Afghan war continues

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

In congressional testimony this week, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of American forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, made clear that the July 2011 timeline announced last December by President Obama to begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan could be extended: here.

A total of five US soldiers are now charged with murder in the killing of three civilians in Afghanistan earlier this year: here.

Blackwater Firm Gets $120M U.S. Gov’t Contract for Security in Afghanistan: here.

Notorious mercenary company Blackwater Worldwide has been awarded a $120 million (£80m) contract to protect new US consulates in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, the US embassy in Kabul said on Saturday: here.

British advances in Afghanistan have escalated conflict – UN mission chief: here.

Death rate of UK soldiers in Afghanistan four time higher than US. The average age of British soldiers dying in the pointless and unwinnable Afghanistan war is 22. Two hundred soldiers have been killed in their twenties and 31 teenagers are among the death toll: here.

Royal Marine is 300th British death in Afghanistan: here.

Peace campaigners have called for the government to admit that the Afghan war was “unwinnable” after the British death toll in the conflict reached 300: here.

UK cost of Afghan and Iraq wars is £20 billion. Meanwhile, 22 June is slash & burn public services day: here.

Britain: David Cameron’s nauseating call for “an explosion of red, white and blue” across Britain next Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day lays bare what the Con-Dem government has in store for us: here.

Myself and eight other people were arrested at the gates to Swan Island defence intelligence training base near Queenscliff in Victoria on June 16. We did this to protest the Australian government’s continued participation in the occupation of Afghanistan: here.

4 thoughts on “Afghan war continues

  1. Over 1 million Afghans suffers from drug addiction: UN report

    21.06.2010 13:59

    Over 1 million Afghans, eight percent of whole population of the country, have been suffering from drug addiction, according to a report released by United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) here on Monday.

    “Around one million Afghans (age 15-64) suffer from drug addiction,” said the report based on a survey conducted by UNODC and the Afghan government, Xinhua reported.

    “After three decades of war-related trauma, unlimited availability of cheap narcotics and limited access to treatment have created a major, and growing, addiction problem in Afghanistan,”the report stressed.

    During the past five years, the report said that in Afghanistan, the number of regular opium user has jumped 53 percent from 150, 000 to 230,000 while the number of heroin users has increased from 50,000 to 120,000, a leap of 140 percent.

    One of the most shocking statistics in the report is the number of parents who give opium to their children as high as 50 percent in the north and south of the country and “this risks condemning the next generation of Afghans to a life of addiction,”the report quoted UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa as saying.

    Only 10 percent of drug users surveyed had received any form of drug treatment, although 90 percent of them felt that they were in need of it, finding of the report shows. “Much has been said, and written, about Afghanistan as a leading producer of drugs, causing health havoc in the world. It is time to recognize that the same tragedy is taking place in Afghanistan, that has now become a leading consumer of its own opium,” Costa said.

    Although Afghanistan’s 20 out of 34 provinces are still the country produces over 90 percent of the raw material used in manufacturing heroin in the world, according to officials.


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