By James Cogan:
3 August 2009
A report issued late last month by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) sheds light on the rising number of innocent Afghan men, women and children who are being killed in order for the US and its allies to consolidate their neo-colonial occupation of the country.
The UNAMA report contrasted the number of officially recorded civilian deaths for the first six months of 2009 with the number in previous years. From January 1 to June 30, it registered 1,013 civilian fatalities, “compared with 818 for the same period in 2008, and 684 in 2007”.
Fears of Fraud Cast Pall Over Afghan Election: here.
Britain: The government has pressed ahead with an appeal against compensation awards to two injured servicemen – despite it being branded “bonkers” by a top aide to the Defence Secretary.
After the deadliest month since the Afghan war began, US military commanders are planning to press for more troops in order to mount a counterinsurgency campaign in the Central Asian country: here.
- Report: ‘Lack of US cooperation’ halts Afghan probe into civilian killings, according to document obtained by @Reuters (reuters.com)
- In Afghanistan, interpreters who helped U.S. in war denied visas; U.S. says they face no threat (orrazz.com)
- U.S. prevents Afghan investigators’ access to soldiers (worldbulletin.net)
- Afghans Say 5 Civilians Killed in NATO Strike (voanews.com)
- In Afghanistan, interpreters who helped U.S. in war denied visas (chinavisaservice.wordpress.com)