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What happened after the war on Afghanistan?

N.P.Gill, Cambridge University 16 January 2004

A short summary based on published evidence, of what the effect of the American attack and invasion of 2001 has been, with 35 links to cited references.

This was at http://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~npg20/afghanistan.html but now (2017) seems to be only on archive.org

Full article on archive.org

Torture testimony 'acceptable'

Audrey Gillan, Guardian, 22 July 2003, page 2

Carefully hidden by the Guardian under an irrelevant headline on page 2 is an official USA admission of murder of prisoners held by the CIA in Bagram:

A US military coroner, Elizabeth Rowse, ruled that two men from Afghanistan held at a secret CIA interrogation centre at Bagram air base had been killed under interrogation. She confirmed that the official cause of death of the two men was "homicide".
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The Death Convoy of Afghanistan

Babak Dehghanpisheh, John Barry and Roy Gutman, Newsweek, Aug 26, 2002 issue.

The close involvement of American soldiers with General Dostum can only make an investigation all the more sensitive. "The issue nobody wants to discuss is the involvement of U.S. forces," says Jennifer Leaning, professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and one of the pair of Physicians for Human Rights investigators who pushed their way into Sheberghan. "U.S. forces were in the area at the time. What did the U.S. know, and when and -where-and what did they do about it?"

This article was at http://www.msnbc.com/news/795153.asp?cp1=1

In August 2017 there is no obvious sign of it at original url or in archive.org

Robert Fisk: Afghanistan is on the brink of another disaster

Robert Fisk, Independent, 14 August 2002

Things have since changed. The American forces in Afghanistan, it seems, now leave the beatings to their Afghan allies, especially members of the so-called Afghan Special Forces, a Washington-supported group of thugs who are based in the former Khad secret police torture centre in Kabul. "It's the Afghan Special Forces who beat the Pashtun prisoners for information now - not the Americans," the Western military man told me. "But the CIA are there during the beatings, so the Americans are culpable, they let it happen."

Full article from www.independent.co.uk archived on archive.org

Return to Afghanistan: Explosives that US knew would kill innocents continue to take their toll

Robert Fisk, Independent, 10 August 2002

Her son's killer was a small, round, yellow cylinder buried beneath the ground - a small fragment of an American cluster bomb - which was infinitely more sophisticated and more efficiently made than anything in this ramshackle home. Tamim worked for the Halo Trust, the mine-clearing operation to which Diana, Princess of Wales, gave so much publicity, and he was an experienced man, 25 years old, with four years of de-mining to his name.

Full article from www.independent.co.uk archived on archive.org

Return to Afghanistan: Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big hand for Gul Agha - the UN's warlord of the year

Robert Fisk, Independent, 9 August 2002

A few dozen metres further, I came to a courtyard in which the prisoners had piled their bedding: rotten, stained mattresses and plastic sheeting and soiled clothes. These, no doubt, were the real furnishings of the tiny brick cells. So who owned the red and golden carpets?

Full article from www.independent.co.uk archived on archive.org

Return to Afghanistan: Families of the disappeared demand answers

Robert Fisk, Independent, 8 August 2002

Where, Mrs Abdul Qadir asked Ahsan Akhtar, the director of human rights, was her husband? The Independent has now learnt exactly where he is - he is a prisoner in a cage on the huge American air base at Bagram in Afghanistan. He was kidnapped - there appears to be no other word for it - by the Americans and simply flown over the international frontier from Pakistan. His "crime" is unknown. He has no lawyers to defend him. In the vacuum of the US "war on terror", Mr Abdul Qadir has become a non-person.

Full article from www.independent.co.uk archived on archive.org

The return to Afghanistan: For the forgotten Afghans, the UN offers a fresh hell

Robert Fisk, Independent, 07 August 2002

In Afghanistan, it is possible to go from hell to hell. The first circle of hell is the Waiting Area, the faeces-encrusted dustbowl in which 60,000 Afghans rot along their frontier with Pakistan at Chaman - a bone-dry, sand-blasted place of patched bedouin tents, skinny camels, infested blankets and skin disease.

Full article from news.independent.co.uk archived on archive.org

The return to Afghanistan: Collateral damage

Robert Fisk, Independent 6 August 2002

Hakim, one of the animal herders, saw the men from the helicopters chase the old man into the mosque and heard a burst of gunfire. "When our people found him, he had been killed with a bullet, in the head," he says, pointing downwards. There is a single bullet hole in the concrete floor of the mosque and a dried bloodstain beside it. "We found bits of his brain on the wall."

Full article from news.independent.co.uk archived on archive.org

AFGHANISTAN: Concerns over effects of depleted uranium

Australian Broadcasting Corporation 27 June 2002

The United States campaign on terrorism in Afghanistan may have created a terror of its own. Thousands of people, as well as future generations, may have been exposed to high levels of radiation from depleted uranium, believed to be the so called 'mystery heavy metal' used in US guided missiles, bunker busters and other weaponry in Afghanistan.

Transcript from abc.net.au archived on archive.org

In 2017 apparently the same transcript without audio on www.radioaustralia.net.au

In August 2017 the old url http://abc.net.au/ra/asiapac/programs/s593117.htm redirects to http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/asia-pacific

Anti-U.S. militants showing up all over

Eric Margolis -- Contributing Foreign Editor Toronto Sun 23 June 2002
Afghanistan, billed only last fall as a triumph for America and President Bush, is now looking less and less like a victory and more each day like the beginning of a long, bloody struggle that could and should have been avoided.
The full article was at http://www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_jun23.html

Forgotten victims

Jonathan Steele in Herat Guardian Monday 20 May 2002

His uncle watched him die. Soon after the United States started bombing Afghanistan last autumn the small boy, just under two years old, fled his home on the back of a donkey with his parents and other family members.

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4416837,00.html

Pipeline Brigade

President Bush is arming troops to protect Occidental Petroleum in Colombia. What next?

By John Barry NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL, 8 April 2002

April 8 issue _ Is George W. Bush using war as an extension of his oil policy? It looked that way in February, when Washington announced a $700 million aid package for the Andean region, largely to fight the twin threats of guerrilla war and drugrunning that threaten the area. As is usual, half the money will go to Colombia, but with a new twist: $98 million for training and equipping a Colombian brigade of around 2,000 soldiers to protect the 772-kilometer Cano Limon pipeline.

Full article from www.msnbc.com archived from archive.org

Shattered Afghan Families Demand U.S. Compensation

Carlotta Gall, New York Times, 8 April 2002 First paragraph:
KABUL, Afghanistan, April 7 -- Victims of the bombing in Afghanistan handed in petitions from 400 families to the American Embassy here today, part of a growing movement to demand compensation from the United States for the loss of their families and homes.

The article includes interviews with some of the surviving victims outside the embassy. and reports that they got nothing but a short meeting in the street with Michael Metrinko, the head of the embassy's political and consular sections. Metrinko is reported as saying that the embassy has been recieving petitions since January and has asked Washington what answer to give but has not received a reply either from the 'State Department' or the 'Defense Department'.

Full article on nytimes.com and Full article

DEPLETED URANIUM IN BUNKER BOMBS

America's big dirty secret

by ROBERT JAMES PARSONS Le Monde Diplomatique, March 2002
"The immediate concern for medical professionals and employees of aid organisations remains the threat of extensive depleted uranium (DU) contamination in Afghanistan." This is one of the conclusions of a 130-page report, Mystery Metal Nightmare in Afghanistan? (1), by Dai Williams, an independent researcher and occupational psychologist. It is the result of more than a year of research into DU and its effects on those exposed to it.
Full article http://MondeDiplo.com/2002/03/03uranium

Eyewitness

John Davison, "Christian Aid news" Winter 2002 Issue 15, page 6
Everyone I spoke at the camp said they had come to escape the bombing. Many had stories of relatives being killed.
Full article: john.davison.html

Why we have to stop the war on Afghanistan now

by Andrew Goreing
Unless the bombing of Afghanistan stops immediately, the UK government will share responsibility for an atrocity which will dwarf the toll of September 11. The war has also -
  • directly killed innocent people,
  • smashed the rule of law,
  • advanced the aims of some of the most dangerous people on the planet,
  • increased the threat of terrorism to the people of the United States and to ourselves.

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Birds of Death

a Wall to Wall television production for Channel 4 MCMXCII director George Case

A documentary about british royal air force bombing and shooting of civilians both in Iraq and Waziristan (near modern Pakistan/Afghanistan border) during the 1920s and 1930s. It includes interviews with some of the perpetrators and some of their surviving victims. David Omissi appears in the credits as a consultant.

Transcript: birds_of_death/transcript.html