Wikileaks says it will shortly release a second secret US military video showing the deaths of civilians in an attack in Afghanistan. The Pentagon has been seeking ways to prevent classified material appearing on Wikileaks, including through "criminal sanctions". Wikileaks has made public classified US army reports on weapons, military units and battle strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jag tror få personer som ser wikileaks videon från 2007 är förvånad om de följde rapportering från Irak kriget under de år det varade. Dussintals sådana attacker rapporterades i bloggar och alternativmedia men togs aldrig upp i mainstream media. ‘Incidenter’ skedde med allt från de 100-tusentals lego soldater som fanns i Irak till attacker från militär, flygvapen eller specialstyrkor som dödade civila. Den enda skillnaden här är piloternas dialog från helikoptrarna och att alla kan se vad bara irakier på plats tidigare såg.
Mer intressant är vad Guardian skriver ovan om att wikileaks har ytterligare en video den här gången från Afghanistan som visar dödade civila. Det krig Sverige deltar direkt i och har ett moraliskt ansvar för hur det bedrivs.
Som av en tillfällighet kan man i dagen Nytimes nedan läsa om hur det amerikansk ledda militär kommandot i Kabul nu medger att det var västliga specialstyrkor som dödade ett stor antal civila i en av de otaliga nattliga räder som specialstyrkorna genomför in Afghanistan. De dödade Afghanerna inkluderade förutom en lokal Afghansk distriktsåklagare och polischef även ett antal gravida kvinnor. Där fanns dock igen video på det hela. Troligen finns dock operationsledningens kommunikationer inspelade någonstans även om de aldrig kommer ut i till den breda allmänheten.
Det vore naivt att tro att det Afghanska kriget skulle bedrivas med bättre soldater än de USA hade i Irak eller att europeiska NATO soldater skulle vara annorlunda. Civila dödas i krig av misstag, för att rädda soldater skjuter först, eller för att soldaterna helt tappat den moraliska kompassen och skjuter mot allt som ser ut som potentiella fiender.
Det ska bli intressant att se vad som kommer mer från wikileaks och om det är mer aktuellt material från Afghanistan. Det är ju först när folk kan se verkligheten hemma i tv soffan som det blir verklighet för majoriteten.
Det var förövrigt dussintals civila som dödades i en attack mot ett bostadsområde 2007 ungefär 20 minuter senare efter att videon ovan hade hänt. De var ju upprorsmän.
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U.S. Admits Role in Killing of Afghan Women
By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
KABUL, Afghanistan — After initially denying involvement or any cover-up in the deaths of three Afghan women during a badly bungled American Special Operations assault in February, the American-led military command in Kabul admitted late on Sunday that its forces had, in fact, killed the women during the nighttime raid.
The admission immediately raised questions about what really happened during the Feb. 12 operation — and what falsehoods followed — including a new report that Special Operations forces dug bullets out of the bodies of the women to hide the nature of their deaths.
A NATO official also said Sunday that an Afghan-led team of investigators had found signs of evidence tampering at the scene, including the removal of bullets from walls near where the women were killed. On Monday, however, a senior NATO official denied that any tampering had occurred.
The disclosure could not come at a worse moment for the American military: NATO officials are struggling to contain fallout from a series of tirades against the foreign military presence by the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, who has also railed against the killing of civilians by Western forces.
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the American and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has tried hard, and with some success, to reduce civilian casualties through new rules that include restricting night raids and also bringing Special Operations forces under tighter control. But botched Special Operations attacks — which are blamed for a large proportion of the civilian deaths caused by NATO forces — continue to infuriate Afghans and create support for the Taliban.
NATO military officials had already admitted killing two innocent civilians — a district prosecutor and a local police chief — during the raid, on a home near Gardez in southeastern Afghanistan. The two men were shot to death when they came out of their home, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, to investigate.
Three women also died that night at the same home: One was a pregnant mother of 10 and another was a pregnant mother of six. NATO military officials had suggested that the women were actually stabbed to death — or had died by some other means — hours before the raid, an explanation that implied that family members or others at the home might have killed them.
Survivors of the raid called that explanation a cover-up and insisted that American forces killed the women. Relatives and family friends said the bloody raid followed a party in honor of the birth of a grandson of the owner of the house.
On Sunday night the American-led military command in Kabul issued a statement admitting that “international forces” were responsible for the deaths of the women. Officials have previously stated that American Special Operations forces and Afghan forces conducted the operation.
The statement said that “investigators could not conclusively determine how or when the women died, due to lack of forensic evidence” but that they had nonetheless “concluded that the women were accidentally killed as a result of the joint force firing at the men.”
“We deeply regret the outcome of this operation, accept responsibility for our actions that night, and know that this loss will be felt forever by the families,” said Brig. Gen. Eric Tremblay, a spokesman for the NATO command in Kabul.
The admission was an abrupt about-face. In a statement soon after the raid, NATO had claimed that its raiding party had stumbled upon the “bodies of three women who had been tied up, gagged and killed” and hidden in a room in the house. Military officials had also said later that the bodies showed signs of puncture and slashing wounds from a knife, and that the women appeared to have been killed several hours before the raid.
And in what could be a scandalous turn to the investigation, The Times of London reported Sunday night that Afghan investigators also determined that American forces not only killed the women but had also “dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath” and then “washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened.”