Stop Afghan war, dead soldiers’ families say

This video from the USA is called Rethink Afghanistan: Join the Movement to Stop this War.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

End ‘pointless’ war now, urge troop families

Sunday 07 October 2012

by Rory MacKinnon

Nineteen relatives of the 400 British military personnel killed in Afghanistan demanded yesterday that Britain end its involvement in the bloody 11-year war.

They told Prime Minister David Cameron in an open letter that the Con-Dems’ planned 2015 withdrawal was an “unforgiveable” extension to a “pointless” war.

“All indications are the vast majority of Afghans want NATO troops to leave and leave soon. The occupation is the main cause of violence in the country,” they wrote.

Not leaving until 2015 “would lead to the death over over 100 more British soldiers, the wounding of hundreds more and the death of uncounted Afghan civilians,” they said.

The Military Families Against the War letter was sent as protesters gathered in London, Manchester and Newcastle to mark another grim anniversary and read the names of the dead – both British and Afghan.

Ministry of Defence officials say they do not track the number of civilian and guerilla deaths.

United Nations figures released in March estimate that 12,000 civilians have been killed since 2006.

And the Stop the War Coalition says that tens of thousands more may have died from worsened poverty, disease and famine.

Britain: [‘Defence’ Secretary] Hammond: British troops to stay in Afghanistan: here.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig in the USA: In a speech given at a Veterans for Peace event denouncing the war in Afghanistan, Chris Hedges says: “War exposed the lies of patriotism and collective virtue of the nation that our churches, our schools, our press, our movies, our books, our government told us about ourselves, about who we were”: here.

Top Brass In Afghanistan To Steamroller Troop Dissent? Here.

Nato top brass squabble as Afghanistan plans wobble: here.

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    Report: Contract fraud puts U.S. troops at risk of IEDs

    4:38 PM, Oct 11, 2012

    by Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY

    WASHINGTON — Afghan contractors responsible for preventing culverts from being used to hide roadside bombs on a major highway have falsely reported completing the work, putting American troops at risk, U.S. investigators revealed Thursday.

    It’s unclear if any U.S. troops have been killed or wounded because of the potential fraud, and a criminal investigation is underway. The announcement comes as U.S. troops have increasingly been targeted for attack by Afghan security forces.

    “We’ve heard this tune again and again for the last 10 years,” said Peter Singer, director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. “Another sad illustration of how corruption in the realm of contracting not only led to lost taxpayer money but also potential lost lives.”

    A Navy contract officer first reported potential fraud involving work on the culverts, the U.S. command in Kabul said in a statement. The contractors were paid $361,680 to place 125 metal grates over culverts to prevent insurgents from packing them with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the top cause of American casualties in Afghanistan.

    “Given the increased risk of IED attack against U.S. forces resulting from the missing or defective culvert denial systems, we are providing this information to you for immediate action and dissemination to all relevant personnel,” John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, wrote in a letter to Marine Gen. James Mattis, the head of U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. troops in the country.

    Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, director of the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization, said there “are obvious concerns with IEDs hidden in culverts” and several of the culvert-protection systems have been effective. “While JIEDDO was not involved in the funding or acquisition of these specific culvert protection systems in question, we remain concerned for the security of our troops from any IED threat.”

    The problem was first reported in August in one region of the country. That location was redacted in the letter released Thursday.

    “However, we are concerned that this problem may be more widely spread throughout Afghanistan,” Sopko told Mattis in the letter.

    Makeshift bombs account for 60% of deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, according to JIEDDO.


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