Saturday, 19 July 2014

Afghanistan: The Other War of Aggression That Needs to End | Common Dreams

Afghanistan: The Other War of Aggression That Needs to End | Common Dreams

U.S. troops in Afghanistan. (Photo: US Army/ cc/ Flickr)As violence in Iraq continues, and Israel escalates its brutal assault on Gaza, the human tragedy of boundless war and militarism could not be more clear. Yet, despiteoverwhelming U.S. public opinion that the so-called War on Terror (which amounts to a war on a military tactic and/or a political strategy)  is a failure, the U.S. continues to wage and back open-ended military aggression, including in the forgotten war: Afghanistan.
While the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan has largely disappeared from the U.S. public discourse, its human toll continues: in Afghan lives lost and traumatized, the service members who never come home or come home wounded, and the ever expanding web of political power and post 9/11 laws upholding endless wars and the erosion of civil liberties.
As varying conflicts--fueled by the U.S.--compete for public attention, now is not the time to forget Afghanistan, but rather, a critical exact moment to take toll of the harm done and envision a new path forward, rooted in healing and reparations.
Refocus on Afghanistan

Thursday, 10 July 2014

5 reasons the new Afghan civilian casualty report is awful


This chart is in the United Nations’ new civilian casualty report for Afghanistan.
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Election - All Candidates Declare Victory


Afghanistan - defiant Abdullah claims victory... by brian_mabey

Afghan Suicide Attack Kills 16, Including Four NATO Soldiers

Afghan Suicide Attack Kills 16, Including Four NATO Soldiers - NDTV
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying one of its suicide bombers had blown himself up near a NATO patrol in the province of Parwan, north of the capital Kabul.
The attack comes as Afghanistan is mired in political crisis, with a bitter row raging over allegations of fraud in the presidential runoff election.
"Four International Security Assistance Force service members died as a result of an enemy forces attack," a statement from the NATO mission said.
In line with coalition policy, it did not name the nationalities of the victims.

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