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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Air, land, sea occupation kills indiscriminately

Pakistan's anti-U.S. demonstration
Civilians, “soldiers” die under U.S.-led onslaught, anti-U.S. protests rise
Re-reporting, editing by Carolyn Bennett

Today from the U.S. war on South Central Asia, Islamabad, Pakistan, is now accusing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to Deutsche Welle, of “killing dozens of Pakistani soldiers.”

zesham dot.blogspot image source

“NATO helicopters ‘carried out unprovoked and indiscriminate firing’ in the Mohmand tribal area” — an attack that left “26 Pakistani troops” dead and “14 others” wounded. The news report attributed a statement issued by the governor of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Masood Kausar. 

Breach of Pakistan's Sovereignty 

U.S. drone
Following NATO’s Saturday attack of two Pakistani military outposts, the government of Pakistan shut down two border crossings — the Torkham and Chaman border crossings — “the main overland supply routes used by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.” An estimated “30 percent” of the Alliance’s “non-lethal supplies pass through the two border crossings.”
Pakistan protests

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani reportedly characterized the aggression, “‘an attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty.’” Moreover, he said, “‘We will not let any harm come to Pakistan’s sovereignty and solidarity.’”

Pakistan’s chief of army staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, said, “‘A strong protest has been launched with NATO/ISAF [demanding] … that strong and urgent action be taken against those responsible for this aggression.’”

U.S. in
Pakistan and Afghanistan
This latest mass killing fuels mounting protests in this region and in East Africa against the U.S. and NATO drone attacks on civilians, occupation and breaches with impunity of national sovereignty.

In an update, Press TV is reporting on this incident, that NATO has “confirmed that the attack has left some Pakistani soldiers dead and has launched an investigation into the incident.”
However, in the northwestern city of Lahore, Pakistan, “activists with the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami party” (Islami Jamiat Tulba) have reportedly “staged a protest to denounce the killings of soldiers” and “the Pakistani government has ordered the U.S. to vacate an airbase within 15 days.”

Neighboring Afghanistan

The UN figures released September 28, 2011, said by comparison with the same period last year, violent incidents in the war on Afghanistan “increased by nearly 40 percent.”

Despite or because of an occupation of thousands of forces, “security incidents have averaged 2,108 a month in the first eight months of 2011.”

This week foreign forces continued to kill Afghan civilians, seven this past Wednesday.

U.S. in Iraq
“Afghan civilians have paid a heavy price since the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2001…   insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan,” Press TV reports, [and] “the loss of civilian lives at the hand of foreign forces has dramatically increased anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan.”

November 26, 2011
Sites reporting (estimates only)

Iraq Body Count
Documented civilian deaths from violence
103,746 – 113,339
Full analysis of the WikiLeaks’ Iraq War Logs may add
15,000 civilian deaths.

Icasualties dot org
1,845 U.S. • 2,815 Coalition
4,483 U.S. • 4,801 Coalition

Sources and notes

“Islamabad accuses NATO of killing dozens of Pakistani soldiers” [Author: Spencer Kimball (AP, AFP, Reuters), Editor: Andreas Illmer], November 26, 2011, DW-WORLD.DE www.dw-world.de | © Deutsche Welle; http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15559770,00.html

“Pakistan orders U.S. to vacate airbase,” November 26, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/212301.html

“Death toll continues to rise in Afghanistan” [Author: Marina Joarder (AFP, dpa), Editor: Grahame Lucas], September 29, 2011, http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6628640,00.html

“U.S.-led forces kill 7 Afghan civilians.” November 24, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/211898.html

Globe and Mail reports November 22-23/26, 2011

“The U.S. helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers on September 30 of last year took place south of Mohmand in the Kurram tribal area. A joint U.S.-Pakistan investigation found that Pakistani soldiers fired at the two U.S. helicopters prior to the attack, a move the investigation team said was likely meant to notify the aircraft of their presence after they passed into Pakistani airspace several times. A U.S. airstrike in June 2008 reportedly killed 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops during a clash between militants and coalition forces in the tribal region.

“Pakistan to review co-operation with U.S., NATO after deadly air strike” [Sebastian Abbot, Peshawar, Pakistan — Associated Press], November 26, 2011, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/pakistan-to-review-co-operation-with-us-nato-after-deadly-air-strike/article2250795/singlepage/#articlecontent

“Pakistan’s ambassador to U.S. resigns” [Affan Chowdhry], November 22-23, 2011, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/pakistans-ambassador-to-us-resigns/article2245280/

Helicopter image at http://zesham.blogspot.com/2011/08/pakistan-let-china-see-crashed-us.html

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