Bombing Campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan
U.S. Intensified Bombing Campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan Breed Fear and Hatred. In one of the largest airstrikes since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, American warplanes dropped 40,000 pounds of bombs on Sunni farmlands south of Baghdad Jan. 10. The targets were suspected al Qaeda positions near citrus groves around the town of Arab Jabour.
In November, leaders of a Sunni Arab militia group allied with the U.S. reported American bombs killed 45 members of their group, when they were mistaken for al Qaeda fighters. In October, 15 women and children were killed when U.S. planes attacked a suspected enemy position in the Lake Thar Thar region northwest of Baghdad.
The Associated Press reported that there has been a five-fold increase in the number of bombs dropped on Iraq during the first six months of 2007, coinciding with President Bush's troop escalation. More than 30 tons of the ordinance dropped have been cluster weapons, which take an especially heavy toll on civilians.
Afghanistan has also endured an intensification of U.S. and NATO airstrikes which has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of civilians killed. In mid-2007, Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a press conference to condemn what he called the "careless operations of NATO and international forces" that he asserted was killing innocent victims.
Von: http://pacificfreepress.com, 30.01.2008