Afghanistan & Pakistan

For More Than Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World

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Murderers, Cowards, Morons and Thieves: Portrait of an Empire in a Political Season

Predator DroneBy Chris Floyd

Jason Ditz at Antiwar.com continues his lonely vigil of documenting the carnage being inflicted upon civilians in Pakistan by the increasingly frenzied drone missile attacks ordered by the Peace Laureate in the White House.

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US Drone Strikes Kill 15 in N. Waziristan

by Juan Cole 

 
The Associated Press does an important story about an intensive drone strike campaign by the US military since September 2 in southern Afghanistan and in Pakistan’s North Waziristan that has left 60 persons dead, among them innocent civilians.
 
On Tuesday alone, US drone attacks targeted suspected militants killed some 15 persons in the village of Dargah Mandi village on the outskirts of Miranshah, N. Waziristan’s main city.

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Children Among 24 Killed as US Drone Strikes Rock Pakistan

By Jason Ditz 

At least four children were killed today in addition to 20 other “suspected militants” in a series of four US drone strikes against sites tied to the Haqqani militant group in North Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
 
The attacks destroyed three homes in North Waziristan as well as a car. The children were in a home near one of the targeted homes which was also damaged in the blast.

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Manhunters, Inc.: The Secret Killers

Assassination in Afghanistan and Task Force 373

 
"Find, fix, finish, and follow-up" is the way the Pentagon describes the mission of secret military teams in Afghanistan which have been given a mandate to pursue alleged members of the Taliban or al-Qaeda wherever they may be found.
 
Some call these “manhunting” operations and the units assigned to them “capture/kill” teams.

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Wardak Province, Afghanistan: NATO Again Kills Civilians in Night Raid – 300 Civilians Block Roads

by Jason Ditz

Angry villagers took to the streets of Wardak Province today and blocked one of the main thoroughfares in the wake of an overnight raid by NATO troops which killed three brothers in their home.
 
Locals say that the three brothers were civilians, and were killed in their sleep during the raid. Their father was also detained. NATO insists the father was a “known Taliban leader” and the three brothers were “suspected insurgents.”

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52 People Killed Last Friday in Afghanistan - Civilian Deaths and Wikileaks Narrative Continue

Afghan CiviliansBy Jon Boone in Kabul and Ali Safi in Kandahar

Helmand residents accuse Nato of deliberate attack on civilians

• Afghan government says missile killed 52 people
• Governor's spokesman casts doubts on allegations

Survivors of an alleged Nato rocket attack on a small town in Helmand, which the Afghan government says killed 52 civilians, spoke today of their anger at what they claim was a deliberate air strike, despite coalition denials.

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McChrystal, Petraeus, Obama: the Imperial Bloodbath Continues

By Chris Floyd

 
Some people seem to think that the question of which uniformed goober is in charge of the imperial bloodbath in Afghanistan is a vitally important issue, worthy of endless exegesis.
 
It is not. It is a meaningless sideshow. What does matter, vitally, deeply, urgently, is the imperial bloodbath itself, and the fact that it will go on, and on, no matter what Barack Obama did about Stanley McChrystal.

What really matters is this:
 
Ten civilians, including at least five women and children, were killed in NATO airstrikes in Khost Province, the provincial police chief said Saturday.

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US Drone Attacks on Pakistan: Smaller Missiles, More Strikes

by Jason Ditz

 
At least six more people were killed today and several wounded in the latest US drone attack against Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency. The attack brought the 2010 total from US attacks to 274 killed in 41 attacks.
 
The attack was the latest in what analysts say is a strategy of using smaller missiles, aimed at reducing the massive number of civilians killed in 2009’s drone attacks.

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Free Fire Zone Afghanistan: 5 Civilians Killed, 18 Wounded in Attack on Bus

Afghanistan civilians killedFrom American Leftist

 
 
American troops raked a large passenger bus with gunfire near Kandahar on Monday morning, killing as many as five civilians and wounding 18 and sparking anger in a city where winning over Afghan support is considered pivotal to the war effort.

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Made in America: The Gardez Massacre

by Larry Everest

On the evening of February 12, some 25 friends and relatives gathered at the home of Hajji Sharaf Udin in the village of Khataba, a few miles outside Gardez, the capital of Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan.
 
They were there to celebrate the naming of Udin's newborn grandson. "Sitting together along the walls of a guest room, the men had taken turns dancing while musicians played," The Times (UK) later reported. Before sunrise five innocent Afghan civilians, all relatives, would be murdered.

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Why World Can’t Wait Demands U.S. Troops Out of Afghanistan Now

Afghan RefugeesOCTOBER 7, 2001: the U.S. attacked Afghanistan. Many lies have been used to justify the continuation and escalation of this war. President Obama sent 34,000 more troops to occupy Afghanistan, and is considering sending as many as 45,000 more, not including tens of thousands of private U.S. contractors.

 
LIES USED TO JUSTIFY THIS INCLUDE:
 
Afghanistan is a “good war” against the “real terrorists” who attacked Americans
 
Barack Obama referred to the war as the "the central front in our battle against terrorism." According to our the new president, "I think one of the biggest mistakes we've made strategically after 9/11 was to fail to finish the job. …We got distracted by Iraq."
 
The war in Afghanistan had nothing to do with responding to the 9/11 attacks. It was launched to defeat reactionary Islamic fundamentalist trends and groups that have posed obstacles to U.S power and to restructure the Middle East and Central Asian regions in order to deepen U.S. domination.
 
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