US drones killing Afghan, Pakistani, civilians

This video series from the USA is called Peace Activists Arrested After Protesting US Drones in Nevada.

The New York TimesDexter Filkins relates a glimpse of the sanitized butchery in the State-side control rooms for the drone war. It seems that drone operators watching computer screens a half a world away from Afghanistan ignored evidence that civilians were about to be killed in their attack: here.

WASHINGTON, Jun 3, 2010 (IPS) – Some CIA officers involved in the agency’s drone strikes programme in Pakistan and elsewhere are privately expressing their opposition to the programme within the agency, because it is helping al Qaeda and its allies recruit, according to a retired military officer in contact with them: here.

The harsh lives of Kabul’s street children: here.

Two Child Brides in Afghanistan Flogged for Running Away: here.

Afghan Corruption Czar Is “Dead Meat” If He Pursues Top Graft: here.

Britain: A soldier who admitted assault and unlawful wounding has had his sentencing delayed so that he can return to his regiment in Afghanistan: here.

Peace protester Haw faces removal action: here.

Rule of the Gun: With U.S. Aid, Warlord Builds an Afghan Empire: here.

Jeremy Scahill on Erik Prince, Blackwater and expanding US use of special ops forces: here.

According to a public opinion poll, 60% of Pakistanis see the USA as an enemy, 11% as an ally.

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  1. Denmark loses first woman soldier in Afghanistan

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 12:03 BJS News

    [Private Bruun was killed when her patrol vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb (Photo: Scanpix)]

    Sophia Bruun, 22, is the first Danish woman soldier to die in active service in recent years

    Army Private Sophia Bruun became the first Danish killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday when the Piranha personnel carrier she was travelling in was hit by an improvised explosive device close to Bridzar military post, located six kilometres north east of Gereskh in Helmand province.

    According to the military, Bruun was killed instantly and two of her colleagues lightly wounded in the attack. The injured soldiers were transported to Camp Bastion, the main Danish base in Afghanistan, by helicopter. Bruun was manning the gun on the personnel carrier when the attack took place.

    Four hours later, three more soldiers were wounded – one seriously – by a mine close to the place where the first attack took place.

    This is the third time that Denmark has lost a woman on an international mission. In 2003 a female lance corporal died in a traffic accident in Kosovo while a woman police officer died in the Palestinian city of Hebron in 1998.

    Denmark has lost 31 soldiers in Afghanistan since 2002, not including one soldier who committed suicide. 107 soldiers have been wounded since Danish troops moved into Helmand province in 2006.


  2. Australian special forces soldiers drug tested after suspected overdose at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan

    * Brendan Nicholson
    * From: The Australian
    * June 03, 2010 2:13PM

    ALL of Australia’s several hundred special forces soldiers in Afghanistan are being drug tested after a young commando was found unconscious after a suspected overdose.

    The soldier was discovered on Friday after a function for troops who had returned to their base at Tarin Kowt from an extended operation against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

    Defence force chief Angus Houston revealed to media today that “while no findings are yet available a bottle of pills and, separately, white powder thought to be an opiate” were found in the quarters of the unnamed private.

    “However, I stress to you that analysis and medical testing to confirm the exact nature of the substance and whether it may have caused or contributed to his condition is ongoing,” he said.

    The seriously ill soldier was evacuated to Germany and his prognosis “remains uncertain”.

    Related Coverage

    * Commando overdoses on drugs Adelaide Now, 5 hours ago
    * Aussie commandos face drug tests Daily Telegraph, 5 hours ago
    * Aussie soldier wounded in Afghanistan Adelaide Now, 1 Apr 2010
    * Digger fights injured for mates Courier Mail, 20 Mar 2010
    * Diggers seriously hurt in bomb attack Adelaide Now, 17 Mar 2010

    Air Chief Marshal Houston said the unit’s commander had allowed the soldiers to drink alcohol at the function but a formal inquiry headed by a civilian legal expert would be set up to examine all aspects of the episode, including the extent of drug use by Australian troops in Afghanistan. …

    The young soldier is a member of the Special Operations Task Group, which includes the SAS and commandos.

    He was evacuated to Germany for medical care after being found unconscious and unresponsive in his room at Tarin Kowt.


  3. Drone strike kills 13 in tribal region

    Pakistan: A US missile strike killed 13 people on Saturday in the North Waziristan Pakistani tribal region.

    The missile, apparently fired from a drone, struck a house in Haider Khel village near the town of Mir Ali.

    The US frequently uses missile strikes to take out alleged Taliban and al-Qaida targets in Pakistan’s north-west, especially in the tribal regions.

    Pakistan publicly protests that the strikes are violations of its sovereignty and the attacks are deeply unpopular among the Pakistani people.

    The US refuses to acknowledge the existence of the CIA-run programme.


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