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Afghans staged anti-US demonstration out outside the United States Embassy in Kabul, condemning the killing of civilians by foreign forces.
By Tom Mellen in Britain:
Rally rages at Nato butchery
Wednesday 02 March 2011
Hundreds of Afghan citizens rallied against the occupation of their country today in the wake of Nato air strikes that have killed around 74 civilians.
The enraged demonstrators in Asadabad, the capital of Kunar province, chanted slogans against the 150,000-strong Nato presence and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s weak administration.
And they burned blankets that occupation forces had recently handed out as part of Nato’s “hearts and minds” campaign.
The rally was sparked by a Nato air raid on Tuesday on the province’s Manogai district that reportedly killed nine children between the ages of seven and nine who had been gathering wood.
Kunar provincial police chief Khalilullah Ziayee said Nato helicopter gunships had fired into the mountainous area following a guerilla attack on a Nato base in the Pech Valley area, mowing down the youngsters.
Nato has admitted that soldiers returned fire after two rockets were fired at the Pech base, wounding a local mercenary.
The Western military alliance is currently conducting an internal investigation into the incident.
Mr Karzai’s office issued a statement condemning Nato’s “merciless killing.
“Innocent children who were collecting firewood for their families during this cold winter were martyred. Is this the way to fight terrorism and bring stability in Afghanistan?
“I once again point out that Nato must focus on terrorist bases and havens.”
Mr Karzai appeared to be referring to alleged Taliban base areas in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous north-west.
“Afghan villages are not the bases and havens of terrorism,” he stressed.
Earlier this week an official delegation appointed by Mr Karzai determined that Western soldiers had killed 65 civilians in an air strike in Kunar’s Ghaziabad district on February 17, including scores of women and children.
Nato continues to maintain that the troops had “targeted and killed dozens of insurgents,” asserting that a subsequent internal investigation yielded no evidence that civilians had been killed.
US troops began pulling out of the Pech Valley on February 15 as part of what the Pentagon insists is a “realignment” of its forces.
Guerillas are believed to have killed over 100 US troops in or near the valley, which the US had until recently described as key to its counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan.
One US military official who declined to be named said: “We figured out that people in the Pech really aren’t anti-US or anti-anything – they just want to be left alone.
“Our presence is what’s destabilising this area.”
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Kathy Kelly, Truthout: “Sadly, more and more of us in America are getting used to the idea of child poverty – and even child labor – as our own economy sinks further under the burden of our latest nine years of war, of two billion dollars per week we spend creating poverty abroad that we can then emulate at home. Things are getting bad here, but in Afghanistan, children are bombed. Their bodies are casually dismembered and strewn by machines already lost in the horizon as the limbs settle… Afterward, we deplore the tragedy; we make a pretense of acknowledging the cost of war, but it is incalculable. We can’t hope to count it. We actually, finally, have to stop making people like the nine children who died on March 1 pay it”: here.
WASHINGTON: A top US commander has acknowledged that some rebel groups it helped give birth to in the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan had joined Pakistani terrorist groups active in South Asia: here.
A Murder Rattles German Soldiers’ Faith in Afghan Allies: here.
Residents of razed Afghan village dispute US case for destruction: here.
Corruption and waste has cost the US government billions of reconstruction dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an official study on wartime contracting released on Thursday: here.
USA: Poll: Majority Want U.S. Troops Out Of Afghanistan Within A Year: here.
The majority of American soldiers undergoing amputation for war wounds last fall lost more than one limb, according to data presented Tuesday to the Defense Health Board, a committee of experts that advises the Defense Department on medical matters: here.