Military Massacre of Pregnant Afghan Women Covered Up as ‘Honor Killings’by Little Alex in Wonderland
Apr. 06, 2010
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NATO now admits that it was responsible for the deaths of three Afghan women during a night raid in Kabul on 12 February 2010. Jerome Starkey of the London Times reported that the families of the dead civilians told him they felt that their dead bodies had been violated and the troops dug the bullets out of them, bound and gagged the women to make them look like ‘honor killings’ (7:17):
Jason Ditz at Antiwar News writes:
Nearly two months after the high profile night raid in Afghanistan's Paktia Province and after several official denials, NATO has finally admitted to killing all five civilians, including two Afghan government employees.Jerome Starkey reported at the London Times, 13 Mar 2010, that the February raid which led to the deaths of two pregnant women and a teenage girl were “carried out by U.S. and Afghan gunmen”, noting the raid came two weeks after “after the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan [General Stanley McChrystal] issued new guidelines designed to limit the use of night raids” after having “been criticised for night raids based on dubious or false intelligence leading to civilian casualties”.
Today, Mr. Starkey reported that Afghan investigators found that “U.S. special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims' bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened”.
Mr. Starkey wrote at Nieman Watchdog, shortly after his report appeared at the Times:
The militants weren't militants, they were loyal government officials. The women, according to dozens of interviews with witnesses at the scene, were killed by the raiders. Two of them were pregnant, one was engaged to be married.Dave Lindorff, author of The Case for Impeachment (2006) who recently made the case for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, discussed the details of covering this raid up as ‘honor killings’ further with RT, Gen. McChrystal’s “death squad” and the blowback potential of U.S. policy (5:25, segment begins at the 0:58 mark):
Kathy Kelly, who recently included Mr. Starkey ‘exposing this deception’ by the U.S.-led coalition to display how the U.S. government “pacifies” society to cover up its crimes against humanity, discussed: the cover-up; the recent admission by NATO; and the deliberate, ‘collaborative’ war crimes constantly being committed, as well (4:38):
The pacification of the American public was focused on by Glenn Greenwald at Salon, today. He begins with the CNN article with a headline that “states as fact that the women were dead as the result of an ‘honor killing’” , though the entire article “does nothing but repeat what an ‘unnamed senior military official said’ about the incident”.
He added how, “similarily”, The New York Times “also passed along the Pentagon’s false version of events with no questioning” and “simply ignored entirely the claims of the residents of the village—notwithstanding the fact that serious conflicts about what actually took place were known from the very beginning” (emphasis by Mr. Greenwald):
All of this is a chronic problem, not an isolated one, with war reporting generally and events in Afghanistan specifically. Just consider what happened when the U.S. military was forced in 2008 to retract its claims about a brutal air raid in Azizabad. The Pentagon had vehemently denied the villagers’ claim that close to 100 civilians had been killed and that no Taliban were in the vicinity: until a video emerged proving the villagers’ claims were true and the Pentagon’s false. Last week, TPM highlighted a recent, largely overlooked statement from Gen. McChrystal, where he admitted, regarding U.S. killings of Afghans at check points: ”to my knowledge, in the nine-plus months I’ve been here, not a single case where we have engaged in an escalation of force incident and hurt someone has it turned out that the vehicle had a suicide bomb or weapons in it and, in many cases, had families in it. . . . We’ve shot an amazing number of people and killed a number and, to my knowledge, none has proven to have been a real threat to the force.” And as I documented before, the U.S. media constantly repeats false Pentagon claims about American air attacks around the world in order to create the false impression that Key Terrorists were killed while no civilians were….
Amazingly, [Starkey's] Nieman piece was written three weeks ago, and recounted in detail: (a) how clearly the U.S.-led forces had lied about what happened in Paktia; and (b) the reasons why the U.S. media continuously spews false government propaganda about the war….
Illustratively, in response to Starkey’s March 13 article detailing what really happened at Paktia and the cover-up that ensued, NATO issued a formal statement singling him out and accusing him of publishing an article that was “categorically false.” As recently as that mid-March statement, NATO was still claiming — falsely — that the women in Paktia were killed prior to the arrival of American troops, and they were impugning the integrity of the reporter (Starkey) who was proving otherwise…
[F]ar more often, Americans are completely misled about events in Afghanistan by the combination of false official claims and mindless stenographic American “journalism.” And no matter how many times this process is exposed—from Jessica Lynch’s heroic firefight to Pat Tillman’s death by Al Qeada—this relentless propaganda machine never seems to diminish.