November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.
The Killing Goes on in Afghanistan
In sympathy for
her new-born baby
two other women
a 5-yr-old boy
a teenage boy
injured during the night of April 17/18, 2006
after midnight in the town of Ya’qubi (Yaqoobi), some 18 kms north of Khost and in another part of Khost Province in the early morning. A car with a mother, her newborn baby, and two other women relatives, passed a U.S. occupation force convoy, then turned onto a small road leading to their home. Wakil Ahmed, one of the family members, told the BBC: “we were on our way back home from the clinic. The American patrol was driving and as they stopped, we stopped. They started driving, we did the same. As we got close to our house they stopped, and we started driving towards our house. They opened fire on us. Minutes later a translator came to us and asked who we were…” The newborn’s grandfather, Abdul Wakil, who was not injured told Reuters, “we told them that they had destroyed our lives and they rushed off without saying anything.” The newborn baby was cut by flying glass; the mother was shot in the chest and another woman in the mouth. Some hours later, another car was fired upon by a U.S. patrol, injuring a 5-yr-old boy and a teenaged boy.
Killed by U.S. occupation forces’ patrols
In memory of
7-9 civilians (including women and children)
killed on Saturday night, April 15, 2006
On April 12th, some 2,500 U.S. and Afghan troops launched a pre-dawn air and ground assault upon the valleys and mountains of eastern Kunar Province to allegedly clear them of insurgents. In January and June 2005, similar operations were carried out, with visibly no lasting effect. The current assault – the widely publicized Operation Mountain Lion likely to end with a whimper - started in the Pech River Valley, but was extended to other areas including the Korangal and Gilagel valleys, Manoogi district. Round-the-clock tactical air support and bombing took place as well as artillery shelling. U.S. Air Force F-15s, A-10s and B-52s were used in the operations, along with Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers. On Saturday, April 15th reports began surfacing in the non-Western press that civilians had been killed in the Korangel area. A Taliban spokesman told the Afghan Islamic Press that U.S forces bombed three houses which left nine children and women dead, injuring four other persons. On Sunday, the U.S. military’s propaganda office in Kabul admitted that seven civilians were indeed killed and three wounded. In a typical public relations gesture, the U.S. commander of the occupation forces in Afghanistan, General Freakley displayed hypocritical emotion (my assessment based upon the 1,300 cases of civilian deaths recorded here in the Afghan Victim Memorial Project and the 3,700 detailed in the other data bases on this website), saying “our hearts go out to the families of the innocent families of this battle,” a statement naturally widely carried in the mainstream press. Freakley then ordered an internal investigation of the civilian deaths, but this represents the perpetrator investigating himself.
Killed by air or ground fire from U.S. forces or U.S-led Afghan troops
by Professor Marc Herold
See also the Afghan Victim Memorial Project and his Afghan Canon - the definitive collection of reports and essays on the US war against the people of Afghanistan
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