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Afghan war crisis deepens as troops inflict more civilian horror

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2214

In the US and Afghanistan the crisis of the unending, bloody war deepens.

  • Disaffection with the Afghan war is soaring across the world.

    In the US its popularity has sunk to its lowest level yet—just 36 percent of the population support the occupation.

    This is a drop of 12 percent in six months.

    The increase of US casualties, as well as the ongoing “high alert” for terror at home is fuelling the trend.

    The ordinary people of the US have been portrayed as patriotic and gung ho in the media and by their own government, but the situation is more complex.

    Obama’s 30,000 troop surge has driven the effects of the war deeper into the population.

    Some 1,220 US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001—the past year being the bloodiest. Now even more Americans want to see their sons, daughters and partners come home.

  • In Afghanistan, the destructive role of the US is plain to see.

    US warplanes bombarded villages in the east of the country, killing up to 30 civilians, on Thursday of last week.

    The strikes destroyed vehicles carrying passengers—including children, houses and a funeral procession.

    The daily trauma of civilian deaths and injuries is angering an already disillusioned population.

    In the Afghan capital Kabul this week, 200 protesters gathered demanding justice after a Nato rocket attack in Sangin in Helmand province.

    According to local reports 52 civilians were killed.

    Civilian deaths have risen 31 percent in the first six months of 2010, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report released this week.

    The mid-year report said that 1,271 civilians had been killed in conflict-related incidents in the first six months of 2010.

  • Detailed analysis of the recently-released Wikileaks documents from Afghanistan show how soldiers repeatedly fire on peaceful demonstrations.

    This has often lead to the death and injury of civilians.

    For full article go to

    www.socialistworker.co.uk//art.php?id=22051

  • A demonstration takes place in London on Saturday 20 November demanding that US and British troops leave Afghanistan. It is called by the Stop the War Coalition, CND and the British Muslim Initiative.

    It is an opportunity for the anti-war movement in Britain to come together against the occupation in Afghanistan and in solidarity with anti-war movements across the world.

    Afghanistan Time To Go demonstration, Saturday 20 November. For more go to www.stopwar.org.uk


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Tue 10 Aug 2010, 17:16 BST
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