RussiaToday– Apr 7, 2013
At least 11 children are reported to have been among 18 people killed today in the latest airstrike by U.S. led forces in Afghanistan. The raid was allegedly called in by troops on the ground, after bitter fighting nearby. RT’s Tariq Muhi-yuddin reports.
NATO airstrike kills Afghan children
LatestWorldNews24h– Apr 7, 2013
A NATO airstrike has killed 12 civilians in eastern Afghanistan.
11 of the victims were children.
The attack happened overnight in Kunar province, near the Pakistan border after US and Afghan forces launched an operation targeting a senior Taliban leader.
A government official said seven Taliban suspects were also killed.
Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from Kabul.
‘US seeks a forever military presence in Afghanistan’
PressTVGlobalNews– Apr 7, 2013
An analyst says the US has convinced its citizens the Afghan war is coming to an end while 100,000 troops are still engaged there and they want a permanent presence. In the background of this three US soldiers and two civilians and a US diplomat have been killed in Iraq in two separate attacks, five dead as a result of a car bomb. A number of Afghan civilians were also killed or wounded in the explosion. US General Martin Dempsey is currently in Afghanistan to discuss US troop presence after 2014.
Press TV has interviewed David Swanson author of “War is a Lie” from Virginia about this issue.
Afghanistan veterans commit suicide from a good conscience
ourjourneytosmile– Apr 3, 2013
Excerpts of Video Transcript
Nao Rozi : I was an Afghan soldier for 2 years and had combat roles.
Hakim : What did you learn from your experience?
Nao Rozi : If I think about the root issues, philosophy since the time of Plato has tried to bring the minds of the public under government control. Sometimes, I thought that soldiers and wars were necessary but when I joined the military as a soldier, I saw the injuring and killing of soldiers and opponents like the Taliban. I thought, “Is my presence necessary? Is it correct to have a weapon?” I held a weapon before people I didn’t know and who didn’t know me… We weren’t enemies because we didn’t even know one another. Even before greetings, we were supposed to kill one another.
I concluded that I should leave the army and after that, I had a crisis.
I had almost changed 180 degrees. I was affected by the war.
I tried committing suicide a few times. I felt alone.
Hakim : Some people who hear your story may think your mind was weak ; you wanted to commit suicide…
Nao Rozi : Veterans who commit suicide are not cowardly…they are victims of the war.
Life becomes meaningless. It becomes difficult. You think you’ve done something such that you feel you no longer have the right to live.
Those US veterans who committed suicide had a conscience.
Hakim : What message do you have for friends & for the world?
Nao Rozi : Teacher, how I wish that every human in the world would…just for once, sit down alone and ask, “What are we here for?”
How have we been deceived? How true to self have we been?
I was brought up under the ‘government system’ & things I heard from society and the media. I was captive to these. Now, I am free!
David Swanson on Killing of Afghan Children
David Swanson– Apr 8, 2013
Twelve civilians, including 11 children killed in Afghan NATO strike
April 7, 2013
Peace activist David Swanson blames US media coverage for keeping Americans unaware of the real face of the war in Afghanistan, which he describes as “one-sided slaughter of helpless people.”
“Even the news articles about this strike which killed a greater number of people are dominated by paragraphs talking about another strike that killed Americans,” he told RT.
“The US deaths of course are always smaller numbers but they dominate the coverage. Americans are not aware of the extent to which this war is essentially a one-sided slaughter of helpless people who meant us no ill, and has been for over a decade.”