July 5, 2005

Winning in Afghanistan as well

An American airstrike in Afghanistan's rugged eastern mountains killed 17 civilians, including women and children, an Afghan official said Monday. The U.S. military confirmed civilian deaths but said the numbers were unclear.

An initial airstrike destroyed a house, and as villagers gathered to look at the damage, a U.S. warplane dropped a second bomb on the same target, Kunar provincial Gov. Asadullah Wafa told The Associated Press.

The airstrike came Friday in the same province where a U.S. transport helicopter was downed last Tuesday in the deadliest single blow to American forces since they ousted the Taliban in 2001.

An unprecedented spate of rebel attacks across the country have left about 700 people dead and threatened to sabotage three years of progress toward peace. Afghan officials insist the violence will not disrupt landmark legislative elections slated for September.

The U.S. military said the attack was carried out "with precision-guided munitions that resulted in the deaths of an unknown number of enemy terrorists and noncombatants."

4 Comments:

At 7/05/2005 9:59 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Afghanastan? I thought the terrorists had all moved to Iraq and thats were we are supposed to be. See, By having our military be sitting ducks in Iraq they won't attack us here at the Twin Towers again.
Cmon Dope havent you been listening to garbage the ROVE/CHENY/bush administration has been feeding the public? Oh, and lets not forget our friends in the media.
Well thats the latest from the Whitehouse. But it changes from week to week.
One day we are going to leave as soon as the Iraqis get trained to defend themselves from ..... themselves.
The next day we have to keep the MASSIVE Army of TERRer fighting us in Iraq so we dont have the Iraqis invading Geneseo or something..on second thought, ...Just Kidding!! I Kidd!!

 
At 7/06/2005 7:08 AM, Blogger diehard said...

The other day I was talking to a Marine who just returned from Afghanastan. According to him they did not finish the job there before the US went into Iraq.

 
At 7/06/2005 10:32 AM, Blogger DownLeft said...

I can only imagine how many hearts and minds such attacks win over to the American cause.

 
At 7/06/2005 4:42 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Diehard touches on a little known but crucial point in the utter mismanagement of the entire post 9-11 "war" on terror.

The fact that Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Pearle, et. al. in their obsession to use 9-11 as an excuse to invade Iraq, pulled resources and troops out of Afghanistand in order to shift them to Iraq.

This allowed binLaden to escape and the war lords and opium trade to quickly return to the state it was in prior to the invasion.

Afghanistan, despite being the only legitimate target in going after those responsible for 9-11, was only used as a momentary diversion to invading a country which has absolutely NOTHING to do with the 9-11 attacks, Iraq.

 

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