Turkey bombs Iraq; Worst
month in 10 years in Afghanistan; Afghans deserting U.S.
Turkish war planes continued their campaign of terror over northern
Iraq on Sunday. The Turkish air strikes hit targets in the Soran
district on Kurdistan. At least 150 Iraqis have been killed in air
and artillery strikes in August and Turkey has expanded it's bases
inside Iraq as well. Iranian soldiers killed a Kurdish shepherd
just outside the border town of Haj Umran in northern Iraq on Saturday.
Elsewhere in Iraq, gunmen using silenced weapons tried to kill
Ibrahim Zaidan, the media department manager at the Electricity
Ministry, and another ministry employee in eastern Baghdad on Sunday.
There were multiple other assassinations over the weekened in Mosul,
Baghdad and Kirkuk.
Sabar Lal Melma, a former Guantanamo detainee, was
killed in a joint NATO and Afghan forces raid in Jalalabad on Saturday.
NATO claims the man had become a key al-Qaida affiliate after returning
Sixty-seven U.S. troops died last month in Afghanistan,
making August the deadliest month for Americans in the nearly decadelong
conflict. Meanwhile officials at the Pentagon and White House continue
to claim that they are "making progress" in Operation
Enduring Disaster. Another U.S. soldier was killed by an IED in
southern Afghanistan on Saturday.
On Sunday, a suicide car bomber targeted employees of a private security
company in southern Kandahar province, killing two and wounding 21.
Afghan security forces killed two insurgents and detained four more
in Pusht Rod district of western Farah province on Saturday. A U.S.
air strike in south western Wardak province killed two insurgents
At least one in seven Afghan soldiers have deserted
during the first six months of this year, complicating U.S. plans.
Between January and June, more than 24,000 soldiers walked off the
job, more than twice as many as in the same period last year, according
to statistics compiled by NATO that show an increase in desertion.
In June alone, more than 5,000 soldiers deserted, nearly three per
cent of the 170,000-strong force .... presumbably to join the resistance
to the continued U.S. occupation.
posted 04 September, 2011
13 MORE years?; British
Council hit; Scores killed, injured in Iraq; Hikers sentenced to
The war in Afghanistan is already the longest on in U.S. history,
but the latest reports are that the U.S. is close to negotiating
a deal where U.S. troops would remain in country a lot longer...
until 2024. Thirteen more years! At this point, it's not
set in stone, but the Telegraph reports that Afghan and American
officials said that they hoped to sign the pact before the Bonn
Conference on Afghanistan in December.
The Telegraph reports that "many analysts also believe the
American military would like to retain a presence close to Pakistan,
Iran and China." Karzai's security officer, in a similar vein,
said, "the U.S. needs facilities." We certainly do. It's
been a long war, and is getting longer - and costlier.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan this week, Suicide bombers and gunmen
attacked a Kabul compound housing the British Council, an agency
that promotes education and civil society. Militants used suicide
bombers, automatic rifles and rocket grenades to launch an hours-long
commando-style raid that killed at least 12 people, mostly policemen.
A truck bomb ripped through the main security gate of a U.S. military
base in Gardez in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least
two local guards and injuring nine others. In western Afghanistan,
24 people were killed - including twelve chidlren - and 11 other
were injured Thursday when a roadside bomb exploded in Herat province.
Today, gunmen set ablaze at least five oil tankers in southwestern
Pakistan which were carrying fuel for NATO forces stationed in neighbouring
Afghanistan. A US spy drone crashed during a reconnaissance mission
in eastern Ghazni Province. A roadside bomb killed one U.S. soldier
yesterday in souther Afghanistan.
In northwestern Pakistan, a suicide bomber blew himself
up among worshippers offering Friday prayers at a mosque in northwest
Pakistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding more than 70 in
the Khyber region. TV footage showed blood on the walls and ceiling
of the mosque as people collected clothes and sandals scattered
by the blast. The mosque is located in an area inhabited by Kokikhel
tribesmen, who are opposed to Taliban activity and have been fighting
to push them out of their region.
Gunfire and grenade attacks in Pakistan's largest
city of Karachi killed at least 10 people Wednesday, including a
former national lawmaker.
In Iraq, more than 80 people were killed and dozens
were wounded Monday in a string of attacks. In the worst incident,
two bombs exploded in a busy market in the city center of Kut, killing
at least 42 people and injuring more than 50. On Tuesday and Wednesday,
bombings and attacks in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Tarmiya, and Mosul caused
27 casualties. A U.S. convoy was targeted in Baghdad's Mansour district,
west-central Baghdad, on Wednesday night.
Two American men arrested more than two years ago
while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border near Halabja have been sentenced
to eight years in prison for espionage and illegally entering Iran.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were detained in July 2009 along with
a third American, Sarah Shourd, who was released in September 2010
on $500,000 bail and returned to the United States.
posted 20 August, 2011
7 US dead; Parwan governor
attacked; Blast destroys Pak hotel
Insurgent attacks have killed six U.S. soldiers in the past three
days in Afghanistan. One died in a roadside bomb blast on Friday.
On Thursday, a roadside bomb killed five U.S. troops and wounded
two others in the south. Also on Thursday, a roadside blast killed
a French soldier and wounded for others near Tagab. A British soldier
was killed by a roadside bomb while on foot patrol Friday in the
the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
On Friday, a U.S. soldier was killed while conducting military
operations in Iraq's south, the fourth death so far this month for
American forces in Iraq.
Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 22 people
in a bold attack on a governor's compound in central Afghanistan
during a security meeting Sunday. A Reuters witness and others nearby
reported hearing at least five explosions as Afghan security forces
inside the compound of Parwan governor Abdul Basir Salangi fought
back. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said 22 people were killed
and 34 wounded. The dead included 16 government employees and six
Elsewhere, five members of the same family were killed
Saturday when a roadside bomb ripped through their minivan in in
Gereshk. A roadside bomb killed five civilians, including three
women, in the Gereshk district of southern Helmand province on Friday.
Eight Afghan security officials who were kidnapped in central Maidan
Wardak province on Friday have been killed by insurgents. The eight
included five police and three officers from the National Directorate
Two separate blasts in Iraq on Saturday killed five
people and wounded nearly three dozen. The first bomb, hidden in
an empty rickshaw, blew up near Shiite pilgrims headed to the holy
city of Kerbala. In Baghdad, a bomb in a minibus parked outside
a restaurant and nightclub in the Karradah neighborhood killed three
passers-by and wounded at least nine.
The year-end pullout of US forces will improve security
in Iraq, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi claimed Sunday. Hashemi,
a Sunni Muslim and one of two vice presidents said a continued American
military presence in Iraq would be "a problem, not a solution."
A trio of Katyusha rockets fell on the Delta base in southern Kut
but there were apparently no casualties.
Bomb, gun and rocket attacks killed 18 Pakistanis
in flashpoints bordering Afghanistan on Sunday. A bomb attached
to a timer ripped through a two-story hotel in Pakistan's southwestern
Baluchistan province Sunday, reducing the building to rubble and
killing 12 people.
An American citizen working for USAID was kidnapped
from his home in Pakistan. Warren Weinstein was kidnapped at gunpoint
from his home in Lahore early Saturday.
posted 14 August, 2011
Call to End the Wars in Afghanistan and
Texans for Peace actively tried
to prevent the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and is now working
to bring them to an end and make sure that amends are made.
The continuing war in Iraq and Afghanistan
exceeds the bounds of decency and diplomacy and those who
started this disaster are unlikely to end it ... unless
we demand it.
Texans for Peace continues
to call attention to this war, send "peace ambassadors" directly
to Iraq and Afghanistan, and bring you the latest information
on what is really going on over there. We call on you to work with us for peace;
"End The Wars - Bring Our Troops Home Now!" Answer the
Jackson, Texans for Peace
Jackson, founder of Texans for Peace, has made four trips
to Iraq already during this war...spending time entirely outside
of the "Green Zone" protected areas. (2002-03, 2003,
2005, 2009). Jackson has traveled throughout 17 of Iraq's
18 provinces. During his most recent trip he visited Kurdistan,
Erbil and Kirkuk. He also sponsored a trip to Jordan (2007)
to visit with Iraqi refugees living there. Jackson reports
daily on conditions and issues surrounding the Iraq war as
a volunteer peacemaker.
from various trips to Iraq