10 Civilians Killed in U.S. Led Raid in Iraq

by Jason Ditz

A member of the Maysan Province parliament in southeastern Iraq reports that at least 10 civilians were killed and five others wounded in a raid by US and Iraqi forces on the village of Ali al-Sharqi. The MP said at least two of the slain were women.


Civilian Deaths Mounting in Marjah Offensive

 NATO forces said Tuesday that three more civilians had been killed in separate incidents, bringing the total number of Afghan civilians killed since the coalition assault on Marjah began four days ago to at least 15.

Excerpted from an article by Kristen Chick in the Christian Science Monitor
The civilian death toll has risen to at least 15 in the NATO coalition assault on the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, the largest offensive since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and one governed by new rules of engagement intended to strengthen Afghan support by limiting civilian casualties.


U.S. Officials Insist Invasion of Marjah Going “According to Plan”

 by Jason Ditz  

The Battle of Marjah was supposed to be the centerpiece of the Obama escalation, showcasing NATO’s firepower against the farming community while emphasizing strategic changes designed to limit civilian casualties.
This has failed on both fronts, with troops encountering heavy resistance and making slow progress in occupying the town, and even more importantly an embarrasingly high profile mishap involving US forces.


Afghanistan: 12 Civilians Killed by US Rockets

 editors note:  

U.S. led forces have begun a military offensive on the Afghan city of Marjah that the New York Times describes as “the largest offensive military operation since the American-led coalition invaded the country in 2001”. Thousands of U.S., British, and Afghan soldiers, backed up by artillery and air power, are pushing into the city of 80,000.
This operation is a major test for the “Obama doctrine” – and a major challenge for anti-war organizations and individuals in the U.S., and for anyone who wants to bring a better world into being. Already 12 civilians have been reported killed, and as CNN reports “a senior military official said Monday the rocket hit its intended target”.  Opposition to this war of terror, this unjust and in fact criminal war initiated and fought to extend and strengthen U.S. domination of a key portion of the globe, must grow in the days and weeks ahead, leading up to, but not only, at the major protests being called for March 20.



The Reaper and the Predator Drone – ‘Twin Terrorizers’ of the U.S. and U.K.

By Craig Considine  

A recent report from The Guardian UK indicates that the British Royal Air Force (RAF) increasingly depends on US manufactured drones to kill suspected ‘high level targets’ in Afghanistan. 
How can one describe the ’special relationship’ between the US and Great Britain bluntly?Perhaps it is bond that extends far beyond its common heritage and possibly into their tag-team effort in crimes against humanity. 


Making Enemies; Or, the Murderous Hypocrisy of Drone Strikes

By Craig Considine 
Drone strikes are considered by Washington elites and Senator Lieberman particularly as ‘a critical element in our effort, our campaign, and our strategy to deny the terrorists who are terrorizing the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.’  Senator McCain also suggested that they’re a ’part of an overall set of tactics which make up the strategy for victory.’ 
Let’s not be blinded by such rhetoric and propaganda.  It’s downright misleading but most of all evil.


Children Prisoners of the U.S. War of Terror

By Kenneth J. Theisen

Many people in this country are aware of the atrocious conditions and treatment of adult prisoners in the U.S. war of terror. These prisoners have been held at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Bagram, and other hellholes run by the U.S. But few are aware that thousands of children have also been taken by the U.S. and its allies in this war of terror.


Victim of the War of Terror: Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

By Debra Sweet  
The U.S. government’s case against Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani who holds an advanced degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will go to the jury Monday in federal court here in New York City.  I’ve been in the courtroom, and several times in the overflow room with dozens of supporters and reporters.
Even when we are only watching the trial through cameras in the overflow rooms, we are forced to give ID to enter, all to bolster the impression that Dr. Siddiqui is a dangerous terrorist, and that we are dangerous for caring what happens to her.  Everyone entering the courthouse goes through airport style security screening, but to go into her trial, one must be searched again.


Obama’s Secret Prisons

Night Raids, Hidden Detention Centers, the “Black Jail,” and the Dogs of War in Afghanistan 

By Anand Gopal

[The research for this story was supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism.]

One quiet, wintry night last year in the eastern Afghan town of Khost, a young government employee named Ismatullah simply vanished.  He had last been seen in the town’s bazaar with a group of friends. Family members scoured Khost’s dust-doused streets for days. Village elders contacted Taliban commanders in the area who were wont to kidnap government workers, but they had never heard of the young man. Even the governor got involved, ordering his police to round up nettlesome criminal gangs that sometimes preyed on young bazaar-goers for ransom.

But the hunt turned up nothing. Spring and summer came and went with no sign of Ismatullah. Then one day, long after the police and village elders had abandoned their search, a courier delivered a neat, handwritten note on Red Cross stationary to the family.  In it, Ismatullah informed them that he was in Bagram, an American prison more than 200 miles away. U.S. forces had picked him up while he was on his way home from the bazaar, the terse letter stated, and he didn’t know when he would be freed.


Obama Confidant Advocates “Cognitive Infiltration” of Opposition Groups

 By Glenn Greenwald  

Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants.  Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." 


Afghan, US Forces Shoot, Wound Five Civilians: NATO

 From Agence France Press  

Five Afghan civilians were shot and wounded by US and Afghan troops outside a military base in a restive area of the country that was the scene of a violent demonstration a day earlier, NATO said Friday.
The incident took place in the Garmser area of Helmand province on Wednesday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.



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