In memory of

 

 

at least 8 members of one family

in the afternoon of Sunday, July 22, 2007

 

 

 

in Taliban-controlled district of Musa Qala, Helmand Province. In late June, the bodies of four bearded men still hung from two tall poles at a roundabout in Musa Qala District, a spectacle of Taliban justice having been hung for spying for the Americans and the Karzai regime. Last December, the remarkable, independent Pakistani reporter, Syed Saleem Shahzad reported on Musa Qala (see http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HL07Df03.html ), located  in “a vast wonderland that reminds the traveler of the supernatural tales of One Thousand and One Nights and a lifestyle that goes back to when history was not documented.”

 

U.S. military propaganda reports broadcast that “Over two dozen rebels killed in Afghan battle.” As usual, under U.S/NATO news management, civilian casualties are a non-issue. Jason Straziuso of the Associated Press, ever so faithful stenographer of the U.S. military’s virtual reality, predictably chimed in early on Monday proclaiming, “US: 50 Taliban killed in Afghanistan.” Subsequently, even more spectacular figures for killed Taliban were announced, reminiscent of the discredited Vietnam body counts. News from the ground was different: a resident told Reuters (not the Associated Press) that at least 8 civilians of one family had died under U.S. bombs in Sunday’s battle. Others reported 20 dead civilians. The witness said residents were still digging out more casualties from the rubble. The fight started after U.S and Afghan soldiers on a patrol came under fire and called-in close air support. The fighting raged throughout the afternoon and U.S. A-10 attack warplanes dropped at least four bombs.

Killed by U.S A-10s dropping 500 pound GBU-12 guided bombs and firing their deadly cannon