Afghanistan – Son murdered in Burning the Q’ran protest – father calls it an accident.

April 16, 2011
This is a great example of the Muslims saying Democracy and not having a clue as to what that means.

All they want is Sharia.  “Democracy” to them is synonymous with revolt for something else.  It’s like the word “revolution”.   The meaning is completely twisted.

This poor father has a MURDERED son and he doesn’t even allow himself to call it murder, because he can’t be “mad” at another Muslim.  He would rather stay mad at the WEST.  He is in denial that his son was murdered by savages, because he doesn’t recognize their murdering as a savage act.  The blame, in his mind falls squarely on Jones and America, because, with the MUSLIM logic, burning the KORAN is a justifiable act for rioting and murder of lives.  They see the Q’ran as MORE important that any human life or even multiple of lives.

These people attribute MORE value to a BOOK, than to a human life, that can carry the idea’s of any book forward for many generations.  They don’t see it that way.  They have a nihilistic vantage point, which was fashioned by their perfect example of a man – Mohammad.  This man was a pedophile, murder, Conquerer, and tyrant of many.  He was a liar and an adulterer who changed the meanings of everything he told other people to write (he was himself illiterate) to suit him whenever things seemed contradictory.

Son’s death in Quran burning protest haunts Afghan family

Habibullah holds a photo of his son Hashmatullah, who was killed during protests April 1 in Mazer-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, over hte burning of a Quran in Florida. Hashmatullah often helped his father in his small shop.
By Hashim Shukoor | McClatchy Newspapers

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Habibullah remembers the last time he saw his 18-year-old son. It was a Friday morning, the first day of April, and his son, a high school student, wanted to go to the city to buy some clothes and a cellphone.

Habibullah, 48, who like many Afghans goes by only one name, gave his son some money and bade him goodbye. It was the last time he would see him alive.

“Around 3 p.m., I heard the sound of gunfire,” Habibullah remembered. “I was worried when I heard the firing and went to the city to look for my son.”

He searched for hours, without success. At 1 a.m. he learned from a brother-in-law that his son, Hashmatullah, had been found — in the hospital morgue, shot in the head.

His brother-in-law had known that Hashmatullah was dead, but had waited hours before delivering the news.

“He didn’t know if I could take it,” Habibullah remembered. “I can’t tell you how I felt.”

Today, Habibullah calls Hashmatullah’s death an accident, and it may well have been — an occasion of in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time when demonstrators stormed a United Nations compound here to protest the burning of Quran by a Florida pastor.

Seven U.N. workers were killed in the violence, as were four Afghans, including Hashmatullah.

Habibullah is convinced his first son — Hashmatullah had an 8-year-old brother and three sisters — had no plans for violence when he left that day to go shopping.

“My son was not aware of the demonstration,” he said. “After shopping he went to the mosque to pray, and I am not sure how he was killed.”

Two weeks after the violence, people here are still sorting out how exactly what began as a demonstration at Mazar-i-Sharif’s main mosque turned into the worst incident of violence in this city in the 10 years since U.S.-allied forces toppled the Taliban regime in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Mazar-i-Sharif had a nasty reputation then — the place where American CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann died during a revolt by Taliban prisoners who, as it turned out, included John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban now serving a 20-year prison sentence in California for siding with the Taliban.

But in the years since, Mazar-i-Sharif, in Balkh province in northern Afghanistan, has been a relatively peaceful part of this war-torn country, far removed from the Taliban’s home turf of Kandahar in the south or the near-daily suicide bombings of the eastern zones fast against Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions. The city has been so conflict-free that it’s one of four Afghan cities where security responsibilities will be passed this summer from the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force to Afghan police.

Still, the burning of a Quran in March by the followers of pastor Terry Jones, whose church, news reports say, is down to about 30 members, angered people here, where blasphemy is illegal and a sensitive topic, as it is throughout Afghanistan.

In 2007, Parvez Kambakhsh, a student at Balkh University here and a reporter for a local Mazar-i-Sharif newspaper, Jahan-e-Naw, found out how sensitive when he downloaded an anti-Islamic article from the Internet and shared it with his classmates. Arrested and charged with blasphemy, he was sentenced to death, an end he escaped only when President Hamid Karzai, under international pressure, pardoned him. He was taken out of the country with the help of the U.N. office in Kabul.

There is no simple answer to the question of who called for the April 1 demonstration. Early reports said the Balkh provincial council of Shiite Muslim clerics issued a statement calling for the protest. The head of the council denies playing any such role.

“The Shia clerics have not issued any statement calling people to a demonstration,” said Mohammad Kazem Jafari.

The Taliban, for what it’s worth, also deny claims that they infiltrated the demonstration and turned it violent.

“The police claimed that there were armed opposition members among the demonstrators; however there is not an iota of truth in the claim,” a statement posted on the militants’ website said.

A cleric who spoke that day at the mosque, Mohammad Shah Adeli, the Balkh provincial head of religious scholars and the head of a religious school outside this city, denied that any of the mullahs provoked the U.N. compound attack. “There were a few mullahs who called for a demonstration, but none of them gave provocative speeches, they talked about nonviolent protest.”

But Adeli stopped short of denying a police claim that former members of the Taliban fomented the violence.

Gen. Abdul Raouf Taj, the Balkh police force’s deputy chief, said the investigation had confirmed that three protesters arrested in the aftermath of the U.N. attack had renounced the Taliban and joined a peace initiative championed by Karzai. The initiative was set up last year to seek ways for negotiations with the armed insurgents to end the decade-long Taliban insurgency.

A member of an Afghan senate commission investigating the violence, Rohgul Khairzad, said the probe had confirmed that ex-Taliban who’d supposedly renounced violence took part in the attack. He said they’d been living in a government-provided safe house.

It might not have taken much to turn the crowd to violence. Anger at the U.S. is easily found here.

“Everyday we witness people being killed,” said Attiqullah Ansari, a religious leader at the Ali Shrine, the mosque from which the demonstrators set out.

“U.S. soldiers take photos for fun with the body of one of our boys they have killed, and later they apologize,” he said, referring to photos first published in the German magazine Der Spiegel of members of a Stryker brigade based in Washington state. The American soldiers are currently facing war crimes charges that they targeted Afghan civilians, then kept body parts of the dead as trophies.

Civilian deaths and night raids by U.S.-led troops have added to the anger, even though the U.N. reports that Taliban attacks have claimed more civilian lives.

“People do not want Americans in Afghanistan,” Ansari said.

Ansari said the initial plan called for demonstrators to walk from the mosque to the site of the American consulate not far away.

But sometime after the march began, protesters changed course and headed to the U.N. compound, about 600 yards from the mosque.

“The protesters were condemning the Quran burning and chanting ‘Down with the U.S. and up with Islam,’ ” as they marched, said Abdul Baseer Ahmadi, 17, who sells cellphone cards at the entrance to the main mosque.

Khand Mohammad, 35, a member of the local police quick reaction force who was stationed about 100 yards away, witnessed what happened next.

The protesters stormed inside the compound, overwhelming guards, and killed the foreign workers they found, he said. Three were Europeans — a Norwegian, a Swede and a Romanian — and four were from Nepal. One of the victims was a woman who was shot multiple times.

“The protesters killed the foreign nationals inside the compound,” Mohammad recalled.

Then they torched U.N. vehicles parked inside and outside the compound. “Most of them had bottles filled with gasoline fuel,” he said.

Trouble had been expected. Just before the compound was stormed, police told nearby merchants to close.

“The police came and told me to shut down my shop because there will be demonstration, and I did so”, said Marai, 39, whose butcher shop is across the street from the U.N. compound.

The governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, during a meeting with the Swedish foreign minister last week, blamed “some irresponsible youths” and supporters of a warlord, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, for the violence. Hekmatyar was a close U.S. ally during the fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1980s, but now opposes the Western presence in Afghanistan. Sweden has 500 soldiers here and leads the provincial reconstruction team that the U.S.-led coalition has assigned here to help local authorities with governance and development issues.

Gen. Taj, the deputy provincial police chief, said one of the former Taliban members arrested had confessed to giving the order to storm the compound. Taj said the man had hoped he would die in the attack and achieve martyrdom.

When he failed, Taj said, he called himself “unlucky.”

That’s the same way Habibullah feels about his son.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/04/15/112245/sons-death-in-quran-burning-protest.html#ixzz1JiFRpCxK


Ann Barnhardt holds Lindsay – Burning the passages of the Q’ran (Koran, Quran, evil, another name for evil?)

April 7, 2011

 

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Petraeus Issues Statement on Burning of Quran – VALIDATED THE SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT LIVES

April 3, 2011

 

Middle-East if burning the Quran is an excuse for anarchy and murdering Christians and Jews, then Muslims don’t WANT Democracy nor do they know the meaning.

General David Petraeus and Mark Sedwill, NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative, have released a statement on the burning of the Holy Quran which has sparked protests across Afghanistan. Video courtesy of NewsCore.

This is a shameful statement in capitulation to the Muslims and a slap in the face of Democracy. This idiot does NOT represent the American people in anyway. This ACT was not anything that took the life of another person. This is a book. The Bible is a book.

This is a betrayal of Democracy and a capitulation to Islam.

This is not American.  This is an affront to the WEST.  This man is that leader of a WESTERN ARMY?  He’s a JOKE!

Terry Jones has a right to burn any book, but no one has the RIGHT to MURDER someone else.  This is disgraceful.  How DARE Petraeus do this.

His name should not even be associated with Benedict Arnold. He is a low life.  Arnold was hung with dignity.  This guy sit cry and beg for mercy.  Spineless zoophyte that he it.

This is a dereliction of duty.  This man, instead of defending the right of someone to say something, has aligned himself instead with murderers.

He has just VALIDATED THE SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT LIVES.

 

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US and UK – Arm enemies – The enemy of my enemy is my friend

April 1, 2011

Unfortunately, just like MAD, that ONLY works for an enemy that is ideologically similar.

Islamic countries are not.  Muhammad saw to that.  And OBAMA put himself on the UN security council to obtain the power of the post.  No matter that it’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  (see Article 9)  Islam is not even a religion.  Anything that is 1/5th or less of anything can’t be classified as any ONE thing. Islam is Shariah Law, culture, ideology, politics and Maybe, if there is room, religion.

If one reads the Q’RAN, Hadith, and the Sunna’s, one begins to understand the core of it is born of a boy, angered by his orphanhood and has to survive under harsh and hostile circumstances.  He finds a niche. And it’s violence.  Be MORE violent then your enemy and you will win.  Then, later, after much achieved success by using these lessons learned, he hears of Judaism and Christianity.  He is illiterate.  He has other people translate – directionless translations and broken at that, this is how he begins to perceive other religions.  He deems them inferior.  He decides to implement TACTICS of the major religions.  These were not placed for the betterment of society and the procreation of LIFE.  NO.  These were implemented as TOOLS to seduce into Islam, so that those who succumb, MUST SUBMIT to ONLY Islam and through that submission the direction is not LIFE, but CONQUEST in in lieu of life.  This is WHY martyrdom is so revered in Islam.  It is ABOVE life.

How sad that our politician don’t see HOW incompatible this false religion is to the WEST.

It’s sad that they choose to make deals with the devil.  The devil that they don’t even understand.  How vain it is of them to think that they can out wit something they don’t even TRY to understand.  When my daughter says that she doesn’t understand, but does nothing to try to understand, then I recognize her as being lazy.  THIS is the REASON why westerners are UNDERSTOOD by Muslims to be lazy.  They have had their elites attend our schools and limbed in our culture  in order to infiltrate us.  They have been methodical and specific.  While our “leaders” have been scratching their asses playing kids games.

 

 

 

The U.S. Arms Its Islamic Enemies–Again

Mar. 31 2011 – 3:23 pm

The leader de facto of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi.

 

Evidence grows with each passing week that in Libya the U.S. government and its allies are providing air cover and arms directly to its avowed enemies–including thugs from al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, and Taliban–those who’ve devoted the past decade to slaughtering American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Worse, top U.S. and U.K. officials now acknowledge this and condone it.

At this week’s London conference on the Libyan war, while U.S. Secretary of State Clinton said the tyrant Gadhafi must go, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg saidthat if Gadhafi were to go, Libya could become a hard-line Islamist state, but the “gamble” was worth it. Above all, both stressed, Western allies must convey “humility” and forswear any desire to “impose” its preferred type of law-abiding government in Libya or anywhere else in the region.

In Foreign Policy magazine two military and terrorism experts describehow “Libya contributed hundreds of the fiercest foreign fighters to Iraq’s al Qaeda-led insurgency” and ask “Should Washington be worried that it’s now backing these guys against Qaddafi?” In fact, Washington foreign policymakers are more likely to be pleased than worried. For details, see only the vicious theories of Samantha Power, Obama’s national security adviser, who calls herself a “humanitarian hawk”–much like George W. Bush styled himself a “compassionate conservative” while proclaiming Islam to be a “good and peaceful religion.” Libya is only the latest in a long-term effort by foreign policymakers to encourage, fight for and sponsor Islamic regimes.

This craven and self-sacrificing policy is deadly, yet embraced by Democrats and Republicans alike in the U.S., albeit obscured by quibbles over the timing and tactics of Obama’s invasion. Both believe the world must be made “safe for democracy”–for mob rule and the almighty ballot–which means, in the Middle East: made safe for the rise and spread of Islamic rule. To “accomplish” this end the West is to “gamble” the lives and fortunes of its own citizens, while ensuring that secularism, the rule of law, individual rights and constitutionalism have no real chance in the Middle East, since that would entail “imperialistic colonizing”

Democrats and Republicans alike accept the myth that the “enemy of our enemy is my friend.” Even if the Christian Right occasionally admits to there being a real enemy, it finds a moral sanction in “turning the other cheek” to evils and threats, while the Relativist Left feels morally sanctified that the “lesser of two evils” isn’t really an evil at all, especially since there’s never any clear “black and white.” Meanwhile Islamic rebels are certain the U.S. and Israel are “evil”–Big Satan, Little Satan–and should be “wiped off the map.”

When cowardly, doubt-ridden disquietude meets irrational, brazen certitude the latter inevitably wins. The civilized West today is unjustifiably cowardly and guilt-ridden, while the Islamic radicals are certain, insane, evil, and dangerous; thus the former provides air cover, arms and moral sanction to the latter. The Islamic radicals specialize in rearing homicide-bombers, but it’s the West that rears the real suicide-bombers, for when the U.S. military bombs Libya–as it did Iraq and Afghanistan–it does so to clear a path for its sworn enemies.

Who exactly are the “rebels” and why are the U.S. and its allies so eager to help them? In Iran in early 1979 the Carter administration couldn’t care less about the philosophy or aims of the Ayatollah Khomeini, but only that the pro-Western Shah of Iran be deposed; by March a “referendum” established an Islamic republic; by April scores of prominent Iranians were executed; by December the ruling mullahs declared Khomeini to be absolute ruler for life. Ever since, Iran has been a major sponsor of world-wide terrorism.

In Afghanistan in the 1980s the Reagan administration and a CIA (then led by today’s Pentagon chief, Robert Gates) helped finance and train al Qaeda, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden in their fight against the invading Soviets (who withdrew in 1989). The U.S. also backed Iraq in its eight-year war against Iran, which failed, yet emboldened Saddam Hussein, and the U.S. fought him later. In the 1990s Afghanistan became a haven for terrorism, which led to the devastation of Sept. 11. In the decade since the U.S. has spent thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars ensuring “regime change” in Iraq and Afghanistan, which now have Islamic constitutions and are far closer in theocracy and practice to Iran than ever before.

Americans should realize that “the enemy of our enemy” is not our friend, but our enemy, and that America has many enemies, both at home and abroad. There can be no success in playing off one against the other.

Yet the same suicidal pattern is visible in Pakistan, Egypt and Libya, where military strongmen (and onetime U.S. allies) Musharraf, Mubarak and Gahdafi–not unlike Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussein in Iraq–have faced insurgencies emboldened by U.S. rhetoric and military aid, even though the “rebels” have showed every sign, yet again, of being devoted Islamic terrorists and enemies of America. Amid these “rebellions” few in Washington or the media have bothered to examine the actual make-up or aims of the rebels.

Rebellion is applauded for its own sake. Western cheerleaders claim anything is better than the status quo. Hope! Change! Democracy! The voice of the People is the voice of … Allah! The grim facts become clearer after the dust settles and new leaders and rules take irreversible hold–more fundamentally Islamic than before, closer to Iran than before, more anti-American than before–with the help of the U.S. government.

Thanks solely to the U.S., Iraq’s constitution ensures a “democratic, federal, representative, parliamentary republic” where “Islam is the state religion and a basic foundation for the country’s laws” and “no law may contradict the established provisions of Islam.” Is this why Americans must go to war in the Middle East? The official name of Afghanistan, where the U.S. has fought for a decade, like the failed Soviets, and Obama has boosted U.S. troops to 130,000, is” “the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.” Is this why Americans must fight in the region?

Pakistan, with 170 million people (sixth largest in the world, and the second largest Muslim population after Indonesia) has nuclear weapons and is officially the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan.” It’s also part of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a permanent delegation to the United Nations with 57 member states, all of which are philosophically anti-American and support U.N. missions to ensconce Islamic rebels in the governments of once-U.S. allies. Is this why we fight in the Middle East?

In Egypt this year the Obama administration helped unseat Mubarak, and it is now reported that the terror-sponsoring Muslim Brotherhood is taking over, re-writing the constitution, and preparing the ground for yet another state sponsor of terrorism, aimed directly at Israel. Essam el-Erian, the leader and spokesman, recently got 77% of voters to call for an Islamic state. “The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes. . . . It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the non-ideological revolution are no longer the driving political force.” In Libya “the rebel commander, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, admits his fighters have al Qaeda links” and that he himself fought the U.S. in Afghanistan before being captured and released to fight another day, now with U.S. help.

Some Western cheerleaders pretend to be chagrined and surprised by all this, while others applaud it precisely because they are anti-Western and antisemitic at root and thus welcome any Middle East regime that’s more closely aligned with Iran’s mission to rule the world and destroy Israel and the U.S. There should be no surprise that this is what the Quran encourages and demands, but Americans should be asking: Why is this what U.S. leaders–from Carter to Bush to Obama–also seem to encourage and demand?

http://blogs.forbes.com/richardsalsman/2011/03/31/the-u-s-arms-its-islamic-enemies-again/

 


Afghanistan – Weapons cache sent by Iran with LOVE to the TALIBAN were intercepted while en route

March 10, 2011

Well, that ace just got torn up.

Ace Hearts

eh! what’s love got to do with it anyway?

It’s all about the Sharia

Man marries 4 women on same day to prove ex-wife wrong

Man marries 4 women on same day to prove ex-wife wrong

 

The word Taliban derived from the Arabic word Talaba, which means religious students.

 

 

Why is this surprising to the left?  They have been supplying them for who knows how long.  This is a cache from a year ago:

Channel 4 News can reveal the Taliban insurgency against British and American forces is being supported by Iranian weapons smuggled over the border including mines, mortars and plastic explosives.

 

NATO forces seize rockets from Iran in Afghanistan

By KIMBERLY DOZIER
Associated Press

March 9, 2011, 11:28PM

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO forces in Afghanistan have seized 48 Iranian-made rockets intended to aid the Taliban‘s spring battle campaign, the most powerful illicit weapons ever intercepted en route from the neighboring state, officials said Wednesday.

The shipment is seen as a serious escalation in Iran‘s state support of the Taliban insurgency, according to NATO officials and described in detail by an international intelligence official.

It’s also an escalation in the proxy war Western officials say Iran is waging against U.S. and other Western forces in Afghanistan, as Washington continues to lobby for tougher international sanctions against Tehran to dissuade it from its alleged goal of building nuclear weapons.

The intercepted 122-millimeter rockets can be fired up to 13 miles (22 kilometers) away from a target, and explode in a burst up to 80 feet (25 meters) wide – double that of the previous 107-millimeter rockets provided by Iran to the Taliban since 2006, the intelligence official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters.

The rockets, which were shown to an Associated Press reporter, were machined without Iranian markings or any serial numbers, but the official says their technical details match other Iranian models. So far, there is no evidence that the 122-millimeter rockets have been used in Afghanistan, though the Taliban has sometimes used Chinese- and Russian-made rockets of the same range in the fight here, harvested from the multiple weapons caches around the country from Afghanistan’s decades of civil war.

Iran, which was a staunch opponent of the Taliban when it ruled Afghanistan before the U.S.-led invasion triggered by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, has denied allegations that it is supporting militants in the wartorn country.

British and Afghan troops captured the 48 rockets, which were being transported in a three-truck convoy, and 1,000 rounds of ammunition on Feb. 5 in southern Nimruz, near the Iranian and Pakistani borders, according to British officials.

Mark Sedwill, NATO’s senior civilian representative to Afghanistan, said the rockets “represent a step-change in the lethal impact of weaponry infiltrating Afghanistan from Iran.”

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said they were sent by Iran and intended “to provide the Taliban with the capability to kill Afghan and ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) soldiers from significant range.”

Hague said Britain’s ambassador to Iran Simon Gass – who will soon replace Sedwill as the NATO envoy in Afghanistan – had raised the discovery of the haul with the Iranian foreign ministry.

In a separate development, the intelligence official said a high-level Afghan Taliban leader had traveled to Iran in the past two weeks to meet with a top Iranian Revolutionary Guard‘s Quds Force leader to ask for more powerful weapons to attack Afghan and NATO troops in the spring and summer fighting season.

An intelligence tip led to the rocket interception, according to the international intelligence official. The logistics of the shipment were arranged by a Taliban “facilitator” who is based in Iran, the official added.

The seizure follows more than a year of fierce NATO operations against Taliban networks, with the highest number of special operations forces raids in Afghanistan ever, targeting Taliban safe houses, weapons caches and bomb-building factories.

In the 90 days before March 4, coalition forces launched more than 1600 operations and killed or captured about 350 insurgent leaders, NATO said Wednesday. They also captured over 1800, and killed around 500 lower-level insurgents. In that time, NATO raids found some 1,005 weapons caches, severely depleting the Taliban’s weapons supply.

In the alleged meeting with the Quds Force, the Taliban leader is believed to have asked the Iranians to provide more shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile systems, such as the two Iran provided in 2007, which were used against one British and one U.S. Chinook helicopter, the official said. But Iran has not provided such weapons since, sticking to the smaller 107-millimeter rockets, C4 plastic explosives that have been used in some improvised explosive devices here, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms like AK47 assault rifles, the official said.

In all, NATO troops seized 48 warheads, 49 fuses, and 49 rocket mortars during the Feb. 5 raid on the convoy. The drivers of the three vehicles resisted arrest and were killed. One of the three vehicles caught fire during the operation and burned up, making it hard to determine what that vehicle was carrying.

The official said the rockets’ increased range means they are less accurate and more likely to cause civilian casualties in heavily populated areas like Kandahar City – the expected focus of the southern Taliban fighting campaign as the insurgents try to take back parts of Kandahar and Helmand provinces lost to NATO forces over the past year.

The intelligence official says the fact that the Taliban were seeking the rockets in large numbers indicates a continuation of its recent campaign targeting Afghan civilians, with an increase in “spectacular” attacks throughout February, such as a suicide bombing against a supermarket frequented by foreigners, and the brazen daylight attack on a bank in Jalalabad, where Taliban shooters gunned down 17 civilians, and 21 security troops.

The United Nations said Wednesday that civilian deaths related to the conflict in Afghanistan spiked in 2010 and that insurgents are responsible for the increase and the overwhelming majority of the killings.

The U.N.’s Assistance Mission in Afghanistan also said that killings attributed to the U.S. led-coalition dropped by more than a quarter compared to 2009.

UNAMA’s annual report registered 2,777 conflict-related civilian deaths in 2010, a 15 percent increase from 2009.

The report says that of those deaths, insurgents were responsible for 2,080, a 28 percent increase and 75 percent of the total deaths. Killings attributed to the coalition dropped to 440, or 16 percent of the total.

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Associated Press writer David Stringer in London contributed to this report.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/7464860.html


Germany – Three soldiers return home in body bags due to an Afghan soldier who murdered them while being partnered with them. Is this partnership smart?

February 21, 2011

 

Imagine being partnered with a person that you believe may turn on you at any moment.  How well do you know that person?  Even if one thinks that one knows the soldier beside them, what happens if there are larger things at play?  This is, after all, an unconventional “war.”  Is this a war?  I’m confused.  Who’s the enemy again?  I don’t believe in confusion.  If one is confused about anything in a theater, it’s intended.  This government has intentionally confused this situation.  This administration is not acting as a legal government.

 

Who can fight like this?

It’s unconscionable for our leaders to do this.

 

22.02.2011

BUNDESWEHR | 21.02.2011

German troops admit fears over ‘partnering’ with Afghan soldiers

 

The bodies of three German soldiers killed in northern Afghanistan last week by an Afghan colleague have been flown home. The attack has led to fears over the safety of ‘partnering’ German and Afghan soldiers.

 

The three soldiers were flown back to Germany on Monday. They had been part of a partnering protect set up by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in which the Bundeswehr works closely with Afghan army and police units.

The soldier, from the Afghan National Army, opened fire on German troops inside a base in Baghlan province on Friday, killing the three soldiers and wounding six others. The shooting occurred as the soldiers were carrying out maintenance on a vehicle; the attacker had apparently been part of their group and entered the compound with the German soldiers.

The ISAF established the “partnering” strategy last year in an effort to prepare Afghans to take charge of security in their country after 2014. It called for joint patrols and jointly conducted missions against the Taliban.

It was the first time that German soldiers were targeted within the framework of ISAF’s partnering project. But several British and American military instructors have also been killed in Southern Afghanistan by members of Afghan security forces while on partnering operations over the past two years.

Worst attack on Bundeswehr in a year

The incident has shocked German troops in Afghanistan. Several German soldiers have been quoted anonymously on the Spiegel Online website as saying they were wary of their Afghan colleagues and no longer wanted to work with them. “We are expected to train them, but they regard us as infidels who shouldn’t be in their country in the first place,” said one soldier.

The German Army has begun an investigation into the shooting. But German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg warned against questioning the entire concept.

“We believe this is the right way to achieve the goal of handing over responsibility,” the minister said.

Trucks carrying the dead soldiers' coffins.German soldiers have spoken out against the scheme

Most security experts agree that there is no alternative. “It is an essential element in strengthening and reforming Afghan security forces,” Cornelius Friesendorf, a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt told Deutsche Welle.

But Friesendorf conceded that the scheme could be problematic. “The Taliban and other armed opposition groups are very smart, they try to infiltrate the Afghan security forces, they also bribe people to work for them,” he said, and pointed out that many Afghans don’t really trust international forces so they hedge their bets.

“This makes them be very cautious to work with international forces and then be described as traitors in their own communities.”

To minimize the obvious risk, Friesendorf said, prospective Afghan soldiers should be more carefully vetted before being given a uniform and, more importantly, a weapon.

Diplomatic skills

The German researcher pointed out that partnering also requires cultural sensitivity and understanding on the part of the international forces. He said it was different from simply being a combat soldier: “In Afghanistan, it is important to make sure that trainees do not lose face. That means if someone doesn’t know how to handle a weapon, or acts inappropriately, the partner should take that person aside and tell him, face to face, without his colleagues being able to overhear the conversation.”

That might be asking too much. One German officer told Spiegel Online that he thought the partnership wouldn’t work. “The chemistry between them and us simply doesn’t work,” he said.

Training the Afghans is necessary and possible, he added. But rather than using soldiers from the West and America, it would be preferable if they were from countries where the cultural differences aren’t as great. “I am certain that Turkish soldiers would be better equipped,” he said.

About 5,000 German troops serve in northern Afghanistan as part of the US-led NATO force of 140,000.  Friday’s attack brings the number of German soldiers killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of the mission in 2001 to 48.

Author: Dagmar Breitenbach, Charlotte Chelsom-Pill
Editor: Michael Lawton

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New York – Healing, the young girl whose Muslim father horribly disfigured her got reconstructive surgery but is that enough to brave the open? She’s riding the subway! Brave.

February 18, 2011

Some are born brave and others become their perpetrators image.

This poor girl has had to realize that her father was the horror that she had to live through.

We are forever children to our parents no matter the age.

The relationship between a father and daughter should be of LOVE and Protection.  Yes, love involves discipline, but even Isaac’s lesson doesn’t compute to the Muslim’s.  They talk about Jews and the sacrifices, but g-d forbade the human sacrifice early on.  Whats their excuse?

This young lady is scared.  Some people come away with their scares greater and better people and some turn in to the HORRORS that created them.

I’ll hope and pray that she rises above her fathers bestiality.

She is on the right path to overcome and rise above him.  She has strength as well as inner and, now, outer beauty.

Brave Bibi the Time cover girl whose nose was cut off by the Taliban takes the New York subway

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 8:35 AM on 17th February 201

Smiling happily, these friends seem no different from the many millions who take the New York subway each day.

However, behind the carefree appearances lies a remarkable story of someone who has overcome the horror of a brutal childhood and the savagery inflicted on her in adulthood.

Because the girl on the right is none other than Bibi Aisha, the Time cover girl whose nose was cut off by her spiteful Taliban fighter husband but is now rebuilding her life in the Big Apple.

Thanks to the generosity of American people and the wonders of modern surgery this 20-year-old girl can now look forward to a bright future.

Bibi Aisha, now 20, is all smiles as she rides the subway with a friend. The young lady managed to flee Aghanistan after her nose and ears were hacked off by her husbandBibi Aisha, now 20, is all smiles as she rides the subway with a friend. She had her nose and ears were hacked off by her Taliban fighter husband after she tried to flee the arranged marriage 

At the age of 18, Aisha had her nose and ears hacked off by her husband as a punishment for trying to flee the arranged marriage, before being dragged to a mountainside to die.

Against the odds she survived and last August she gained worldwide attention after an award-winning image of her mutilated face appeared on the cover of Time magazine last August next to the headline ‘What Happens When We Leave Afghanistan’.

After being offered sanctuary by the charity Women For Afghan Women, Aisha now lives in America.

Fitted with a prosthetic nose and dressed in stonewash blue jeans and a jacket, the young lady has already managed to fit in perfectly in her new home.

Aisha, who arrived in the U.S. in August last year, now lives in a shared New York apartment and is given regular care by doctors and therapists.

This award-winning image of Aisha, which was published on the cover of Time magazine last August, shocked the worldThis award-winning image of Aisha, which was published on the cover of Time magazine last August, shocked the world 

Face-covered militants who they say are Talibans pose with an RPG in Zabul province, southern of Kabul, AfghanistanTaliban fighters in Zabul province, southern of Kabul. It is rare for the police in Afghanistan to intervene when local villagers impose punishments for crimes, even severe ones such as flogging and stoning, which are allowed under Sharia law, the legal code of Islam based on the Koran 

She currently makes beaded jewellery, which she hopes to one day sell to make a living.

The girl, who was illiterate when she left Afghanistan, is now learning English as she prepares to study for a full education and put her troubled past behind her.

When Aisha was 12, her father promised her in marriage to a Taliban fighter to pay a debt. She was handed over to his family who abused her and forced her to sleep in the stable with the animals.

When she attempted to run away, she was caught and, as a punishment, her nose and ears were sliced off by her husband while her father-in-law held a gun to her head.

‘When they cut off my nose and ears, I passed out. In the middle of the night it felt like there was cold water in my nose. I opened my eyes and I couldn’t even see because of all the blood,’ she told CNN reporter Atia Abawi.

Left for dead in the mountains, she crawled to her grandfather’s house and her father managed to get her to an American medical facility, where medics cared for her for ten weeks.

Aisha has been fitted with a prosthetic nose and now lives in a shared New York apartmentAisha has been fitted with a prosthetic nose and now lives in a shared New York apartment. She is still suffering from post-traumatic stress and is receiving counselling 

They then transported Aisha to a secret shelter in Kabul and in August she was flown to the U.S. by the Grossman Burn Foundation to stay with a host family.

In October last year she had a prosthetic nose fitted at the non-profit humanitarian Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in California as part of her eight-month rehabilitation.

Dr Peter H Grossman said they hoped to give Aisha a more ‘permanent solution’.

This could mean reconstructing her nose and ears using bone, tissue and cartilage from other parts of her body.

However, plans are currently on hold for any more surgery as Aisha, who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, continues to recover from her ordeal.

Another boost for the brave girl is the arrest of her father-in-law Haji Suleiman by Afghan police.

The 45-year-old, who held a gun to Bibi’s head while his son sliced off her nose and then took the amputated body part and paraded it around his local village, is being held in jail in Uruzgan.

It is rare for the police in Afghanistan to intervene when local villagers impose punishments for crimes, even severe ones such as flogging and stoning, which are allowed under Sharia law, the legal code of Islam based on the Koran.

There is no Sharia law provision, however, for cutting off nose and ears of a runaway child bride.

‘This is against Afghan-ism, against Afghan and Shariah laws, against every principle in the world, against humanity, so that’s why we wanted to bring him to justice,’ said General Juma Gul Himat, provincial police chief of Uruzgan province.

‘He made a big mistake,’ the general said. ‘He disfigured a creature of God.’

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