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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Cant Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Thursday, November 06, 2008

While in Dushanbe last week we were talking to our friend Saidbek whom worked in Afghanistan while the Soviets were occupying the country. We compared differences and similarities between that occupation and this one.

One factor that seem to be quite obvious was that the Afghans had some level of respect for the Russians for fighting man on man, face to face. I know it may sound twisted, but Afghans had respect for their oppressor.

With the new occupation, Afghans are loosing faith in this invention. If NATO keep dropping bombs (on innocent civilians regularly) instead of facing their opponent, how do they expect to gain support for this 'War on Terror'.......

Air strikes killed about 40 civilians

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday around 40 civilians, including women and children, were killed in international air strikes that hit a village in southern Afghanistan.

Monday's strike, which hit a wedding party, Afghan authorities reported that there was women, children and the bride included in the victims.

The president "condemned the air strike which killed around 40 and wounded another 28 civilians in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province," a statement from his office said.

"Safeguarding the life and property of the people of Afghanistan is one of the basic responsibilities of the Afghan government," the president said.

"Once again we remind the coalition forces that by any way possible they should avoid civilian casualties and not allow the killing and injury of innocent people of Afghanistan for the sake of some criminal terrorists."

New Just in:
HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Foreign forces have killed seven civilians in an air strike in northwest Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, a day after the Afghan president said warplanes had killed 40 civilians in the south.




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posted by Travis, 7:35 pm

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