Monday, September 08, 2008

MURDER OF CIVILIANS BY US FORCES IN AZIZABAD




American Special Operations forces entered her compound.

Her brother, her father and an uncle were then shot dead.

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When he came out of his house, he saw his neighbor’s sons running.

"They were killed right here; they were 10 and 7 years old" he said.

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At Azizabad, on 22 August 2008, an American military operation killed more than 90 Afghan civilians, mainly women and children.

The evidence for this comes from:

1. intelligence officials,

2. the Afghan government,

3. human rights officials,

4. independent witnesses

5. and a United Nations investigation.

(Evidence Points to Civilian Toll in Afghan Raid / U.S. Killed 60 Children, in Afghan Village, U.N. Finds // Current)

The United Nations has stated that about 90 civilians were killed, around 75 of them women and children.

There are cellphone videos and other images showing bodies of women and children laid out in the village mosque.

Cellphone images seen by CARLOTTA GALL, a New York Times reporter, show dead children, some apparently with blast and concussion injuries.

The United States military, the people allegedly behind the 9 11 attacks and the massacre at My Lai, claim that only 5 to 7 civilians died.

The military operation of 22 August involved a Special Operations ground mission backed up by American air support.

The New York Times quotes a villager called Yakhakhan, 51, saying that he heard shooting.

When he came out of his house, he saw his neighbor’s sons running.

"They were killed right here; they were 10 and 7 years old" he said.

The now paralyzed wife of policeman Abdul Hakim, whose four children were killed, reportedly said that American Special Operations forces entered her compound.

Her brother, her father and an uncle were then shot dead.

In the My Lai massacre in 1968, US forces murdered hundreds of Vietnamese civilians.

On 7 September 2008, Gen. David D. McKiernan, the senior American commander in Afghanistan, reported that a general will now re-examine the 'emerging evidence.'

There have been many cases of civilian casualties in the last six years.

When President Hamid Karzai, whose brother is allegedly a major heroin dealer, visited Azizabad he condemned the US attack and claimed it was based on false intelligence.

According to the New York Times, an Afghan doctor who works for an NGO said he counted 50 to 60 bodies of civilians, most of them women and children, and some of them his own patients.

Many of the villagers have connections to the Afghan police, NATO and the Americans because of reconstruction projects. They say they are not Taliban.

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film backs Afghan villagers' claims of carnage

In memory of 91 innocent Afghans massacred by US troops.

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