In memory of
during the evening and night of July 25/26, 2007
in the village of Qal’eh-ye Gaz (Yegaz) in the Musa Qala district, Helmand Province. A twelve-hour battle raged during which the occupation forces called-in close air support. Residents spoke with a Reuters reporter in the south of Afghanistan saying that 17 people, 16 of them civilians were killed in the US/NATO bombing and that most of the 30 wounded were non-combatants. Predictably, the US/NATO propaganda machinery quickly proclaimed that 50 “insurgents” were killed – in the old “grab-the-news headlines” tactic - and no civilians had died (a claim immediately broadcast by the U.S. corporate media serving as faithful stenographer for the U.S. military such as the A.P., CNN.com, USA Today, etc). Qal’ey-ye Gaz had been previously bombed March 29-31, 2006 resulting in the death of many civilians (see http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mwherold/20_30un_namedcivilians03292006.htm ).
US/NATO close air support bombing