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Two US-led soldiers killed in Afghan war

Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:34AM GMT

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Two servicemen with the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces have been killed in a militant attack in southern Afghanistan, Press TV reported.


The two soldiers were killed on Wednesday, a brief statement released by the Western military alliance read.

The alliance, however, did not announce the name or nationality of the victims.

According to official figures released by the website icasualties.org, a total of 446 foreign troops have lost their lives in war-battered Afghanistan so far this year.

Last year, still remains the deadliest year for foreign military casualties with a death toll of 711. The number eclipsed the previous record of 521 set in 2009.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

The security situation has been deteriorating across Afghanistan over the past few years.

Violence has also spread from Afghanistan's volatile south to relatively peaceful areas over the course of the past year despite the presence of some 150,000 foreign troops.

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Post time 2011-9-22 07:47:04 |Display all floors

'US night raids amount to assassination'

Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:2PM GMT

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The United States is carrying out assassinations through its night raids in Afghanistan, says policy director of Just Foreign Policy, Robert Naiman.

"In the last few days, we saw the news that the head of the Afghan peace council was assassinated. And this seems like an incredibly barbaric act - which of course it was - but the context is that every day the United States is carrying out assassinations through its night raids," Naiman, told Press TV's U.S. Desk on Wednesday.

"And as you point out, they are targeting people who are not insurgents in order to gather information. In any society, I think it's fair to say, having foreign troops storm people's houses in the middle of the night, would be something controversial. But of course in Afghan society it's even more controversial," he concluded.

U.S. Special Operations Forces have been increasingly aiming their nighttime raids, which have been the primary cause of Afghan anger at the U.S. military presence, at civilian noncombatants in order to exploit their possible intelligence value, according to a new study published by the Open Society Foundation and the Liaison Office, Antiwar.com reported.

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'Afghan civilians often victims of US night raids'

Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:10PM GMT

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Night raids conducted by U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan create the perception among Afghan civilians -- who are the main victims of such raids -- that foreign troops are “lawless, renegade forces that can perpetrate crimes at will,” anti-war activist Rick Rozof says.

"Even though the identified or alleged targets are al-Qaeda or most likely Taliban fighters they as often as not result in the death and wounding of innocent Afghan civilians,” Rozof told Press TV's U.S. Desk in an interview on Tuesday.

“So of course they are going to have a deleterious effect in terms of popular opposition to the presence of U.S. and other NATO troops in Afghanistan, who are going to be seen not only as occupation forces - which they are - but as lawless, renegade forces that can perpetrate crimes at will."

"And the infamous night raids which are increasing in intensity as are the drone strikes across the border in Pakistan are an indication of the shift to what the Pentagon refers to as counterinsurgency rather than counterterrorist activities, a doctrine that has been elaborated by the former ISAF commanders Stanley McChrystal, David Petraeus and now John R. Allen who is in charge of all the U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan," Rozof added.

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Post time 2011-9-28 03:49:58 |Display all floors

'US wants Afghans to bow down to occupation'

Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:16PM GMT

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The founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation says the United States would like to see all Afghans "bow down" to the occupation, but that is not the case.

Jacob Hornberger says the U.S. aligned itself with the Haqqani network following the Soviet-invasion but now has converted the same group into an enemy.

"I think the U.S. would love it if all the Afghan people were to bow down and be subservient and obedient to the U.S. Empire that occupies the country but we know that's not the case," he told Press TV's U.S. Desk on Monday.

"The history of Afghanistan is resistance to occupation: They did it with the British, they did it with the Soviets and now they're doing it with the Americans," he noted.

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Post time 2011-10-8 07:20:00 |Display all floors

Afghans protest on 10th anniversary of US Invasion

Fri Oct 7, 2011 4:5PM GMT

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Hundreds of people marched Thursday through the streets of the Afghan capital Kabul, demanding the immediate withdrawal of international military forces ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion.

The peaceful demonstration was meant to mark the October 7 invasion of Afghanistan 10 years ago, following the September 11 attacks against the United States. The Press Association

HIGHLIGHTS

The demonstrators chanted "no to occupation," and "Americans out" as they marched through the streets holding pictures of Afghans killed in violence, and later burned an American flag. The demonstration was organized by a small left-wing party. The Press Association

Speaking about the protest, a 22-year-old woman known only as Farzana said: “The United States said it came to help the Afghan people and provide a good life to Afghan people, but their true purpose was to occupy our country.” Daily Mail

She added that "suicide attacks, insecurity and corruption are increasing day-by-day". The Press Association

U.S. President Barack Obama plans no public events to mark a moment the nation never really expected: 10 years of war in Afghanistan. It is the most prolonged conflict the U.S. has been engaged in since Vietnam. Obama has even declared it "the longest war in American history." AP

FACTS & FIGURES

The U.S. invasion came after Taliban leader Mullah Omar refused to hand over Osama bin Laden. The Press Association

U.S. forces [allegedly] killed bin Laden in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan in May. The Press Association

Corruption is rampant in Afghanistan. Out of 180 countries, Transparency International ranks Afghanistan, in terms of corruption, 179th, better only than Somalia in 2009, a step down from 117 out of 159 in 2005.

According to a January 2010 UN report, Afghans had to pay approximately $2.5 billion in bribes in 2009. This is equivalent to 23 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).

According to the United States' special inspector-general for Afghanistan reconstruction, three-fourths of corruption in Afghanistan involves Westerners.

The CIA's covert collaborations with Afghan warlords during the U.S.-led invasion of the country paved the way for the revival of the opium industry. This is why opium harvest during the first year of the U.S. occupation, surged to 3,400 tons, from the mere 185 tons before the invasion. Opium harvest increased even further in the following years, reaching 8,200 tons in 2007, accounting for a remarkable 53% of the country's GDP and 93% of global heroin supply.

The U.S. currently has over 98,000 troops in Afghanistan. The total number of coalition forces in the country reaches 150,000.
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Post time 2011-10-9 21:59:43 |Display all floors

2 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan

Sun Oct 9, 2011 6:35AM GMT

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US-led soldiers in war-torn Afghanistan (file photo)
Two foreign soldiers have been killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan, as the 10-year US-led war continues to rage in the country.


The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced in a Sunday statement that two of its US-led service members were killed in a militant attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday.

The US-led NATO Force did not provide any details about the nationality of the troops killed in the incident, Xinhua reported.

The statement only went on to say, “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”

Foreign troop casualties in Afghanistan have climbed steadily since the US-led war began in 2001. According to official figures, more than 2,754 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far.

The latest fatalities follow a recent statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, insisting that the US-led troops would not leave Afghanistan even after a complete handover of security to Afghan forces in 2014.

Insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan despite the presence of nearly 150,000 US-led forces in the war-ravaged country.

The increasing number of troop casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the 10-year Afghan war.

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Post time 2011-10-26 17:42:10 |Display all floors

Four US-led troops killed in Afghan war

Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:20PM GMT

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At least four US-led NATO troops have been killed in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, as the death toll of foreign troops continues to rise in the war-torn country.


Two soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan's east and south last night, while NATO later announced the death of yet another foreign soldier in the country's troubled south.

Further details regarding the deaths have not been released.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb also killed one Polish soldier hours later, bringing the total of Polish casualties since 2002 to 31.

Poland's Defense Ministry said in a Monday statement that private 1st Class Mariusz Deptula died in a field hospital at a Polish base after sustaining injuries late Sunday when an improvised explosive device hit his unit's vehicle in Ghazni Province.

According to official figures, more than 2,774 US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the invasion of the country in 2001.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining the already declining public support for the Afghan war.

The security situation continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan despite the presence of nearly 150,000 US-led forces in the war-torn country.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, with civilian and military casualties at record high, has become the longest military conflict in US history.


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Irawady
Oct 24, 2011 11:7 PM
Repeated message because of great significance. MUST READDear Sir,You should publish that Western site "icasualties.org" claims of 2,771 Western invaders killed in Afghanistan since their illegal and immoral invasion in 2001 is a minuscule portion of the actual number of dead and wounded American and other Western soldiers since their illegal invasion. The truth has been hidden by the Western military.

Dex
Oct 24, 2011 5:31 PM
The US/NATO know they have lost the war in Afghanistan. Thats why they picked on a small country like Libya, so that they could save face and be seen to win for a change. There's great admiration for the Afghan fighters throughout the world, while US/NATO are seen as cowards with bigger weapons. God bless Afghanistan.

M.SALEEM
Oct 24, 2011 3:53 PM
AS A MUSLIM I FEEL SAD THAT SOME MOTHERS SONS DIED IN OUR COUNTRIES, AT THE SAME TIME I FEEL THERE WAS NO NEED FOR THEM TO OCCUPY FOREIGN SOIL. WHERE DO YOU STAND EHH. AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE OTHERWISE A BIG WAR WILL START. WHICH WILL NOT BE IN THE INTEREST OF ANYONE. MONEY IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE WEST, SO THEY DECIDE TO GO TO WAR WITH THE WEAK...

Mandela from South Africa
Oct 24, 2011 2:55 PM
The usa and their alliance partners have no business occupying Afganistan. How arrogant a country like the usa can be, with a $3 trillion deficit they still see it fit to carry on with the occupation whilst their citizens are going hungry and homeless. The usa is heading for a peoples revolution shortly.

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