Afghanistan (The "War on Terror")
The USA (with help from the UK) bombs Afghanistan "to fight terrorism" after obtaining backing from
Europe. The West declares it wishes to depose the government of the Taliban
and destroy the Al-Qaida group in a "war for civilisation". No United Nations
authority is sought for the military action.
The Western media stir up the situation with calls for collective punishments. Bill O'Reilly proclaims on the
USA's Fox News Channel:
"The USA should bomb the Afghan infrastructure to rubble -- the airport, the power plants, their water facilities and the
roads. We should not target civilians, but if they don't rise up against this criminal government, they starve, period."
New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy writes:
"As for cities or countries that host these worms, bomb them into basketball courts."
Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review (USA) writes:
"If we flatten part of Damascus or Tehran or whatever it takes, that is part of the solution."
Although the USA states that civilian casualties will be minimised, Cluster Bombs are dropped. These break up
into bomblets which can lie dormant on the ground until touched, often long after the conflict has ended. Human Rights
Watch estimate that 5000 (30%) of these bomblets lie in the ground unexploded. They are of similar colour and size as food parcels dropped
by USA planes. Daisy Cutter bombs are also used which flatten an area of over 1km radius.
A United Nations official in Afghanistan estimates that live bombs and mines maim, on average
40 to 100 people a week in the country and 50% of these die before they get any medical help.
Logistical and political aid for the attack on Afganistan is obtained from a number of countries (often by bribes or concessions)
- Turkey (which oppresses political dissidents and its Kurdish minority). The country is
offered International Monetary Fund and World Bank loans totalling
- Russia (whose president, Vladimir Putin, was responsible for flattening the
Chechen city of Groszny, killing over 20,000 people). Russia receives a
promise that the West will soften its attitude over Russia's behaviour towards unstable Muslim countries on its southern flank where there is
- Pakistan (which has a government that gained power in a military coup). The USA Senate Foreign
Relations Committee approves a bill enabling Pakistan to receive emergency military assistance. The UK
International Development Secretary offers another $15 million in British aid and speaks of cancelling interest
payments. The European Union Council of Foreign Ministers agree to boost aid. The
European Commission rushes through trade concessions worth about $1,350 million.
- Uzbekistan (which has an authoritarian government and over 7000 political prisoners). The authoritarian president,
Islam Karimov, is known to be keen to run an oil pipeline through Afghanistan
to a port in Pakistan. With a friendly, USA controlled government in Kabul the
pipeline could finally become a reality.
- Oman (a country ruled absolutely by the king). On the day the USA Defence Secretary arrived for talks, the USA announced the
sale of 12 late-model F-16C fighters; plus night-attack navigation and laser-bomb targeting devices; advanced
air-to-air missiles; kits to make laser-guided weapons out of bombs; Harpoon anti-ship missiles and radar
- Iran (formerly treated as a pariah state by the USA). On the same day that it was revealed that Iran agreed to help downed
pilots, the USA administration asks a federal judge to throw out a $10,000 million lawsuit brought against Iran by
Americans taken hostage in 1979.
- China (a non-democratic country). United Nations sanctions forbid the sale of military-related equipment to China. These were
imposed after the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square when thousands died and many
more were imprisoned. The USA considers selling spare parts for Black Hawk helicopter gunships previously sold by
- Malaysia (with a semi-democratic government). The West offers interception and surveillance equipment that enables the state to
spy on its own people.
In northern Afganistan, the West helps anti Taliban fighters called the
The Northern Alliance had ruled the country between 1990 and 1996. During that time they trafficked in hard
drugs, killed more than 25,000 civilians and raped thousands of women and girls, using many as sex slaves. In several incidents they threw acid in
women's faces because they were not covered up.
Aid agencies (including Oxfam, Action Aid,
Christian Aid, and Islamic Relief ) call for a stop to the bombing after
warning of a humanitarian catastrophe affecting millions of people, including 100,000 children under 5. This call is ignored.
Dead children being prepared for burial.
Northern Alliance troops pulling out gold teeth.
The reporting of the conflict in the West concentrates on the military hardware. A new crop of words enters the language:
- Air Campaign: Dropping bombs on a country with no resistance.
- Coalition Forces or Coalition Against Terror: The USA with some help
from the UK and the rest of the world keeping quiet.
- War On Terror: A war on terrorists as defined by the West. Referring to the contrast between the bombing of
Afghanistan and the Middle East "Peace process", a Lebanese doctor states: "you bomb your enemies; we have to compromise
- Surgical Strikes: Bombs that only destroy military targets and avoid civilians - a small percentage of the
- Collateral Damage: Killing civilians.
- Moderate States: Compliant or Pro-West states (eg. Saudi Arabia, Turkey).
- Rogue States or States Supporting Terrorism: Non-compliant states (eg
- Freedom Fighters: People fighting the West's enemies.
- Terrorists: People fighting against the West's interests or the West's allies.
Many Afghan and Arab prisoners are killed by Northern Aliance and USA forces in violation of the
Geneva Conventions. In one case 280 bodies are buried in mass graves near the airport in
Kandahar. More than 400 prisoners are killed in unexplained circumstances in
Qala-i-Janghi fort at Mazar-i-Sharif. Calls by
Amnesty International for an inquiry are ignored.
In the Western media, very little information about civilian casualties is given. This appears to be a deliberate policy.
Walter Issacson, the chairman of USA satellite and cable news company, CNN,
informs his staff:
"It seems perverse to focus too much on the casualties and hardship in Afganistan."
The Arabic satellite television station, Al-Jazeera, is considered by most people in the
Middle East as the only source of news that is not government controlled. The USA Secretary of State,
Colin Powell, expresses concern about their coverage of the war. When these concerns are ignored, the USA bombs
the Kabul offices of the station, effectively denying a view of the conflict not controlled by Western media.
Marc Herold, an economics professor at the University of New Hampshire (USA),
in a study published in the UK newspaper, The Guardian on 20 December, reports that between 7 October and
10 December, USA bombing has killed 3767 civilians in Afghanistan. This is a higher number than the victims in the 11 September attack on the USA.
These are Afghan civilians who had nothing to do with the USA atrocity and who had no say in the make up or
policies of the Afghani government because there had not been any elections for them to participate in. The figures mean that 60 to 65 civilians
have been killed for every day of the bombing.
The study's findings are coraborated by aid agencies, the United Nations, eyewitnesses and media reports. It
does not include civilians who died later of their injuries, people killed after 10 December, people who died because they were refugees from the
bombing, military deaths (estimated to be in excess of 10,000), or prisoners killed in Mazar-i-Sharif,
Qala-i-Janghi, Khandahar Airport or elsewhere.
This report (and the casualties) is ignored by most Western media unlike the blanket coverage given to the USA victims. After seven weeks of bombing
the USA newspaper, The Los Angeles Times estimates that the death toll was "at least
dozens of civilians."
The bombing includes power stations, telephone exchanges, educational establishments, utilities, hospitals, lorries and buses filled with refugees,
fuel trucks, convoys of tribal leaders, residential districts in the cities, and dozens of villages. This is a sample of attacks and their civilian
- 7 Oct: The air attack on Kabul begins at 20:57 (local time). Assadullah,
a 16-year-old ice cream seller from Jalalabad is the first reported civilian victim, losing a leg and two
fingers in a Cruise missile strike on an airfield near his home: "There was just a
roaring sound, and then I opened my eyes and I was in a hospital, I lost my leg and two fingers. There were other people hurt. People were running
all over the place". On the first evening 37 people are killed (20 in Kabul, 9 in
Herat, 4 in Kandahar and 4 in Jalalabad).
81 are injured.
- 8 Oct: 20 people living near the Kabul airport in the Qasabah Khana
neighbourhood and near the radio station are killed in bombing.
- 9 Oct: A Cruise missile destroys the Afghan Technical Center, a building
used by the United Nations land mine removing contracting firm, in the Macroyan residential district of eastern
Kabul, killing 4 night watchmen.
- 10 Oct: The Sultanpur Mosque in Jalalabad is hit by a bomb during
prayers, killing 17 people. As neighbours rush into the rubble to pull out the injured, a second bomb is dropped killing at least another 120
- 11 Oct: Two jets bomb the mountain village of Karam comprised of 60 mud houses, during dinner after evening
prayer time, killing around 160 people. After reports of heavy civilian casualties from overnight bombing of
Darunta near Jalalabad. The Pentagon (USA
Defence) buys exclusive rights to all Ikonos satellite pictures from the Space
Imaging company to keep them from being seen.
- 12 Oct: Bombs destroy the power station in Kabul, killing 12.
- 13 Oct: In the morning, an F-18 drops 2000 lb JDAM bombs upon the poor
Qila Meer Abas neighborhood, 2 km south of Kabul airport, killing 4.
- 18 Oct: Sarai Shamali, the central market place in the Madad district of
Kandahar, is bombed, killing 47 people.
- 19 Oct: Planes circle over Tarin Kot in Uruzgan early in the evening,
then return after everyone had gone to bed and bomb a residential area, 3km away from the nearest Taliban base.
Mud houses are flattened and families destroyed. The first round of bombs kills 20, and as some of the villagers are pulling their neighbours out of
the rubble, more bombs fall, killing 10 more. One of the villagers recalls: "We pulled the baby out, the others were
buried in the rubble. Children were decapitated. There were bodies with no legs. We could do nothing. We just fled."
- 21 Oct: Planes apparently targeting a Taliban military base (long abandoned) release their bombs on the
Kabul residential area of Khair Khana, killing 8 members of one family who had
just sat down to breakfast. Bombs kill 26 in two residential districts of Kabul.
- 21 Oct: In the farming village of Thori 6 hours drive from Kandahar, 23
people are killed by bombing.
- An F-18 drops a 1000 lb cluster bomb on a 200 bed military hospital and
mosque in Herat, missing its intended military target by 500 to 1000 meters. Around 100 people are killed.
- 22 Oct: The farming village, Chowkar-Karez is strafed by AC-130 gunships
killing 93 people. Mehmood, a merchant form Kandahar laments:
"I brought my family here for safety, and now there are 19 dead, including my wife, my brother, sister, sister-in-law,
nieces, nephews, my uncle. What am I supposed to do now?"
- 22 Oct: Planes drop BLU-97 cluster bombs (made by Aerojet / Honeywell)
on the village of Shakar Qala near Herat, missing the
Taliban encampments located 700m away and destroying or badly damaging 20 of the village's 45 houses. 14 people
are killed immediately and another dies after picking up the parachute attached to one of the 202 bomblets dispersed by the
- 22 Oct: Four lorries are bombed on he road between Herat and Kandahar,
leaving two groups of bodies (13 and 15).
- 24 Oct: In a pre dawn bombing raid, 8 or 9 cluster bombs fall on the mosque in the village of Ishaq Sulaiman
near Herat, killing 20.
- 25 Oct: A bomb hits a fully loaded city bus at Kabul Gate, in Kandahar,
incinerating 10 to 20 passengers.
- 27 Oct: Planes drop 35 bombs from F-18's in and around the village of
Khan Agaha at the entrance of the Kapisa Valley, 80km northeast of
Kabul. 16 people are killed, 10 instantly as they are buried under their house, the rest dying of their injuries
in a nearby hospital. The victims include a 5 year old girl.
- 29 Oct: A bomb flattens a flimsy mud brick house in Kabul blowing apart 7 children as they eat breakfast
with their father. The blast shatters a neighbour's house killing another 2 children. The houses are in a residential area called
Qalaye Khatir near a hill where the Taliban had placed an anti-aircraft
- 31 Oct: In a pre dawn raid, an F-18 drops a 2000 lb JDAM bomb on a
Red Crescent clinic in Kandahar, killing 15 to 25.
- 10 Nov: The villages of Shah Aqa and its neighbours in the Khakrez
district, 70km northwest of Kandahar are bombed, resulting in over 300 civilian deaths.
- 11 Nov: Planes bomb a bus carrying refugees on the north road out of Kabul, killing 35.
- 17 Nov: Bomb strikes in Khanabad near Kunduz, kills over 100 people. The
town of Charikar, 60 kms north of Kabul, is attacked with bombs and missiles,
killing two entire families, one of 16 members and the other of 14, living in the same house.
- 18 Nov: Carpet bombing by B-52's of a village near Khanabad, province of
Kunduz, kills at least 150 civilians.
- 18 Nov: Planes bomb the mountain village of Gluco (located on the
Khyber Pass and far away from any military facility) killing 7 villagers. A reporter for the UK newspaper,
The Telegraph, reports: "Their wooden homes looked like piles of charred match
sticks. Injured mules lay braying in the road along the mountain pass that stank of sulphur and dead animals..."
- 24 Nov: Bombs fall in a mountainous border area, 300km southwest of Peshawar, killing 13 in an attack aimed
at a long abandoned Taliban training camp.
- 25 Nov: The small market town of Nahrin in Baghlan province is bombed.
Bibi, one of the survivors, recalls: "The bombs started falling from the sky. My
husband ran outside to find our son and then he screamed. I ran to the door. He and my son were lying dead. The rest of us left when the fighting
had stopped. We just wanted to get away from the bombs and the killing."
- 26 Nov: Following days of heavy bombing of Shamshad village in Nangarhar
province, 3 children are blown up (and at least 7 wounded) by a cluster bomb while they are collecting firewood and scrap.
- 27 Nov: Bombers hit a hamlet of five houses between the airport at Kandahar and the city, killing
Mohammed Khan's entire family of 5 as well as 10 other people.
- 29 Nov: A 15 lorry fuel convoy north of Kandahar is bombed leaving charred remains of the drivers and dozens
of passengers on their way to Chaman.
- 30 Nov: Planes bomb two trucks on the highway from Herat, killing at least 4.
- 1 Dec: During the intense bombing of Tora Bora, B-52 bombers make four
passes over Kama Ado (a village that is ten hours walk from Tora Bora),
dropping 25 1000 lb. JDAM MK-83 bombs, each 3m long. Khalil Rahman survives
because he had gone outside to urinate when a bomb struck his home, killing his 12 relatives. Sprina, a 50 year
old widow, wounded in the attack, loses 38 of her 40 relatives. Only 40 of the 250 residents of the village survive the attack. Journalists who visit
Kama Ado later in the same day report huge bomb craters, debris of houses spread over two hillsides with
children's shoes, dead cows and sheep, and the tail fin of a bomb.
The nearby village of Khan-e-Mairjuddin, is bombed with a death toll of over 100. A third village,
Zaner Khel, reports being hit with nearly 100 civilian casualties after planes bomb the nearby house of a minor
- 1 Dec: An attack on four trucks and five buses on the highway to Spin Boldak kills 30.
- 2 Dec: Three refugee vehicles in front of the Maji Hotel in Arghisan are
hit by missiles killing dozens. A jeep carrying civilians is hit near Spin Boldak killing 15.
- 3 Dec: Rukia, a 39 year old, refugee in a hospital in Quetta (Pakistan),
describes how she lost her family of 5 children when a bomb was dropped on her neighbourhood in Kandahar. She had
to leave Kandahar before she could bury her children, as she had a stomach wound and a shattered left arm. She
was nearly hit by another bomb as a relative was driving her to a hospital in Quetta.
"They're bombing anything that moves. It's not true that they bomb civilians by accident. They're targeting the innocent
people instead of Osama bin Laden."
- 4 Dec: An ambulance in Kandahar is hit by a bomb killing 4.
The hijackers in the atrocity in the USA had been from countries like Saudi Arabia,
United Arab Emirates and Egypt; countries which are considered allies to the
USA (the "moderate states"). The Taliban government had been funded by
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. When the USA wants to extend its "war on
terrorism", countries such as Iraq, Sudan and
Yemen are mentioned. These are "rogue states", countries with governments that are not under the control of the
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