In memory of
20-30 un-named civilians
killed between March 29 – 31, 2006
in a string of small villages along the Helmand River in the Sangin district, Helmand Province. At about 2 A.M. on Tuesday, March 28th Taliban forces attacked a re-supply convoy of the Afghan National Army heading towards the new forward operating base housing U.S. and Canadian occupation forces near the hamlet of Heder Abad in the Sangin district. Forward Operating Base Robinson is a primitive compound, surrounded by sand berms and concertina wire. On Wednesday, the base came under heavy and sustained attack by the Taliban, killing a U.S. and a Canadian occupation soldier. The base was nearly over-run, an outcome only prevented by the use of massive tactical air support. The Taliban retreated, pursued by aircraft which bombed the hamlets of Heder Abad, Qal’eh-ye Gaz (Qala-e-Gaz), etc along the Helmand River, killing numerous civilians. Other civilians were killed as they tried to remove dead Taliban by boat. Local reports say that some 15 Taliban were killed as well as 20-30 civilians in the Qal’ey-ye Gaz area in air attacks described in the Canadian press as “…a torrent of air strikes, including British Harrier fighter bombers, Apache helicopter gunships and B-52 bombers.” On Friday, the Taliban took control of three villages in the neighboring district of Kajaki. Information gathered from independent news agencies like the Afghan Islamic Press (at http://www.afghanislamicpress.com/english/index.asp ) and Pajhwok Afghan News, which break the Pentagon and mainstream corporate press censorship.
Killed in a “torrent of air strikes” by U.S. and U.K. aircraft