10th anniversary of US invasion of Afghanistan: 5.6 million war-related deaths

12 10 2011

By Dr. Gideon Polya

As of 7 October 2011, the 10th Anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan , the human cost of the Afghan War has been estimated as about 1.4 million violent deaths and 4.2 million non-violent avoidable deaths from Occupier-imposed deprivation, a total of 5.6 million war-related deaths.

A detailed and documented Afghan War Human Cost Fact Sheet has been prepared to assist humane public discussion of the ongoing, US Alliance-imposed Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide . . .  (more)

http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21280





Malalai Joya: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

7 10 2011

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky & Malalai Joya: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan March 25, 2011

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 this short 2007 clip also features Malalai Joya.

“When her time came to make her 3-minute statement, she tugged her black headscarf over her hair, stepped up to the microphone, and with emotional electricity made the speech that would alter her life.

After she spoke, there was a moment of stunned silence. Then there was an uproar. Male mujahideen, some who literally had guns at their feet, rushed towards her, shouting. She was brought under the protection of UN security forces.

In a nation where few dare to say the word “warlord” aloud, Joya had spoken fiercely against a proposal to appoint high clergy members and fundamentalist leaders to guide planning groups. She objected that several of those religious leaders were war criminals who should be tried for their actions—not national heroes to influence the new government.

Despite the commands of Assembly Chairman, Joya refused to apologize.

Today, as a result of her legendary actions, Malalai Joya has become popular hero in Afghanistan. She speaks at rallies where thousands of people carry her photo high.”

 





Mutiny at the Afghan Air Corps

27 04 2011
Death toll of NATO casualties at shootout in Kabul airport rises to 9

KABUL, April 27 (Xinhua) — Death toll of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at shootout in Kabul airport on Wednesday reached nine, a statement of the military alliance released here said.

“Eight International Security Assistance Force service members and one ISAF civilian died following a shooting incident here today,” the statement confirmed.

However, it did not identify the nationalities of the victims, saying it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

In the previous statement the alliance put the number of casualties suffered at the incident which happened at Afghan Air Corps at 11:00 a.m. local time just six soldiers.

Earlier, Afghan Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement that shootout between an Afghan pilot and his foreign colleagues at Afghan Air Corps which located in western part of Kabul airport left a number of people dead and injured.

Afghan Defense Ministry in the statement also noted that more details would be released after completion of investigation.

Meantime, Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan claimed of responsibility, saying in the incident carried out by a Taliban loyalist nine foreign and five Afghan soldiers were killed.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-04/27/c_13848966.htm