The battle for the “hearts and minds” of the people of Kandahar took another major hit today as hundreds of Afghans took to the streets to protest an attack earlier in the day by US forces on a passenger bus.
According to the driver of the bus, Mohammed Nabi, they were traveling along a highway in the southern province when they noticed a convoy ahead of them. As the driver attempted to pull off the road the troops began to spray the bus with machine gun fire.
The US confirmed the attack and expressed “regret” at the incident. Afghan officials say that at least five people were killed and another 18 wounded, and initial indications are that the troops fired scores or even hundreds of rounds of ammunition at the bus.
Kandahar’s provincial government condemned the attack, just the latest high profile civilian killings in the nation. It comes at a particularly inconvenient time as the US is planning a massive military operation against the densely populated Kandahar City, and has been hoping to cultivate a sense of good will and trust ahead of the invasion. For those who survived the bus attack, that trust will surely be lacking.
18 thoughts on “US Troops Attack Civilian Bus in Kandahar, Killing Five”
Wait, give them a chance to explain. First they need time time tie up all the dead and put out a statement that they were already dead before the bus got there.
Guess they didn't see the memo.
"You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination."
Charles de Gaulle
The history of the world in epitome: There is no folly that the mind of man has conceived that he has not hesitated to commit. (A paraphrase of a statement by Bertrand Russell during the Vietnam War.)
Well, let's blame Iran for such incident…. Att: CIA representative!
Look, everyone has seen "The Hurt Locker". The film won an Academy Award fro God's sake. That establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt what US troops are really like–they defuse roadside bombs that grow by spontaneous generation in Third World countries.. They risk their lives to save people.
Stories like this and the the Reuters massacre are clearly propaganda copied out of DePalma's "Redacted."
And everyone knows Brian DePalma is an anti-American terrorist and traitor. Michale Medved said so. What more proof can you ask for than that?
Are you stupid or what? These guys are are so wired on dexedrene (speed ) that our own medics are giving them, that shooting up a bus load of locals is a release. These kids will be so psychotic when they get back home that I'll be surprised if some of them don't commit repeat performances in their home towns. Then again maybe some of them already
There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to be lighting up buses, wedding parties and groups of civilians leaving prayers at a Mosque. Something has gone very wrong with our troops conduct of war and the brass better come up with some real good explanations for it.
They'll come home and join your local police force. Oh yea, the future's looking bright for the "land of the free"
Unfortunately that is exactly what the local cops are looking for.
Of all the atrocities commited by tyrant regimes it was their police forces, not their militaries, that did the lion's share of the killing and butchery.
Prior to WWII, the Nazis nationalized all of their local police forces under the command of Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS. He made sure they were equipped and trained with the best of the Reichs military weapons and equipment and called them the "Order Police."
It may surprise the majority of Americans but it was the Order Police that ran the Death Camps and performed the mass executions of entire villages in Europe, and not the German Military. The Military simply could afford to allocate troops for clean up missions as mundane as exterminating entire populations of miscilaeneos villiges.
A book , "Ordinary Men" by Christopher Browning a factual chronicle with much individual testimony in vivid detail, the conversion of a nation's police forces into a brutal extermination machine of conquered peoples and their own countrymen. One should read it and see where we are headed. It is chilling in the extreme.
it moved and it was feeding tyme,sorry,hey whens that APROPREATIONS thing coming up,flat on yer spoonfed ass face you bastard people oh sorry,no really,i was thinking of demonstrating some conduct
The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan by US and other coalition forces was aggression in international law, since there was no immediate threat to any country from Afghanistan and the 9/11 attack by Al Qaida in New York was not done with the instigation or cooperation of the Afghanistan government. The acts of US and coalition forces in the 9 years since the invasion are all war crimes as part of the aggression.
What is hard to understand is the sort of training and the sort of command that governs the behavior of the invader and has led to the murder of so many innocent Afghans. In spite of recent declarations by the NATO and US commander, Gen. McChrystal, that "we" must win the "hearts and minds" of the Afghans, there seems to be no decline in the murder of Afghan civilians by the forces under his command, both ordinary armed forces and so-called "Special Operations" forces. If civilians in Afghanistan cannot be distinguished from "the enemy", that would be further evidence of the fact that US and coalition forces ought not to be there and are, in fact, criminals.
You are unfortunately correct.
Correction: strike "hesitated" and insert "hastened". My apologies for the error!
I am very happy with american they must kill this mother fuckers aghan we must wipe the this is our duty and we must finish them a.s.a.p god bless america.
Just another mass murder…
" …the US is…hoping to cultivate a sense of good will and trust ahead of the invasion."
Ha Ha! Ha Ha Ha!! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!
dedreckon is quite correct. We are already seeing this in the U.S. as the rate of domestic violence by returning vets have gone through the roof. So has the rate of suicides not only by active duty troops but by returning vets. They were taught right and wrong by parents, schools, Churches, etc. Then the commanders told them "shoot at anything that moves." Many of them cannot live with themselves or will take their violent experiences out of families and friends alike. God bless America!
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