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American War Crimes in Afghanistan Exposed by WikiLeaks and a New UN Report

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Written by Dr. Leon Tressell exclusively for SouthFront

WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange languishes in a British maximum security prison for exposing American war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.  All those politicians and so called journalists who applauded Assange’s arrest are deafening silent when it comes to American war crimes in countries such as Afghanistan. This conspiracy of silence includes the International Criminal Court which, to its eternal shame, has recently decided not to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan.

American War Crimes in Afghanistan Exposed by WikiLeaks and a New UN Report

Meanwhile, a new report from the UN lays bare the continuing war crimes committed by the United States and its allies over the last year. In the first quarter of 2019 the Afghan army and US forces killed more civilians than the Taliban and Isis. During this period the US carried out 39 bombing operations that caused 145 civilian deaths and wounded 83 with women and children making up 50% of the casualties from aerial operations. The UN report briefly mentions a massacre of civilians on 23 March in Kunduz City where American bombing killed 13 civilians including 10 women and two children.

The huge escalation in American bombing of civilians is apparently part of the US strategy to force the Taliban to negotiate peace in the country. Massive bombing of civilians failed to win victory in the Vietnam War and committing such war crimes in Afghanistan will also not help facilitate an American victory.

American war crimes against civilians in Afghanistan are nothing new. They have a long history as revealed by WikiLeaks.

It is important that we remind the world of American war crimes in Afghanistan at a time when the Trump regime and its allies seek to repress the truth about their bloody regime change wars, while truth tellers like Assange languish in jail.

In July 2010 Wikileaks released the Afghan War Diary which was an extraordinary collection of 91,000 reports that revealed the killing of hundreds of civilians by the US led coalition. This came at a time when President Obama had sent 30,000 extra soldiers to prop up the failing American war effort.

Night raids by US soldiers and their allies have been major source of anger within Afghanistan due to the high number of civilians killed by such actions. In 2010 alone, 472 civilians were killed or wounded by soldiers from the US led coalition (ISAF). As Julian Assange pointed out in 2010 the  Afghan War Diary contains many examples of “war crimes’’ that need investigation. Nine years later and there has been no justice for the victims who are inconvenient facts about how the United States conducts its so called war on terror.

Throughout the naughties the city of Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province,  was a government stronghold yet ISAF night raids dramatically increased in the region.

One infamous massacre in the region came on 4 March 2007 when US Marine Special Forces slaughtered 15 civilians and wounded 35 others. In their defence the marines claimed that they were merely responding to a Taliban attack in the area. A response that somehow left 15 civilians dead.

The large death toll from this murderous raid against civilians, they were supposedly protecting, did little to dissuade US commanders from pressing ahead with further night raids in the province.

On the night of April 28 2007 ISAF and Afghan government forces raided a so called suicide bomb cell 20 miles south east of Jalalabad. During the raid  4 alleged “insurgents’’ were killed along with a woman and teenage girl. Two children were also wounded, a 15 year old and three year old. The two girls had been taken to the US Bagram facility without the escort of any male relatives causing great anger in the local community.

This raid was the last straw for the long suffering residents of this province. Their anger exploded the next day. Between 500-1,000 residents blockaded the highway running from Jalalabad to the border.  These protests continued for four days with the government having to dispatch high level representatives to quell the public anger.

The classified report of these raids makes the ironic observation that ISAF forces faced major challenges while, “minimizing civilian casualties and disruption to the lives of local residents.’’

It also notes how President Karzai, in a meeting with NATO ambassadors, “expressed concern that these incidents could affect popular attitudes toward ISAF and the Coalition.’’ Talk about understatement of the decade. US bombing and night raids have undoubtedly been one factor in shoring up support for the Taliban in its 17 year campaign to evict international forces from the country.

The United States is repeating its tactics from the Vietnam War in the early 1970s. Massively increase the bombing of civilians in an effort to force your enemy to the negotiating table as an exit strategy from a war that you are losing.

The two American raids in 2007 that were exposed by Wikileaks and the recent UN report illustrate how American war crimes have been and still are a common occurrence in Afghanistan.

The jailing of Julian Assange should remind us all of the terrible price paid by a journalist for exposing how the American empire conducts its foreign wars.

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  • Promitheas Apollonious

    the american and allies war crimes in afghanistan have been exposed as they was happening and no one who cared to know, needed Wikileaks to uncover them or expose them. If the mass misinformation centers was not 24/7 about Wikileaks no one will know they even existed. has any of you followers stop to think why their private owned mass media given such an exposure to their alleged enemies?

    You should be able begin to understand reverse psychology and made in usa heroes holyshit style.

  • RichardD

    The Germans had the right idea, they just went about dejudification the wrong way. Rather than killing Jews, they should have outlawed Judaism, made it’s practice illegal, and closed the synagogues and yeshivas so that Jews went extinct.

    The US and our planet should do the same thing. So that the planet is Jew free. Humanity will be much better off with this evil cult put in the trash can of history where it belongs.

  • RichardD
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    • RichardD

      “Immediately following the 11 September attacks, the Zionist network was methodically manoeuvring behind the scenes to quash any legitimate investigation that might reveal what really happened that day. They made it their goal to control any and all angles of so called “investigation” so that they could quickly cover up any and all evidence pointing to Zionist involvement.

      Chief judges
      Full article: 9-11/Legal action
      All the judges appointed were Zionist Jews:”

      – “9-11/Israel did it” –

      https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9-11/Israel_did_it#Cover_Up

  • RichardD

    “Among the growing number of Americans who disbelieve the official version of the 9/11 attacks, two basic theories are in competition: I called them “inside job” and “Mossad job”. The first one is the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, and blames the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State. The second one claims that the masterminds were members of a powerful Israeli network deeply infiltrated in all spheres of power within the US, including media, government, military and secret services.

    This “Mossad job” thesis has been gaining ground since Alan Sabrosky, a professor at the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Military Academy, published in July 2012 an article entitled “Demystifying 9/11: Israel and the Tactics of Mistake”, where he voiced his conviction that September 11th was “a classic Mossad-orchestrated operation.””

    – 9/11 Was an Israeli Job
    How America was neoconned into World War IV –

    http://www.unz.com/article/911-was-an-israeli-job/

    • verner

      the mossad strain.

      two birds with one stone – the first: silverstein got himself a new world trade center with the insurance proceeds and two, it provided a good excuse to go to an all out war in the middle east furthering the interest(s) of the squatters on palestinian land.

      • RichardD

        And where is the congressional investigation by the Zionist Israel firster swamp traitors? The US army war college publishes an investigative article saying the the Jews and Israel did it and the swamp traitors ignore overwhelming evidence that would stand up in a court of law.

  • Rob

    If Wikileaks does not tell us still majority of world communities know that majority politicians of America are terrorists.

  • Rob

    If you have gold, diamond, oil and gas etc in your country then definitely America and their 40 thieves will invade you and will take that from you by force.

  • Rob

    Loan from any bank incuding world bank and IMF is the mother of all diseases. It collapse national economy.

  • Sinbad2

    America is one great big war crime.

    • Alex

      Just like their predecessors, the english.

  • d’Artagnan

    It would not be an exaggeration to point out that the US military is a terrorist organization and responsible for the most appalling war crimes against civilians from Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria to Yemen.

  • Lazy Gamer

    Those ICC officials are a waste of space. They should step aside and let somebody more professional do the job. They could have interviewed the victims/families in the meantime, visited the areas, bases, to collect evidence.

  • thesquire1

    The American people have to ask why are these referred to as LEAKS ? The American taxpayers pay for these and elect people responsible so why do they have to be ‘LEAKED’ to them when it is their RIGHT to know what is done IN THEIR NAME !

  • Fayez Chergui

    What about a wikileaks report on war crime in Palestine?

  • chris chuba

    According to FOX news all of these civilians were bomb makers. I noticed that this is the common explanation for killing unarmed people.

  • verner

    a full list of moronistan’s (aka usa -home of neo-nazi morons) war crimes and/or crimes against humanity will be so long that it hardly would serve a purpose – a shorter list will suffice to prosecute the neo-nazi morons, like fatso, like bolton, like abrams and donny the dunce to the full extent of (international) law/conventions as interpreted by icc and respected by most countries in the world, except a) moronistan and b) israel.

  • MUHAMMAD YUSUF NDAKO

    May Alloh Dame American and there allies