

The troops attacked suddenly without warning.

 

Two other relatives, a man and woman in the bus, were also killed.

 

The girl and her family were traveling to Herat to take part in a wedding when the NATO forces attacked them.

 

There are 2,350 Italian soldiers occupying Afghanistan, May 2009, the month of the killing of the people in the wedding bus

 
Remains of homes after US UK CANADA NATO cowardly attack
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

Women stands next to the remains of homes destroyed in a US airstrike at Azizabad village in Herat province, Afghanistan.

The homes were destroyed August 22, 2008.

Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan, August 22, 2008

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: AFP/Reza Shirmohammadi     
 
  Prepare graves for men, women and children
after a US UK CANADA NATO cowardly attack on Friday

 
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

Afghans prepare graves for people killed by a US cowardly airstrike on Azizabad village in Herat province.

Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan, August 22, 2008

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: AFP/Reza Shirmohammadi
 
The Afghan resisters, in their turn, should write “Jaurès, wake up, they’ve gone crazy” on the walls of the French barracks in Kabul.

 

Jean Jaurès was the French socialist leader that dared to say NO to the sacred union for the war in 1914 and who paid for it with his life.

 
 
 
An Afghan woman shouts hatred against the US

 

August 23, 2008

 
 
Hold belongings of loved one after US cowardly attack
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

Relatives hold belongings as they stand in front of the houses bombed by the cowardly U.S. NATO forces on Friday in Azizabad district of Shindand, in Afghanistan August 23, 2008. 

The homes were destroyed August 22, 2008.

Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan, August 22, 2008

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: AFP/Reza Shirmohammadi     
 
 
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

Relatives who lost family members weep after cowardly US NATO air strikes on Friday killed more than a hundred people in Azizabad district of Shindand August 23, 2008.

Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan, August 22, 2008

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: AFP/Reza Shirmohammadi  
 
Now according to the puppet Karzai, 89 people have been killed, not the 76 the media first announced.

 

Aljazeera has since amended this mass killing by US forces as more than 100 people, most of them children

 

Karzai who ever since the Americans brought him to Afghanistan has been protesting — Oh! this time he sacked a General and a Major!

 

American?   English?   Both are killers of children within the last two weeks

 

Of course Karzai doesn’t fire the Amerikan criminals who commanded the killing and pressed the buttons for the bombs, have them jailed for war crimes

 

It is an Afghan General and an Afghan major he fires — not for killing the children, but for ‘neglecting their duties and concealing the facts’

 

Is there an expletive I could use!

 

There does seem to be someone who has some backbone

 

Little luck it will get him

 

Afghanistan’s religious affairs minister, Nematullah Shahrani:

“We went to the area and found out that the bombardment was very heavy.

 

Lots of houses have been destroyed and more than 90 non-combatants including women, children and elders have died.

 

So far it is not clear for us why the coalition [NATO murderers] conducted the air strikes”

 
 
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan two days ago.

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard     
 
Perhaps I should have mentioned

 

Karzai is enjoying the last day of the China Olympic games

 

Attends the closing ceremony

 
August 24, 2008

 
An Afghan homeless boy sleeps on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan

 

August 24, 2008

 

You think your life should be extinguished with a missile, kid?

 

That would be one way to get rid of you wouldn’t it!

 

You think Karzai cares about you!

 

Karzai cares about the Amerikans!

 

They let him go to the Olympic games in a big jet!

 

Then the Amerikans and British can play with their missiles and bombs!

 

They can kill a hundred of you at one go!

 

Don’t matter!

 

There is plenty more of you!

 
 
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan two days ago.

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard     
 
  Don’t worry about the men, women, elders, kids, Karzai!

 

They’re already dead

 

When was it?   Yesterday!   Day before that the kids got clobbered!

 

You know!

 

The American missile bomb out of the sky while they were playing!

 

Dead!

 

Dead now!

 

Over a hundred people killed Aljazeera is reporting

 

Is there some disconnect here!

 

You think your people might see this!

 

Have you become as insane as Brown, Cheney, Obama, McCain, Bush and the rest back here trying to take the planet into oblivion

 
Afghanistan — NATO US killing, Airstrike terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium — Taliban reconquer 

Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan two days ago.

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard     


Karzai attends the closing ceremony at the National Stadium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008.

 

American missiles and bombing killed close to a 100 people, mostly children, in air strikes near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, Afghanistan two days ago.

 

The dead are 19 women, seven men, and the rest children all under 15 years of age.

Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
 
 
Cowardly British and Amerikan forces
abetted by German, Norwegian, French and other western nations

 

Occupying a country none of these should be in

 

Continue to kill children by missiles

 

30 people in Helmand, 76  89  more than 90  more than 100 people in Azizabad, NATO and the US forces disgust the world

 
 
 
76  89  more than 90  more than 100 people killed, mostly children, in air strikes by Americans near the village of Azizabad in the western province of Herat, August 23, 2008

 

The dead are 19 women, seven men and the rest children all under 15 years of age

 

Azizabad villagers gather in angry demonstration hurling stones at Afghan troops — August 23, 2008

 

Shots fired by the puppet Afghan troops wounding two more people

 

Children, women, men hit by rockets in the Sangin district of Helmand province — August 17, 2008

 

The deaths just multiply

 

What do they think the reason is for you creatures who press buttons to kill people, what is your reason to remain on this planet!

 

Missiles killing children?

 

Your reason for living is to kill children!

 

The nausea of loathing for you who do this has no bounds

 

In your soul you know you have no reason for doing what you are doing

 

In this deepest part of you, you know you have been tricked, you have been fooled, you are a fool — You are a murderer

 
 
 
I tell you their is no excuse for this action

 

You supervisors who command this, you men and woman who press the buttons, you men and women who fly on the planes and assist in these killings:

 

You life is over for doing this

 

You life on this planet ends the moment that you kill those you do not see

 

I guarantee you from the moment you allow your mind and body to command and perform this heinous task of killing, you are a walking zombie

 

This is my promise to you

 

No excuse!

 

You have no excuse!

 

You who press these button, who fly these planes killing people you cannot see, you are workers for evil

 

There is no explanation!

 

There is no excuse!

 

You are war criminals!

 

You are murderers

 

And the dumbed-down fools sheltering in their homes in Britain and America, untouched by the missiles and bombs that they work to pay for?

 

In every way, the life of British and American people, all those who allow and accept this death, in mind, in action, life for you also is ending

 

Those of you killing in these foreign lands, you must go back where you came from

 

You must stop

 

For your nations, for the very survival of your nations you must stop

 

Your armies and military must return back to your lands

 

A spiritual law is working here

 

A law that is exact

 

That does not deviate

 
Kewe                           
 
Canada, US, Western rogue governments — War crimes continue
 
Child killed by Western rogue governments, by Canada, US, UK, Western European nations that have troops in Afghanistan propping up a US imposed puppet government

Photo: www.uruknet.info

 

Child killed by Western rogue governments

 

by Canada

 

US

 

UK

 

by all Western European nations that have troops in Afghanistan propping up a US imposed puppet government

 
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Afghanistan hit by record number of bombs
Bruce Rolfsen, Air Force Times
 

July 19, 2008

Air Force and allied warplanes are dropping a record number of bombs on Afghanistan targets.

 

For the first half of 2008, aircraft dropped 1,853 bombs — more than they released during all of 2006 and more than half of 2007’s total — 3,572 bombs.

 
 
Quisling inspects house

 

An Afghan quisling police officer walks out of a house near the town of Panjwai Bazaar, some 50 km (31 miles) west of Kandahar October 18, 2007.

Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

 
 
A South Korean protester holds a banner stating troops out during an anti-war rally in Seoul, demanding the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan.
 
Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je     
 
 
Child wounded by US attack

 

Afghan men surround a child Saturday, July 28, 2007.

The child was wounded by US NATO air strikes in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Photo: AP/Allauddin Khan

 
Young girl attacked by US

 

Helmand province, Afghanistan — US airstrike

 

An Afghan girl lies on a hospital bed in Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, June 30, 2007.

The young girl was injured by a US NATO airstike.

Air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers on June 29, 2007, including many children.

Picture: REUTERS/Abdul Qodus

Afghan woman attacked by US

 

Helmand province, Afghanistan — US airstrike

 

An Afghan woman lies in a hospital in Lashkar Gah the provincial capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 30, 2007 aften being attacked by the US.

The injured woman was attacked by a US NATO airstike.

Air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers on June 29, 2007, including many children.

Picture: AP/Abdul Khaleq

 
Boy attacked by US

 

Girishk district, Afghanistan — US airstrike

 

An Afghan boy lies on a bed at the main hospital in Lashkar Gah.

The boy was injured by a US NATO airstike during an airstrike in the Girishk district.

Air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers on June 29, 2007, including many children.

Picture: AFP/Abdul Malik

Child attacked by US

 

Helmand province, Afghanistan — US airstrike

 

An Afghan child, attacked and injured by US air strikes, lies in a bed at a hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, June 30, 2007.

Picture: AP/Abdul Khaleq

 
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What you would never guess is that “carelessness” meant a deliberate U.S. policy of waging the war on terror from the air.
 
Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services
 

July 21, 2008

 
 
 
“Civilian casualties have been a continuing issue in Afghanistan, and President Karzai has rebuked American and NATO forces for what he has called carelessness in their military operations.”

 

This is the genteel, bloodless language of geopolitics, spoken by the Gray Lady and the heads of state and makers of policy whom she serves.

 

You wouldn’t know that “carelessness” referred to killing a bride (and twenty-some guests) on her wedding day, except that the observation comes at the end of the New York Times’ account of our July 6 bombing of an Afghani wedding, which followed a Fourth of July missile strike in that country — look at the fireworks, Mom! — that killed 15 innocent civilians.

 

Careless superpower indeed.

 

Careless murdering superpower indeed

 

What you would never guess is that “carelessness” meant a deliberate U.S. policy of waging the war on terror from the air.

 

But that has been our policy all along, from “shock and awe” and “mission accomplished” to “the surge is working.”

 

It is undebated, unreported, unquestioned, this policy conceived with the vacuous single-mindedness of serial killers.

 

The death it has caused has not been calculated and is perhaps incalculable, especially when you factor in the time-bomb effects of depleted uranium and other deadly substances that bombing spreads both locally and around the world.

 

To my mind, nothing, not even the torture we practice at Guantanamo and throughout the war on terror gulag, exemplifies the disconnect between U.S. policy and the American people like the sanitized horror of the air war.

 

When the Nazis dropped 50 tons of explosives on the Spanish city of Guernica in 1937, the world called it barbaric.

 

Today, such a pummeling of some hapless Third World region is routine, transformed by an embedded and co-opted media into “humdrum ordinariness,” as Tom Engelhardt has pointed out.

 

Colin Powell had Picasso’s “Guernica” covered up

 

(You’ll recall, of course, that Colin Powell, when he lied before the U.N. General Assembly about Iraqi WMD shortly before we invaded, had the tapestry reproduction of Picasso’s “Guernica” covered up to avoid any awkward triggering of conscience.)

 

That we have lost control of our government, money-dominated and obsessed with secrecy as it is, is less surprising to me than the extent to which we have lost our watchdog media, which can’t even rouse itself awake long enough to spot the patterns in its own routine coverage of the war.

 

Shall we take a stroll down Memory Lane?

 

“Ooh, that’s gotta hurt,” I recall a colleague of mine saying back in mid-March of ’03, as the invasion got under way and the shock-and-awe campaign played nonstop on the tube.

 

They found one boy’s body on the roof of that house

 

The relentless air assault on Baghdad killed untold Iraqis but utterly failed in its intended purpose of “decapitating” the Saddam Hussein regime, killing not a single high government official.

 

In April 2003, we got word that Hussein and his two sons were meeting in a building in the Mansur district of Baghdad.

 

Within 45 minutes, we flattened the building with four high explosive bombs, creating a crater 40 feet deep and killing an unknown number of people, but not Hussein or his sons.

 

“They found one boy’s body on the roof of that house over there,” an Iraqi later told a reporter.

“I heard that the father went out for ice cream and wouldn’t let his children come with him.

 

“When we came back, they were dead.

 

“He must be dying of grief.”

Shortly before Christmas 2003, USA Today, in a rare instance of independent war coverage, published the results of its four-month investigation of cluster bomb usage in the first months of the war.

 

10,800 cluster weapons; their British allies used almost 2,200

 

“Although U.S. forces sought to limit what they call ‘collateral damage’ in the Iraq campaign, they defied international criticism and used nearly 10,800 cluster weapons; their British allies used almost 2,200,” reporter Paul Wiseman wrote.

 

Describing the “steel rain” that devastated the central Iraq city of Al Hillah, he noted that images of the aftermath, “including footage of a baby torn in half, were so gruesome that Western television networks refused to air them.”

 

Back to Afghanistan, where Taliban-hunting with bombs and missiles has been commonplace.

 

University of New Hampshire professor Marc Herold, who monitored the early phases of the war, wrote in 2002 that “the documented high level of civilian casualties” is caused by “the apparent willingness of U.S. military strategists to fire missiles into, and drop bombs upon, heavily populated areas of Afghanistan.”

 

Seven children died

 

One example, from about a year ago: We bombed a school in eastern Afghanistan; seven children died.

 

A Pentagon spokesman explained: “If we knew that there were children inside the building, there was no way that that air strike would have occurred.”

 

We can’t wage war without a wide moral latitude.

 

The public has limited capacity for collateral damage even in the abstract, and none at all for actual details, such as babies torn in half by cluster bombs.

 

But this is the war on terror, [See comment below — TheWE.cc] which we will never win [We cannot win something that never was — TheWE.cc] until we face the truth about what we’re doing and stop doing it.

 

Forever.

 

For Ever

 

Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist, is an editor at Tribune Media Services and nationally syndicated writer. 
commonwonders.com.

 
© 2008 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
 
Only one comment to add to this article by Robert Koehler himself still stuck in the delusion there is a war on terror
— THERE IS NO WAR ON TERROR
— FROM 9-11 ON IT HAS ALL BEEN FABRICATION

 

Both in Afghanistan and Iraq, there is a war of resistance — a war of opposition to foreign occupation, to foreign bombing, to terrible and continuing foreign caused death and injury

 

TERROR COMMITTED BY THE FOREIGN OCCUPIERS

 
 
 
Child attacked by US

 

Helmand province, Afghanistan — US airstrike

 

An Afghan child lies on a bed at a hospital in Lashkar Gah the provincial capital of Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, June 30, 2007.

The young child was injured by a US NATO airstike.

Air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers on June 29, 2007, including many children.

Picture: AP/Abdul Khaleq

Infant attacked by US

 

Helmand province, Afghanistan — US airstrike

 

An Afghan infant is treated in a hospital in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 30, 2007 aften being attacked by the US.

The infant child was injured by a US NATO airstike.

Air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers on June 29, 2007, including many children.

Picture: REUTERS/Abdul Qodus

 
 
US Terror State

 

US war machine

 

Cowardly attacks killing people never seen, women, children

 

This child’s parents were killed by the US military

 

All funded by the US taxpayer

 

US Terror State

US Cowardly attacks by air killing men women and children in their homes, often never seeing those they kill as the drones or aircraft fly back to the cowardly bases.

An Afghan boy, holding a piece of bread like many hungry children doing, cries after his parents were killed during a raid by U.S. forces in Bati Kot area of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, April 29, 2007.

51 villagers including women and children were killed by the US occupation forces.

Photo: AP/Rahmat Gul     

 
Western Terror States: Canada, US, UK, France, Germany, Italy

 

While they commit Cowardly attacks by air killing men women and children in their homes, often never seeing those they kill as the drones or aircraft fly back to the cowardly bases

 

If they kill only the husband, see how they care for the family they have destroyed

 
 
Western Terror States: Canada, UK, US, Germany, France, Italy 

US Cowardly attacks by air killing men women and children in their homes, often never seeing those they kill as the drones or aircraft fly back to the cowardly bases.

After they kill the husband, see how they care for the family they have destroyed

See how they care for the people they are controlling.

An Afghanistan mother begs as her son sleeps in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, May 8, 2007.

Photo: AP/Farzana Wahidy     
 
 
US war machine

 

Cowardly attacks killing people they never see, often women and children

 

US Terror State

US Cowardly attacks by air killing men women and children in their homes, often never seeing those they kill as the drones or aircraft fly back to the cowardly bases.

Photo: Sunday Telegraph     

 
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أخبار منالعراق المحتلة
“No Mercy”: Annals of the Afghan Liberation
Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque
Britain’s arch-conservative Sunday Telegraph continues to be a source of some of the most revealing reports about George W. Bush’s “War on Terror.”

 

May 1, 2007

US UK war machine

 

Occupied Afghanistan

 
 
In its unquenchably pro-war pages, where the news section is just as skewed as the reliably rabid editorials, the ST regularly — albeit inadvertently — gives us a glimpse of the true face of the Terror War behind the painted masks of piety worn in Washington and London.

 

We highlighted an example of this a few months ago, when the paper ran what was meant to be a panting, gushing paean to a super-duper Anglo-American unit in Iraq — and unwittingly revealed the criminal heart of a very dirty “dirty war” being run by the Bush-Blair coalition in the conquered land.

 

(See Ulster on the Euphrates.)

 

Whose ultimate aim is nothing more than the aggrandizement of a predatory elite

 

Now the ST has struck again, with another rah-rah piece that peels back some of the drapery obscuring the grisly realities of the “good war” in Afghanistan: US Aircrews Show Taliban No Mercy.

 

The Tory story’s political intent is two-fold: to portray the Blair government as a bunch of wussies in its prosecution of the Afghan war, and to exalt the Bush way of dealing with the dusky races, so redolent of the much-lamented Empire in its prime.

 

But the piece goes beyond the interesting interplay of politics and journalism to a much darker, deeper truth: the degradation of the human spirit in war.

 

This is true in every conflict, of course, even the most limited and justified; but in unending campaigns of conquest and domination like the Terror War, whose ultimate aim is nothing more than the aggrandizement of a predatory elite, the brutalization and coarsening of the forces involved is all the greater.

 

And we can see that in this Telegraph story, which is meant to show American soldiers at their strutting, manly best, but is instead a sad indictment of the Bush Imperium’s all-pervading moral rot.

 
US Terror State

 

Bodies of women

 

Loved ones killed in their homes by US Terror attacks

 
 
The burden of the piece is this: British forces in the hotly disputed Helmand province were not “ruthless enough in finishing off their targets” when going after the Taliban.

 

They too often refrained from instant, massive retaliation in fear of killing civilians.

 

But now the Americans have come down to show them how it’s done, with the “uncompromising use of air power” and orders to “show no mercy” against suspected Taliban fighters.

 

The centerpiece of the story is an attack by Apache helicopter gunships on a boatload of men crossing a Helmand river.

 

Even though the copter crew “didn’t have hostile intent or a positive ID from the ground commander,” Special Ops told them “that although they could not themselves see the men on the boat, they must be the Taliban who had [earlier] attacked them.”

 

And so the Apaches swung in low and opened up with 30mm cannons on the Afghans, who had by this time scrambled to shore.

 

You just see a big dust cloud where the person used to be

 

1st Lt. Jack Denton, 26, described it for the Telegraph:

“You can see the person but you can’t see the features of his face.

 

The 30mm explode when they hit and kick up smoke and dust.

 

You just see a big dust cloud where the person used to be.”

 

One particular dust cloud caught Lt. Denton’s attention:

Soul-less men with glazed-over eyes

 

PPS: Another contractor just called me — I guess my 15 minutes of fame isn’t quite over yet — and this one started telling me some really scary stories about a mysterious place called “Area 51” where trained-killer special-ops forces hunker down in between “jobs”.

 

And he REALLY scared me as he described soul-less men with glazed-over eyes who lived like those hordes of evil bad guys from The Lord of the Rings — just waiting to be let out of their cages.

 

[The above left over from an earlier piece — decided to leave it in — Kewe TheWE.cc

 

The attack was “typical of a new, aggressive, approach adopted by American forces in southern Afghanistan and particularly in Helmand,” said the ST.

 

“Aircrews say they have been told to show no mercy, but to press home their advantage until all their targets have been destroyed.”

 

For a moment, the ST reporter, Gethin Chamberlain, makes a brief feint in the direction of actual journalism, by bringing up a slight caveat about the “no mercy” missions:

The attack, and four other missions against suspected Taliban compounds, are clearly effective, but the stakes are high.

 

Coalition attacks on mistakenly identified targets here, as in Iraq, have left dozens of civilians dead and wounded and can act as a recruiting sergeant for the terrorists.

 
Burn effigy of George Bush

 

Jalalabad Afghanistan

Afghan youths look at an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush after setting on fire during a protest in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 1, 2007.

Hundreds of angry Afghanistan people chanting 'Death to Bush' and 'Death to Karzai' demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after the U.S. attaked early Sunday.

Thousands more Afghans staged a protest against U.S. forces and the puppet Afghanistan government on Monday saying U.S. forces were continuing to maim and kill their relatives and loved ones.

Picture: AP/Rahmat Gul

Stormed Shindand district headquarters of Afghanistan puppet government in protest of killings by US forces

Afghans look at the destruction caused by people after they had stormed the headquarters of the Shindand district government in the western province of Herat April 30, 2007.

Thousands more Afghans staged a protest against U.S. forces and the puppet Afghanistan government on Monday saying U.S. forces were continuing to maim and kill their relatives and loved ones

Picture: AP/Rahmat Gul

 
Death to America

Afghans cry out as they carry a body in the eastern province of Nangarhar April 29, 2007.

Thousands of Afghans shouting

Death to Bush

Afghan youths chant 'Death to Bush' after burning an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 1, 2007.

Hundreds of angry Afghanistan people chanting 'Death to Bush' and 'Death to Karzai' demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after the U.S. attaked early Sunday.

Thousands more Afghans staged a protest against U.S. forces and the puppet Afghanistan government on Monday saying U.S. forces were continuing to maim and kill their relatives and loved ones.

Picture: AP/Rahmat Gul

 
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    informazione dall’iraq occupato
information from occupied iraq
أخبار منالعراق المحتلة
“No Mercy”: Annals of the Afghan Liberation
Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque
 
Deliberately muddled syntax that leaves the impression that only some few “dozens” of civilians have been killed by Anglo-American air attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq, when in fact that number runs into the thousands

 

May 1, 2007

 

Even here, of course, Gethin does yeoman service for the Terror War cause, with some perhaps deliberately muddled syntax that leaves the impression that only some few “dozens” of civilians have been killed by Anglo-American air attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq, when in fact that number runs into the thousands.

 

Because after all, what are a few dozen innocent lives here or there when you are putting whole countries on the right path? As that old breaker of nations, Josef Stalin, used to say: “When wood is chopped, chips fly.”

 

In any case, such womanish scruples do not trouble the Telegraph’s no-mercy Americans:

Capt. Staley [commander of Lt. Denton’s Apache] said he had no qualms about pressing home such attacks until no one was left standing and claimed that American pilots were more effective than their British Apache counterparts, who he said flew higher and were less ruthless in finishing off their targets.

 

‘The Brits are good but they don’t have the extreme aggression that we do.'”

 
 
 
 
 
The American Mukhabarat has undertaken another project, this one with the clear support of Iran

 

A prime example of that “extreme aggression” so prized by the Telegraph and by Capt. Staley in the Pentagon and Oval Office was on display in Afghanistan just last month, in Nangarhar province, as David J. Morris reports in Salon.com (America’s Dangerous Trigger Finger):

According to an investigation by an Afghan human rights group released on April 14, the Marines, who said they came under small-arms fire after the bombing, went on a rampage, shooting at vehicles and pedestrians along 10 miles of road.

 

At least 12 civilians were killed and another 35 were injured, including one infant and three elderly men.

 

A 16-year-old girl, newly married and carrying a bundle of grass to her family’s farmhouse, was shot in the back.

 

A 75-year-old man was shot so many times that his son had trouble recognizing him when he reached the scene.

 

A few hours after the shootings, the Marines returned to the primary site of the carnage, cordoned it off, and allegedly began removing evidence that it had occurred.

 

Seven journalists representing multiple media outlets complained that the Marines confiscated their equipment and forcibly deleted photographs taken by Afghans working for the Associated Press…One journalist said he was told, “Delete the photos or we’ll delete you.”

 

After conducting an initial inquiry into the matter, the American military command in Afghanistan found no evidence that the Marines had come under small-arms fire after the bombing.

Loved one shot dead by NATO
 
 
But the spiritual degradation does not only show in blatant atrocities like the Nangarhar rampage

 

Perhaps these Marines too had been ordered to “show no mercy, but to press home their advantage until all their targets have been destroyed” — even if, as in the Apache attack in Helmland, they “didn’t have hostile intent or positive ID from the ground commander” before their “uncompromising use” of firepower.

 

Perhaps if they hadn’t turned that 16-year-old girl into a dust cloud — or had been quicker in destroying the evidence — they could have claimed that all the dust clouds were Taliban, and gotten a laudatory write-up in the Sunday Telegraph.

 

But the spiritual degradation does not only show in blatant atrocities like the Nangarhar rampage (or the Haditha rampage in Iraq, or the slaughter of the innocents in Ishaqi).

 

It has permeated the minds of ordinary soldiers carrying out their ordinary duties — if anything can said to be “ordinary” about Bush’s intervention in Afghanistan’s long-running civil war on the side of a coalition of war criminals, drug barons, warlords and woman-hating religious fanatics, that is.

 

You die, you die, you die

 

Witness the Telegraph story’s closing words, from young Lt. Denton.

 

The passage is obviously meant to be a bit of gung-ho G.I. bravado of World War II vintage, the kind of line you might hear in an old movie from a cheerful, apple-cheeked, tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold dogface played by, say, Ronald Reagan:

But for now, the American airmen are not losing any sleep over [the threat of being shot down].

 

“When you are on top of the enemy you look, shoot and it’s, ‘You die, you die, you die’,” Lt Denton said.

 

“The odds are on our side.

 

I really enjoy it.

 

I told my wife, if I could come home every night then this would be the perfect job.”

“You die, you die, you die….You can see the person but you can’t see the features of his face…You just see a big dust cloud where the person used to be…I really enjoy it…I really enjoy it….You just see a big dust cloud…I really enjoy it…you die, you die…you can’t see his face…you die…I really enjoy it.”

 

Even in a justified or unavoidable war, the thought of killing another human being — the thought that we, the common human family, have sunk to such a low point, yet again — should be a matter of deepest tragedy, of enduring regret.

 

It is a terrible thing to have to do, even when compelled by the most extreme necessity.

 

Yet the Terror War is leeching the terror out of this dreadful act.

 

Because the Terror War has no deeper meaning — no real purpose beyond loot and power for a few — it devalues and degrades everything it touches.

 

To kill a human being is nothing more than stirring up a bit of dust; it’s easy — “the odds are on our side” — it’s fun, “I really enjoy it.”

 
Loved one shot dead by NATO
 
 
A directive that echoes almost precisely the instructions given by another “war leader” to his armies as they stood poised to launch a war of aggression based on false pretenses, some 68 years ago

 

This is the ethos of the War on Terror (on every side of this hydra-headed conflict): “No mercy.” “Extreme aggression.” “Uncompromising force.”

 

And this is the dictum with which Bush now sends his troops into battle — a directive that echoes almost precisely the instructions given by another “war leader” to his armies as they stood poised to launch a war of aggression based on false pretenses, some 68 years ago:

 

“Close your hearts to pity.”

 
 
Boy hides face from puppet Afghanistan forces

 

Afghan boys hide their faces from puppet Afghanistan forces in their village of Chenar Tu in Oruzgan province south of Afghanistan, Friday, April. 27, 2007.

Hundreds of angry Afghanistan people chanting 'Death to Bush' and 'Death to Karzai' demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after the U.S. attaked early Sunday.

Thousands more Afghans staged a protest against U.S. forces and the puppet Afghanistan government on Monday saying U.S. forces were continuing to maim and kill their relatives and loved ones.

Photo: AP/Rafiq Maqbool

 
 
US war machine

 

A boy is seen walking by a destroyed house in Kabul April 15, 2007.

Hundreds of angry Afghanistan people chanting 'Death to Bush' and 'Death to Karzai' demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after the U.S. attaked early Sunday.

Thousands more Afghans staged a protest against U.S. forces and the puppet Afghanistan government on Monday saying U.S. forces were continuing to maim and kill their relatives and loved ones.

Photo: REUTERS/Ahmad Masood     

 
 
U.S. occupation Khost province

 

Smoke billows following a suicide attack in Khost province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 22, 2007.

Hundreds of angry Afghanistan people chanting 'Death to Bush' and 'Death to Karzai' demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after the U.S. attaked early Sunday.

Thousands more Afghans staged a protest against U.S. forces and the puppet Afghanistan government on Monday saying U.S. forces were continuing to maim and kill their relatives and loved ones.

Photo: AP/Nashanuddin Khan

 
 
U.K. occupation Helmand province

 

Occupation British soldiers enter a house in Sangin , a district Helmand province, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 21, 2007.

Hundreds of angry Afghanistan people chanting 'Death to Bush' and 'Death to Karzai' demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after the U.S. attaked early Sunday.

Thousands more Afghans staged a protest against U.S. forces and the puppet Afghanistan government on Monday saying U.S. forces were continuing to maim and kill their relatives and loved ones.

Photo: AP/Rafiq Maqbool     

 
 
US occupation

 

Motor bikes burning after a suicide attack in Khost province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 22, 2007.

Hundreds of angry Afghanistan people chanting 'Death to Bush' and 'Death to Karzai' demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after the U.S. attaked early Sunday.

Thousands more Afghans staged a protest against U.S. forces and the puppet Afghanistan government on Monday saying U.S. forces were continuing to maim and kill their relatives and loved ones.

Photo: AP/Nashanuddin Khan

 
 
Afghan girl reflected in mirror

 

Kabul, Afghanistan

 

An Afghan girl is reflected in a mirror as she brushes her hair in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 3, 2007.

Photo: AP/Farzana Wahidy

 
 
Afghan street girls carry plastic bags to sell at the market in Kabul

 

Afghan street girls carry plastic bags to sell at the market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 7, 2007.

Photo: AP/Musadeq Sadeq     

 
 
NATO US War Crimes

 

A family wiped out in its sleep

 

A playing child killed by a stray bullet

 

Horrific details fill hundreds of compensation claims for US military attacks in Afghanistan

 

An Afghan boy killed by NATO forces in Afghanistan.

A family wiped out in its sleep and a playing child killed by a stray bullet: horrific details fill the hundreds of compensation claims for US military actions, attacks, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Photo: AFP/Massoud Hossaini

 
 
US occupying soldier forces entry into house for search

 

Sinan village Zabul province

 

A U.S. soldier forces entry into house for search in Sinan village in Zabul province, southeastern Afghanistan, Monday, April. 2, 2007.

Around 26, 000 U.S. soldiers are occupying and keeping in power the puppet government in Afghanistan.

Photo: AP/Rafiq Maqbool     

 
 
NATO US War Crimes

 

Mine awareness class

 

11-year-old boy tells class of horrified children how leg was blown off above the knee

 

A female Afghan teacher teaches Afghan girls during a mine awareness class run by mine clearing agency, OMAR in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007.

They go door-to-door with their lessons, show short films in remote villages using diesel-driven projectors and even stage community theater featuring men in drag.

But perhaps most effective is a sweet-faced, 11-year-old boy who tells a class of horrified children how his leg was blown off above the knee.

With years of experience, aid agencies have found imaginative and culturally sensitive ways to warn people about the millions of land mines and unexploded ordnance that continue to litter Afghanistan.

Photo: AP/Rafiq Maqbool

 
 
Killed by US soldier

 

12 killed, 47 wounded in US NATO massacre

 

US Marines threatened journalists saying delete the photographs or we will delete you

 

US military defended forced deleting of images, arguing publication could have compromised the ‘investigation’

 

Afghan men carry the body of a civilian killed by American soldiers after a car bomber attacked an American convoy in Barikaw in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, March 4, 2007.

U.S. Marines who shot their way out of a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan last month violated international humanitarian law by using excessive and indiscriminate force that left more than 12 civilians dead, a report released Saturday April 14, 2007, said.

Following the March 4 attack in Nangarhar province, when an explosives-rigged minivan crashed into its convoy, members of the Marine unit shot at vehicles and pedestrians in six locations on a 16-kilometer (10-mile) stretch of road, according to a report by Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission.

US Marines expressly threatened journalists, one cameraman reporting he was told to delete the photographs or we will delete you.

More than 40 Afghan civilians have reported being killed or wounded.

US military defended forced deleting of images, arguing publication could have compromised the 'investigation'

Later US occupying force Major General Frank Kearney, head of Special Operations Command Central stated there was no evidence that the marine special operations platoon came under small-arms fire after the bombing.

'We have testimony from marines that is in conflict with unanimous testimony from civilians at the sites.'

Photo: AP/Rafiq Maqbool     

 
 
 

Loved one killed by US soldier

 

12 killed, 47 wounded in US NATO massacre

 

US Marines threatened journalists saying delete the photographs or we will delete you

 

US military defended forced deleting of images, arguing publication could have compromised the ‘investigation’

 

Loved one killed by US soldier.

An Afghan man cries as he shouts anti-American slogans after twelve Afghans were killed and more than wounded in an attack by US NATO forces in Barikaw in Nangarhar province.

U.S. Marines who shot their way out of a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan last month violated international humanitarian law by using excessive and indiscriminate force that left more than 12 civilians dead, a report released Saturday April 14, 2007, said.

Following the March 4 attack in Nangarhar province, when an explosives-rigged minivan crashed into its convoy, members of the Marine unit shot at vehicles and pedestrians in six locations on a 16-kilometer (10-mile) stretch of road, according to a report by Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission.

US Marines expressly threatened journalists, one cameraman reporting he was told to delete the photographs or we will delete you.

More than 40 Afghan civilians have reported being killed or wounded.

US military defended forced deleting of images, arguing publication could have compromised the 'investigation'

Later US occupying force Major General Frank Kearney, head of Special Operations Command Central stated there was no evidence that the marine special operations platoon came under small-arms fire after the bombing.

'We have testimony from marines that is in conflict with unanimous testimony from civilians at the sites.'

Photo: AP/Rahmat Gul

 
 
Abandoned brick factory

 

No work for many

 

All money going into US NATO occupation costs

 

A man walks through an abandoned brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul April 5, 2007.

There is no work for many people in Afghanistan, all money going into US Nato occupation costs and the propping up of the US controlled government. 

Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic     

 
 
Waits for work

 

No work for many

 

All money going into US NATO occupation costs

 

Unemployed Afghan workers sit as they wait for jobs in Kabul April 7, 2007.

There is no work for many people in Afghanistan, all money going into US Nato occupation costs and the propping up of the US controlled government. 

Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

 
 
Boy sells onions

 

No work for many

 

All money going into US NATO occupation costs

 

An Afghan boy packs onions to sell at the market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 7, 2007. 

There is no work for many people in Afghanistan, all money going into US Nato occupation costs and the propping up of the US controlled government. 

Photo: AP/Musadeq Sadeq     

 
 
Suicide bomb attack

 

People acting for resistance forces continue to kill themselves as protest to foreign occupation and control

 

A body lies on a road after a suicide blast in Kabul April 6, 2007.

People acting for resistance forces continue to kill themselves as protest to foreign occupation and control

Three civilians and a US NATO controlled policeman in a blast near Afghanistan's parliament in Kabul on Friday.

There is no work for many people in Afghanistan, all money going into US Nato occupation costs and the propping up of the US controlled government. 

Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

I wouldn’t start thinking about morality Angela.

 

You job is to defend the elite — to see that the rich get ever richer:

 

through the manufacture and sale of weapons,

 

through the creation of corporations that have no purpose but to see you endlessly kill.

 

Stay with that.

“Certainly it lends itself to the type of tactic that Taleban extremists (resistance) use

 

“Because they cannot beat us conventionally or tactically, they resort to this type of tactic in order to hide in the shadows.”

 
Lt Col Angela Billings
As if sending bombs and missile through the sky was not:

 

Totally cowardly

 

Totally without any redemptive morality

 

Totally evil

 
NATO WAR CRIMES
 
Four generations of a family killed by new US attack

 

Nine people including women and young children have been killed in a bombing attack by US forces in Kapisa province.

 

The news comes shortly after US forces are accused of killing 10 village people on Sunday in Nangarhar province.

 

Journalists have stated that US troops confiscated their photos and video footage of the aftermath of the violence.

 
Kapisa province deputy governor Daud Hashimi said the nine dead civilians included five women and three children.

 

He said the raid was carried out by Nato forces.

 

Nato have denied any involvement.

 

A US military statement said US-led NATO forces had ‘dropped two 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) bombs’ during an air attack on village people in Kapisa.

 

Village people say that the NATO US coalition forces bombed the mud-brick home, killing nine members of the same extended family.

 
 
President Hamid Karzai condemned US NATO killing on Sunday in which US forces fired indiscriminately at civilians in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

 

Eight Afghan village people were killed by US forces, 35 village people were injured.

 

Reporters say that as the Americans left the scene along a busy highway, US forces fired on the village vehicles.

 

Thousands of local people took to the streets on Sunday protesting what had happened.

 

The puppet Afghan authorities in Kabul have stated that they have launched an ‘investigation’ into the circumstances of the US attack.

 

The Associated Press news agency has complained to the US military over journalists saying US soldiers deleted footage of the aftermath of the Nangarhar violence.

 

Freelance journalists working for the Associated Press in the eastern province of Nangarhar stated that troops erased photos and video they had taken.

 

This video captured the attack including showing a vehicle in which three people were shot dead.

 

US military defended forced deleting of images, arguing publication could have compromised the ‘investigation’

 

Below an Afghan man cries as he shouts anti-American slogans after twelve Afghans were killed and more than wounded in an attack by US NATO forces in Barikaw in Nangarhar province.

 

U.S. Marines who shot their way out of a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan last month violated international humanitarian law by using excessive and indiscriminate force that left more than 12 civilians dead, a report released Saturday April 14, 2007, said.

 

Following the March 4 attack in Nangarhar province, when an explosives-rigged minivan crashed into its convoy, members of the Marine unit shot at vehicles and pedestrians in six locations on a 16-kilometer (10-mile) stretch of road, according to a report by Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission.

 

US Marines expressly threatened journalists, one cameraman reporting he was told to delete the photographs or we will delete you.

 

More than 40 Afghan civilians have reported being killed or wounded.

 

US occupying force Major General Frank Kearney, head of Special Operations Command Central stated there was no evidence that the marine special operations platoon came under small-arms fire after the bombing.

 

‘We have testimony from marines that is in conflict with unanimous testimony from civilians at the sites.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
The connection between Vietnam and Afghanistan.

Dead Silence
 
When you do not know what your military does behind closed doors, you get Afghanistan.

Photo: Mike Hastie
Vietnam Veteran
March 4, 2007     


 
The connection between Vietnam and Afghanistan.

 

Dead Silence

 

When you do not know what your military does behind closed doors, you get Afghanistan.

Photo: Mike Hastie
Vietnam Veteran
March 4, 2007
 
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