Afghan war and Islamophobia

This video from the USA is called Talk by Deepa Kumar at New York University earlier this month titled “Islamophobia and the war on Afghanistan“.

Politicians and the media are responsible for an increase in the number of hate crimes against Muslims in London, a report revealed on Thursday: here.

“Contrary to other nations, human blood is the cheapest one in Afghanistan. If you are killed no one would follow your case and no one hears your petition and to no one pays heed to the plight of your children,” another Afghan, Ahmad Sayed, said: here.

Plight of Afghan women may worsen as war effort is stepped up, warns report: here.

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  1. NATO chief asks for Russian help in Afghanistan

    Conor Sweeney

    Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:44pm EST


    MOSCOW (Reuters) – NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen asked Russia on Wednesday to give the Western military alliance more help in Afghanistan but failed to get an immediate pledge of assistance from the Kremlin.

    On his first visit to Moscow since taking office on August 1, the NATO chief told senior officials that the bitter rows of recent years should not blind Russia to a common security threat from Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

    Moscow views Cold War adversary NATO with deep suspicion and ties have been severely strained by last year’s war between Russia and Georgia and by U.S.-backed plans to invite more former Soviet states to join the alliance.

    Rasmussen, who is trying to secure more support for the fight against the Taliban after U.S. President Barack Obama pledged 30,000 more troops, said Russia could up its efforts by contributing more helicopters.

    “I have invited Russia to strengthen Russia’s terms of cooperation in Afghanistan,” the former Danish prime minister said after meeting President Dmitry Medvedev in the Kremlin.

    The NATO chief later said that he had asked Russian leaders to allow the alliance to fly cargoes — including possibly military ones — over Russian territory to Afghanistan and to provide more helicopters for the Afghan armed forces.

    “I indicated that we would like to see a widening of the transit conditions,” he told the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Medvedev would consider NATO’s requests, but gave no indication that Moscow was willing to increase cooperation and Rasmussen said he did not expect an immediate answer.

    Rasmussen told former Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, who is now a powerful prime minister, that Afghanistan should become the centerpiece of NATO cooperation with Russia. Putin said simply that cooperation with NATO could yield good results.


    Rasmussen inherited an extremely strained relationship with Russia when he took over at NATO from Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and he faces an uphill battle to convince a skeptical Moscow that they can trust one another after the rows of the past.

    The Western alliance froze contacts with Moscow over the war in Georgia and resumed formal talks on April 29, the day NATO informed Moscow it was expelling two Russian diplomats.

    Russia responded in May by announcing the expulsion of two Canadians working at NATO’s information center in Moscow.

    “Disagreements should not overshadow the fact that, basically, we share security interests in many areas because we are faced with the same threats,” Rasmussen told Lavrov.

    But Rasmussen also called on Russia to withdraw troops from Georgia and said that Georgia and Ukraine would one day be NATO members, statements that are likely to upset Russian leaders just as the alliance seeks help on Afghanistan.

    The Soviet Union spent almost 10 years fighting in Afghanistan before withdrawing in 1989 after losing some 15,000 troops in a war with Western-backed mujahideen insurgents.

    Since U.S. forces entered Afghanistan to topple the Taliban in 2001, Russia has raised concerns about increased drug trafficking but repeatedly ruled out sending troops back.

    Russia says NATO members such as the United States, France, Germany and Spain already have bilateral deals to transport military cargoes and personnel across Russian territory.

    (Editing by Charles Dick)


  2. Canadian death toll in Afghan mission: 134 soldiers, 1 diplomat

    Thu Dec 24, 1:53 AM

    By The Canadian Press

    Since 2002, 134 Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have died during the Afghanistan mission. Here is a list of the deaths:


    Dec. 23 – Lt. Andrew Nuttall, of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.

    Oct. 30 – Sapper Steven Marshall, 24, of 11 Field Squadron, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, based in Edmonton was killed 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City when his patrol struck an improvised explosive device.

    Oct. 28 – Lt. Justin Boyes, 26, of 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, was killed 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city by an IED blast while leading a foot patrol.

    Sept. 17 – Pte. Jonathan Couturier, 23, of 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment, based in Valcartier, Que, was killed 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city in a roadside blast.

    Sept. 13 – Pte. Patrick Lormand, 21 of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment was killed in a roadside IED blast approx. 13 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.

    Sept. 6 – Maj. Yannick Pepin, 36, of Victoriaville, Que., and Cpl. Jean-Francois Drouin, 31, born in Quebec City, were killed in roadside bomb blast southwest of Kandahar city. They were based in Valcartier, Que.

    Aug. 1 – Cpl. Christian Bobbitt, 23, and Sapper Matthieu Allard, 21, both based in Valcartier, Que., were killed in a roadside bomb blast in the Zhari district, west of Kandahar city.

    July 16 – Pte. Sebastien Courcy, 26, killed during an operation in Panjwaii district of Kandahar. Courcy was a member of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal 22e Regiment, also known as the Van Doos, based in Valcartier, Que.

    July 6 – Master Cpl. Pat Audet, 38, of Montreal, and Cpl. Martin Joannette, 25, of St-Calixte, Que., died in Zabul province when their helicopter crashed on takeoff. Audet was with 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron; Joannette with the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment. Both were based at Valcartier, Que.

    July 4 – Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud, 28, of 2e Batalion, Royal 22e Regiment based at Valcartier, Que., died in a Quebec City hospital from injuries sustained from a landmine while on foot patrol in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan on June 23. Michaud was from Edmundston, N.B.

    July 3 – Cpl. Nick Bulger, 30, of 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province. Bulger was raised near Peterborough, Ont.

    June 14 – Cpl. Martin Dube, 35, a combat engineer of the 5e Regiment du genie de combat based at CFB Valcartier, killed when a roadside bomb he was trying to defuse exploded.

    June 8 – Pte. Alexandre (Pelo) Peloquin, 20, killed in a roadside bomb explosion during a foot patrol in the Panjwaii district, about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.

    April 23 – Maj. Michelle Mendes, 30, the third female Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan, found dead in an accommodation room at Kandahar Airfield. Mendes was an intelligence officer based in Ottawa.

    April 13 – Trooper Karine Blais, 21, the second female Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan, killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the Shah Wali Kot district. Blais was just two weeks into her first tour of duty in the country.

    March 20 – Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli and Cpl. Tyler Crooks killed in a blast in Zhari district; Trooper Jack Bouthillier and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, killed two hours later in an explosion in the Shah Wali Kot district.

    March 8 – Trooper Marc Diab, 22, is killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the southern Shah Wali Kot district, north of Kandahar.

    March 3 – Warrant Officer Dennis Raymond Brown, Cpl. Dany Fortin and Cpl. Kenneth O’Quinn died when a massive explosive detonated near their armoured vehicle in Arghandab district northwest of Kandahar.

    Jan. 31 – Sapper Sean Greenfield, 25, was killed when his armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the volatile Zhari district west of Kandahar city.

    Jan. 6 – Trooper Brian Richard Good, killed in IED blast near his armoured vehicle in district of Shah Wali Kowt, 35 kilometres north of Kandahar city.


    Dec. 27 – Warrant Officer Gaetan Roberge and Sgt. Gregory John Kruse were killed by a roadside bomb during a security patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province.

    Dec. 26 – Private Michael Freeman was killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Zhari district.

    Dec. 13 – Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin and Pte. Justin Peter Jones, all members of 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at CFB Gagetown, N.B., killed in explosion that hit their vehicle about 14 kilometres west of Kandahar city.

    Dec. 5 – Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren, Pte. Demetrios Diplaros and Warrant Officer Robert Wilson were killed in Arghandab district west of Kandahar city when their armoured vehicle rolled over an improvised explosive device. All three were members of 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ont.

    Sept. 7 – Sgt. Prescott (Scott) Shipway, of Esterhazy, Sask., 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Man., killed by a roadside bomb explosion in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar.

    Sept. 3 – Cpl. Andrew Grenon, Cpl. Mike Seggie and Pte. Chad Horn, all members of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Man., are killed in an attack on their armoured vehicle in Zhari district.

    Aug. 20 – Sapper Stephan John Stock, Cpl. Dustin Wasden and Sgt. Shawn Eades are killed when an improvised explosive device hit their vehicle in Zhari district. All three were with 12 Field Squadron, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Edmonton.

    Aug. 11 – Master Cpl. Erin Doyle, based in Edmonton, was killed when insurgents attacked a remote combat outpost in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar.

    Aug. 9 – Master Cpl. Josh Roberts, an infantryman based in Shilo, Manitoba, died of injuries following a battle involving coalition forces, insurgents and security personnel from a civilian convoy in Zhari district near Kandahar city.

    July 18 – Cpl. James Hayward Arnal, based at Shilo, Man., died in a roadside explosion during a foot patrol in Panjwaii district near Kandahar city.

    July 6 – Pte. Colin William Wilmot, a military medic based in Edmonton, died in an explosion while on foot patrol in Panjwaii district near Kandahar city.

    July 4 – Cpl. Brendan Anthony Downey, a military policeman based in Dundurn, Sask. Found dead in sleeping quarters in a secret base in the Arabian desert. A non-combat casualty.

    June 7 – Capt. Jonathan Sutherland Snyder, of Penticton, B.C., from 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, dies after falling into a well during a night-time patrol in a field in Zhari district, west of Kandahar.

    June 3 – Capt. Richard Steve Leary, 32, of Brantford, Ont., from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patric’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Man., is killed in a gun battle with insurgents in Panjwaii district outside Kandahar city.

    May 6 – Cpl. Michael Starker, 36, of Calgary, of the 15 Field Ambulance Regiment based in Edmonton, is killed in a gun battle with Taliban militants outside of Kandahar.

    April 4 – Pte. Terry John Street, 24, of Hull, Que., from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Man., killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Panjwaii district.

    March 16 – Sergeant Jason Boyes, 32, of Napanee, Ont., from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Man., killed by an explosive device while on foot patrol in Panjwaii district of Kandahar province.

    March 11 – Bombardier Jeremie Ouellet, 22, of Matane, Que., from 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Shilo, Man., found dead at Kandahar Airfield. Military says death not related to combat.

    March 2 – Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze, 25, from Lord Strathcona’s Horse, Edmonton, killed by roadside bomb in Mushan, 45 kilometres west of Kandahar City.

    Jan. 23 – Sapper Etienne Gonthier, 21, of St-Georges, Que., near Quebec City, serving with 5ieme Regiement du Genie de Combat, killed when light armoured vehicle was hit by roadside bomb in Panjwaii district.

    Jan. 15 – Trooper Richard Renaud, 26, of Alma Que., a member of the 12e Regiment blinde du Canada, killed when the Coyote light armoured vehicle he was travelling in hit a roadside bomb while on patrol in the Arghandab district, north of Kandahar city.

    Jan. 6 – Warrant Officer Hani Massouh, 41, and Cpl. Eric Labbe, 31, of 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, killed when their armoured vehicle rolled over in wet, rugged terrain southwest of Kandahar City.


    Dec. 30 – Gunner Jonathan Dion Jonathan Dion, 27, a gunner with the 5th Regiment d’Artillerie legere du Canada, killed and four others injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

    Nov. 17 – Cpl. Nicolas Raymond Beauchamp of the 5th Field Ambulance in Valcartier and Pte. Michel Levesque of the Royal 22nd Regiment, killed when their light armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb near Bazar-e Panjwaii.

    Sept. 24 – Cpl. Nathan Hornburg, 24, with the King’s Own Calgary regiment, killed by a mortar shell while trying to repair a Leopard tank in southern Afghanistan.

    Aug. 29 – Maj. Raymond Ruckpaul dies from gunshot inside a secure NATO compound in Kabul.

    Aug. 22 – Master Warrant Officier Mario Mercier and Master Cpl. Christian Duchesne killed by roadside bomb west of Kandahar city.

    Aug. 19 – Pte. Simon Longtin killed by a roadside bomb west of Kandahar city.

    July 4 – Cpl. Cole Bartsch, Capt. Matthew Johnathan Dawe, Pte. Lane Watkins, Cpl. Jordan Anderson, Master Cpl. Colin Bason and Capt. Jefferson Francis, killed by a roadside bomb west of Kandahar city.

    June 20 – Sgt. Christos Karigiannis, Cpl. Stephen Frederick Bouzane and Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe, killed by a roadside bomb west of Kandahar city.

    June 11 – Trooper Darryl Caswell killed a roadside bomb north of Kandahar.

    May 30 – Master Cpl. Darrell Jason Priede, killed when a U.S. helicopter was reportedly shot down by the Taliban in Helmand province.

    May 25 – Cpl. Matthew McCully killed by an improvised explosive device in Zhari district.

    April 18 – Master Cpl. Anthony Klumpenhouwer, who served with elite special forces, died after falling from a communications tower while on duty conducting surveillance in Kandahar city.

    April 11 – Master Cpl. Allan Stewart and Trooper Patrick James Pentland, killed when their Coyote vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

    April 8 – Sgt. Donald Lucas, Cpl. Aaron E. Williams, Pte. Kevin V. Kennedy, Pte. David R. Greenslade, Cpl. Christopher P. Stannix and Cpl. Brent Poland killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

    March 6 – Cpl. Kevin Megeney killed in accidental shooting at NATO base in Kandahar.


    Nov. 27 – Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Girouard and Cpl. Albert Storm killed by suicide car bomber.

    Oct. 14 – Sgt. Darcy Tedford and Pte. Blake Williamson killed in ambush.

    Oct. 7 – Trooper Mark Andrew Wilson killed by roadside bomb.

    Oct. 3 – Sgt. Craig Gillam and Cpl. Robert Mitchell killed in series of mortar, rocket attacks.

    Sept. 29 – Pte. Josh Klukie killed by explosion in Panjwaii while on foot patrol.

    Sept. 18 – Pte. David Byers, Cpl. Shane Keating, Cpl. Keith Morley and Cpl. Glen Arnold killed in suicide bicycle bomb attack while on foot patrol in Panjwaii.

    Sept. 4 – Pte. Mark Graham killed when two NATO planes accidentally strafed Canadian troops in Panjwaii district.

    Sept. 3 – Sgt. Shane Stachnik, Warrant Officer Frank Robert Mellish, Pte. William Cushley and Warrant Officer Richard Francis Nolan killed in fighting in Panjwaii district.

    Aug. 22 – Cpl. David Braun killed in suicide attack.

    Aug. 11 – Cpl. Andrew Eykelenboom killed in suicide attack.

    Aug. 9 – Master Cpl. Jeffrey Walsh killed by apparent accidental discharge of rifle.

    Aug. 5 – Master Cpl. Raymond Arndt killed when his G-Wagon patrol vehicle collided with truck.

    Aug. 3 – Cpl. Christopher Reid killed by roadside bomb. Sgt. Vaughan Ingram, Cpl. Bryce Keller and Pte. Kevin Dallaire killed in rocket-propelled grenade attack.

    July 22 – Cpl. Francisco Gomez and Cpl. Jason Warren killed when car packed with explosives rammed their armoured vehicle.

    July 9 – Cpl. Anthony Boneca killed in firefight.

    May 17 – Capt. Nichola Goddard killed in Taliban ambush. She was first Canadian woman to be killed in action while serving in combat role.

    April 22 – Cpl. Matthew Dinning, Bombardier Myles Mansell, Lt. William Turner and Cpl. Randy Payne killed when their G-Wagon destroyed by roadside bomb.

    March 29 – Pte. Robert Costall killed in firefight with Taliban.

    March 2 – Cpl. Paul Davis and Master Cpl. Timothy Wilson killed when their armoured vehicle ran off road.

    Jan. 15 – Glyn Berry, British-born Canadian diplomat, killed in suicide bombing.


    Nov. 24 – Pte. Braun Woodfield killed when his armoured vehicle rolled over.


    Jan. 27 – Cpl. Jamie Murphy killed in suicide bombing while on patrol.


    Oct. 2 – Sgt. Robert Short and Cpl. Robbie Beerenfenger killed in roadside bombing.


    April 18 – Sgt. Marc Leger, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, Pte. Richard Green and Pte. Nathan Smith killed when U.S. F-16 fighter mistakenly bombed Canadians.


  3. Soldier Bound For Afghan War Vanishes

    7 hours 24 mins ago

    SkyNews © Sky News 2009

    A teenage soldier due to be sent to Afghanistan has vanished while on holiday with his girlfriend in Tenerife. Skip related content

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    Matthew Jackson, 18, was on a night on the island last Friday when he jumped over a wall near their hotel at around 2am.

    His girlfriend, Amy Taylor, thought it was a joke – but Matthew has not been since and his bank cards have not been used.

    The pair had had a minor “tiff” according to Matthew’s mother who flew out to Tenerife the following day.

    Lyn Jackson, from Crawley in West Sussex, said she travelled to be with Amy who, like Matthew, is just 18.

    The young couple were four days into a week-long holiday at the Pearly Grey Ocean Club hotel in Callao Salvaje, near Playa de las Americas, when Matthew disappeared.

    He was on Christmas leave from his job as an electrician and driver with the 16th Signal Regiment based at Elmpt Station in Germany and was due back at base on January 4.

    Mrs Jackson said he was supposed to be going to Afghanistan in February but his deployment was on hold due to an eye injury.


  4. Police kill Afghan MP, by mistake


    KABUL A member of the Afghan parliament was mistakenly killed in an early morning shootout between his bodyguards and police officers, officials said on Wednesday.

    Mohammad Yunos Shirnagha, a lawmaker from northern Baghlan province, was killed as he returned home around 2:30 am on Wednesday, said provincial police chief General Kabir Andarabi.

    Officers were hiding in an area near the provincial capital, Pul-e-Khumri, where they expected militants to transport a Taliban commander wounded in fighting on Tuesday, local police said.

    That battle left four police officers and four insurgents dead, according to police.

    When Shirnagha’s vehicle arrived in the area, police shouted for it to stop.

    When the driver did not stop, a gunfight broke out between police officers and bodyguards protecting Shirnagha, a member of Afghanistan’s upper house of parliament.

    The lawmaker’s driver also was killed and one of his friends was wounded, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

    President Hamid Karzai ordered the Interior Ministry to conduct an “urgent” investigation, according to a statement from Karzai’s office.

    The ministry has sent its chief of counterterrorism, Abdul Manan Farahi, to the area to investigate.

    Karzai spent the day visiting wounded Afghan soldiers and policemen and touring an academy for new police recruits.

    US Commander General Stanley McChrystal and Afghan government officials joined Karzai at the training academy.

    At the Afghan military hospital in the capital Kabul, Karzai visited wounded members of the nation’s security forces.

    He also met the defence minister of Poland, which has pledged to send another 600 troops to join the 2,000-strong Polish force in Ghazni province.


  5. Most Afghan civilian deaths caused by Dutch

    Thursday 24 December 2009

    The defence ministry says that at least 80 Afghan civilians have been killed and 120 injured since mid 2006 when the Dutch mission in the country began, reports NRC Handelsblad.

    The majority of the deaths and injuries were in the province of Uruzgan and were caused by Dutch soldiers.

    In total the Dutch have paid out €350,000 in compensation to victims’ families, home owners and farmers whose propery or land has been destroyed by military action, the defence department said.

    The announcement followed the publication of figures by RTL News which had used the right to public information laws to obtain the numbers. According to the ministry the figures published by RTL (110 deaths and 90 injured) were incorrect, says the NRC Handelsblad.

    But the news organisation sticks by its original figures, saying these are based on data from the United Nations, reports the paper.

    According to RTL, the figures show that most of the compensation paid by the Dutch in Afghanistan has been for damage caused to property and that relatives of those killed or injured have received little.

    The defence ministry says that the Netherlands sometimes contributes to damages caused by coalition troops in Uruzgan. As well as the Dutch, the Australians, British and Americans are also active in the province.

    Civilian deaths are the biggest cause of friction between western troops and the Afghan government.

    Politically sensitive

    Socialist MP Harry van Bommel has called on defence minister Eimert van Middelkoop to inform parliament ‘immediately’ about civilian deaths in Afghanistan, reports the NRC.

    The issue of Dutch troops in Afghanistan is politically sensitive and has split the coalition. The Dutch mandate for participation in the UN mission expires in August next year after being extended for a year but the US recently put pressure on the Netherlands to continue supplying military support in the country.

    Around 1,700 Dutch troops are currently stationed in Uruzgan and over 20 Dutch soldiers have died in the province.



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