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'Unprecedented': UN Finds US-Backed Forces Killed More Afghan Civilians Than Taliban and ISIS So Far in 2019

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'Unprecedented': UN Finds US-Backed Forces Killed More Afghan Civilians Than Taliban and ISIS So Far in 2019

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

In an "unprecedented" revelation that highlights the consequences of the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, the United Nations announced Wednesday that U.S.-backed forces killed more Afghan civilians than the Taliban and other armed anti-government groups did in the first three months of this year.

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"War Crimes Are Us."
~Trump, Pompeo, & Bolton.~

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Just what the hell are we up to? At this rate we should have dropped a nuke or two and went home 19 fricking years ago. Nonsense makes perfect sense to the MIC.

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This report will be ignored by the mainstream media, and it will NOT be discussed at all in the halls of Congress, demonstrating again this country has no conscience. This government and its media do not know the difference between right and wrong, or perhaps more precisely, it prefers to be the evil monster that it is.

For shame.

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And what is so egregious, no one in the Amerikan Fourth Reich has ever been held accountable for even one murder out of the 75,316.

Don’t forget! What our Government does in foreign lands, can be done domestically if the need arises for the fascists and their political, power is threatened.

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We are a Terrorist nation.

This is another reason to cut the War Department’s budget in Half (for a start)

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Well, we have to add Bush and Obama to that list too

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Given that both Isis and the Taliban were armed, trained and funded by America, would it not be more accurate to say US backed forces are killing an appalling number of civilians?

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The largest, most dangerous, violent, and heavily armed terrorist network in history strikes again.-The USA. Al Quaida, and its leader Osama Bin Ladin, originally founded and funded by the CIA, was only a subsidiary of the parent organization - America, in the Same Way that Saudi Arabia is currently a subsidiary committing atrocities on behalf of the parent organization amounting to the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth.

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Don’t you mean Cheney, The village idiot,Rummy,Condasleaza et al. The lies of the false flag dragged the boobus Americanus into this slaughter.

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The United Corporate States of Avarice, Aggression, and Arrogance is the worst terrorist on earth, and has been since 1943 when it started bombing more civilians than did Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, or U.S. allies.

It compounds those war crimes and global terrorism by posing as the “exceptional” and “indispensable” model of ‘democracy and freedom’, a pose only brainwashed delusional people still accept and believe.

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And the International Crimes Council just dropped Investigation into War Crimes by US Forces in Afghanistan because they cowered to threats from Trump.

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This one too,

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And that is an argument for a Draft. Temporary Citizen soldiers are less likely to keep their mouths shout than career soldiers

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You’re right Wild Bill. I forgot those Four Whoresmen Of The Apocalypse.

Thanks for the reminder.

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And what do the Democratic Presidential nomination hopefuls have to say about this? They hardly talk about American war machine crimes at all. The only one who does, Tulsi Gabbard, is pretty much ignored by the mainstream media, and, frankly, by Commondreams also.

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Tulsi is perhaps one, of only two or three worthy of consideration.

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We live in a CORPORATE MILITARY POLICE STATE ! There is a reason the corporate media ignore what the US military is doing around the world . Once there was an understanding of the dangers of a standing army. How many Taliban were involved in 9/11------I think the number is zero. HOW MANY 9/11’s ARE THE US MILITARY INFLICTING ON THE WORLD? How many people die everyday from US sanctions. SUPPORT INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM—SUPPORT THE COMMONS!

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I think you forgot Obama, Bush and Clinton. Actually, let’s be honest, our whole government is made up of war criminals. So again, a critique that is partisan and therefore incomplete, is not a critique at all.

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This is a sensationalized headline

  1. ⁠The report finds a 23 per cent decrease in overall civilian casualties as compared to the same period last year and is the lowest for a first quarter since 2013.

  2. ⁠608 casualties were attributed to pro-government forces, with 232 from foreign military troops, and 305 to the Afghan government. Most of the claimed deaths (140) are from airstrikes where there is a combination of collateral damage, and terrorists claiming to not be terrorists.

  3. ⁠963 casualties were attributed to Taliban/Daesh. They deliberately target and try to kill civilians.

You can see based on the forgoing that “US-backed killed more” might be technically true, but it is a propagandist spin on otherwise positive news that overall civilian casualties have dropped.

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