NATO troops kill 80-year-old Afghan

This video from the USA is called Rethink Afghanistan War (Part 4): Civilian Casualties.

From the Frontier Post in Pakistan:

NATO troops kill 80-yr-old

KABUL (NNI): A tribal elder was gunned down during an overnight Afghan-NATO operation in the volatile central province of Maidan Wardak, a resident claimed. Afghan National Army (ANA) and foreign troops shot dead Abdul Ghani (80) inside his home in the Siab Dara area of Chak district, dweller Waheedullah told PAN. Hard of hearing, Ghani failed to open the door of his guestroom after knocking by the joint force, he said, adding the troops subsequently hurled a hand grenade into the house.

USA: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on Capitol Hill March 25 to launch the Obama administration’s drive to secure nearly $40 billion in supplemental appropriations to fund the escalation of the Afghanistan war: here.

US and British deaths double, wounded triple, in Afghanistan: here.

Bush, Obama and the Corporate Media: Eight Years of Immaculate Deception about America’s Afghan War: here.

4 thoughts on “NATO troops kill 80-year-old Afghan

  1. Afghan inquiry decision soon


    March 27, 2010

    THE Defence Force’s chief military prosecutor is looking into whether Australian commandos deviated from an operation plan during a bungled raid in Afghanistan last year and if charges should be laid.

    Six Afghan civilians were killed in the raid in February 2009.

    The prosecutor, Brigadier Lyn McDade, is examining the soldiers’ actions and examining the extent to which the compound the civilians lived in was mentioned in the original operations plan, known in the Army as a ”CONOPS”.

    It is believed the soldiers found nothing when they searched the first compound they entered near the village of Surkh Morghab, in Oruzgan province. The commandos were looking for a local Taliban leader.

    When they searched a second compound nearby, the soldiers from the 1st Commando Regiment exchanged gunfire with an Afghan man, and the soldiers also used hand grenades. The armed man was killed, along with a teenager, two children and two babies.

    Brigadier McDade is expected to announce soon whether any of the participants are to face criminal charges or charges of negligence.

    The investigation is being described as one of the most serious within the ADF in decades.

    It is believed that Brigadier McDade is examining whether the CONOPS made detailed provisions for the raid on the second compound, and in what way that operational plan contributed to any decision to search it.

    It is believed that a request late last year by investigators to visit the village and speak with survivors was refused because of safety concerns for the investigators in a combat zone.

    Last month, SBS program Dateline reported that family members of those killed were willing to meet military investigators in a third neutral country, but this did not occur.

    Previous military inquiries have raised concerns about the training and preparation of 1st Commando soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in late 2008. Some of the personnel involved in the incident being considered by the prosecutor are reservists, and a handful are serving police officers in New South Wales and Victoria.

    The Age has previously reported claims that the reservist commandos were still in Australia when senior officers were warned that they were insufficiently trained.

    It is also believed that members of the commando company faced internal discipline for at least two separate offences during their tour of Afghanistan.

    The head of Army, Lieutenant-General Ken Gillespie, said this week that any charges would be heard by a military court with armed services personnel on the jury.


  2. Afghans in Kandahar don’t trust Americans, other foreign military forces

    2010-03-27 18:50:00

    A tribal elder in Kandahar, Afghanistan, has said most Afghans fear the coming of more foreign troops, and don’t trust them.

    Shahabuddin Akhunzada said his Eshaqzai tribe has complained of repeated arrests and political exclusion.

    The West’s acceptance of Mr. Karzai’s re-election despite widespread fraud was the last straw, he said.

    “The Americans, the international community, all the military forces have lost the people’s trust. We don’t trust what they say anymore,” the New York Times quoted him, as saying.

    Akhunzada’s views were aired as American forces have begun operations to push back Taliban insurgents in this southern province, the birthplace and spiritual home of the Taliban.

    The Taliban have already turned the city into a battlefield as they prepare for the operation, which American officials hope will be decisive in breaking the insurgency’s grip on southern Afghanistan.

    When American forces all arrive, they will encounter challenges larger than any other in Afghanistan.

    Taliban suicide bombings and assassinations have left this city virtually paralyzed by fear. The insurgents boldly walk the streets, visit shops and even press people into keeping guns and other supplies in their houses for them in preparation for urban warfare, residents say.

    The government, corrupt and ineffective, lacks almost any popular support. Anyone connected to the government lives in fear of assassination.

    Its few officials sit barricaded behind high blast walls. Services are scant. Security, people say, is at its worst since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001.

    “The Taliban want to show themselves to the world, to show, ‘We are here,’ ” claims Hajji Agha Lalai, a provincial councilor and former head of the peace and reconciliation commission in Kandahar, who has extensive contacts with the Taliban.

    The intensifying Taliban campaign is a measure of the importance the insurgency places on Kandahar, where the bulk of the 30,000 additional American forces arriving this year are being deployed. That is a sign of its value to the Americans, too.

    The scale of the coming American offensive is expected to dwarf the recent operation in Marja, in neighboring Helmand Province, where 15,000 American, NATO and Afghan forces were deployed to secure an area much smaller than this provincial capital of 500,000 people. (ANI)


  3. Afghans routinely executed detainees: soldier

    Psychiatrist says killings may never have happened

    Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010 | 12:41 AM ET

    The Canadian Press

    A Canadian soldier has alleged that Afghan authorities routinely executed detainees his unit handed over to them, newly released documents show.

    The stack of records released Thursday by the federal government also said detainees at a Kandahar prison told Foreign Affairs and Corrections Canada officials on a site tour that they had been tortured.

    And they reveal that a Canadian military policewoman stationed at the Kandahar base was assaulted in early 2008 and told to mind her own business.

    Questions have lingered since diplomat-whistleblower Richard Colvin’s allegations last year that most prisoners Canada transferred to Afghan custody were subsequently tortured.

    The opposition parties have been pressing for full access to documents about the detainee transfers, saying they will help explain what politicians and military commanders knew about the simmering affair.
    Heavily censored

    The government tabled more than 2,500 pages on the issue Thursday, but the heavily censored material was greeted with scorn by the opposition.

    The accusation that detainees were killed by Afghan army or police officers comes from a Canadian soldier with the Royal Canadian Regiment who served in the Panjawi district. Upon returning to Canada, he told a military doctor treating him for stress about his concerns.

    “After they handed over the detainee, the local authority would walk the detainee out of range and the detainee would be shot,” says a 2008 report on the soldier’s claims. “This occurred on more than one occasion.”

    The doctor told investigators about his patient’s allegations since they involved possible criminal activity. He added that those who return from Afghanistan with stress-related conditions sometimes exaggerate, and that the killings may never have happened.

    “However, the condition that he does have would not give him any reason to lie. Therefore, he may be telling the truth,” the report said.
    ‘Exhaustive inspection’

    In this July 2009 file photo, a man Afghan authorities suspect of insurgency-related activities is interrogated during a joint Canadian-Afghan army patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province.In this July 2009 file photo, a man Afghan authorities suspect of insurgency-related activities is interrogated during a joint Canadian-Afghan army patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province. (Colin Perkel/Canadian Press)An April 2007 report by a Foreign Affairs official who joined a Correctional Service of Canada staffer on an “exhaustive inspection” of the notorious National Directorate of Security facility in Kandahar City also cites claims of abuse.

    Amnesty International has complained that military police failed to probe officers who directed the transfer of detainees to Afghan authorities despite knowing they might be tortured.

    A February 2008 memo prepared at National Defence Headquarters by Capt. S.M. Moore noted “significant shortcomings and areas for concern with regard to the conduct of [military police] operations in Afghanistan.” Many of the problems “are systemic” and result from a lack of oversight, it said.

    The memo notes a survey conducted “in theatre revealed that soldiers stated they had witnessed the abuse of detainees” — yet the information was not immediately passed on to military police.

    It adds that on Feb. 15, 2008, two unknown individuals approached a female military police member when she exited the shower, grabbed her arms, pushed her against the shower wall and told her: “MPs mind your own business.”

    Other documents suggest many of the military police assigned to Afghanistan lacked basic soldiering skills. The material was tabled in the House of Commons without translations, in no particular order, and with deletions on nearly every page.
    © The Canadian Press, 2010


  4. Recruit Afghan women to sell war to Europeans: CIA report

    AFP – Saturday, March 27

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – – A CIA expert has called for recruiting Afghan women in a public relations bid to persuade skeptical Europeans to support the NATO-led war effort, according to a document leaked Friday.

    “Afghan women could serve as ideal messengers in humanizing” the mission for European audiences, particularly in France, according to the CIA analysis, posted on WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website.

    The views of Afghan women would carry special weight as they could express “their aspirations for the future, and their fears of a Taliban victory,” it said.

    The Central Intelligence Agency declined to confirm or deny if the document was genuine. But WikiLeaks has previously posted government and corporate documents that were later verified.

    The report by a CIA expert on “strategic communications” and State Department analysts of public opinion warned that popular support for the war in Europe was weak and could easily collapse, citing the recent fall of the Dutch government over the issue.

    “The tone of previous debate suggests that a spike in French or German casualties or in Afghan civilian casualties could become a tipping point in converting passive opposition into active calls for immediate withdrawal,” it said.

    The analysis, dated March 11, suggested public relations strategies to drum up support for the war in Germany and France, which maintain the third and fourth largest troop deployments in Afghanistan.

    “Outreach initiatives that create media opportunities for Afghan women to share their stories with French, German, and other European women could help to overcome pervasive skepticism among women in Western Europe toward the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission,” it said.

    Public relations efforts could “tap into acute French concern for civilians and refugees,” the report said, suggesting highlighting polls that show most Afghans support the presence of coalition troops.

    Such an approach could stress the potential dangers facing Afghan civilians if NATO-led troops were defeated and “leverage French (and other European) guilt for abandoning them.”

    “The prospect of the Taliban rolling back hard-won progress on girls education could provoke French indignation, become a rallying point for France’s largely secular public, and give voters a reason to support a good and necessary cause despite casualties.”

    For German audiences, marketing efforts should underline how Afghans are reportedly optimistic about the NATO mission and how an international retreat would damage Germany’s interests.

    “For example, messages that illustrate how a defeat in Afghanistan could heighten Germany’s exposure to terrorism, opium, and refugees might help to make the war more salient to skeptics,” it said.

    The report also suggested taking advantage of President Barack Obama’s popularity in France and Germany, arguing that appeals from the US president on the importance of the allied role in the war could have a positive effect.

    The memorandum is titled: “Afghanistan: Sustaining West European Support for the NATO-led Mission — Why Counting on Apathy Might Not Be Enough.”


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