(LATimes) – A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed 11 civilians, 10 of them children, in addition to the Taliban militants it was trying to hit, Afghan officials said.
The strike late Saturday in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province near Pakistan was called by coalition forces after they and their Afghan counterparts came under an attack that killed one American advisor and badly wounded four Afghan troops.
The American death was reported on Saturday, but details of the alleged civilian casualties only surfaced Sunday.
Wasifullah Wasifi, spokesperson for the governor of Kunar province, said the strike killed seven Taliban militants who were its target. In addition to the 10 children, one civilian woman was killed and five other women were wounded, he said.
By Tim Johnson | McClatchy Newspapers
“MEXICO CITY — Three former heads of state are urging the United States to engage in a serious discussion of drug legalization, saying its counter narcotics policies are becoming untenable in the wake of voter approval last fall of measures that legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado.
“Gaviria, who also led the Organization of American States…said nations such as Mexico look on with bewilderment at the gap between U.S. federal law, changing public attitudes and the race by states to permit medical marijuana or outright legalization. Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana, and initiatives are brewing in other states.”
The war on drugs failed. WE can’t afford it anymore. It’s killing people in Mexico and jailing hundreds of thousands here. Laws against marijuana make it harder to get, which increases the price. The margins are irresistible to drug cartels. They use the money to fight it out with the Mexican Army at the expense of the people. Legalize it and control it Stop the craziness.
Of course, the best argument against the war on drugs isn’t mentioned often. Afghanistan is the leading producer of Opium The production has increased since the U.S. occupation. U.S. troops could destroy the opium crop any time and the growers coud be compensated at a level equal to or greater than their income from the drug lords. But those crops are still there. Does the war on drugs stop at the Afghan border? If so, why?
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Brian M Downing
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered U.S. special forces out of Wardak province. It lies southwest of and near to Kabul, where he resides – isolated and dependent on foreign protection.
The U.S. soldiers are said to have assisted local forces in kidnapping locals and beheading one of them. The U.S. is investigating Karzai’s claims and accepting his order to withdraw special forces from the strategically situated province. A preliminary report, however, finds no evidence to support Karzai’s claims.
by Meredith Tax
(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)
The US antiwar group Code Pink, which describes itself as “a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end US funded wars and occupations,” recently sent a delegation to Pakistsan to campaign against drones with Imran Khan. On October 9th, a dozen of them held a symbolic twelve hour fast outside the Islamabad Press Club, holding “pictures of the more than 160 Pakistani children who have been killed by American drones.”
The same day, in nearby Swat, another Pakistani child, 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, was gunned down by the Pakistani Taliban because she was an advocate of education for girls. They stopped her school bus, asked for her by name, and shot her twice in the head, wounding two other students in the process
No turn of events could more forcefully illustrate the idiocy of the US peace movement’s one-sided approach to solidarity. Read More