NATO troops kill Afghan civilians

This video is called Phyllis Bennis on Ending the US War in Afghanistan. Democracy Now 2/23/10 1 of 2.

And this video is part 2 of 2.

Western troops have stormed a village outside Kandahar city, killing up to eight civilians, a day after four Nato soldiers died in a roadside bomb blast in northern Afghanistan: here.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) paid compensation to relatives of at least 105 Afghans “killed in error” by British forces last year, three times more than in 2008: here.

Britain: Peace activists camped in Parliament Square have lost their fight against eviction at the High Court: here.

Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbott has proclaimed her support for a big new push against the disastrous Afghan war and Trident nuclear weapons replacement: here.

Coalition forces in Afghanistan are already negotiating with the Taliban in secret and government claims to the contrary are merely “despicable” face saving, a senior member of the Stop the War Coalition has alleged.

American military casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan now exceed 500,000 (Part 1 of 2): here.

The removal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the US commander in Afghanistan and his replacement by Gen. David Petraeus presage a drastic increase in the level of US military violence and the scale of civilian casualties among the Afghan population: here.

USA: Kucinich: We Are Losing Our Nation to Lies About the Necessity of War: here.

Using social scientists in military human terrain teams blurs the lines between independent academia and partisan militarism: here.

Obama’s new military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, made clear in Senate testimony Tuesday that the war would last well beyond July 2011 and that he would lead an intensification of military violence against the Afghan people: here.

Rep. John Conyers on why he opposes Obama Admin’s $33 billion escalation of Afghanistan war: here.

U.S. ‘not winning’ in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary tells Congress: here.

Grim Afghan toll as 100 foreign troops die in June: here.

Why I Voted Against a War that Has No End, No Clear Mission and Increasing American Casualties: here.

Rare extended interview with Michael Hastings, whose Rolling Stone article led to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal: here.

Robert Gates tightens rules for military and media following Rolling Stone’s McChrystal profile: here.

In assuming command of the US-led war in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus reiterated his statements that the military will alter its rules of engagement, signaling an escalation in civilian casualties from air strikes and heavy weapons: here.

NATO pilots blitzed five of their Afghan army allies on Wednesday as the soldiers were attacking guerillas in the eastern province of Ghazni.

Survey of Afghans points to rampant corruption in government: The Washington Post: Corruption has soared: here.

1 thought on “NATO troops kill Afghan civilians

  1. The “war” in Afghanistan is now the longest “war” in U.S. history. For what?

    George W. Bush let Osama bin Laden escape from Tora Bora way back in 2001, and then pulled troops and supplies out of Afghanistan so he could conquer Iraq.

    Since then, we’ve been “fighting” the Taliban, not the few remaining Al Qaeda. But we’re not really “fighting” them, we’re actually paying them protection money to let supply trucks reach our troops.

    Rather than pay extortion to the Taliban – with our tax dollars! – it’s time to bring our troops safely home.

    Tell Congress to vote NO on the $33 Billion supplemental for Afghanistan

    One year ago, Gen. Stan McChrystal was put in charge of the “war” to devise a “winning” strategy. One year later, his strategy isn’t “winning” because Afghanistan remains as massively corrupt as ever, under the hopelessly corrupt leadership of Hamid Karzai.

    The contempt of Gen. McChrystal and his staff for America’s civilian leadership was shocking. But replacing Gen. McChrystal with Gen. Petraeus brings us no closer to a “winning” a corrupt foreign occupation.

    Tell Congress to vote NO on the $33 Billion supplemental for Afghanistan

    American taxpayers can’t afford the endless occcupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. We’ve already “spent” (actually just borrowed) over $1 trillion and sacrificed over 5,535 brave soldiers.

    As our national debt spirals out of control, President Obama’s Deficit Commission is secretly plotting cuts in Social Security and Medicare – instead of ending the disastrous “wars.”

    Under the Constitution, Congress alone has the power to fund wars. After eight disastrous years, it’s time for Congress to use its power to bring our troops safely home from Afghanistan.

    Tell Congress to vote NO on the $33 Billion supplemental for Afghanistan

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik


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