…up to 10 civilians were killed yesterday as a convoy of US marines fled after being attacked by a suicide bomber in a minivan in eastern Nangarhar province. Nine Afghan witnesses said US marines had fired indiscriminately on civilian cars and pedestrians as they sped away…
Surely not indiscriminately? It doesn’t seem possible. What about the Geneva Conventions (specifically the fourth)?
“They were firing everywhere, and they even opened fire on 14 to 15 vehicles passing on the highway,” said 38-year-old Tur Gul, who was shot twice in his right hand. “They opened fire on everybody, the ones inside the vehicles and the ones on foot.” Some said that they were fired upon although they took care to get out of the way of the departing convoy. “We parked our vehicle, but when they passed us, they still opened fire on our vehicle,” said 15-year-old Mohammad Ishaq, who was hit by two bullets, in his left arm and his right ear, at a local hospital. Ahmed Najib, 23, lying in the next bed, was hit by a bullet in his right shoulder. He said: “One American was in the first vehicle, shouting to stop on the side of the road, and we stopped. The first vehicle did not fire on us, but the second opened fire on our car. My two-year-old brother was grazed on the cheek by a bullet.”
Thankfully journalists were on hand to record all of this for, let’s say, a later war crimes tribunal;
The Associated Press is to complain to the US military after journalists said US soldiers deleted footage of the aftermath of an attack in Afghanistan…
I see. Surely a misunderstanding… I wonder what the journalists say about all this;
“When I went near the four-wheel drive, I saw the Americans taking pictures of the same car, so I started taking pictures,” photographer Rahmat Gul said. “Two soldiers with a translator came and said, ‘Why are you taking pictures? You don’t have permission.’” Mr Gul said troops took his camera, deleted his photos and returned it to him. His APTN colleague, who did not want to be named, said he was told he could film the scene – but when he did so a US soldier got very angry and deleted any footage that included the Americans. Khanwali Kamran, a reporter for the Afghan channel Ariana Television, said the American soldiers also deleted his footage, AP reported. “They warned me that if it is aired … then, ‘You will face problems,’” Mr Kamran was quoted by the news agency as saying.
What say the US military?
The US military said it could not confirm its troops had seized any film.
Naturally. I suggest the US military reads the news from time to time, wherein they will find ample confirmation of their war crimes, etc.
Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK) is the largest and most militant group opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Also known as the People’s Mujahadeen Organization of Iran, MEK is led by husband and wife Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. MEK was added to the U.S. State Department’s list of foreign terrorist groups in 1997 and to the European Union’s terrorist list in 2002 because its attacks have often killed civilians.
And why should we be interested in them?
Despite MEK’s violent tactics, the group’s strong stand against Iran part of President Bush’s axis of evil and pro-democratic image have won it support among some U.S. and European lawmakers.
Interesting I’m sure you’ll agree. Here is some more;
One of the operational assets being used by the Defense Department is a right-wing terrorist organization known as Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), which is being “run” in two southern regional areas of Iran. They are Baluchistan, a Sunni stronghold, and Khuzestan, a Shia region where a series of recent attacks has left many dead and hundreds injured in the last three months.
And most importantly;
According to all three intelligence sources, military and intelligence officials alike were alarmed that instead of securing a known terrorist organization, which has been responsible for acts of terror against Iranian targets and individuals all over the world – including US civilian and military casualties – Rumsfeld under instructions from Cheney, began using the group on special ops missions into Iran to pave the way for a potential Iran strike.
So if / when we hear of acts of terrorism perpetrated by MEK in Iran, we’ll know who is behind them. It would seem that the US Government (specifically Cheney’s government) is now a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and should, as a consequence, be added to the Axis Of Evil.
Regime change anyone?
How thoughtful of the Iranian weapons manufacturers to print a date from the Gregorian calendar, instead of from the Persian calendar, on this mortar round. We wouldn’t want to confuse the great unwashed American people’s tiny little minds…
All this talk of Iran supplying sophisticated munitions to Shia insurgents is designed to obscure a few important facts, like for example;
“The statements from Washington give the impression that the US has been at war with Shia militias for the past three-and-a-half years while almost all the fighting has been with the Sunni insurgents.”
and let’s not forget;
“Many people will not distinguish between the Shia militias that Iran is said to supply – and which have ties to the Iraqi government – and the Sunni insurgents who have been the cause of much of the violence. The allegedly Iranian supplied bombs are said to have caused the deaths of 170 American soldiers, but overall 2497 soldiers have been killed in hostile incidents, most of them at hands of the Sunnis. The claim serves the purpose of helping to lay the blame for the whole insurgency at Iran’s door.”
2497 – 170 = 2327. And as most of us outside of the good ol’ U S of A know, 2327 > 170.
Saddam was sentenced to death by hanging for “the killing of 148 people in the mainly Shia town of Dujail following an assassination attempt on him in 1982”. He was executed today. Unfortunately this means we’re not going to get to hear about the US and UK involvement / complicity in the far worse atrocities he committed.
I’m sure some people in Washington (cough cough Donald, Dick cough cough) and London are breathing a sigh of relief this morning. I wonder which (possibly former, or maybe even current) US puppet is next…
Once again, those proud representatives of the good ol’ US of A up to their tricks. This time it’s the story of Mohammed who had been “killed during a search of his family’s home”.