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War round-up

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2219

Bad week for bomber Blair

Protests forced Tony Blair to back out of a series of events last week.

The warmongering former prime minister was due to hold a book-signing event in London but cancelled when it became clear he would face protests.

His party at the Tate Modern was then cancelled too as artists and activists said they would also be demonstrating.

Stop the War activists held an anti-war meeting in parliament on Tuesday of last week to mobilise for the 20 November troops out of Afghanistan demonstration in London.

Troops get away with murder

British troops suspected of murder and manslaughter of Iraqi civilians have avoided prosecution because prosecutors have declined to try them.

Lawyers claim there is no prospect of convictions.

The details of some of the suspected murders give an insight into the horrors of occupation in Iraq.

Victims include a man who was allegedly kicked to death on board an RAF helicopter and another who was shot by a soldier of the Black Watch after being involved in a traffic incident.

A 19-year old was also drowned after soldiers serving with the Royal Engineers allegedly pushed him into a river.

These cases are in addition to British soldiers’ murder of Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa.

US kill squad’s atrocities

Twelve US soldiers have been charged with gruesome crimes in Afghanistan.

They face charges that range from murdering civilians to keeping body parts as war trophies.

The soldiers set up a “kill squad” that shot civilians for entertainment. Some were found with finger and leg bones, and a tooth of people they had killed.

Soldiers involved in drugs trade

Military police are investigating claims that British soldiers have been involved in heroin trafficking in Afghanistan.

Troops are accused of buying the drug from dealers and shipping it out of the country in military aircraft.

An inquiry is focusing on British and Canadian personnel at airports in Camp Bastion and Kandahar.

Last year the Sunday Times newspaper spoke to one dealer who said members of the military were the second largest buyers of heroin after foreign drug lords.

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Tue 14 Sep 2010, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2219
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