NATO kills Afghan anti-‘Reverend’ Jones protester


This video says about itself:

Germany in the dock over Kunduz airstrike

20 March 2013

Relatives of Afghans killed by an airstrike ordered by a German NATO officer in northern Afghanistan have taken Germany’s government to court.

The country has already paid more than 400,000 dollars – or 330,000 euros – in what it calls aid. The families from Kunduz want ten times that amount.

At the courthouse in Bonn, federal government lawyer Mark Zimmer said: “Of course I can understand these people because they suffered a terrible fate. At the same time, it is our task to fend off this claim because Bonn District Court is not the right place for it. There are rights based on international law and there are payments which have already been made, also by the German government.”

Karim Popal, a lawyer for the plaintiffs countered: “The goodwill aid payments of 5,000 dollars were handed out in a men’s assembly, so a lot of orphans and widows received nothing. A lot of strangers lined their pockets. Some of our clients received this aid, others did not.”

Scores of people were killed or maimed in September 2009 when two stolen fuel tankers were hit in the airstrike.

The planes were American, but the order came from a German commander.

Germany’s lower house of parliament said it was ‘one of the most serious incidents involving the German army since World War Two.’

From Reuters:

One shot dead in Koran protest in Afghan north

10 Sep 2010 09:26:40 GMT

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Sept 10 – One man was shot dead when protesters, angry over plans by a U.S. pastor to burn copies of the Koran, attacked a NATO base in Afghanistan‘s north on Friday, a provincial government spokesman said.

A crowd, estimated at 10,000 by a spokesman for the Badakhshan province governor, had earlier poured into the streets after special Eid prayers. Some later hurled stones at a NATO base run by Germans and a protester was shot when troops inside opened fire, spokesman Amin Sohail said.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said ISAF was aware of protests in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, and were investigating.

(Reporting by Ahmad Elham and Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Paul Tait and Nick Macfie)

In corporate media, you hear a lot about free speech for the “Reverend” Terry Jones and other anti-Muslim bigots. You hear a lot less about free speech for Afghan and other Muslims. I am not aware of NATO killing any anti-Muslim bigot anywhere. It seems that Afghan lives are a lot cheaper to NATO.

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Thousands of Afghan citizens have rallied across Afghanistan to demand the withdrawal of all occupation troops and condemn an US church’s plan to burn the Koran: here.

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The corporate-controlled US media has maintained a virtual blackout on Pentagon documents released Wednesday that reveal grisly atrocities by American soldiers in Afghanistan, including murdering civilians and cutting off their fingers as trophies: here.

Afghanistan election problems will take years to fix, says watchdog: here.

Occupying powers should split up Afghanistan along ethnic lines and leave the south to the Taliban, a former US national security adviser has declared: here.

The Afghan government rejected on Monday Nato assertions that an air strike on a convoy in Takhar province killed a “top insurgent,” saying that the victims included a candidate in next weekend’s parliament elections and his civilian aides: here.

It was 1am and 64-year old Mohammed Akram was playing chess with a family friend when 30 soldiers came crashing through the door of his Kabul apartment: here.

The US Department of Defense is seeking to buy and destroy all 10,000 copies of a book written by a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer about his experiences in Afghanistan: here.

A 9/11 New Yorker reflects: The only people who can desecrate Ground Zero–& America–are the Islamophobes: here.

The far Right in the USA: here.

Tea Party: These are People Who Were Wearing Sheets Over their Heads 25 Years Ago: here.

Over at the Huffington Post, a new survey from the Democratic-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling is featured, which found that more Republicans support constructing a strip club than a mosque near Ground Zero: here.

Blog post from Mehdi Hasan: “Crazy Republicans prefer strip clubs to mosques”: here.

12 thoughts on “NATO kills Afghan anti-‘Reverend’ Jones protester

  1. Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and the US Palestinian Community Network — NY call upon all members and supporters to attend this important rally against racism and bigotry on Saturday, September 11. It is critical that we defend the rights of our Arab and Muslim communities and all communities under attack. March with us on Saturday, September 11 against racism and oppression!

    The Emergency March Against Racism and Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is On!

    Join us on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 1pm Park Place & Broadway — NY City Hall Park

    for a March and Rally

    SAY NO TO RACISM AND ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY!

    SAY YES TO UNITY AND SOLIDARITY!

    The Forces of Hate Are Still Planning to Rally Sept. 11!

    That is Not the Face of New York City, and We Will Not

    Let Them Own That Day! We Will Be There Too!

    Join Us!

    Are We Still Marching on September 11th? YES!

    Thursday afternoon the top media story was racist Pastor Terry Jones in Gainesville, Florida announcing that he was cancelling his planned 9/11 Quran burning. This came after heavy pressure from the White House and Pentagon fearful of the response in the Muslim world. It is also a grassroots victory based on the mass mobilization against this ugly threat taken on in Gainesville, Florida by the local Students for a Democratic Society — SDS.

    Jones claimed to have an agreement from the organizers of the Park51 Islamic Community Center to move the center. This was soon exposed as a lie.

    We can be certain that pressure will continue on the Islamic Community Center to move, both from openly racist media, politicians and Tea Party types, as well as from White House and Pentagon figures trying to defuse an explosive situation.

    And we can also be certain that the media will continue to ask organizers of the Unity Against Racism Rally, “Why not postpone your rally in case this can all be worked out? Why are you still marching?”

    We ask, in turn:

    * Have the racists and anti-Muslim bigots called off their 9/11 hatefest? The opposition to this bigotry, and a call for unity, equal rights and solidarity with Muslims was always the motivation behind the Unity Rally on September 11.

    * Have the racists agreed to stop their nationwide campaign of mosque desecration and vandalism, of shooting, physical attacks, and harassment of worshippers, of trying to ban construction of new mosques and community centers?

    * Have the media and politicians agreed to stop their campaign of lies against Islam, claiming it is not deserving of the respect shown other religions?

    * Have those saying the Park51 location is “insensitive” changed their view that Islam is a second-class religion which somehow besmirches “sacred ground”?

    * Have the White House and Pentagon agreed to call off their murders of people in predominantly Muslim countries, via war, drone attacks and assassinations? Have they agreed to free those illegally detained, abused, and tortured in Guantanamo and elsewhere? Are they withdrawing their “security-secrets” rationale for denying Muslim victims of torture the right to sue to expose and seek redress for their ill-treatment? Is it stopping FBI infiltration of mosques and harassment and intimidation of worshippers? Is the Justice Department ending its campaign of “preemptive prosecutions” of Muslims?

    Unfortunately, we must answer NO to all of the above questions. And, therefore, we say in the spirit of unity, equal rights and solidarity:

    YES, WE ARE STILL MARCHING — UNITED, DETERMINED AND STRONG — ON SEPTEMBER 11TH! JOIN US!

    For more information, please see : http://www.iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity/

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  2. http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/13/1822254/patron-of-afghan-school-is-local.html#ixzz0zR8ElWxZ

    Patron of Afghan school is local warlord, U.S. ally

    By SAEED SHAH
    McClatchy Newspapers

    NOW RUZI, Afghanistan — There’s only one functioning school in all of Zhari district in insurgency-plagued southern Afghanistan, and it’s named for an anti-Taliban local strongman who uses his own private militia to protect it.

    Many in the district consider landowner Hajji Ghani a warlord. The U.S. considers him as an ally.

    The case of Ghani, an affable, gun-toting landowner, illustrates the tough choices that face U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan. Ghani appears to have the full backing of the American military, which confer with him from Combat Outpost Durkin, a couple of miles away.

    He’s managed to create a rare security bubble around his village of east Now Ruzi, in Kandahar province, and he donated land for a new school building that’s expected to open in the next month.

    His writ runs only so far, however. Just 200 yards away, west Now Ruzi is under Taliban influence, and beyond it, the farmland just across a dried-up riverbed is insurgent territory.

    “He (Ghani) is not legitimate government, but he works for the area,” said Capt. Paul DeLeon, 29, of Pasadena, Calif., the commander of outpost Durkin, where a company from the 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, Ky., is based. “It’s not the best situation but it works.”

    The “Hajji Ghani School” currently operates out of a temporary home in tents on the lush lawn of Ghani’s mansion, the only functioning school for the 116 square miles of Zhari.

    By contrast, the Pir Mohammed school, a few miles north at Sengaray, the main town in the sparsely populated district, is the target for near-daily insurgent assaults, and there are doubts that it will ever reopen. The Taliban oppose Western-style education.

    Canadians built Pir Mohammad in 2005, but Taliban attacks have kept it closed since 2007, and there’s no date to reopen it despite a recent U.S.-funded refurbishment. A major U.S.-led military operation is expected in Zhari, a Taliban hotbed just west of the city of Kandahar, the provincial capital, involving more than three battalions from the 101st Airborne.

    Ghani, who made his name as a guerilla fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, has a force of 40 to 50 policemen who are on the government payroll, as well as his own. He pays them about as much as the government does, making them loyal to him, and U.S. forces have drawn on those officers for missions.

    The new building, now nearing completion, is a solid-looking structure at the eastern end of Zhari. It’s set in a yard, surrounded by a 10-foot high wall and has seven serviceable classrooms. Ghani provided the land and plans to donate more land to make a playground. The school was built with $100,000 of U.S. military funds, under the Commanders Emergency Relief Program. USAID, the aid arm of the State Department, is considering funding the playground and classroom furniture.

    Ghani’s 19-year-old son is one of the teachers at the school, and other relatives are also said to be on the payroll. Some U.S. contracts for the area have gone to him – though not to build the school. The school, which has government-financed teachers and books already in place, will provide an education to 200 children of all ages.

    On a visit to the school building Wednesday, Fazlur Ahmed, in charge of the police post there, said: “This is Hajji Ghani’s area. Taliban don’t dare come here. The Taliban are north and east of here.”

    Ahmed was severely injured Thursday when he was on a mission with a platoon from Durkin, under DeLeon’s command, against a known Taliban position a few miles away. He sustained bullet wounds in both arms and chest.

    “He (Ghani) is an Afghan who got the power and stood up and took ownership for security in his area. Other people are passive about Taliban presence in their area,” DeLeon said.

    The U.S. is desperately looking for allies in Zhari. The tribal chief for the district, Hajji Lala, based in Senjaray, is ambivalent toward the American presence in the area – while the newly appointed district governor, Karim Jan, is still trying to establish a following, according to U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. An attempt to assassinate Jan by ambushing his convoy failed this week. Ghani and Jan, the official representative for Zhari, don’t get along.

    McClatchy accompanied DeLeon on a recent afternoon visit to Ghani. The militia leader was in a chipper mood, appearing with a submachine gun hung over his shoulder and a Russian-made pistol tucked in a holster under his arm, a wide smile, wild mop of hair and a bushy beard. Ghani occasionally pulled out a wad of 1,000 Afghani bills (worth $20 each) from his waistcoat pocket and counted out some cash to one of his hangers-on for a task.

    Sitting in his garden, surrounded by flowers, vines and an orchard, he suggested that the wall around the playground should be made at least three bricks thick, to withstand a rocket-propelled grenade.

    Clasping hands with DeLeon, Ghani told him: “The people who are against the Taliban are my brothers. That why you’re my brother.”

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  3. Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Canadian+Forces+unaware+involvement+Afghan+heroin+smuggling/3516065/story.html#ixzz0zR97TYFt

    Canadian Forces ‘unaware’ of any involvement in Afghan heroin smuggling

    Postmedia News and Agence France-Presse · Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

    OTTAWA — Canadian Forces officials said Sunday they were looking into U.K. media reports the British government was investigating allegations British and Canadian soldiers were involved in heroin smuggling in Afghanistan, but said military police were unaware of any Canadian military involvement.

    “The Canadian Forces military police are currently unaware of any ongoing investigation into allegations that Canadian soldiers are involved in the alleged heroin smuggling mentioned in those reports,” said Defence Department spokeswoman Jenn Gearey. “We’re looking into the reports the British media have come out with and, if warranted, after that, we will launch an inves tigation.”

    The Canadian Forces would take any such allegations seriously, she added.

    An inquiry has begun into what British officials termed “unsubstantiated” allegations that U.K. service personnel had bought the drug and used military aircraft to transport it out of the war-torn country.

    British troops at airports in Camp Bastion and Kandahar, the main hub of Canadian military operations, are under investigation and security has been tightened with additional sniffer dogs brought in as part of the crackdown.

    British media reports have claimed both British and Canadian service personnel were being investigated, but the Ministry of Defence in London said its investigation focuses on British soldiers.

    “Although they are unsubstantiated, we take any such reports very seriously and we have already tightened our existing procedures both in Afghanistan and in the U.K., including through increasing the use of trained sniffer dogs,” a British defence spokeswoman said.

    She added that if any British troops were found to have smuggled illegal narcotics they would “feel the full weight of the law”.

    Afghanistan is the world’s largest heroin producer with annual exports worth up to $3 billion helping fuel a nearly nine-year Taliban insurgency.

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  4. Afghan intelligence interrupts Canadian questioning of prisoner abuse claims
    CP
    Mon, 13/09/2010 – 10:40pm

    OTTAWA – Canadian diplomats received claims of possible abuse of prisoners by Afghan’s notorious intelligence service as recently as halfway through last year, federal documents reveal.

    Two prisoners at the Kandahar intelligence detention centre came forward in July 2009 to tell a Foreign Affairs officer they’d been roughed up during separate interrogations that month, incidents which federal officials described as possible violations of the transfer arrangement between Ottawa and Kabul.

    The allegations came at a time when Canadian officials had stepped up unannounced prison inspections.

    Diplomats inspecting Afghanistan’s shady prisons have received a number of abuse claims since 2007, but the federal government rarely acknowledges them and has insisted the transfer arrangement is working well.

    Earlier in 2009 alarm bells went off in Ottawa and Kandahar after a serving National Directorate of Security official told military commanders that they could “torture” and “beat” prisoners. The response of the Canadian government was to step up inspections.

    The latest revelation comes as the Military Police Complaints Commission resumes public hearings Tuesday into complaints by two human rights groups that the army knew — or should have known — about possible torture in Afghan jails.

    A briefing note prepared for Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says the Canadian military considered immediately suspending the handover of prisoners following the latest allegations, but chose to wait for an investigation by the NDS, the spy service whose officers were accused of perpetuating the abuse.

    “There is a concern that these actions, if confirmed, are in contravention of the 2005 Arrangement for the Transfer of Detainees and the 2007 Supplementary Arrangement,” says a July 14, 2009, memorandum prepared for Cannon and obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information laws.

    The allegation was taken seriously enough for the Privy Council Office, the bureaucratic arm of the Prime Minister’s Office, to become involved and convene a video conference with Canada’s ambassador in Kabul.

    A spokesman for Foreign Affairs said the allegations prompted a temporary halt in transfers to Afghan authorities that month. In total there were four suspensions of transfers in 2009 — in May, July, September and October.

    Three of them were initiated by Canadians, but the Afghan intelligence service refused to accept detainees in September last year, saying Canadians had not provided them with enough evidence on suspects.

    Jean-Bruno Villeneuve said the NDS investigation eventually concluded the allegations were “not substantiated.”

    A lawyer for Amnesty International, which is fighting to have the handovers stopped, said the routine moratoriums should speak volumes.

    “The fact we have to visit them constantly just to ensure they’re not torturing prisoners should be enough to tell us that we should not be transferring to them,” he said Monday.

    There were suggestions local Afghan intelligence officers tried to cover up the alleged abuse in July and obstruct Canadian questions.

    The diplomat who filed the report complained “an NDS officer repeatedly interrupted her private interview with these two detainees,” and came into the room to “retrieve non-essential items such as papers, keys and water jugs.” That is a flagrant violation of the agreement which governs the hand over of suspected Taliban fighters and assures Canadian officials that they’re allowed to question prisoners in private.

    Also, one of the prisoners alleged his copy of the transfer arrangement, handed to every detainee and meant to ensure they know their rights, was taken away by a guard and tossed out.

    The note described both incidents as “acts of violence.”

    The first prisoner claimed that he was grabbed by the throat during his interrogation and verbally threatened, says the briefing document.

    “The DFAIT detainee officer observed no visible marks on the detainee’s neck,” says the report. “The detainee also indicated that the interrogator subsequently apologized for his behaviour, offered him a Pepsi and asked that the detainees ‘not tell the Canadians about the incident.'”

    The second prisoner alleged he was slapped in the face four times and also threatened. As with the first claim, the diplomat saw no marks or bruising.

    Officials in Ottawa decided the best course of action was for the ambassador to raise the issue with the head of the NDS, Amrullah Saleh, and ask for an investigation.

    It’s unclear whether Ottawa considered the allegations to be bona fide cases of abuse. Since 2007 diplomats had received a number of such claims, but lacked the physical evidence, such as injuries or weapons, to verify the claims.

    The only case acknowledged by the federal government happened in November 2007 when a diplomat, told by a prisoner about abuse, found implements of torture — an electric wire and a rubber pipe — underneath a nearby chair.

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  5. Daily paper says Karzai owns apartments in Dubai

    South Africa News.Net
    Saturday 11th September, 2010

    A UK newspaper has alleged the family and close aides of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have been buying high-end villas in Dubai, raising fears that Western aid money sent to Afghanistan is being misused.
    A UK newspaper has alleged the family and close aides of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have been buying high-end villas in Dubai, raising fears that Western aid money sent to Afghanistan is being misused.

    The Daily Telegraph has revealed there are Karzai links to a property empire in Dubai, assembled at a cost of 90 million pounds and involving a dozen properties.

    According to the paper, the properties, owned by and sometimes occupied by close relatives and associates of Karzai, were bought with money supplied by Afghanistan’s biggest private bank, Kabul Bank, which is currently undergoing a bailout.

    The property portfolio supposedly includes 14 villas on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s world famous property development, registered in the name of Sher Khan Farnood, the former chairman of Kabul Bank.

    Farnood occupies a grand villa in Dubai. He resigned last week from the Kabul Bank, which runs the payroll for NATO-led security forces and also the salaries of Afghanistan public servants.

    The bank has been deserted by thousands of depositors since the country’s Central Bank launched an investigation into corruption within the organisation.

    The paper also revealed that Mahmoud Karzai, brother of the Afghan president and the third largest shareholder in the Kabul Bank, occupies a villa valued at up to four million pounds.

    The villas are distributed across the development where stars such as David Beckham, Michael Schumacher, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also owners.

    http://www.southafricanews.net/story/683841

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  6. Karzai’s cronies make Afghan election a farce

    Jason Thomas

    September 15, 2010

    Rampant corruption in Kabul is ceding the battle to the Taliban.

    THE Afghan parliamentary elections this weekend should be a proud moment for the troubled nation. Yet democracy in Afghanistan is wasted because of President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to tackle corruption. The fact is, the Taliban are out-governing the Karzai government, whose warlord and elite cronies continue to run their own corrupt fiefdoms in the provinces.

    According to one of the original legends of counterinsurgency theory, David Galula, these wars among the people are 80 per cent politics and 20 per cent military. Counterinsurgency primarily focuses on winning hearts and minds – the human terrain.

    So when the people are faced with a choice between supporting a corrupt, local thugocracy, and the Taliban, who bring swift justice to lawbreakers and keep out unwanted foreigners, it’s no wonder Australian troops continue to suffer casualties.

    One of the many roles Australian troops have is to mentor and train the Afghan security forces. Yet any effect we are having is being undermined by the Afghan President’s systematic dismantling of anti-corruption processes.

    The troubles at the Kabul Bank are the latest in a long list of deep structural and political problems. Bank executives, such as Karzai’s brother, have been ”lending” themselves millions of dollars for lavish villas in Dubai.

    Two weeks ago, Karzai sacked one of Afghanistan’s most senior prosecutors, Fazel Ahmed Faqiryar, former deputy attorney-general, who was leading investigations into two dozen senior officials – including cabinet ministers, ambassadors and provincial governors. Faqiryar was being blocked outright by Karzai at every level.

    Karzai’s office has also asked international troops not to spend so much time with the Afghan people. Such a request defeats the purpose of counterinsurgency.

    A damning report was published in June by the US Congress, Warlord Inc: Extortion and Corruption along the US Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which said: ”The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defence designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital US supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fuelled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.”

    One finding from the report said the largest private security provider transporting vital military supplies complained that it had to pay $US1000 to $US10,000 in monthly bribes to nearly every Afghan governor, police chief and local military unit whose territory the company passed through.

    United States and Australian troops are not only fighting the Taliban, but also combating rampant corruption, thuggish Afghan National Police and a population that welcomes foreigners with open arms for as long as it is of value to them.

    One would expect that Karzai would be doing everything in his power to eliminate the daylight robbery. His contempt at fulfilling his obligations to erect a stable government will only play into the hands of the Taliban.

    It means the Taliban will continue to find willing participants to plant roadside bombs.

    Even if locals don’t actively join the fight, they may simply remain passive supporters of the Taliban by allowing them to fire rockets from their village or provide a haven at night.

    Australians deserve to know that our troops’ lives are being put at risk as much by the failure to tackle corruption as by the Taliban.

    In November last year, I was introduced to Hajji Fasil, sub-governor for Deh Yak District, in Ghazni Province. He was a chain-smoking, white-turban-wearing, smooth-talking Pashtun who, upon introducing himself to me, said: ”I am Hajji Fasil and I was responsible for collecting the votes for President Karzai.”

    My own Taliban contacts told me that half the ransom money paid to free anyone in the district kidnapped by the Taliban went to Fasil.

    In March this year, former Afghan National Police commander Ptang (he was killed in May) said that for $US30,000 he would ensure my security.

    If I refused to pay the money, then not only would he not guarantee my safety but, and I quote, ”he would not be responsible for any actions by other people”.

    There is no doubt US and Australian troops are doing an outstanding job and General David Petraeus is the best man on the planet to take on this gargantuan task. Yet success or failure will not be because the Taliban have won in a military perspective. Neither side will achieve that kind of victory. It will be because the fundamental foundations of governance have been undermined by the Karzai government, and the Taliban have out-governed in the villages and districts where power from Kabul does not go.

    No matter how much we try to win the hearts and minds, no matter how many millions of dollars are spent on development and regardless of the international community’s attempts to improve governance, the heart and minds in Afghanistan will always remain notoriously capricious until the Afghan government cleans up its own act, starting with President Karzai.

    Jason Thomas was regional manager for the Central Asia Development Group, implementing a USAID program in south-east Afghanistan.

    Source: The Age

    http://www.watoday.com.au/opinion/politics/karzais-cronies-make-afghan-election-a-farce-20100914-15aty.html

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  7. 2 ex-Blackwater contractors on trial in slayings

    Chris Drotleff and Justin Cannon

    Associated Press

    Posted on September 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Updated today at 12:15 PM

    NORFOLK (AP) — Prosecutors say two former defense contractors were fueled by alcohol and anger the night they killed two Afghan nationals on the streets of Kabul.

    Their attorneys countered during opening statements Wednesday in U.S. District Court that Justin H. Cannon and Christopher Drotleff believed they were under attack on the world’s most dangerous road when they opened fire May 5, 2009.

    Cannon, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Drotleff, of Virginia Beach, face murder, assault and weapons charges. Their trial began Wednesday and is expected to last two to three weeks.

    A jury of 12 and two alternates is hearing the testimony.

    The former Blackwater Worldwide contractors were in the nation to train the Afghan National Army. North Carolina-based Blackwater is now known as Xe (zee) Services. Both face up to life in prison if convicted.

    (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  8. Crusade against Muslims costs pastor his flock

    Updated on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 13:18

    Tags: Pastor Terry Jones, 9/11, Koran

    New York: Pastor Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Koran on 9/11 this year to protest against the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, has said that he has lost his followers because of his crusade against Muslims.

    The members of Pastor Terry Jones ”Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, abandoned the congregation,” he said near Ground Zero on Tuesday.

    The New York Daily News quoted Jones as saying that his people left because “they are not interested in the truth” about radical Muslims’ intentions to take over the United States.

    “People come to church and want to hear, ‘God loves you, you”re a good person’. That”s true. God does love you. But there”s more we need to tell people, and they don’t want to hear it,” he added.

    Jones said he has kept busy despite losing his followers. He was in Manhattan announcing his latest project, an organisation called Stand Up America, which aims to “teach about the dangers of radical Islam,” the paper said.

    Jones, who also is launching a televangelism program with a California network, was earlier condemned by US diplomats, including President Barack Obama for his plans to burn Korans on the 9/11 anniversary.

    He was also advised by the senior US leader in Afghanistan, General David Petaeus, that the stunt would put American soldiers lives at greater risk and provide propaganda for the Taliban. Eventually the plan was cancelled.

    He still has no plans to burn the book, he said on Tuesday, but does hope to launch International Judge Mohammed Day soon.

    ANI

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