At least 26 people were killed in a series of violent attacks on Thursday in eastern and western Afghanistan, illustrating once again the continuing mayhem in the war torn country despite Washington characterizing the war as winding down.
A minibus filled with Afghan civilians in western Herat province ran over a roadside bomb , killing 22 and wounding many others. About half the victims were children under five years old. Another bomb hit a truck about the same time in the Kotal Turkistan area of the same district, injuring thirteen civilians. Meanwhile, two Afghan security guards were killed in the same area when a suicide bomber targeted a US Army base, blowing up a truck.
The violence also continued into Friday, as a pair of bombings reportedly struck the British Embassy in Kabul early Friday, killing at least 10 and sparking a gunbattle in the area.
Roadside bombs have been one of the primary weapons of insurgents in Afghanistan, exacting a heavy toll on civilians throughout the decade-long war. An ever more common NATO tactic has been airstrikes, for which civilians are paying an increasingly high price, human rights groups have warned.
A recent report found that the rate of civilian casualties in Afghanistan has reached a record high, with 1,462 killed from January to June this year. With the surge still around its peak of troop levels, the kind of security improvements the Obama administration was hoping for has not been forthcoming. This could mean a much longer presence of high levels of troops and a war without a foreseeable end, or a perceivable strategy.
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aqmericans count only their army members ret is uninteresting.
amis have destroyed world peace through illegal wars and lies.
That's what the USG wants!!! They need this "insurgency" to maintain a military presence in a country that doesn't want us there – except for the puppet government we installed. I'd like to see some real investigative reporting done to tell us the real reason we are still there. There has to be a weak link within those who know the answer. Find it and expose it for all to see what we've been fighting for and those who have died or been maimed have suffered for. Trust me, you'll probably win a Pulitzer for it…
If America left there would be a massive drop in the number of deaths.The reason for them is an illegal war.Every smart person nows this.
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