Afghanistan

Heavy US troop losses in insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan

By Barry Grey, 5 October 2009

The United States military suffered its worst single-engagement losses in more than a year on Saturday, when several hundred insurgents attacked a remote outpost in northeastern Afghanistan, killing eight American soldiers.

US faces worsening military situation in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 3 October 2009

The anti-occupation insurgency has spread from the southern provinces that border Pakistan to the capital Kabul and northern provinces.

UN official fired over criticisms of Afghan election fraud

By Joe Kishore, 2 October 2009

Peter Galbraith, the second-ranking official in the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), and the agency’s top-ranking US official, was dismissed over his criticisms of the August 20 Afghan election.

US, NATO reach “consensus” to sanction rigged election in Afghanistan

By Jerry White, 29 September 2009

The US and NATO countries involved in the occupation of Afghanistan have signaled their willingness to recognize the re-election of Afghan President Hamid Karzai despite evidence of massive fraud in the August 20 elections.

UN: Record number of Afghan civilian deaths in 2009

By Tom Eley, 28 September 2009

The UN reported about 1,500 civilian deaths resulting from the war in Afghanistan during the first six months of the year, a record in the eight-year-old war.

Five more US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 26 September 2009

Five more US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, as debate raged in Washington over the character of the next US “surge.”

US troops out of Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2009

With the US commander in Afghanistan set to deliver a request for tens of thousands more troops, all sides in the Obama administration’s so-called strategy debate are pushing for increased bloodletting in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Preliminary results in Afghan election show Karzai victory

Occupying powers debate moves against incumbent president

By Tom Eley, 18 September 2009

Final preliminary results from Afghanistan’s elections show Karzai winning 54.6 percent of the vote, amdist allegations of massive fraud.

Washington elaborates AfPak strategy amid calls for US troop buildup

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2009

A classified document submitted to a closed session of the Senate Armed Services Committee spells out a US war strategy that places special emphasis on Pakistan as US military commanders signal support for another troop buildup.

Afghan presidential candidate demands “caretaker government”

By James Cogan, 15 September 2009

It is almost certain that no final result in the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan will be announced on Thursday, as was scheduled.

Fighting rages across Afghanistan as US military buildup continues

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2009

Attacks by anti-occupation forces spread across Afghanistan over the weekend, with major armed clashes, bombings and other incidents in at least 10 provinces.

Demands to curtail war reporting after raid to free New York Times journalist

By Julie Hyland, 14 September 2009

Controversy over the SAS-led operation to free a New York Times journalist held captive in Afghanistan is being used to make demands that will curtail any objective and honest reporting from the war zones created by British and US imperialism.

UN-backed panel denounces fraud in Afghan election

By Tom Eley, 9 September 2009

As official vote-counting indicated that President Hamid Karzai was nearing victory in Afghanistan’s recent elections, a UN-backed electoral commission issued an order for a large-scale recount.

Massacre in Kunduz bares real nature of Afghanistan war

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party

9 September 2009

The latest massacre of civilians in Afghanistan is not the result of “bad decisions”, an alleged “disregard of NATO rules” or an “unclear situation”. It is rather the inevitable result of the objective logic of the US-led military intervention in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Further evidence of massive electoral fraud

By James Cogan, 8 September 2009

Amid further widespread evidence of fraud, the Afghan presidential election has become a political debacle for the US-led occupation.

New atrocity in Afghanistan

US airstrike incinerates scores of civilians

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2009

An airstrike by a US warplane killed over 100 Afghans early Friday morning, most of them civilians incinerated when two gasoline tankers, hit by bombs, exploded in flames.

For the mobilization of the working class to end the war in Afghanistan

By Joe Kishore, 4 September 2009

There are clear signs of growing popular opposition in the US and around the world to the war in Afghanistan, as the Obama administration readies another major increase in the US troop presence.

US commander’s report paves way for military escalation in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 2 September 2009

A classified report issued by the US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, sets the stage for a major increase in US troop levels.

Obama’s AfPak war intensifies on both sides of border

By James Cogan, 29 August 2009

The number of US and NATO occupation troops killed in Afghanistan during 2009 reached 301 yesterday—already the highest annual toll of the eight-year war.

Washington’s double standard: The elections in Iran and Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2009

The Obama administration and the American media, after denouncing the presidential election in Iran as “rigged” and undemocratic (without any evidence), now uphold the legitimacy of the presidential election in Afghanistan, despite growing evidence of vote fraud.

Afghan war escalating in defiance of popular opposition

By James Cogan, 27 August 2009

The mounting preparations for a major escalation of the war in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan are taking place in open defiance of public opinion around the globe.

US fears mount over Afghan election travesty

By Barry Grey, 26 August 2009

A partial vote tally reported Tuesday by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission was overshadowed by mounting reports of pervasive vote-rigging, ballot-stuffing and intimidation of voters by various candidates and their respective ethnic warlord backers.

War to escalate after Afghan election

By James Cogan, 24 August 2009

In the wake of last Thursday’s election in Afghanistan, the US establishment is proceeding with plans for a further expansion of the war.

Mass abstention and vote rigging in Afghanistan election

By Patrick O’Connor, 21 August 2009

Yesterday’s presidential election in Afghanistan featured massive abstention and blatant ballot rigging, underscoring the corrupt character of the exercise.

Afghanistan’s gunpoint election

By James Cogan, 20 August 2009

The poll takes place under conditions of a continuing foreign military occupation to prop up a puppet government that is notorious for its human rights abuses, corruption and failure to provide for the basic needs of the vast majority of the population.

British Army chief says military may have 40-year Afghan role

By Harvey Thompson, 14 August 2009

The head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, has said Britain could still be in Afghanistan in 40 years time.

Pentagon to Obama: Send more troops or lose war in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 13 August 2009

The stage has been set for the Obama administration to announce another major escalation of the war in Afghanistan, amid warnings that the Taliban insurgency has to be stemmed over the next 12 to 18 months to avoid the risk of a humiliating US defeat.

New Zealand government redeploys elite SAS troops to Afghanistan

By John Braddock, 12 August 2009

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced on Monday that his government was redeploying elite Special Air Service (SAS) troops to the neo-colonial occupation of Afghanistan.

A corrupt election in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 10 August 2009

It is widely acknowledged that the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan will be characterised by vote-rigging and the bribing or intimidation of voters in the areas under US-NATO control.

The assassination of Baitullah Mehsud

By James Cogan, 8 August 2009

The American political establishment and the US media, along with Washington’s client government in Islamabad, are reveling in the reports that missiles launched from an unmanned US Predator drone on Wednesday killed Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud.

Mounting popular opposition to the war in Afghanistan

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 7 August 2009

In the face of mounting popular opposition to the slaughter in Afghanistan, the US and European governments are stepping up their intervention and making clear that the neo-colonial occupation is open-ended.

Civilian death toll soaring in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 3 August 2009

A report issued late last month by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) sheds light on the rising number of innocent Afghan men, women and children who are being killed in order for the US and its allies to consolidate their neo-colonial occupation of the country.

Britain’s political elite and the Afghan war

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2009

Recent opinion polls have confirmed the deep-seated and growing opposition to the Afghan war amongst the British public. But there is barely any expression of this to be found within official political circles or the media.

An Afghan voice against the US-led occupation

By James Cogan, 25 July 2009

“The occupation forces are supporting the enemies of my people and it is better that they leave.”

July casualties highest of Afghan war

By James Cogan, 22 July 2009

The number of US/NATO deaths in July has already reached 58—the highest monthly toll since the invasion in October 2001.

Afghan insurgents hold US soldier

By David Walsh, 22 July 2009

Within the wider tragedy of the brutal US occupation of Afghanistan, the fate of Private Bowe Bergdahl has its own tragic dimension.

Britain: Spike in casualties used to push for more troops in Afghanistan

By Julie Hyland, 20 July 2009

A concerted campaign is underway to manufacture popular support for stepped-up British participation in the US-led surge in Afghanistan.

US air strikes kill Afghan civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2009

An attack by US warplanes left Afghan civilians dead and wounded, underscoring the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration.

US commander in Afghanistan lobbies for more troops

By James Cogan, 14 July 2009

Less than six months after Barack Obama ordered 21,000 additional American soldiers to Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, the newly-appointed US commander, has launched a lobbying drive for more troops.

A war of colonial conquest in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 10 July 2009

It is remarkable that even as the Obama administration has escalated the war, it has virtually dropped the original pretext that was used to justify it. What ever happened to Osama bin Laden?

Letters on Iran, Afghanistan and the “left”

9 July 2009

A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on Iran, Afghanistan, and the “left.”

Afghan deaths, troop casualties soar in first days of new US offensive

By James Cogan, 7 July 2009

The first days of the offensive by US marines into the southern province of Helmand make clear it will result in a massive escalation in violence against the Afghan people.

German military to engage more offensively in Afghanistan

By Marius Heuser, 6 July 2009

Over a half century after the Second World War, the German government is systematically working to condition the population to the role of the German army as a force for aggression.

Obama sends marines to suppress population of southern Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 4 July 2009

The Obama administration has ordered the marines into a brutal and potentially bloody offensive in the southern province of Helmand.

Corrupt election campaign unfolds in US-occupied Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 2 July 2009

Amid the chorus of denunciations in US and European ruling circles over the alleged theft of the Iranian elections, the Obama administration and its NATO allies are presiding over an election campaign in Afghanistan that is as corrupt as it is illegitimate.

New US commander in Afghanistan assembles team of assassins

By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2009

Confirmed Wednesday as Obama’s new commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal has been given extraordinary powers to assemble his own staff and is drawing heavily from a super-secret assassination squad formed under the Bush administration.

US reinforcements in place in southern Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 11 June 2009

The Obama administration’s “surge” in Afghanistan is taking shape, with 10,000 marines completing the commencement of their deployment to the volatile province of Helmand over the next several weeks.

US proxy war continues in north-west Pakistan

By James Cogan, 5 June 2009

As part of completing the transformation of Afghanistan into a US client-state, Obama is demanding that the Pakistani government suppress the local Islamist movements that lend support to the Afghan resistance over the border.

Democrats back US militarism

Senate approves $91 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2009

By a margin of 86-3, the US Senate voted Thursday to approve a $91.3 billion supplemental funding bill to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September 30. The bill brings the total expended on the two wars of aggression to more than $900 billion.

US military denies atrocity in Afghanistan’s Farah province

By David Walsh, 21 May 2009

On Wednesday the American military released the findings of its interim investigation into the mass killing of civilians in Afghanistan’s Farah province May 4. It was a whitewash.

Killing of Afghan civilians covered-up by Australian military

By James Cogan, 19 May 2009

Information has surfaced this month that the Australian military has covered up the role of Special Air Service personnel in the killing and wounding of civilians in Afghanistan.

Massacre of civilians overshadows “AfPak” summit

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2009

The Pentagon is attempting to cover up its responsibility for the massacre of at least 120 civilians in western Afghanistan—the worst atrocity since the war began—as the Obama administration prepares to escalate the US intervention.

Oppose the Afghanistan-Pakistan war

By Peter Symonds, 7 May 2009

The US summit with Afghanistan and Pakistan currently underway in Washington marks the onset of a major escalation of military violence in both countries.

US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2009

On the eve of a tripartite summit between the US, Afghan and Pakistani presidents in Washington, US air strikes in western Afghanistan killed scores of civilians in one of the worst atrocities in the seven-and-a-half-year-old war.

Australian Labor government escalates military involvement in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 2 May 2009

The Rudd Labor government announced on Wednesday a significant expansion of Australia’s military commitment to the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.

US airstrike kills six civilians in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2009

As the top US military commander predicted that the Obama administration’s troop buildup in Afghanistan will lead to a surge in violence, an air strike by US-led occupation forces once again left civilians dead and wounded.

Court rules detainees in Afghanistan can challenge imprisonment

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2009

In a rebuke to the Bush and Obama administrations’ bid to hold so-called enemy combatants indefinitely without charges or trials, a federal judge has ruled that three detainees at a US prison in Afghanistan have the right to challenge their detention in court.

US commander seeks 10,000 more troops for Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2009

The top US military commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David McKiernan, has formally requested the deployment of an additional 10,000 US combat troops for the increasingly bloody war in the Central Asian country.

US prepares new escalation of Afghanistan intervention

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2009

The chief official overseeing US policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan arrived in Brussels Monday to brief NATO representatives on the Obama administration plans for the region amid press reports that the US intends to push aside Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Obama lays out Afghanistan war strategy

By James Cogan, 11 March 2009

The desperation at the heart of the Obama administration’s plans for the escalation of the war in Afghanistan was laid bare in the interview that the president gave to the New York Times last Friday.

Washington in conflict with Afghan president over early poll

By James Cogan, 2 March 2009

In the midst of a deteriorating security situation, Karzai’s decision to call an early election has been met with open opposition from the Obama administration and exposed the rift that exists between the White House and the US client state in Kabul.

Obama defends his “Guantánamo” in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 27 February 2009

While alleged “terrorist suspects” will no longer be detained without trial and abused at Guantánamo, the Obama administration has given the green light for such outrages to continue unchecked at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

US commander warns American troops will be in Afghanistan for years

By Peter Symonds, 21 February 2009

The top US commander in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, warned on Wednesday that the troop buildup announced this week was “not a temporary force uplift” but would have to be sustained for years.

Afghanistan: Attacks in Kabul expose US occupation’s deepening crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 12 February 2009

Wednesday’s attacks on government ministries in the heart of Kabul underscore the mounting resistance to the occupation of Afghanistan, just as Washington prepares to escalate its intervention in the country and extend it further into Pakistan.

Obama set to launch military “surge” in Afghanistan

By Barry Grey, 5 February 2009

President Barack Obama is set to formally authorize the dispatch of 10,000 to 12,000 additional US combat troops to Afghanistan, the beginning stage of a military “surge” that will likely add 30,000 more soldiers and Marines over the next 12 to 18 months, doubling the US occupation force to 60,000.

Obama’s program of war

By James Cogan, 29 January 2009

Within days of taking power, the Obama administration has made clear that it will escalate the war to subjugate the Afghan people, intensify US military strikes on targets inside Pakistan and continue the occupation of Iraq indefinitely.

As Vice President Biden warns of an “uptick” in casualties

Afghanistan civilians killed in US military raid

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 January 2009

A US military raid in the eastern Afghanistan province of Laghman last Friday night resulted in the deaths of at least 16 civilians, including women and children, according to local residents.

US moves to consolidate new supply routes to Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 26 January 2009

The commander of US forces in Central Asia, General David Petraeus, has announced an agreement with the Russian government for the transit of “non-military” supplies through its territory to the US and NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan.

British defence secretary prepares escalation in Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 21 January 2009

Britain’s defence secretary John Hutton delivered the UK government’s sharpest public criticism of its European NATO allies and called for an increase in troop deployment to the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.

More civilian casualties in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 20 January 2009

The first week of 2009 saw at least three incidents in which occupation forces stand accused of killing or injuring Afghan civilians during operations against the Taliban-led insurgency.

Eighth Australian soldier dies in Afghanistan amid calls to boost troop numbers

By James Cogan, 13 January 2009

The death of another soldier has prompted further speculation as to whether the incoming Obama administration will request the Australian government deploy even greater numbers of combat troops to the Afghan war—with the prospect of greater casualties.

Millions face starvation in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 9 January 2009

The Afghan government’s own Health Ministry is warning of a massive spike in the country’s staggering annual death toll. It has estimated that 1.6 million children under five may die.

Canada’s ‘newspaper of record’ calls for Canada to wage Afghan war beyond 2011

By John Mackay, 31 December 2008

The Globe and Mail is mounting a campaign for the country’s political elite to once again defy public sentiment and extend the Canadian Armed Forces’ intervention in Afghanistan beyond the current deadline of December 2011.

US to double military forces in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2008

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen announced Saturday that the Pentagon will nearly double the number of US troops in Afghanistan. The announcement is in line with the policy advanced by President-elect Barack Obama to shift American military sources to the “real front” in the “global war on terrorism.”

US military prepares for Obama’s expansion of Afghan war

By James Cogan, 13 December 2008

The US military in Afghanistan is preparing for an influx of tens of thousands more American troops during the first months of the Obama presidency.

The US, Pakistan and the “terrorist” Hamid Gul

10 December 2008

Washington’s targetting of Gul raises an inconvenient fact: that the nexus between the Pakistani military establishment and Islamist militias has its roots in the CIA-backed jihad in the 1980s against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Australian SAS units function as death squads in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 10 December 2008

Australian special forces are being used as little more than death squads in the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.

Insurgent attacks on NATO trucks highlight US military crisis in Afghanistan

By Barry Grey, 9 December 2008

A series of attacks on US and NATO military equipment depots in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar have underscored the increasingly dire security situation facing American and allied forces conducting the counterinsurgency war in neighboring Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: A rise in civilian deaths and foreign troop fatalities

By Harvey Thompson, 6 December 2008

Conservative estimates put the numbers of Afghans killed in violence related to the occupation in 2008 at around 4,000. Over 1,000 service personnel have now been killed in Afghanistan, the majority being US soldiers.

Pakistani military launches new offensive in border areas

By James Cogan, 17 November 2008

A Pakistani military offensive against Islamist militants is now being extended into the tribal agency of Mohmand.

Another US massacre in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 8 November 2008

An Afghan government investigation into US air strikes carried out on Monday in the province of Kandahar has found that at least 37 civilians taking part in a wedding celebration were massacred. Another 30 people or more—men, women and children—were injured.

Advocate of Afghan “troop surge” selected as head of British Army

By Harvey Thompson, 30 October 2008

Gen. Sir David Richards, recent commander of the NATO’s ISAF in Afghanistan, has been appointed the new head of the British Army.

More recriminations over US/NATO quagmire in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 24 October 2008

An increasing number of commentators describe the occupation of Afghanistan as a failure.

Afghanistan: Growing talk of a political deal with the Taliban

By James Cogan, 15 October 2008

Seven years after the invasion of Afghanistan, the discussion in US political and military circles is increasingly focusing on some form of political settlement with insurgent organisations, including leading figures of the former Taliban regime.

US intelligence, military deliver dire estimates of Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2008

Seven years after the Bush administration launched “Operation Enduring Freedom,” US intelligence agencies have concluded that the situation in the devastated country is on “a downward spiral,” according to a classified draft National Intelligence Estimate.

Continuing US air strikes in Pakistan’s tribal agencies

By James Cogan, 9 October 2008

US aircraft are attacking alleged militant targets inside Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Agencies (FATA) at a growing rate.

British diplomat paints bleak view of Afghan war

By James Cogan, 6 October 2008

With insurgent activity rising and casualties at an all-time high, the representatives of the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan are growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospect of establishing a stable client-state. This year has already registered the largest annual number of US and NATO casualties—236 dead and over 1,000 wounded so far—since the invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

Afghanistan: US, NATO, Karzai regime investigate Azizabad massacre

By Harvey Thompson, 29 September 2008

The United States, NATO, and the Karzai regime in Kabul have announced a joint investigation into the most recent coalition air strike massacre of Afghan civilians.

The LCR covers for “left” supporters of French imperialism in Afghanistan

Support from the LCR

By Francois Dubois and Peter Schwarz, 24 September 2008

On September 20, demonstrations were held in 10 different French cities demanding the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Protests against the war in Afghanistan were also held in a number of other European countries, including Britain, Italy and Germany.

Germany’s war in Afghanistan

By Ludwig Weller, 24 September 2008

The official explanation that the 3,500 German soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are only “construction workers in uniform” is no longer tenable. The events in which they are embroiled are becoming bloodier each day. Increasingly, German soldiers are killing insurgents and civilians, or are themselves being killed.

Amid rising casualties, Australian establishment debates a wider engagement in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 10 September 2008

The wounding on September 2 of nine Australian special forces troops by Afghan insurgents loyal to the former Taliban regime has led to a renewed focus in the political and media establishment on Australia’s involvement in the US-led occupation.

Afghan president blames “the West” for Islamic extremism

US policy and Al Qaeda terrorism

By James Cogan, 8 September 2008

The propaganda used to justify the US-led occupation in Afghanistan typically leaves out any explanation of the origins of tendencies such as Al Qaeda, the Taliban movement and other Islamist groups resisting American and NATO troops.

Controversy continues over French soldiers’ deaths in Afghanistan

By Olivier Laurent, 8 September 2008

Further information has emerged about the August 18 ambush that killed 10 French soldiers in Afghanistan and wounded 23 more in the valley of Uzbeen.

A bloody month in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 2 September 2008

The August death toll of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan reached 45 on Sunday—the equal highest monthly total of the near seven-year war. A Romanian soldier providing protection to a supply convoy was killed when the vehicle he was travelling in drove over a mine that had been planted on the main highway connecting the capital Kabul with the country’s eastern provinces. Three other Romanian soldiers were seriously wounded.

Pentagon denies responsibility for US massacre of Afghan villagers

By Tom Eley, 1 September 2008

As anger mounts in Afghanistan over the August 22 US bombing of a village that killed ninety civilians, the great majority women and children, the Pentagon continues to claim a much smaller death toll comprised largely of “Taliban fighters.” Anonymous US officials, who claim to have investigated the attack in Azizabad in Herat province, insist that 25 Taliban were killed, along with five civilians.

US air strike massacres civilians in western Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 26 August 2008

In one of the worst atrocities of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan, as many as 90 civilians were massacred by an American air strike last Friday in the western province of Herat. At least 60 of those killed were children under the age of 15, according to Afghan government and military sources.

French troops killed in Afghanistan: another sign of an escalating war

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2008

The death of 10 French soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan on Monday has again underscored the resurgence of armed resistance against the US-led occupation and reignited debate in France over its involvement in the war. The incident involved the worst loss of foreign troops in open battle since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and, for the French army, its highest casualties since a Beirut truck bomb killed 58 paratroopers in 1983.

Aid agencies issue warning on Afghanistan as US and Britain prepare to escalate military action

By Harvey Thompson, 6 August 2008

In a statement issued August 1, the Agency Co-ordinating Body for Afghan Relief (Acbar) expressed its “grave concern about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the serious impact on civilians.”

Top US general hints at refocused “war on terror” in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 29 July 2008

Since 2001, the Bush administration has used a purported threat of terrorism to justify the predatory invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and the establishment of US control over the resources and territory of both countries. At the same time, the so-called war on terror has served as the pretext for a massive expansion of the US military and the activities of intelligence agencies, as well as major inroads into the democratic rights and civil liberties of the American people.

New York Times boosts Pentagon push for wider bombing in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2008

A lengthy front-page article in Wednesday’s New York Times cites US military officials to make the case for wider latitude in conducting bombing raids against targets in Afghanistan. The article by reporter Thom Shanker carries a headline reflecting the complaints of the Pentagon: “Civilian Risks Curbing Strikes in Afghan War.”