NATO kills Afghan civilians again


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From Associated Press:

NATO airstrike kills civilians in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO airstrike on two vehicles believed to be carrying Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan accidentally killed and wounded an unspecified number of civilians, coalition forces said Saturday.

The international alliance said it was investigating the strike, which occurred on Friday in the Naw Zad district of Helmand province. The helicopter airstrike followed intelligence reports that suggested a Taliban leader and his associates were in the vehicles, NATO said.

In the aftermath of the strike, coalition troops found bodies of civilians in the wreckage, NATO said. It did not released the number of the dead and wounded.

The deaths came only two days after the international coalition accidentally killed two civilians in the eastern province of Khost. The two were walking near a car with suspected insurgents and were not seen until after a NATO helicopter gunship launched Wednesday’s strike, NATO said.

Seven civilians, three of them children, were killed and five others wounded in a NATO air strike targeting insurgents in restive southern Afghanistan, a local official said Saturday: here.

Ray Rivera, The New York Times News Service: “A NATO airstrike targeting Taliban fighters Friday accidentally killed seven civilians, including three children, in the southern province of Helmand, one of the most insecure regions in the country, Afghan officials said. NATO officials are investigating the episode. It occurred in the Now Zad district when the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force called in an airstrike on two vehicles believed to be carrying a Taliban leader and his associates. A NATO team assessing the damage discovered the civilians after the airstrike. NATO officials have not disclosed how many civilians were killed and wounded, and did not say whether suspected Taliban were among the casualties”: here.

NATO said Thursday it will investigate a police claim a NATO helicopter gunship targeting terrorists killed a child in the eastern Afghan Khost province: here.

Afghanistan: US ‘kill team’ horror: here.

Why no one stopped US soldiers from killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan? Here.

The deputy governor of Helmand province has been sacked for organising a concert that featured female performers without headscarves. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai took the action against Abdul Satar Mirzakwal after tribal elders complained that it was inappropriate: here.

“Stop These Massacres”: Ex-Afghan Parliamentarian Malaya Joya Calls for End to US Occupation of Afghanistan: here.

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  1. Imran’s party threatens to block NATO supplies

    IANS India Indo Asian News Service | IANS

    Sat, Mar 26, 2011 12:18 PM IST

    Islamabad, March 26 (IANS) Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan has warned the Pakistan government that if it did not immediately stop US drone attacks in the country’s northwest, his party would block the road used to transport supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

    Imran, who heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party, led an anti-US rally in Lahore Friday to protest the release of CIA security contractor Raymond Davis, who shot dead two men in the Punjab province city and escaped trial by paying ‘blood money’ to their families.

    The News International reported that as the protesters marched to the spot where Davis gunned down the two men, the demonstration was ‘a moderate affair, with songs and music playing a key role’.

    Imran described the protest as a ‘freedom rally’, saying time has come to ‘liberate’ Pakistan from the ‘slavery of the US’.

    He claimed 32,000 Pakistanis have been killed in American drone attacks so far, and warned the government that if it did not stop the remote-controlled US air strikes by pilotless planes, his party would organise a sit-in on the road used to send supplies to NATO forces based in Afghanistan.

    Imran said it was regrettable that the government freed Davis by ‘forcing’ the families of his two victims to accept ‘blood money’ under Islamic compensation laws.

    ‘It was a fixed match. The blood of Pakistanis is being sold,’ he said.

    Imran expressed his party’s firm resolve to ensure justice for every segment of the society.

    He urged the youth to unite against the ‘forces of evil exploiting the rights of Pakistanis’, the daily said.

    The World Cup-winning cricketer criticised politicians who have stashed up wealth abroad, and said people would not allow such leaders to participate in national politics.

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  2. Pakistan to compensate victims of deadly US strike

    Posted: Mar 26, 2011 11:08 AM Updated: Mar 26, 2011 4:49 PM

    By RASOOL DAWAR
    Associated Press

    MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) – The Pakistani government will compensate the families of 39 people killed in a recent American missile attack close to the Afghan border, an official said Saturday, one of first times authorities have announced such a move.

    The March 17 strike in North Waziristan district was condemned by Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who said the victims were innocent civilians, something denied by a U.S. official. Kayani’s statement represented a rare public criticism by the Pakistani military of the United States over one of the attacks.

    The missile targeted a meeting taking place in a house in the area. The strike came a day after an American CIA contractor who shot dead two Pakistanis was released from prison, unleashing a storm of anti-U.S. sentiment in the media and on the street.

    The Pakistani army had attracted unusual criticism for its perceived role in allowing Raymond Allen Davis’ release. Many political analysts here have said Kayani’s condemnation of the attack was likely aimed at deflecting that criticism more than anything else.

    North Waziristan government administrator Mohammad Asghar said the heirs – as defined under Islamic tradition – of those killed in the strike would each receive US$3,530 next week. He said the wounded would receive US$1,176 per person. Authorities have not released the number of those wounded in the strike.

    A U.S. official has said the dead were militants or militant sympathizers, and there had been no public investigation of the strike. Washington does not publicly admit firing the missiles or give details on who it is killing. Unlike across the border in Afghanistan, it is not known to compensate the families of innocents killed.

    America routinely fires missiles against al-Qaida and Taliban targets close to the Afghan border, and U.S. officials say privately Pakistan assists in some of the strikes. But the program is publicly opposed by Pakistan’s government and army because it believes admitting collaborating with America in attacks on its own people would be highly damaging politically.

    North Waziristan is under effective militant control, and the army prevents foreign and Pakistani journalists from visiting.

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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  3. Afghan women’s activist urges U.S. withdrawal

    The U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan should be brought to a halt because it has solidified, rather than weakened, oppression against women in her home country, Afghan human rights activist Malalai Joya said Saturday.

    “Taliban leaders and the administration of Hamid Karzai are carbon copies of each other; both are misogynist. The Taliban are fascists, and Karzai is supported by the warlords,” said the 32-year-old author and former member of the Afghan parliament, speaking by phone from Boston.

    Both factions gain support as a result of U.S. and NATO-inflicted civilian casualties, and both are benefiting from the influx of foreign aid — at the expense of progressive-minded Afghans, she said.

    “We’re trapped between three enemies: the Taliban, the provincial warlords and foreign soldiers,” she said. “They need each other. They’re playing ‘Tom and Jerry.’ It’s like a family fighting with itself.”

    Joya will elaborate on power struggles in Afghanistan (and women’s roles in tempering them) at a talk at 5 p.m. today at University of Vermont’s Billings Lecture Hall.

    Her monthlong speaking tour of this country was delayed last week by U.S. visa authorities because, she was told, she was “unemployed and “living underground.”
    ‘The Dollar Army’

    Joya, a self-described “freedom-loving fighter,” said she has survived five attempts on her life for speaking out against the Taliban, the Karzai regime and what she terms the “U.S.-NATO occupation.”

    But Saturday, she placed that danger in perspective.

    “Millions of people face the same risk, day by day, in Afghanistan. The only difference between me and them is that I am speaking out,” Joya said. “The reason they want to eliminate me? I never show silence. I use my voice for the benefit of my people. I will never drop my watch.”

    Moderates in Afghanistan discreetly refer to their Western-trained soldiers and police as “the Dollar Army,” because of what they say is a thin, mercenary allegiance to human rights, Joya said.

    “‘The rabbit has responsibility for the carrot,’ as we say. We have the same gender-crimes now that we had during Taliban (rule): death by stoning, rape, poisoning girls at school, domestic violence and forced marriages,” she said.

    “The only difference now, it is done under the name of democracy, with the mask of democracy,” she added. “These crimes are increasing rapidly, even by historical standards.”
    While we argue

    And when the foreign troops pull out? Their absence would weaken the power now enjoyed by the Taliban and warlords, Joya answered.

    “Nobody says it will be like heaven in my country,” she said. “But I know people will come into the streets. We will unite more. Hundreds of people already join protests against occupation.

    “History reveals that this nation can liberate itself,” she continued. “We have a powerful history. We gave the British a lesson and the Russians. If the U.S. and NATO do not go out voluntarily, we will give them, with the passage of time, a very good lesson.

    “People ask what will happen to our women? I ask them now: ‘What’s happening to the women while we argue?’ War crimes are being committed. We don’t want this kind of so-called helping hand that’s helping the enemies of my people,” she said.

    “We know what to do, we know our destiny. I’m sure the progressive Afghan men will help us; they’ll unite with us to bring women’s rights and human rights to our country. But this presence of the troops in our country: It doubles our misery. They create more obstacles. They’ve made progressive, democratic-minded men and women in our country move ‘underground.’ But there are plenty of us.”
    ‘Not water’

    “The so-called war on terror is a war on civilians,” Joya said. “When cluster bombs kill civilians, for each dead body, America gives $2,000 to the family. It’s just blood money. It insults my people.

    Yet Afghan moderates welcome American help — without “top-down justice” and military interference, she said.

    “Education is the key to emancipation. No question we need a helping hand, with moral support, with financial support. You must not leave us alone — we have been forgotten,” she said. “The silence of good people is worse than the actions of bad people.”

    How, specifically, can Americans help? Joya said a good start would be to increase pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to speed the exit of U.S. troops.

    “We want the end of this occupation,” she said. “The blood of my people is not water.”
    And in Vermont?

    All three members of Vermont’s congressional delegation signed a letter dated March 18 to the U.S. Consulate in Afghanistan in support of Joya’s visa. The letter described Joya as “a rare symbol of hope for Afghanistan’s future.”

    Joya extended credit for her visa approval to grassroots petitions and phone-ins.

    “I want to thank all my supporters who put pressure on the government to give me a visa. Their support gave me more courage and more determination for me and my people to spread our message,” she said.

    Joya’s Vermont appearance is sponsored by the Stop the F-35 Coalition, the International Socialist Organization, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Peace and Justice Center, Students for Justice in Palestine, Vermont Woman Newspaper, Veterans for Peace, Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

    Her talk Friday night in Boston drew 1,200 people (among them, Noam Chomsky), Mass Peace Action organizer Cole Harrison said.

    Joya’s subsequent venues, listed by the nonprofit Afghan Women’s Mission website, include: Amherst, Mass., Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Copies of Joya’s autobiography, “A Woman Among Warlords,” will be for sale at tonight’s talk at UVM.

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  4. I don’t know when will end the war on terrorists in Afghanistan. I think this war on terrorists in Afghanistan will continue at least for a couple of years so people shouldn’t be killed during this strike against terrorists. Neighboring countries also are suffering with this war against terrorist. Taliban should think on this situation and they should be come for negotiations with the NATO.All the world looking for peace in Afghanistan.

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