US people say Get out of Afghanistan

This video is called Rethink Afghanistan War (Part 4): Civilian Casualties.

From Associated Press:

May 9, 2:25 AM EDT

AP-GfK Poll: Support for Afghan war at new low

AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON — Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK poll.

In results released Wednesday, 66 percent opposed the war, with 40 percent saying they were “strongly” opposed. A year ago, 37 percent favored the war, and in the spring of 2010, support was at 46 percent. Eight percent strongly supported the war in the new poll. …

Chris Solomon, an independent from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., is among the respondents who strongly oppose the war. He said the military mission has reached the limits of its ability to help Afghans or make Americans any safer, and he would close down the war immediately if he could. While the rationale for the war is to fight al-Qaida, most of the day-to-day combat is against an entrenched Taliban insurgency that will outlast the foreign fighters, he said.

“What are we really doing there? Who are we helping?” he said in an interview. …

But in a trend that complicates discussion of the war in this year’s presidential campaign, support for the war is plummeting even among Republicans. People who identified themselves as Republicans backed the war at 37 percent, down from 58 percent a year ago.

Among Democrats, support dropped from 30 percent last year to 19 percent now. About a quarter, 27 percent, of independents favor the effort, similar to the level last year.

Bipartisan Majority Of Americans Agree With French President On Afghanistan: here.

Against War and Austerity, Hollande Is Right and Obama Should Agree. Robert Naiman, Truthout: “Newly elected French President François Hollande is coming to the White House next week to meet with President Obama … Press reports suggest that Obama’s agenda for the meeting will include trying to induce Hollande to renege on his pledge to withdraw French troops from Afghanistan. That would be a terrible mistake, a terrible waste of a unique opportunity for Obama to agree with Hollande on a common position for speeding up the withdrawal of all foreign forces that they can announce at the NATO summit in Chicago”: here.

Afghan tension: ‘US military, CIA out of control’: here.

US military officers have been taught that their enemy is Islam and that they might ultimately have to obliterate Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths: here.

US attack kills five Afghan kids: here.

At a Military Hospital, Warriors Are Not the Only Wounded. Michael Winship, Moyers & Co.: “The weather’s getting warmer in Afghanistan and the war there is heating up again. That means – as it has meant every year for more than a decade – that the pace will quicken at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. More casualties will be brought to this largest American military hospital outside the United States. After all the years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of the doctors, nurses, and other staff at Landstuhl are exhausted or worse”: here.

Stop the War campaigners said today that the coalition was to blame for the deaths of two British servicemen in Afghanistan: here.

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  4. Over 3,000 U.S., NATO Troops Killed In Greater Afghan War

    Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    May 13, 2012

    Total 3,000 allied soldiers killed in Afghan and related conflicts

    The number of fatalities among NATO and allied forces has surpassed 3,000 since the US-led war in Afghanistan started in 2001, according to an independent website tracking the coalition’s military fatalities, dpa reported.

    The website says 3,000 soldiers – of whom almost two-thirds were American – have been killed in the Afghan war and related conflicts elsewhere in the world since 2001.

    The most recent casualties, four NATO soldiers killed on Saturday, had not yet been included in the figures.

    According to the website, 2,907 soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan, while the rest were killed elsewhere during the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

    OEF is an official term for the global war on terror, which includes the decade-long Afghan war and a number of other military activities elsewhere in the world following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

    In Afghanistan, the US and NATO allies have been fighting the home-grown Taliban insurgency since the US ousted their radical Islamic regime from Kabul in 2001.

    This year alone, more then 150 soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, according to the website. Last year, 566 died.

    The US has lost 1,968 soldiers in the war, the figures show. The United Kingdom trails second with 412 fatalities while Canada is in third place with 158 fatalities among soldiers. Since 2011, Canada has only had trainers, not combat troops, stationed in Afghanistan.

    The southern Afghan province of Helmand, which is the focus of poppy cultivation, has been the most deadly province for the military coalition, with a total of 851 fatalities.

    Roadside bombings, through improvised explosive devices (IEDs), have been the number one killer among international forces, causing almost half of total casualties.

    On Saturday, four NATO service members were killed in three separate incidents in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said, without specifying where exactly the incidents took place.

    Two died in an insurgent attack and one in a roadside bomb, while the fourth died of “non-battle related injury,” NATO said in a statement. It did not disclose the nationality of the deceased.


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  10. New Zealand to pull Afghanistan troops next year

    May 21, 2012

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand says it will withdraw its small contingent of troops from Afghanistan a year earlier than planned.

    Prime Minister John Key told reporters Tuesday that the 145 New Zealand troops stationed in Bamiyan province will come home in late 2013 rather than 2014. New Zealand has stationed troops in the war-torn country since 2003, with five dying there during that time.

    Key says New Zealand made the decision in consultation with its coalition partners. He says the United States wants to see an orderly transition as NATO allies begin planning a withdrawal of all troops by the end of 2014.

    New Zealand in March withdrew a small contingent of elite Special Air Service soldiers who had been mentoring Afghan forces after being deployed to Kabul in 2009.

    The Associated Press


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