Germans demonstrate against Afghan, Libyan wars

This is a German video on the Easter peace march in Berlin, 23 April 2011.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thousands march for Middle East peace

Sunday 24 April 2011

Thousands of Germans demanded peace for the Middle East and an end to nuclear energy use in annual Easter peace marches held in cities across the nation.

Berlin police said around 4,000 turned out for Saturday’s demonstration through the heart of the capital.

Many bore signs and banners calling for their army to pull out of Afghanistan and for an end to Nato aggression in Libya.

Peace marches were held in dozens of cities, while 200 people gathered outside a US military base in Wiesbaden calling for “an end to war and military violence.”

Recent reports have raised concern about the impact of the war in Afghanistan on civilians in Afghanistan and in Pakistani border areas that have been the focus of drone strikes targeting Taliban leaders: here.

Pre-marital sex penalties faced by Afghan women: here.

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have dug a lengthy tunnel into the main jail in Kandahar city – and whisked out more than 500 prisoners on Sunday: here. And here.

Source tells CBS News U.S. troops among dead in shootout at Kabul airport in Afghanistan: here. And here.

Wednesday’s execution-style slaying of eight US troops and a civilian contractor at a supposedly secure military facility at Kabul airport underscores the crisis of the nearly decade-old US war in Afghanistan: here.

Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: “Starting in late 2005, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan began turning detainees over to the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), despite its well-known reputation for torture. Interviews with former U.S. and NATO diplomats and other evidence now available show that United States and other NATO governments become complicit in NDS torture of detainees for two distinctly different reasons”: here.

4 thoughts on “Germans demonstrate against Afghan, Libyan wars

  1. Brit taxpayers’ money was used to fund al-Qaeda’ in Afghanistan

    By ANI | 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    London, Apr 26 (ANI): British taxpayers’ money meant for destroying Afghanistan’s poppy crop was instead used to fund al-Qaeda.

    The Daily Mail quoted documents leaks by Wikileaks as saying that over 300,000 pounds of British aid budget was paid to Afghan politician, Mullan Haji Rohullah, but he used it to support Al Qaeda while continuing to traffic in drugs himself.

    Poppies, which is farmed for opium and used for manufacturing heroin, has been a major source of income for the Taliban.

    Rohullah, who was based in Konar province, reportedly met the British ambassador toAfghanistan to discuss the eradication scheme and agreed that farmers in the area would receive 250 dollars an acre to stop growing poppies.

    The leaked documents, however, revealed that Rohullah, who was later detained at Guantanamo Bay, benefited from the trafficking.

    The British Government had handed over 3.6 million pounds to a close associate of Rohullah, of which only 2.1million pounds was passed on to tribal leaders.

    “It appears detainee [Rohullah] was not only receiving money from selling poppies when he claimed he was prohibiting them from being grown in Konar province, but he was also receiving financial aid from the British,” the Guantanamo documents said.

    Rohullah, who was arrested in 2002 but released later, was also allegedly ‘linked to plots to kill leaders within the interim Afghanistan government’.


  2. Afghan Officer Fires On NATO Troops, Kills Several

    by The Associated Press

    April 27, 2011

    A veteran Afghan military officer opened fire on foreign forces Wednesday after a dispute at the Kabul airport, killing several NATO troops, Afghan and coalition officials said.

    It was the latest in a spate of deadly incidents that have occurred inside government or military installations, a favorite target of Taliban insurgents.

    The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the gunman was an Afghan military pilot who “opened fire on foreigners after an argument.”

    The pilot was killed in the shooting, which occurred inside a facility used by the Afghan Air Force, Azimi said.

    NATO did not disclose the number or nationalities of the casualties pending notification of their families. The airport is home to the NATO Air Training Command.

    Lt. Col. David Simons, a spokesman for the NATO training mission, said small arms fire was reported at the airport at about 10:25 a.m. local time.

    “A quick-reaction force responded to the incident,” he said. “At this time there are reports of NATO casualties.”

    Azimi said the shooter was a military pilot of 20 years. “An argument happened between him and the foreigners and we have to investigate that.”

    An Afghan pilot who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the gunman was Ahmad Gul, a 50-year-old pilot from Tarakhail district of Kabul province.

    In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the gunman was impersonating an army officer and that others at the facility helped him gain access. The gunman killed nine foreigners and five Afghan soldiers, he said. The Taliban often exaggerate the number of casualties caused by their attacks.

    Since March 2009, the coalition has recorded 20 incidents where a member of the Afghan security forces or someone wearing a uniform used by them attacked coalition forces, killing a total of 36.

    According to information compiled by NATO, half of the 20 incidents involved the impersonation of an Afghan policeman or soldier. The cause of the other 10 incidents were attributed to combat stress or unknown reasons. The officers insisted that so far, there is no solid information that an insurgent was directed to join the army for the purpose of conducting attacks.

    NATO officials said that in recent incidents:

    An Afghan man wearing a border police uniform who shot and killed two American military personnel April 4 in northwest Faryab province was upset over the burning of the Quran at a Florida church.

    An Afghan soldier who shot and killed three German soldiers and wounded six others Feb. 18 in northern Baghlan province felt he had been personally offended by his German partners.

    An Afghan border policeman who gunned down six American soldiers Nov. 29, 2010 in eastern Nangarhar province was suffering from personal stress because his father was forcing him into an arranged marriage.

    It is not known how many of the 282,000 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in these type of incidents.

    A man in an Afghan army uniform penetrated to the heart of the Afghan Defense Ministry compound on April 18 and gunned down two Afghan soldiers.


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