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'Up to 80 Civilians Dead' After US Air Strikes in Afghanistan
Air strikes in the British-controlled Helmand province of Afghanistan may have killed civilians, coalition troops said yesterday as local people claimed that between 50 and 80 people, many of them women and children, had died. In the latest of a series of attacks causing significant civilian...
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U.S. Account of Afghan Deaths at Odds With Head of Rights Group
KABUL, Afghanistan - Four civilians were killed early Friday by American and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan, according to the leader of a small human rights group who gave an account of the deaths entirely at odds with that of the United States-led coalition. "The soldiers claimed they were...
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Out-of-Afghanistan Rumblings on The Hill
When they won control of Congress in November, Democrats pressed their case to withdraw troops from Iraq and refocus on Afghanistan, but some are growing impatient with U.S. operations in Afghanistan as well. A few congressional Democrats go so far as suggesting that the Pentagon should pull out of...
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US-IRAN: New Arms Claim Reveals Cheney-Military Rift
WASHINGTON - In a development that underlines the tensions between the anti-Iran agenda of the George W. Bush administration and the preoccupation of its military command in Afghanistan with militant Sunni activism, a State Department official publicly accused Iran for the first time of arming the...
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Cheney's Iran-Arms-to-Taliban Gambit Rebuffed
WASHINGTON - A media campaign portraying Iran as supplying arms to the Taliban guerrillas fighting U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, orchestrated by advocates of a more confrontational stance toward Iran in the George W. Bush administration, appears to have backfired last week when Defence...
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Civilians Bear Brunt of Conflict in Afghanistan: ICRC
GENEVA - The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has worsened in the last year and civilians are bearing the brunt of suicide attacks and aerial bombing raids, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday. "Civilians suffer horribly from mounting threats to their security, such as...
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Bloodshed Is Spreading Across Afghanistan, Warn Aid Workers
Bloodshed is spreading to previously stable provinces of Afghanistan, threatening aid efforts as humanitarian workers contend with growing numbers of attacks from insurgents and criminals. Aid workers involved in redevelopment are not only worried that the rising insecurity is jeopardizing projects...
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A classic example occurred when US forces destroyed a chemical munitions dump in Khamisiyah, Iraq in March 1991. The US Defense Department (DoD) initially denied the dangers but backtracked in 1997 after a UN Special Commission investigation proved that sarin gas had been released during the demolition. Views
Poisoning the Troops, Again
The Pentagon has a disturbing pattern of withholding information on the impact of chemical/biological weapons and other toxins on US service members. As a result, veterans are often told that their debilitating symptoms are "in their head" and can go decades without receiving medical help. That's...
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A Drive For Global Domination Has Put Us In Greater Danger
Moral Authority, Which Is Our Greatest Source of Strength, Has Been Recklessly Put at Risk by This Wilful President
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Power First, Nation Second
In 1961 I went to Spain to visit my godfather, Count Ilyas Toptani, who had married the Duchess of Valencia. This fierce, regal woman was a leader of the Carlists, Spain's royalist party. She and fellow Carlists had attempted a coup against Spain's dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco. They seized...
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