Afghan war bloodier and bloodier

This video is about the civilian death toll growing in Afghanistan as more troops arrive.

With Obama’s Afghanistan surge now up to full strength, casualties among both US troops and Afghan civilians are rising sharply. New revelations of corruption and CIA payoffs raise the inescapable question: What are they dying for? Here.

Some Afghan Men Form Sexual Relationships With Young Boys: here.

Afghan bankers resign amid corruption allegations: here.

Karzai in panic as graft probe closes in: here.

Interview with Ex-CIA Agent Michael Scheuer: ‘Only the Taliban Are Not Corrupt’: here.

The coalition’s offensive in Kandahar, touted as the centrepiece of the “surge” in Afghanistan announced by US President Obama last December, is now well underway. With barely any coverage in the media internationally, as many 50,000 foreign and Afghan Army troops have deployed in and around the city: here.

US deaths in Afghanistan hit record in 2010: AFP: here.

No silver lining to the war in Afghanistan; bring the troops home! Here.

Britain: Military families write to MPs calling for vote to bring the troops home from Afghanistan: here.

Poland Says It Can’t Afford To Be In Afghanistan: here.

A hundred refugees from war-torn Afghanistan have staged a breakout from the remote detention camp in northern Australia where they had been locked up for months in a bid to draw attention to their plight: here.

Australia: It has been a dramatic week at Villawood detention centre, with a suicide sparking off a spate of rooftop protests. These events highlight the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and the need to get rid of mandatory detention: here.

Guess Who Paid For Karzai Coteries’ Mansions? Here.

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    Army: Soldiers plotted to kill Afghan civilians

    One soldier allegedly formed a ‘kill team’ for random executions

    updated 8/25/2010 6:36:10 PM ET

    SEATTLE — Five soldiers accused of killing civilians in Afghanistan are now facing additional charges of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder — a plot that allegedly began when one soldier discussed how easy it would be to “toss a grenade” at Afghan civilians, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday.

    The five soldiers were charged with murder in June for the deaths of three Afghan civilians in Kandahar Province this year. According to charging summaries newly released by the Army, additional allegations of conspiracy have since been filed against those soldiers, and seven others have been charged in connection with the conspiracy or with attempting to cover it up.

    The new charges arose from the investigations into the killings and into a brutal assault on an enlisted man who had informed on soldiers smoking hashish, The Times reported. The informant reported hearing soldiers talk about killing civilians.

    The Army told The Associated Press Wednesday that it is redacting charging documents that detail the new allegations and expects to release them next week.

    As part of the widening probe, investigators have interviewed platoon mates and defendants, The Times reported, citing documents that defense attorneys filed with an Army magistrate judge, as well as interviews with defense attorneys. Two of the defense lawyers did not immediately respond to e-mails from the AP on Wednesday.

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    Some platoon members told investigators that Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs began joking with other soldiers last December about how easy it would be to “toss a grenade” at Afghan civilians and kill them, the newspaper said. One soldier responded that it was a stupid idea, and another believed Gibbs was “feeling out the platoon.”

    But eventually, Gibbs formed what one called a “kill team” to randomly execute Afghan civilians while on patrol, the documents said. No motive was discussed.


  2. US troop death toll hits 21 since Friday

    Afghanistan: Guerillas have killed four US soldiers in the east of the country, taking the US military death toll in the country since Friday to 21.

    The total number of occupation troops to die there this year is now 484, compared to 521 for all of 2009, according to independent website

    US war chief General David Petraeus acknowledged yesterday that resistance forces are “expanding their footprint across the country” as Nato soldiers launch offensives in the traditional southern strongholds of the Taliban movement.


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