We who live in countries that support NATO, that tolerate this occupation, bear responsibility to hear the tales told by Afghans who are trapped by our war of choice. These tales are part of our history now, and this history isn’t popular in Afghanistan.
By Thomas Gaist - 15 May 2013
US forces have long conducted bloody counter-insurgency operations in [Warduk] province, just west of Kabul, prompting repeated accusations by local villagers that they torture and murder civilians. In February, responding to popular outrage, President Hamid Karzai demanded Special Forces cease operations in the province.
By Alex Lantier - 25 February 2013
A meeting of Afghanistan’s National Security Council (NSC) chaired by President Hamid Karzai asked US Special Forces to leave Wardak and Logar provinces in two weeks, following an NSC review of reports that the American troops had tortured and murdered Afghan civilians...["I]t became clear that armed individuals named as US Special Forces stationed in Wardak Province engage in harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people."
By Harvey Thompson - 18 February 2013
The first month of 2013 revealed not only the precarious state of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan, but also its potentially catastrophic regional consequences....The Taliban and insurgent forces have killed an estimated 1,100 members of the Afghan security forces in the past six months, as NATO troops have stepped back and left the local army and police to face the insurgency.
By Bill Van Auken - 14 February 2013
A US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday killed 10 civilians, including five children. The deadly attack came just hours after the State of the Union speech in which President Barack Obama falsely claimed that the more than decade-long US war and occupation in Afghanistan “will be over” by the end of next year.
America came to stay. Accelerated withdrawal claims reflect subterfuge. Washington officials and media scoundrels don't explain. Misinformation and illusion substitute for reality.
By Ann Wright - Sunday, 16 December 2012
One woman said, “Afghanistan is a hospital. Everyone here is wounded”...And another, reaching beyond her own pain to others in yet another area of conflict said, “I heard that the people in Gaza were attacked again by the Israelis. I know the women of Gaza have suffered much; we know what they are living through.” Having just come from Gaza, the woman’s comment brought me to tears. Here in Afghanistan...a woman whose country is described as a “hospital,” reached out to women in an area called “an open air prison.”
By Bill Van Auken - 18 December 2012
The horror of the protracted US intervention in Afghanistan was driven home again on Monday as at least 10 young Afghan girls, ages nine to eleven, were blown to pieces in what local authorities said was a landmine explosion. Two other girls were badly wounded and reported in critical condition at a local hospital.
By Bill Van Auken - 24 October 2012
The killing of four children in a US raid and the disappearance and murder of civilians at the hands of occupation troops have provoked growing anger and protests among the people of Afghanistan.
By Alex Lantier - 17 September 2012
In the latest atrocity carried out by US-led occupation forces in Afghanistan, an air strike killed nine young women shortly before dawn Sunday morning in Laghman province’s Alingar district, near the Afghan capital, Kabul...The women, aged 18 to 25, were reportedly gathering firewood in a mountainous area NATO forces claimed was being used by insurgents as a base for attacks on Kabul.
By Mark Church - 4 September 2012
Australian forces hunting the Afghan National Army fugitive who killed three Australian soldiers last week have shot dead two people in a raid on the village of Sola in the southern province of Uruzgan. According to various news reports, the soldiers killed the 70-year-old imam of the village and his 30-year-old son, and detained 12 other people...The raid took place on August 31, three days after the deaths of the Australian soldiers in a “green on blue” incident.
By Patrick Martin - WSWS
A US soldier on patrol in southern Afghanistan with Afghan security forces was shot to death Sunday when one of the Afghans opened fire. It was at least the sixth such attack in the past two weeks...The latest incident brings the total of such attacks since the beginning of 2012 on US or NATO forces...to 32, resulting in 40 deaths. The number of soldiers wounded in such insider attacks is likely far greater, but concealed by a US-NATO policy of refusing to discuss non-fatal injuries.
By Bill Van Auken - 11 August 2012
The slaying Thursday night of three members of a US Marines special operations unit by a uniformed commander in the US-backed security forces brought to eight the number of Americans killed this week in Afghanistan...Friday’s killings also marked the third attack on US-led occupation forces by their supposed Afghan allies in a week. These “green-on-blue” attacks...have escalated sharply as Washington attempts to implement its strategy for continuing US domination of the country after the end of 2014, when all American “combat forces” are supposed to be withdrawn from the country.
By Ashley Smith - Znet
MOST PEOPLE associate Amnesty International with challenging torture, protesting the death penalty and agitating for the liberation of political prisoners...So antiwar activists in Chicago were shocked during last May's NATO Summit to find that Amnesty International USA had plastered city bus stops with ads declaring: "Human Rights for Women and Girls in Afghanistan: NATO, Keep the Progress Going!"
The Most Dangerous Place in the World to be a Woman: How the Afghan War Has Undermined Women's Rights
By PAT KENNELLY - Counterpunch
Over the last ten years, the U.S. and NATO poured trillions of dollars into the occupation of Afghanistan, opening over 400 military bases around the country. From these bases NATO forces launch hundreds of night raids per month and dozens of drones fill the sky. These NATO operations have caused greater insecurity for women. They create countless widows, destroy homes, and foster a psychological terror that women are not safe and secure, even in their own homes.