Saturday, 30 May 2009

Zapping Charlie Taliban (OK A Few Civilians Too)

British pilots in Afghanistan are firing an increasing number of "enhanced blast" thermobaric weapons, designed to kill everyone in buildings they strike, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

Since the start of this year more than 20 of the US-designed missiles, which have what is officially described as a "blast fragmentation warhead", have been fired by pilots of British Apache attack helicopters. A total of 20 were also fired last year after they were bought by the MoD from the Americans last May.

The missiles are a variant of the AGM-114N Hellfire missile, described by the Pentagon as "designed to produce higher sustained blast pressure in multi-room structures.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Afghan Civilian Massacres - Come All Ye Nations

The Germans are in on the act here
Even the Czechs are having a go here
The Aussies here
And, as ever, the latest from the good old USA here
As said in previous posts it's a very cosmopolitan pogrom.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Patrick Cockburn on Bala Baluk Massacre

'Usually the US military delays admission of guilt until a story has gone cold and the media is no longer interested. "First say 'no story'," runs an old PR adage, "and then say 'old story'." By the end of the week the US was admitting that the grenade-throwing Taliban story was "thinly sourced".' Full article here.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

'They Kill More Civilians Than The Taliban'

The sequence of events for the latest major massacre by the US is familiar (when they are caught, that is) -
1. Claim to have killed insurgents/terrorists
2. Deny local accounts of civilian casualties
3. Claim they are 'investigating civilian casualties'
4. Apologise when(and if)independent sources are able to access the area for the truth
5. Try to blame the Taliban for their own incompetent and brutal air-raids.

Hilary Clinton has said the US are 'deeply, deeply concerned' about this latest atrocity. That's an improvement. She might just have been 'deeply concerned'