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Gen. Petraeus Issues Air Strike Edict: No Strikes Near Civilians, Except in Secret Cases

August 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/04/gen-petraeus-issues-air-strike-edict-no-strikes-near-civilians-except-in-secret-cases/

New US Commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus has issued new orders related to air and artillery strikes against civilians. The short answer is “don’t,” while the long answer is that troops shouldn’t use the strikes when they know civilians will be killed except in two cases.

Blood on whose hands in Afghanistan?

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/pers-a02.shtml

Accusations from Obama administration officials and the media that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his sources have “blood on their hands” for revealing information on US military operations and informants in Afghanistan are contemptible slanders. Responsibility for blood spilled in Afghanistan lies with the US government, which launched the war.

US: Afghan pullout to be limited

August 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/08/2010824710625243.html

Large numbers of American troops will remain in Afghanistan after a "limited" drawdown beginning in July 2011, the US defence secretary has said. Speaking in a television interview on Sunday, Robert Gates said that the deadline did not mark the date that the US would leave Afghanistan.

Do Disclosures of Atrocities Change Anything?

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn07302010.html

The hope of the brave soldier who sent 92,000 secret U.S. documents to Wikileaks was that their disclosure would prompt public revulsion and increasing political pressure on Obama to seek with all speed a diplomatic conclusion to this war. The documents he sent Wikileaks included overwhelming documentary evidence – accepted by all as genuine, of: * the methodical use of a death squad made up of US Special Forces, known as Task Force 373, * willful, casual slaughter of civilians by Coalition personnel, with ensuing cover-ups,

Burden of war in Afghanistan shifts even more to the U.S.

August 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://freedomsyndicate.com/mayfair/latimes054.htm

U.S. troops now account for about two-thirds of the NATO force in Afghanistan, and Americans make up nearly two-thirds of July's Western military fatalities.

As casualties in Afghanistan rise, Army suicides, drug use set new records

July 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jul2010/army-j31.shtml

As US military fatalities in Afghanistan hit a new high in July, the US Army issued a report exposing record suicides, drug use and other signs of deep demoralization among its ranks after a decade of colonial-style wars. Another six US troops were killed in a series of four separate attacks across southern Afghanistan on Thursday and Friday, bringing the total death toll for the month to at least 66. This follows the previous high set last month of 60. Both were at least double the average number of fatalities for the first five months of this year.

More War Crimes Exposed - Now, What Do We Do?

July 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m68450&hd=&size=1&l=e

3 days after documents of 8 years of war crimes against the people of Afghanistan were leaked, what does the U.S. government do? Admit or apologize for the crimes? No -- go after the leakers! Pentagon Launches 'Manhunt' for Document Leaker. Cut off the funding for the wars? No, vote another $59 billion! On Friday U.S. Conducts Afghan massacre - On Tuesday Congress Votes to fund more death. The massive release of documents by Wikileaks.org only proves what our movement has been saying for years: the illegitimate occupation is built on regarding all civillians as potential enemies, killing them in strikes from the air, detaining them indefinitely, depriving them of safe havens from either the Taliban, the war lords in Karzai's government, or US troops, and carving up the resources under Afghanistan for foreign use. In the name of a war for empire, everyone here and there is less safe.

Record US Toll in Afghanistan as Violence Continues to Soar, Six More Deaths Put US Toll for July at 66 Killed

July 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/07/30/record-us-toll-in-afghanistan-as-violence-continues-to-soar/

Early this morning, the US reported on three soldiers slain in Afghanistan, officially putting the death toll for the month of July at a record level since the Afghan War began in 2001. Hours later three more US troops were reported killed, bringing the toll to 66.

Portrait of an occupied country

July 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/07/201072811155152491.html

In the days since whistleblower website Wikileaks released more than 90,000 military reportschronicling the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2009, journalists and commentators have written extensively about the deteriorating security situationthey describe. The mass of classified communications has served to highlight links between the Taliban and Pakistan,the spreading danger of improvised explosive devices and the woeful disciplineof Afghan security forces.

The terrible truth about the "good war"

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Politics, Police State

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2010/07/29/terrible-truth-about-good-war

Why the classified Pentagon documents on Afghanistan released by WikiLeaks present a damning portrait of who is suffering from the U.S. war. THE RELEASE of more than 92,000 classified documents relating to the war in Afghanistan by the muckraking Web site WikiLeaks has left the Obama administration and its war partners trying to defend the indefensible.

The Afghanistan documents and the struggle against war

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jul2010/pers-j29.shtml

The public release of the 92,000 secret documents on the Afghanistan war by WikiLeaks, together with the reaction of the media and the official establishment, has immense political implications for the antiwar struggle in the US and internationally.

Endgame in Afghanistan: 'It's taken a year to move 20km' - Video

July 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/jul/29/afghanistan-war-us-military

As the war in Afghanistan enters its final chapter, Sean Smith's brutal, uncompromising film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of a stalemate that is taking its toll in blood. Warning: contains distressing scenes and strong language

War Bill Could Be Stopped Today With 144 Votes

July 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/07/27-6

Antiwar Democrats have a rare opportunity to knock down a war funding bill, just days after Wikileaks released more than 90,000 documents confirming their worst fears about the direction of the conflict. The House is bringing the bill up under a suspension of the rules, which require a two-thirds vote. Only 144 votes would be needed to to stop the war funding. The vote is expected to occur mid-afternoon.

Ten Things WikiLeaks Documents Reveal: We're Playing the Fool in Afghanistan

July 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/ten-things-wikileaks-documents-reveal-were-playing-fool-afghanistan61752

Perhaps the most predictable as well as the most maddening headline to emerge from the latest WikiLeaks controversy is this one from the Washington Post: "WikiLeaks Disclosures Unlikely to Change Course of Afghanistan War." Doubtless this "stay the course" approach will be spun as a sign of American resolve and tenacity. Of course, it was Albert Einstein who defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Kucinich: 92,000 reasons to end the wars, pick one

July 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0727/lawmakers-challenge-obama-afghan-leak/

US lawmakers opposed to the Afghan war, emboldened by a huge leak of military files on the conflict, pushed Tuesday for pulling US forces from Pakistan in a blunt challenge to President Barack Obama.

The Afghan War Springs a Leak

July 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/porter07272010.html

The 92,000 reports on the war in Afghanistan made public by the whistleblower organisation WikiLeaks, and reported Monday by the Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel, offer no major revelations that are entirely new, as did the Pentagon Papers to which they are inevitably being compared.

Karzai: NATO Rocket Killed 52 Civilians

July 26th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/26/world/main6714453.shtml

Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai says that a NATO rocket attack killed 52 civilians in the south of the country on Friday. Hamid Karzai's statement issued Monday says the Afghan intelligence service determined that a NATO rocket hit Regi village in Helmand province's Sangin district. The dead included women and children. Karzai condemned the attack.

WikiLeaks Bombshell Docs Paint Afghan War as Utter Disaster -- Will We Finally Stop Throwing Money and Lives at This Catastrophe?

July 26th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.alternet.org/world/147636/wikileaks_bombshell_docs_paint_afghan_war_as_utter_disaster_--_will_we_finally_stop_throwing_money_and_lives_at_this_catastrophe/

There's clear proof the war in Afghanistan is a complete failure -- we must demand an immediate exit. The brutality and fecklessness of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan have been laid bare in an indisputable way just days before the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on whether to throw $33.5 billion more into the Afghan quagmire, when that money is badly needed at home

Afghanistan casualty rate highest of war

July 26th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jul2010/afgh-j26.shtml

Eight months after the Obama administration announced a “surge” of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to crush the Taliban-led insurgency, the rate of US and allied casualties has soared to the highest level of the nearly nine-year war and is beginning to match the bloodiest stages of the occupation of Iraq. Five more American soldiers were killed on Saturday, four in a single roadside bomb blast in an unspecified area of southern Afghanistan. The fatalities were announced amidst a desperate aerial and ground search by American forces to locate two missing Navy personnel.

U.S. withdraws ‘pain ray’ from Afghan war

July 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Police State

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1297361/US-withdraws-pain-ray-Afghan-war-zone.html

A ‘pain ray’ that blasts the enemy with unbearable heat waves hasbeen pulled out of Afghanistan by the US military. The weapon, which causes immense pain to subjects was pulled from the war zone last week but US army chiefs in Afghanistan have stayed silent about the reason for the U-turn. Sending them back to America for crowd control?

Admiral Mullen: Afghan War Will Get Even Worse Over Summer

July 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/07/25/admiral-mullen-afghan-war-will-get-even-worse-over-summer/

In remarks issued today on a visit to Afghanistan, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen warned that the record levels of violence in Afghanistan are going to only continue to get worse over the summer.

Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation

July 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/25/afghanistan-war-logs-military-leaks

Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation. The war logs reveal civilian killings by coalition forces, secret efforts to eliminate Taliban and al-Qaida leaders, and discuss the involvement of

Will House Democrats Oppose a Jobless War Supplemental?

July 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Politics

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/will-house-democrats-oppose-a-jobless-war-supplemental61680

The war supplemental for Afghanistan is expected to come back from the Senate to the House this week - without any kind of timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and without money to save teachers' jobs attached. AP reports: In a take-it-or-leave-it gesture, the Senate voted Thursday night to reject more than $20 billion in domestic spending the House had tacked on to its $60 billion bill to fund President Barack Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan. Plenty of money for endless war which profits the Federal Reserve Bank system and the military industrial complex, but nothing for the (slaves) American people.

Taliban Claims US Sailor Captured in Afghanistan

July 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/Four-US-Soldiers-Killed-in-Afghan-Attack-99164884.html

Top US Officer Says It's Time to Execute Afghan Plan. The top U.S. military officer says U.S. forces in Afghanistan are making "a tremendous effort" to find two sailors who disappeared south of the Afghan capital on Friday.

NATO Chief Disavows 2014 Drawdown Date, Insists War to Continue Indefinitely

July 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/news/2010/07/22/nato-chief-disavows-2014-drawdown-date-i

New Speculative Date Already Being Shrugged Off in Favor of Promises of Eventual Victory. The replacement of the July 2011 drawdown date with a more speculative 2014 date is scarcely completed, and already that date too is being disavowed by NATO Secretary General and Afghan War enthusiast Anders Fogh Rasmussen. According to Rasmussen, NATO troops will remain in the nation and will contiue their nearly nine year war “indefinitely,” pledging that the troops would only leave once it became impossible for the Taliban to take over in Afghanistan.

Biden Backtracks on Afghanistan Drawdown Pledge 'Too Early to Tell' What Will Happen Next July, VP Insists

July 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/07/18/biden-backtracks-on-afghanistan-drawdown-pledge/

Speaking to ABC News’ “This Week” today, Vice President Joe Biden declared that it was “too early to make a judgment” about how many troops would be withdrawn in July 2011, and that it was possible that only a trivial number of troops would actually be pulled out of the nation.

Saving Face in Unwinnable War

July 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25917.htm

Sinking in debt and no closer to victory, heads may roll as the U.S. and NATO wrap up their pointless Afghan adventure. Last week, the usually cautious Petraeus vowed from Kabul to "win" the Afghan War, which has cost the U.S. nearly $300 billion to date and 1,000 dead. The problem: No one can define what winning really means. Each time the U.S. reinforces, Afghan resistance grows stronger.

General Petraeus takes command as killing in Afghanistan escalates

July 6th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jul2010/petr-j06.shtml

In assuming formal command of the US-led war in Afghanistan over the weekend, Gen. David Petraeus reiterated his indications that the military will alter its rules of engagement, allowing a more unrestricted use of air strikes and artillery bombardments in support of American ground troops.

Bipartisan backing for US escalation in Afghanistan

July 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jul2010/afgh-j02.shtml

The US Senate voted by 99-0 to approve the nomination of Gen. David Petraeus as the top US-NATO commander in Afghanistan. The vote Wednesday demonstrates the complicity of both big business political parties in the war crimes being perpetrated in this imperialist war.

Petraeus Expected to Tone Down Attempts to Avoid Civilian Deaths

June 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/06/24/petraeus-expected-to-tone-down-attempts-to-avoid-civilian-deaths/

Though the replacement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus as the commander in Afghanistan isn’t expected to have any major positive effects, like ending the war or at least slowing the escalation, it seems that it is having some negative effects.

Now the truth as to why the west is in Afghanistan

June 20th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War, Economic

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/columnists/peter-eyre/6465-now-the-truth-as-to-why-the-west-is-in-afghanistan

Every since the Russians invaded Afghanistan if was evident that incredible wealth lay beneath its soils such as oil, gas, uranium, gold, copper and many other precious metals. On top of this was the extremely lucrative opium trade that has been the backbone of many large international banks.

Afghan Civilians Said to Be Killed in an Airstrike

June 19th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/world/asia/20airstrike.html?partner=TOPIXNEWS&ei=5099

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ten civilians, including at least five women and children, were killed in NATO airstrikes in Khost Province, the provincial police chief said Saturday. Five other civilians were killed, as were two Afghan National Army soldiers and two police officials, in other violence around the country on Saturday.

WikiLeaks Founder Has Massacre Video

June 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-15/wikileaks-founder-has-garani-massacre-video-according-to-new-email/?cid=hp:mainpromo1

Close Julian Assange, who the Feds fear may release State Dept. secrets, denies having them—but he’s readying video of a deadly U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan. After several days underground, the founder of the secretive website WikiLeaks has gone public to disclose that he is preparing to release a classified Pentagon video of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan last year that left as many as 140 civilians dead, most of them children and teenagers.

For the US in Afghanistan, the News Is Bad

June 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://original.antiwar.com/lobe/2010/06/10/for-the-us-in-afghanistan-the-news-is-bad/

While U.S. officials insist they are making progress in reversing the momentum built up by the Taliban insurgency over the last several years, the latest news from Afghanistan suggests the opposite may be closer to the truth.

Ten allied soldiers killed in one day

June 8th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/ten-allied-soldiers-killed-in-one-day-1994227.html

Ten servicemen with the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) for Afghanistan were killed in separate incidents yesterday, the alliance said.

Kucinich: ‘We may be funding our own killers in Afghanistan’

June 8th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12844

On June 7, the day Afghanistan became America’s longest-ever war, the New York Times reported on an ongoing investigation poised to prove that private security companies "are using American money to bribe the Taliban" to fuel combat and thus enhance demand for their services. The news follows a "series of events last month that suggested all-out collusion with the insurgents," the Times said.

US Senate rejects exit timetable for Afghanistan

May 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War

Link: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N27100144.htm

The Senate rejected a proposal on Thursday to require President Barack Obama to submit a timetable for pulling U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, despite unease among some members of his party over the nine-year-old war.

Afghanistan War -- A Saga of Lopsided Death and Destruction

May 26th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m66378&hd=&size=1&l=e

The frightening death and destruction that the American civil War brought made General William Sherman, a Union general, say, "War is hell". A U.S. Airforce Commander after the terror bombing of Dresden in the Second World War admonished, "War must be destructive and to a certain extent inhuman and ruthless." When a high-tech mighty war machine is unleashed on a nation in a decrepit state and with a weaker or non-existent military power, the hell becomes more intense and destruction unbelievably more destructive for the men and women of the frail nation.

Pentagon Contractor Profits Rise ---Along With Casualties

May 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m66325&hd=&size=1&l=e

The fighting in Afghanistan this week has resulted in the deaths of Canadian Colonel Geoff Parker, 42, of Oakville, Ontario, and U.S. Colonel John McHugh, 46, of W. Caldwell, New Jersey. It also claimed the lives of Lieutenant Colonels Paul Bartz, 43, of Waterloo, Wis., and Thomas Belkofer, 44, of Perrysburg, Ohio. Other fatalities were Staff Sgt. Richard Tieman, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., and Specialist Joshua Tomlinson, 24, of Dubberly, La.

US Soldiers Face Probe Into Afghan Deaths; Civilian Casualties Still Rising

May 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.truthout.org/us-soldiers-face-probe-into-afghan-deaths-civilian-casualties-still-rising59744

Kabul, Afghanistan - The U.S. military is investigating allegations that a small group of American soldiers deliberately killed three Afghan civilians in a series of shootings earlier this year, Western officials familiar with the case said Friday.
Military officials have detained one soldier with the Army's 5th Stryker Brigade based in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, said the officials, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case.

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