Published on Friday, April 30, 2010 by CommonDreams.org
Peace activists can hasten an end to the
It is worth noting that even General McChrystal acknowledges that
Those families and individuals that General McChrystal refers to should be our primary concern. We should try to imagine the sorrow and horror afflicting each individual whose tragic story is told in the "timetable" of atrocities committed against innocent people. How can we compensate people who have endured three decades of warfare, whose land has been so ravaged that, according to noted researcher Alfred McCoy, it would cost $34 billion dollars to restore their agricultural infrastructure. We should notify our elected representatives that the $33 billion dollar supplemental funding bill sought by the Obama administration to pay for
The list below describes, in part, the suffering and agony that people in
Date: April 9, 2009
Date: December 26, 2009
Circumstances: In a night raid,
Date: February 2010
During this month, U.S./NATO forces launched a military offensive against three hamlets in the Marja district. Researcher Prof. Marc Herold presents [a detailed summary and analysis] (http://www.rawa.org/temp/
Date: February 12, 2010
Circumstances: In a night raid,
March 16, 2010--The UN issued a scathing report, stating that the
April 6, 2010--Almost two months later, the Pentagon was finally forced to admit that international forces had badly bungled the raid that night in Paktika, and that
Date: February 21, 2010
Place: Convoy en route to Kandehar
U.S./NATO initial response: February 22, 2010--The day after the attack, the U.S.-led military coalition said that NATO forces had fired on a group of "suspected insurgents" who were thought to be on their way to attack Afghan and coalition soldiers a few miles away. When troops arrived after the helicopter strike, they discovered women and children among the dead and wounded.
Feb 24, 2010--General Stanley McChrystal delivered a videotaped apology.
Date: April 12, 2010
Circumstances: According to the New York Times, "American troops raked a large passenger bus with gunfire near
Initial U.S./NATO response: [A statement]( http://www.isaf.nato.int/en/
April 13, 2010--The New York Times reported that "a military spokeswoman confirmed that a convoy traveling west, in front of the bus, opened fire, but said the second convoy was traveling east toward the passenger bus. She also said the driver of the bus was killed. A survivor, however, identified himself as the driver and said he did not violate any signal from the troops. ‘I was going to take the bus off the road,' said the man, Mohammed Nabi. ‘Then the convoy ahead opened fire from 60 to 70 yards away,' he said."
Date: April 20, 2010
Circumstances: A NATO military convoy attacked a car approaching a checkpoint, claiming that the car sped up after being warned to stop. Four young men were killed. [According to the New York Times,] (http://www.nytimes.com/
April 22, 2010--NATO acknowledged Wednesday that four unarmed Afghans who were killed this week when a military convoy opened fire on their vehicle were all civilians, correcting an earlier claim that two of the dead were ''known insurgents.''
Date: April 28, 2010
Place: Surkh Rod district, near Jalalabad
Circumstances: According to Safiya Sidiqi, a member of the Afghan parliament, dozens of Afghan and
Initial U.S./NATO response: April 29, 2010--An Afghan-international security force killed one armed individual while pursuing a Taliban facilitator in Nangarhar last night.
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