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3 More Afghan Kids Killed in Nato Air Strike

Posted by terres on August 6, 2009

Mr President, how would you feel if they were your kids?

It’s totally unacceptable, a decade into the 21st century, for the military powers of the world to occupy defenseless countries, and massacre their populations at whim.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister, who has been appointed the new Secretary-General of the illegal NATO,  visiting Kabul, declared that since the new orders were issued there has been “a drastic decline in the number of civilian casualties,” although he provided no figures. AP reported.

“It is our clear intention to do everything possible to reduce the number of civilian casualties to an absolute minimum,” Fogh Rasmussen said at a joint news conference with Hamid Karzai.

His speech came just hours after “outraged Afghan villagers said a pre-dawn airstrike had killed three children and a man in a southern village.”

An Associated Press reporter and photographer saw residents of Kowuk bring the bodies of three boys and a man to the guesthouse of the Kandahar governor from their village, which is 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of the provincial capital, Kandahar city. The angry villagers shouted “Death to America! Death to infidels!” as they displayed the corpses in the back of a pickup truck.

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Afghan villagers look at the bodies of two children after they were allegedly killed in an airstrike by foreign troops in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. Outraged southern Afghan villagers said Wednesday that a pre-dawn airstrike by foreign troops killed three children and a man in the latest case of civilian deaths at the hands of Western troops. The U.S. military said it had killed four insurgents on motorcycles in that area and could not confirm any civilian fatalities. The incident happened in the village of Kowuk, some 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Kandahar city, said Abdur Rahim, a villager who said he lost three of his children in the bombing. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan). Image may be subject to copyright.

The U.S. military admitted killing four “insurgents on motorcycles” in that area, but refused to  confirm any civilian fatalities.

Abdur Rahim, the father of the boys and uncle of the slain man, told the AP that he heard a pair of helicopters circling over his compound at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday before they fired two missiles that hit his home. His brother and another son were wounded, he said.

“What was the fault of my innocent children? They were not Taliban,” Rahim said. “Did they come here to build our country or kill our innocent children?”

So, what about it, Mr President? Isn’t it time you withdrew American troops from Afghanistan, and put an end to the shameful butchery of the Afghan people?

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Afghanistan: 4 Canadians Killed, 8 Seriously Injured

Posted by terres on March 21, 2009

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Running out of indigenous people to kill at “home,”  Canadian troopers venture abroad

4 Canadians playing soldiers were killed, and 8 others seriously injured in two separate incidents outside Kandahar City on Friday, media reported quoting military officials.

Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, the local apologist for the Canadian military in Afghanistan, also announced that one Afghan interpreter had been killed and another injured at  a news conference in Kandahar.

“Please do not think of these incidents as a failure on the part of any person or the mission itself,” Vance said.

“These wonderful Canadian men were, at the moment of their deaths, engaged directly in the continuing work to keep the insurgency sufficiently at bay to ensure safety for the population and to preserve our ability to meet the objectives of the Afghans, the international community, and the government of Canada,” he said.

“And those objectives are intended to meet the needs of a desperate Afghan population. Success in war is costly.”

Canada’s Prime Apologist, Stephen Harper, offering his condolences to the families of the soldiers whose life he could have saved had he withdrawn the Canadian forces out of Afghanistan, said:

“Canadians and the Government of Canada stand proudly in support of our Canadian Forces members as they strive to bring safety and stability back to Afghanistan. Master Corporal Vernelli, Trooper Bouthillier, Corporal Crooks and Trooper Hayes’ sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

“I join with all Canadians in wishing a prompt and full recovery to the other eight soldiers injured in these incidents,” he said.

A “wonderfully” decorated Canadian walking tattoo trains in the Forward Operating Base (FOB) of the Zhari district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan March 16, 2009.  Image: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini. Image may be subject to copyright.

The latest toll brings the number of Canadian military fatalities in George Bush’s “War on Terror!” in Afghanistan to 116 since  2002.  One diplomat and two aid workers have also been killed, media reported.

Eyes of the Tiger NO More!

Mothers, tell your children not to do what we’ve done!
Photos of dead Canadian soldiers: Canada’s Department of National Defence [sic.]

“Dutch Major General Mart de Kruif, who commands NATO’s 22,300-strong International Security Assistance Force in southern Afghanistan, expects ‘a significant spike’ in violence as fresh U.S. and NATO forces enter the region ahead of Afghan elections due in August.” Reuters reported.

“I think that what we are doing now is actually planting the seeds and that we’ll view a significant increase in the security situation across southern Afghanistan next year,” Kruif told Pentagon reporters.

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