Afghanistan: Civilian Casualties "Inevitable"


Statements from Brig. Gen. Nicholson, commander of the operation, indicate that he feels he has leeway to use airstrikes in the civilian area.

Karzai says 10 civilians killed in Afghan assault

Ten civilians have been killed during a major US-led military offensive to clear a southern Afghan region of Taliban militants, the Afghan president said Sunday.

Seven Afghans killed as Karzai urges NATO to avoid civilian deaths

President Hamid Karzai urged international troops to prevent civilian casualties during military operations in an emotional appeal on Saturday, as six civilians were killed in two blasts and another was shot dead by NATO troops in southern region.

Helmand elders want US-led forces out

Tribal elders in the southern Afghan province of Helmand want an end to the US-led anti-Taliban offensive there, citing Western troops' disregard for civilian lives as a reason.

Fears of Humanitarian Crisis in Marjah

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More than a week into the Nato-Afghan military offensive against the Taliban in the southern Helmand province town of Marjah, warnings of a humanitarian crisis are growing.

US general: Marjah just the start

"This is just the initial operation of what will be a 12 to 18-month campaign" - "People who are ill cannot get to hospitals and others cannot bring them medicines," Ajmal Samadi, the head of the Afghan Rights Monitor group, said. "They cannot get food or even go outside to look after their farms."

From Information Clearing House


US Poised to Commit War Crimes in Marjah

Robert Naiman, Truthout: "The United States and NATO are poised to launch a major assault in the Marjah District in southern Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians are in imminent peril. Will President Obama and Congress act to protect civilians in Marjah, in compliance with the obligations of the United States under the laws of war?"

Team America Kills Five Kids in Marjah

Robert Naiman, Truthout: "'Civilian casualties are inevitable,' said US officials before launching their weekend military assault on Marjah in southern Afghanistan, and in this case, they were telling the truth. Yesterday, The New York Times reported, a US rocket strike 'hit a compound crowded with Afghan civilians ... killing at least 10 people, including 5 children.'"


Civilians Die in Afghan Offensive


Afghanistan: US rockets strike home, kill twelve civilians

ABC News


Two U.S. rockets slammed into a home Sunday outside the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah, killing 12 civilians after Afghanistan’s president appealed to NATO to take care in its campaign to seize the town. Inside Marjah, Marines encountered ‘death at every corner’ in their second day of a massive offensive to capture this bleak mud-brick city filled with booby traps, hardcore Taliban fighters and civilians unsure where to cast their loyalty...

Learning from history: Can the US win the Afghan war?

by Ivan Eland


The primary reason that counterinsurgency warfare has not been very successful over time is that although counterinsurgents are usually much stronger than insurgents, they are also often foreign occupiers. This is one huge strike against them. People naturally get really annoyed when foreigners invade their country, as our own experience with British forces in the American Revolution attests. Even if the foreign troops are fairly benevolent — building schools, roads, and health clinics and handing out candy to children — they are still foreigners who are killing civilians by accident and arrogantly telling locals what to do at gunpoint, thus creating a nationalist backlash...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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