Afghan war continues

This video from Afghanistan says about itself:

Officials in Western Afghanistan say over 147 innocent civilians, many of them women and children, were killed when US war planes bombed villages of Gerani and Gangabad in Bala Baluk district of Farah Province on May 5, 2009.

With his appearance Thursday before a British think tank, Gen. Stanley McChrystal intensified a public campaign for an escalation of the US war in Afghanistan: here.

Growing tensions between sections of the military brass and the Obama administration have emerged openly in the conflict between the top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, and the White House: here.

Was Gen. McChrystal behind the coverup of Pat Tillman’s ‘friendly fire’ death? Here.

Jon Krakauer: McChrystal’s Explanation For Pat Tillman Cover-up Is ‘Preposterous’ ‘Not Believable’, by Heather Monday Nov 02, 2009: here.

The anti-occupation insurgency has spread from the southern provinces that border Pakistan to the capital Kabul and northern provinces: here.

Join the Afghanistan police for your three-weeks’ quick-fix training and one in five chance of getting killed: here.

The United States military suffered its worst single-engagement losses in more than a year on Saturday, when several hundred insurgents attacked a remote outpost in northeastern Afghanistan, killing eight American soldiers: here.

USA: Barbara Lee Introduces A Bill To End The War In Afghanistan: here.

Factsheet of Human Development Report 2009: Afghanistan ranked 181 out of 182 countries: here.

An Afghan in the USA: The world needs to start viewing an Afghan life as just as important as any other human life: here.

Massive Fraud in Afghanistan Election: here.

Charlie Wilson’s Peace: Former Rep. Who Armed Mujahideen Calls for Withdrawal Before War in Afghanistan Becomes Another Vietnam: here.

7 thoughts on “Afghan war continues

  1. Afghan election recount begins

    Afghanistan: Election workers started recounting suspect ballots on Monday and an official said that a ruling on whether President Hamid Karzai won or will face a run-off is due next week.

    The August election was hampered by violence and claims of vote-rigging that have plunged the country into a crisis while resistance fighters are expanding from their southern strongholds into the north and west.

    About 13 per cent of the country’s approximately 26,300 polling stations are considered questionable.


  2. Charlie Wilson dies

    Posted: Feb 10, 2010 8:40 PM Updated: Feb 10, 2010 9:16 PM

    LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Former longtime East Texas congressman Charlie Wilson has died. Staff at Lufkin Memorial Hospital confirmed the report. He was 76.

    According to a Memorial Hospital press release, Wilson died after suffering from cardio pulmonary arrest. He was pronounced dead at 12:16 p.m. in the hospital’s emergency room.

    Wilson served in the 2nd U.S. Congressional District from 1972-1996 and was known as the “Liberal from Lufkin.” A book about his efforts in the U.S.’s covert war against Russia in Afghanistan was chronicled in the book, “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which was later made into a movie. Tom Hanks played the part of Wilson.

    Wilson considered his greatest accomplishments as congressman to be the creation of the VA Hospital in Lufkin and the establishment of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

    Wilson is survived by his wife, Barbara, who he married in 1999. He was born in Trinity in 1933.

    Wilson received a heart transplant in September of 2007 in a Houston hospital.

    During his congressional tenure, he was known as “Goodtime Charlie” for partying antics.

    In 1980, Wilson was accused of snorting cocaine, but the investigation was dropped due to lack of evidence.

    In the book, author George Crile described an incident when a Trinity city councilman purposefully poisoned his dog and killed him, when Wilson was 13. Wilson described how he used his hardship driver’s license to round up voters from the poor neighborhoods to vote in the councilman’s election. Wilson said he told the voters as they got out of the car that he did not want to tell them which way to vote, but the councilman, Charles Hazard, killed his dog. Wilson said he drove 96 voters to the polls, and Hazard lost his reelection by 13 votes. Wilson described that as the day he fell in love with America.

    He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960.


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