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Posted on May 5, 2009

Up to 70 civilians were reportedly killed in the Farah province of Afghanistan in a battle between Taliban insurgents and coalition forces on Tuesday, adding friction to already tense relations between the U.S. and Afghan governments.

According to Mohammad Nieem Qadderdan, a former top official in the Farah district of Bala Baluk, “These houses that were full of children and women and elders were bombed by planes.” The U.S. military is investigating the claims.

Los Angeles Times:

Civilian casualties are likely to remain a highly sensitive topic in coming months with the arrival of some 20,000 additional American troops and the ongoing Afghan election campaign. Western military officials say they expect an increased level of violence as coalition forces pursue the insurgents into areas where the Taliban previously operated freely, including much of Farah.

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By ---, May 7, 2009 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, is repeatedly expressing “regret” on behalf of the U.S. government when civilians die because of our military actions.

I invite you to read my May 6, 2009 blog entry:  Deep Regret?

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By jackpine savage, May 6, 2009 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

My, my there certainly are a lot of contingencies in those overseas operations, no?

Not surprisingly, Obama’s rebranding of the GWOT is about as successful as the Republicans desire to rebrand themselves.

I do wish that some WH reporter would ask the President to define “Taliban” at the next press conference…that would be a hoot.

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By thebeerdoctor, May 6, 2009 at 3:36 am Link to this comment

Back before his majesty BHO took over the executive branch, I once said that when he became president, he would have to decide when the killing stops.
From Laura King of The Los Angeles Time, May 6, 2009:

“The International Committee of the Red Cross said its representatives in the area saw dozens of corpses that had been pulled from the ruble in two separate locations in the district. Spokeswoman Jessica Barry in Kabul said the dead included women and children.”

This was not an error, but a calculated action executed in the delusional war on terror that President Obama disowns by simply changing its name. It makes the BHO/MLK T-shirts appear to be exactly what they are, cheap emotional exploitive trinkets.
If I could be heard I would say: Hey Barry, you’re the bastard with the biggest gun in your hand. I guess he thinks he is now a real man because he can order up senseless murder. Bravo Mr. President, bravo.

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By freedom loving american, May 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

How many investigations did the military have after it was known that prisoners of war were being tortured at Abu Graib three, four, five?  Sadly we all know what military investigations are all about, simply a CYA mission.  No news here.

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By skulz fontaine, May 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

Obama owns the war now. Precedent Killa is no better than the war criminal Bush. Geez there Precedent Killa, explain the slaughtered children to Sasha and Milia. Lying bastard!

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