United States military helicopters kill their Afghan allies

This video from the USA says about itself:

Malalai Joya Speaks at Anti-War Rally, Dolores Park, San Francisco, CA (10 April 2011)

12 April 2011

Malalai Joya, Afghan feminist (and youngest person ever elected to the Afghan parliament), speaks at the rally. Her status as a feminist/human rights activist and as an outspoken critic of the rampant corruption in the Afghan government (and its collusion with shady US interests) has gotten her suspended from Parliament and made her a target for death back home in Afghanistan–she lives underground there. She’s also been a fierce opponent and critic of Obama and his escalation of US war in Afghanistan since his inauguration, and ~coincidentally~, the US State Dept recently tried to refuse her entry into the US for a book/speaking tour until public outcry made them cave in.

Apologies in advance as the first half-minute or so of Joya’s comments are not recorded.

From the BBC:

Afghan troops ‘killed by US friendly fire‘ in Logar

18 minutes ago

At least eight Afghan soldiers have been killed in a US air strike on an army checkpoint in Logar province, south of Kabul, Afghan officials say.

They say two US helicopters attacked the checkpoint in broad daylight on Monday. Several troops were injured.

The army commander in the area told the BBC that the checkpoint was clearly flying an Afghan flag.

Logar is an unsettled area where much of the countryside is in the hands of the Taliban.

There is much confusion over the morning incident in the Baraki Barak district, says the BBC’s David Loyn in Kabul.

Afghan reinforcements deployed to the area also came under fire, a defence ministry statement said.

A spokesman for international forces said they were aware of an incident involving US forces and were investigating.

Analysis: BBC’s David Loyn in Kabul

There are still more than 13,000 international troops in Afghanistan – about half of them American. And more have remained for longer than US President Barack Obama originally ordered, after he acceded to military requests to slow down the withdrawal.

Since the Nato combat mission was wound up at the end of 2014, their principal mission is to “train, advise and assist” Afghan forces.

Most of the advice is at ministerial level and the top ranks of the armed forces, improving logistics and co-ordination.

The only active international fighting units are assisting Afghan special forces, and that is the mission that the helicopters believed to have been involved in the attack on Logar would have been engaged in.

There are air strikes, mostly from unmanned drones, somewhere in the country, every day.

Statistics recently emerged showing that more than 100 bombs were dropped in June – more than twice as many as any other month since combat operations ended.

Civilian and military deaths in coalition air strikes have been a contentious issue in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. They have provoked anger from the government and from many Afghan people.

‘Friendly fire’ from US helicopters kills 10 Afghan soldiers in Logar: here.

Afghan officials say 14 soldiers killed in US air strike: here.

Afghanistan: sharp rise in women and children casualties in first half of 2015. UN reveals 1,591 civilians killed and 3,329 wounded as war enters its 14th year, as fighting in residential areas and greater role of militias contribute to increase: here.

No warlords need apply — a call for credible peacemaking in Afghanistan: here.

United States generals want to continue Afghan war, 2011

This 2009 video from the USA is called Rethink Afghanistan: Join the Movement to Stop this War.

8 December 2011: In the latest round of conflict between Obama and his top military commanders, the senior US general in Afghanistan is opposing the administration’s plans for the withdrawal of troops from the US-occupied country: here.

Afghan civilians killed again in 2011

Kapisa provinceFrom Pajhwok Afghan News:

December 3, 2011

6 civilians killed in Kapisa rocket strike

By Bakhtar Safi

Six civilians were killed and three others wounded when a rocket hit a civilian house in the central province of Kapisa, a senior official said on Saturday.

The incident took place in the Haibatkhel area of Tagab district, where the rocket fell inside a house late in the afternoon, Governor Mehrabuddin Sapi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He ruled out involvement of NATO-led soldiers in the incident, but a provincial council member, Najibullah Rahimi, claimed the rocket was fired from a joint base of Afghan and foreign soldiers.

“The house belonged to a man who just returned from hajj. People had gathered to welcome him. The house owner and two of his family members were killed,” he added.

NATO kills Afghan women, 2011

This June 2012 video is called Women, children killed in NATO wedding strike – Afghans say.

November 2011: BNAS news agency from Afghanistan reports that ISAF soldiers of NATO have fired a mortar shell at a residential house in Nalgham village. The shell killed three women in the house and killed two.

The BBC reports that during one of the infamous NATO night raids in Afghanistan, foreign troops killed two Afghan policemen and wounded two Kabul government army soldiers.

US soldiers’ dead bodies dumped at landfill

The landfill where US soldiers' dead bodies were dumped

10 November 2011: The (Conservative) Daily Mail from England reports that the United States Air Force dumped body parts of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in a landfill near Dover Air Force base.

UPDATE: the landfill is in Virginia, not in Delaware. The morturary in this affair is in Delaware.

Jeremy Corbyn, now official British Labour leader candidate

This 26 July 2010 video from Britain says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn MP – Stop the War CoalitionAfghanistan Time to GO!

By Luke James in Britain:

Sign up to vote left

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Late push secures Corbyn’s place in the race but his team urges social media socialists to make their support count

THE SOCIAL media socialists who helped Jeremy Corbyn into the race for Labour leader must sign up as party supporters and vote for the left candidate.

That was the call from the Corbyn campaign team after the Islington MP secured his place on the ballot paper at the 11th hour yesterday.

Mr Corbyn doubled his number of nominations in a single day, leaping from 18 supporters to 36.

The late rush of support, which left him just five nominations behind Blairite candidate Liz Kendall, came after cyber campaigners piled pressure on MPs over the weekend.

Speaking moments after reaching the total, Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the grassroots campaign.

“I am on the ballot paper as a result of the massive campaign by Labour Party members and supporters across the country urging MPs to vote for democracy,” he said.

An energetic online campaign in support of Mr Corbyn saw his 19,000-strong Facebook group dwarf that of rivals Andy Burnham, Yvetter Cooper or Ms Kendall.

By now, there are 22.832 ‘likes’ at the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader Facebook page.

Activists sent hundreds of emails and letters to Labour MPs calling on them to nominate Mr Corbyn and ensure a broad debate about the party’s future.

More than 7,500 people also signed a Change.org petition demanding Mr Corbyn’s inclusion.

Now Mr Corbyn’s team has called on the cyber campaigners to sign up as supporters and ensure “all this energy and power is translated into votes.”

Changes to Labour’s structure made by former leader Ed Miliband last year mean people who do not want to join the party as full members can join as “registered supporters” for £3.

Members of affiliated trade unions sign up as “affiliated supporters” for the same price.

And now Mr Corbyn is on the ballot paper, the new one member, one vote system means supporters will have as much of a say over the leadership as any MP.

Campaign for Labour Party Democracy spokesman Jon Lansman, who supports Mr Corbyn, said they could have a “profound effect” on the result.

He told the Star: “I think we will see lots of people joining up to back Jeremy.

“There are an awful lot of people out there who have been disillusioned for years, who maybe used to be members of the party who will rejoin in some way.”

Countless people have already responded to the call on Mr Corbyn’s Facebook page.

Sheila Coombes wrote: “Have never been a member of a political party, but have just joined solely to get Jeremy Corbyn in as Labour leader.”

Steve Kimberly added: “Just signed up as a supporter. At last there’s a chink of light for the party that I have despaired for these last many years since I resigned my membership.”

The deadline for joining as a registered or affiliated supporter in order to vote is noon on August 12.

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Mr Corbyn becoming leader, which are now as short as 14/1.

By comedian Frankie Boyle today:

Jeremy Corbyn did scrape together enough nominations to stand, causing the left of the party to get quite excited that it is still allowed to lose. One of the few decent politicians remaining in the Labour party, he reminds me of those old drinkers you see haunting a new bar because they used to go to the pub that was there before.

Much of the contest so far has involved the candidates fretting about how the party can be more pro-business. It is not even clear what they mean by this word “business”. Are they worried about small businesses that care about being able to borrow money; manufacturing businesses that care about high growth; transnational businesses that care about you taking your tax bill and shoving it up your arse; or the banking business, which doesn’t care whether anybody lives or dies but would like a lot of hot Russian mafia money to flash about the dying nervous system of the finance industry as though we’re treating Aids with cocaine? Obviously, those are all interests that sometimes oppose each other in various ways. I’m reduced to imagining that “pro-business” is simply a rhetorical code for “rightwing”, and that we are watching leadership contenders wonder aloud whether they are being rightwing enough.