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10 Medical Aid Workers Slain in Afghanistan

Posted on Aug 7, 2010

The 12-member medical team included Tom Little of the U.S. and and Karen Woo from Britain.

Ten members of a foreign medical team were shot to death in a remote area of northern Afghanistan on Thursday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings and said the foreigners were “spies and Christian missionaries.”

The victims were reported to include several Americans. The team was made up of eye doctors, nurses and technicians. —JCL

The New York Times:

Their aid group, the International Assistance Mission, said they were eye doctors, nurses and technicians, hiking into one of the toughest areas of the country to provide services. But the Taliban, who claimed responsibility, accused them of being spies and Christian missionaries.

“All indications are this is probably our team,” Dirk Frans, I.A.M.’s executive director, said from Kabul on Saturday. “They were on an optometric expedition, running an eye camp.” Both Mr. Frans and the police stressed, however, that no positive identification of the victims had yet been made. Their bodies were being brought out by road, a day’s journey to the district seat.

The 12-member medical team included six Americans, a Briton and a German, along with four Afghans, Mr. Frans said.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 11, 2010 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

Amazing that the morally bankrupt continue to apologize for one of the most brutal and sadistic religious organizations on Earth, the Taliban.

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By lal, August 9, 2010 at 11:54 am Link to this comment
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The Brit Special-Ed Air Service is back in action I see.  Brits:  the evil that stalks centuries and never dies.  They’ll do anything to protect their opium war profits.

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By gerard, August 8, 2010 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

This hideous crime is one more example of the results of human beings disregarding and denying the value of human life—a crime that is magnified many times over by war.

In “honor” of August 6 in Truthdig we have just been showered with a storm of justifications for America dropping the A-bomb—not once, but twice—in Japan in 1945.  In view of that sad atrocity, it behooves us to keep our mouths pretty well shut in the face of crimes against humanity like this murder of ten in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Better to use this recent atrocity to remember our own atrocities and stop warring here and there in the world, killing thousands for one reason or another.

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By wildflower, August 8, 2010 at 3:47 am Link to this comment

Re dkenneth: “the Taliban have raised the level of ?heinousness.”

I believe the heinous betrayal and “WMD Lie” promoted by the Bush/Cheney Administration can compete with any and all ruthless acts – the pain, violence, and mayhem set in motion by their “lie” has continued without pause.

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By dkenneth, August 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

To all TRUTHdiggers,

Nothing in my memory, or in any history of war I’ve read, compares to this atrocity.
Western forces, even Russians, for the all mayhem and yes, murder that has occurred
which is attributed to the “right side;” never has there been an instance in war or
conflict which compares to the paranoiac and ruthless cruelty perpetrated by the
Taliban as described in the article above.

War is hell, cruel. and a waste of lives, but the Taliban have raised the level of
heinousness, wastefulness and pain an order of magnitude.

I do not like to say I hate all Taliban; that would be be as paranoid and unthinking as
they. I’ll just say I hate those men who did this thing—this terrible war crime.


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By jr., August 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

Good:  the taliban were, no doubt, correct.

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By wildflower, August 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment

Religious persecution is sad, ugly and tragic.  It seems to be everywhere these days – Afghanistan, United States, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Nigeria, Sudan.  The list goes on and on .  .  .

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By gerard, August 7, 2010 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

Will this be used to justify another year of war and the killing and wounding of more people on all sides?

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By skulz fontaine, August 7, 2010 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

This is some really bad juju. Lemme see here, the U.S. military cacked off 55
Afghan civilians just about day or so before yesterday. Check. Time or Newsweek
posts on their front cover the picture of Afghan girlie about 18 or so give a day or
two, with girlie’s nose cut off. Check. Horror meets brutality. Injustice is met with
injustice. Check.
Ergo- “western” injustice and atrocity isn’t so bad as that Talibanner injustice.
Cause you know, Talibanners disfigure young girlies and blast bejesus out of
“medical aid workers.”

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