British occupiers’ propaganda kills Afghan girl

This video from the USA is called Rethink Afghanistan: Join the Movement to Stop this War.

From the BBC, today, months after the tragic facts:

RAF leaflet box kills Afghan girl

The Ministry of Defence is investigating the death of a young Afghan girl who died after being hit by a box of leaflets dropped by the RAF.

The information leaflets were dropped in boxes from an RAF Hercules aircraft in Helmand province on 23 June.

The box failed to break apart in mid-air and landed on top of the girl who died later in hospital. …

Leaflet drops have been used extensively in Afghanistan by US and British forces in the battle to win the “hearts and minds” of the local population.

The MoD would not comment on what type of leaflet was involved, but past leaflets have included information about the election campaign, mine awareness campaigns, and warnings of impending military action in an area

In May, C130 aircraft based in Afghanistan with 904 Expeditionary Air Wing dropped 200,000 leaflets in support of the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force.

From the Australian, owned by Rupert Murdoch:

Some of the leaflet drops over Helmand involve black propaganda campaigns aimed at the Taleban. These are part of psychological warfare missions.

Reactions on the Times site [Update October 2010: no longer available at the Times site]:

Jon Barrett wrote:

We don’t even know her name.


Marcus Holyoak wrote:

Great – you drop litter in Singapore, you get hauled off by the police; drop litter in the UK you get a spot fine of £50; drop litter in Afghanistan, a girl loses her life, a family lose their daughter, and you get told keep up the good work. It’s not right.

S K wrote:

Another needless death in what can only be described as a pointless war. Why are our troops still there again? Why are we even involved?

Paul Kingsley wrote:

If this happened in June, just how long does it take to investigate why a box didn’t open? What they really mean is we had forgotten abut it until the press asked about it?

The most senior American diplomat at the UN mission in Afghanistan appears to have been forced out of his post after failing to secure an investigation into claims of widespread fraud favouring Hamid Karzai in the August presidential elections: here.

1 thought on “British occupiers’ propaganda kills Afghan girl

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    Monday, September 21, 2009
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