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50 US & NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan in Past Week

Posted by musliminsuffer on August 10, 2011

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

50 US & NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan in Past Week

Posted on 08/08/2011 by Juan

Juan Cole
Professor Juan Cole

Another US helicopter got into trouble on Sunday, and had to make a hard landing in the eastern Paktia province, though no one aboard was hurt. It may have been forced down by Taliban fire.

Seven US & NATO troops have been killed in fighting in Afghanistan in the past 48 hours, on top of the 30 US soldiers, 7 Afghan troops and an interpreter who were killed when a Chinook helicopter went down, likely shot down by Taliban, in Wardak on Friday.

Two of those killed Sunday were French, and 7 French soldiers were wounded.

Also on Sunday, US troops recovering the crash wreckage in Wardak ran into heavy fire from local Taliban and there was a clash near the site.

Altogether, 50 US & NATO troops have already been killed in August, and 383 have been killed this year.

No wonder that Afghanistan’s new US ambassador, Ryan Crocker, cautioned last week against a “rush for the exits,” as Tom Englehart noted. In fact, most NATO allies have run or are running for the exits, as it become increasingly clear that the Afghanistan effort is likely endless. Canada’s combat mission has ended, Holland is out, and France, Poland and Britain have announced plans to get out over the next three years. (For the current distribution of foreign troops in Afghanistan, see the ISAF web page, though it hasn’t removed the Canadian flag yet.)

The spike in troop deaths comes in the wake of an extremely successful Taliban campaign of assassination in July. They killed the de facto ruler of Qandahar province, Ahmad Wali Karzai, the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai and a major power broker for the Kabul government. Then they attacked his funeral, as well, killing 4 people with a suicide bombing. Then they assassinated Jan Mohammad Khan, President Karzai’s chief official for tribal relations (i.e. he would have been trying to turn the Pashtun tribes against the Taliban), along with a member of parliament. Then on July 27, the mayor of Qandahar city, Ghulam Haider Hamidi, was assassinated by the Taliban.

Although the Afghanistan war receives little coverage in general, it is astonishing that there has been no major piece in an American news journal that points out that the Taliban have wiped out the pro-Karzai power elite of Qandahar in the past month and are killing US troops in record numbers.

All these Taliban advances are occurring in the wake of the major US counter-insurgency campaign in Qandahar province, Operation Hamkari [‘Working Together’] of fall 2010.

Counter-insurgency was never very likely to succeed in Afghanistan, given the size of the country and its problems, and given the relatively small amount of resources committed to it by Washington. One measure of whether David Petraeus, the incoming head of the CIA, is a straight shooter will be whether he is able to report to his boss that the strategy was flawed even though he was an architect of it.

Since Obama is taking out some 30,000 troops over the next year, the window for counter-insurgency is closing (it is troop-intensive).

In fact, the US and NATO are increasingly simply withdrawing from whole provinces and handing them over to Karzai’s army and police, ready or not. As the DoD say last week:

‘ Mehtar lam is one of seven areas being turned over to Afghan security forces in ceremonies around the country this week, including the provinces of Bamyan, Panjshir and Kabul (except for the Surobi District), and the cities of Herat in the west, Mazar-i-Sharif in the north, Lashkar Gah in the country’s southern Helmand Province. ‘

Me, I should have thought the turnover of major places like Kabul, Herat, Mazar-i Sharif and Lashkar Gah to the Karzai security forces would have been headline news. But not only do few in the US seem to care about the news from the Afghanistan front, the appetite of the US public to prosecute the struggle has almost disappeared, given the poor economy, debt problems, the killing of Bin Laden, and the corrupt character of the Karzai government. It is clear that gradually, the lights are being turned off on the forgotten war, which is so forgotten that few in the US (the major power prosecuting the war) are even noticing that they are being extinguished.


-muslim voice-

2 Responses to “50 US & NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan in Past Week”

  1. To hell with Islam, and to hell with you. I do agree we should withdraw from Afghanistan. It is impossible to help Muslim countries. You make you own suffering.

    • Yeach … go back to your dark hole where you came from. We never invite and welcome you from the begining!


      Let the Bloody Truth Be Told: A Chronology of U.S. Imperialism

      SOUTH DAKOTA 1890 (-?) Troops 300 Lakota Indians massacred at Wounded Knee.
      ARGENTINA 1890 Troops Buenos Aires interests protected.
      CHILE 1891 Troops Marines clash with nationalist rebels.
      HAITI 1891 Troops Black revolt on Navassa defeated.
      IDAHO 1892 Troops Army suppresses silver miners’ strike.
      HAWAII 1893 (-?) Naval, troops Independent kingdom overthrown, annexed.
      CHICAGO 1894 Troops Breaking of rail strike, 34 killed.
      NICARAGUA 1894 Troops Month-long occupation of Bluefields.
      CHINA 1894-95 Naval, troops Marines land in Sino-Japanese War
      KOREA 1894-96 Troops Marines kept in Seoul during war.
      PANAMA 1895 Troops, naval Marines land in Colombian province.
      NICARAGUA 1896 Troops Marines land in port of Corinto.
      CHINA 1898-1900 Troops Boxer Rebellion fought by foreign armies.
      PHILIPPINES 1898-1910 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, killed 600,000 Filipinos
      CUBA 1898-1902 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, still hold Navy base.
      PUERTO RICO 1898 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, occupation continues.
      GUAM 1898 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, still use as base.
      MINNESOTA 1898 (-?) Troops Army battles Chippewa at Leech Lake.
      NICARAGUA 1898 Troops Marines land at port of San Juan del Sur.
      SAMOA 1899 (-?) Troops Battle over succession to throne.
      NICARAGUA 1899 Troops Marines land at port of Bluefields.
      IDAHO 1899-1901 Troops Army occupies Coeur d’Alene mining region.
      OKLAHOMA 1901 Troops Army battles Creek Indian revolt.
      PANAMA 1901-14 Naval, troops Broke off from Colombia 1903, annexed Canal Zone 1914.
      HONDURAS 1903 Troops Marines intervene in revolution.
      DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1903-04 Troops U.S. interests protected in Revolution.
      KOREA 1904-05 Troops Marines land in Russo-Japanese War.
      CUBA 1906-09 Troops Marines land in democratic election.
      NICARAGUA 1907 Troops “Dollar Diplomacy” protectorate set up.
      HONDURAS 1907 Troops Marines land during war with Nicaragua
      PANAMA 1908 Troops Marines intervene in election contest.
      NICARAGUA 1910 Troops Marines land in Bluefields and Corinto.
      HONDURAS 1911 Troops U.S. interests protected in civil war.
      CHINA 1911-41 Naval, troops Continuous occupation with flare-ups.
      CUBA 1912 Troops U.S. interests protected in civil war.
      PANAMA 1912 Troops Marines land during heated election.
      HONDURAS 1912 Troops Marines protect U.S. economic interests.
      NICARAGUA 1912-33 Troops, bombing 10-year occupation, fought guerillas
      MEXICO 1913 Naval Americans evacuated during revolution.
      DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1914 Naval Fight with rebels over Santo Domingo.
      COLORADO 1914 Troops Breaking of miners’ strike by Army.
      MEXICO 1914-18 Naval, troops Series of interventions against nationalists.
      HAITI 1914-34 Troops, bombing 19-year occupation after revolts.
      DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1916-24 Troops 8-year Marine occupation.
      CUBA 1917-33 Troops Military occupation, economic protectorate.
      WORLD WAR I 1917-18 naval, troops Ships sunk, fought Germany for 1 1/2 years.
      RUSSIA 1918-22 Naval, troops Five landings to fight Bolsheviks
      PANAMA 1918-20 Troops “Police duty” during unrest after elections.
      HONDURAS 1919 Troops Marines land during election campaign.
      YUGOSLAVIA 1919 Troops/Marines intervene for Italy against Serbs in Dalmatia.
      GUATEMALA 1920 Troops 2-week intervention against unionists.
      WEST VIRGINIA 1920-21 Troops, bombing Army intervenes against mineworkers.
      TURKEY 1922 Troops Fought nationalists in Smyrna.
      CHINA 1922-27 Naval, troops Deployment during nationalist revolt.
      HONDURAS 1924-25 Troops Landed twice during election strife.
      PANAMA 1925 Troops Marines suppress general strike.
      CHINA 1927-34 Troops Marines stationed throughout the country.
      EL SALVADOR 1932 Naval Warships send during Marti revolt.
      WASHINGTON DC 1932 Troops Army stops WWI vet bonus protest.
      WORLD WAR II 1941-45 Naval, troops, bombing, nuclear Hawaii bombed, fought Japan, Italy and Germay for 3 years; first nuclear war.
      DETROIT 1943 Troops Army put down Black rebellion.
      IRAN 1946 Nuclear threat Soviet troops told to leave north.
      YUGOSLAVIA 1946 Nuclear threat, naval Response to shoot-down of US plane.
      URUGUAY 1947 Nuclear threat Bombers deployed as show of strength.
      GREECE 1947-49 Command operation U.S. directs extreme-right in civil war.
      GERMANY 1948 Nuclear Threat Atomic-capable bombers guard Berlin Airlift.
      CHINA 1948-49 Troops/Marines evacuate Americans before Communist victory.
      PHILIPPINES 1948-54 Command operation CIA directs war against Huk Rebellion.
      PUERTO RICO 1950 Command operation Independence rebellion crushed in Ponce.
      KOREA 1951-53 (-?) Troops, naval, bombing , nuclear threats U.S./So. Korea fights China/No. Korea to stalemate; A-bomb threat in 1950, and against China in 1953. Still have bases.
      IRAN 1953 Command Operation CIA overthrows democracy, installs Shah.
      VIETNAM 1954 Nuclear threat French offered bombs to use against seige.
      GUATEMALA 1954 Command operation, bombing, nuclear threat CIA directs exile invasion after new gov’t nationalized U.S. company lands; bombers based in Nicaragua.
      EGYPT 1956 Nuclear threat, troops Soviets told to keep out of Suez crisis; Marines evacuate foreigners.
      LEBANON l958 Troops, naval Marine occupation against rebels.
      IRAQ 1958 Nuclear threat Iraq warned against invading Kuwait.
      CHINA l958 Nuclear threat China told not to move on Taiwan isles.
      PANAMA 1958 Troops Flag protests erupt into confrontation.
      VIETNAM l960-75 Troops, naval, bombing, nuclear threats Fought South Vietnam revolt & North Vietnam; one million killed in longest U.S. war; atomic bomb threats in l968 and l969.
      LAOS 1962 Command operation Military buildup during guerrilla war.
      CUBA l961 Command operation CIA-directed exile invasion fails.
      GERMANY l961 Nuclear threat Alert during Berlin Wall crisis.
      CUBA l962 Nuclear threat, naval Blockade during missile crisis; near-war with Soviet Union.
      PANAMA l964 Troops Panamanians shot for urging canal’s return.
      INDONESIA l965 Command operation Million killed in CIA-assisted army coup.
      DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1965-66 Troops, bombing Marines land during election campaign.
      GUATEMALA l966-67 Command operation Green Berets intervene against rebels.
      DETROIT l967 Troops Army battles Blacks, 43 killed.
      UNITED STATES l968 Troops After King is shot; over 21,000 soldiers in cities.
      CAMBODIA l969-75 Bombing, troops, naval Up to 2 million killed in decade of bombing, starvation, and political chaos.
      OMAN l970 Command operation U.S. directs Iranian marine invasion.
      LAOS l971-73 Command operation, bombing U.S. directs South Vietnamese invasion; “carpet-bombs” countryside.
      SOUTH DAKOTA l973 Command operation Army directs Wounded Knee siege of Lakotas.
      MIDEAST 1973 Nuclear threat World-wide alert during Mideast War.
      CHILE 1973 Command operation CIA-backed coup ousts elected marxist president.
      CAMBODIA l975 Troops, bombing Gas captured ship, 28 die in copter crash.
      ANGOLA l976-92 Command operation CIA assists South African-backed rebels.
      IRAN l980 Troops, nuclear threat, aborted bombing Raid to rescue Embassy hostages; 8 troops die in copter-plane crash. Soviets warned not to get involved in revolution.
      LIBYA l981 Naval jets Two Libyan jets shot down in maneuvers.
      EL SALVADOR l981-92 Command operation, troops Advisors, overflights aid anti-rebel war, soldiers briefly involved in hostage clash.
      NICARAGUA l981-90 Command operation, naval CIA directs exile (Contra) invasions, plants harbor mines against revolution.
      LEBANON l982-84 Naval, bombing, troops Marines expel PLO and back Phalangists, Navy bombs and shells Muslim positions.
      GRENADA l983-84 Troops, bombing Invasion four years after revolution.
      HONDURAS l983-89 Troops Maneuvers help build bases near borders.
      IRAN l984 Jets Two Iranian jets shot down over Persian Gulf.
      LIBYA l986 Bombing, naval Air strikes to topple nationalist gov’t.
      BOLIVIA 1986 Troops Army assists raids on cocaine region.
      IRAN l987-88 Naval, bombing US intervenes on side of Iraq in war.
      LIBYA 1989 Naval jets Two Libyan jets shot down.
      VIRGIN ISLANDS 1989 Troops St. Croix Black unrest after storm.
      PHILIPPINES 1989 Jets Air cover provided for government against coup.
      PANAMA 1989 (-?) Troops, bombing Nationalist government ousted by 27,000 soldiers, leaders arrested, 2000+ killed.
      LIBERIA 1990 Troops Foreigners evacuated during civil war.
      SAUDI ARABIA 1990-91 Troops, jets Iraq countered after invading Kuwait. 540,000 troops also stationed in Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Israel.
      IRAQ 1990-? Bombing, troops, naval Blockade of Iraqi and Jordanian ports, air strikes; 200,000+ killed in invasion of Iraq and Kuwait; no-fly zone over Kurdish north, Shiite south, large-scale destruction of Iraqi military.
      KUWAIT 1991 Naval, bombing, troops Kuwait royal family returned to throne.
      LOS ANGELES 1992 Troops Army, Marines deployed against anti-police uprising.
      SOMALIA 1992-94 Troops, naval, bombing U.S.-led United Nations occupation during civil war; raids against one Mogadishu faction.
      YUGOSLAVIA 1992-94 Naval NATO blockade of Serbia and Montenegro.
      BOSNIA 1993-? Jets, bombing No-fly zone patrolled in civil war; downed jets, bombed Serbs.
      HAITI 1994-? Troops, naval Blockade against military government; troops restore President Aristide to office three years after coup.
      ZAIRE (CONGO) 1996-97 Troops Marines at Rwandan Hutu refugee camps, in area where Congo revolution begins.
      LIBERIA 1997 Troops Soldiers under fire during evacuation of foreigners.
      ALBANIA 1997 Troops Soldiers under fire during evacuation of foreigners.
      SUDAN 1998 Missiles Attack on pharmaceutical plant alleged to be “terrorist” nerve gas plant.
      AFGHANISTAN 1998 Missiles Attack on former CIA training camps used by Islamic fundamentalist groups alleged to have attacked embassies.
      IRAQ 1998-? Bombing, Missiles Four days of intensive air strikes after weapons inspectors allege Iraqi obstructions.
      YUGOSLAVIA 1999 Bombing, Missiles Heavy NATO air strikes after Serbia declines to withdraw from Kosovo. NATO occupation of Kosovo.
      YEMEN 2000 Naval USS Cole bombed.
      MACEDONIA 2001 Troops NATO forces deployed to move and disarm Albanian rebels.
      UNITED STATES 2001 Jets, naval Reaction to hijacker attacks on New York, DC
      AFGHANISTAN 2001-? Troops, bombing, missiles Massive U.S. mobilization to overthrow Taliban, hunt Al Qaeda fighters, install Karzai regime. Forces also engaged in neighboring Pakistan.
      YEMEN 2002 Missiles Predator drone missile attack on Al Qaeda, including a US citizen.
      PHILIPPINES 2002 Troops, naval Training mission for Philippine military fighting Muslim Abu Sayyaf rebels evolves into US combat missions in Sulu Archipelago next to Mindanao.
      COLOMBIA 2003-? Troops US special forces sent to rebel zone to back up Colombian military protecting oil pipeline.

      AFGHANISTAN 2001-? US and NATO murder and masacre more than 25.000 innocent civillian peoples of Afghanistan
      IRAQ 2003-? Troops, naval, bombing, missiles Second Gulf War launched for “regime change” in Baghdad. US, joined by UK and Australia, attacks from Kuwait, other Gulf states, and European and US bases.
      LIBYA 2011-? Invade and attack Libya for OIL
      YEMEN 2011 – ?

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