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June 12, 2008

This Propaganda Video Proves Nothing

The US-led coalition in Afghanistan on Thursday deflected accusations that it killed 11 Pakistani soldiers in an air strike, releasing video footage which it says shows its forces targeting insurgents.

"Deflect accusations ..." Hmmm - AFP describes the video:

The video footage, taken by an unmanned drone, shows a first strike targeted at men hiding behind a rock, and three subsequent attacks on men seeking cover in a ravine.

"It is clear there are no structures or (Pakistani) outposts in the impact area," a voice says off-camera.

The video shows a total of four strikes. Now what is that supposed to deflect?

As WaPo reports the strikes:

U.S.-led forces dropped more than a dozen bombs in and near Pakistan's tribal regions Wednesday ..
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According to the U.S. military, two Air Force F-15E jets and a B-1B Lancer bomber then dropped the bombs, which included both precision-guided and unguided munitions and which weighed between 500 and 2,000 pounds. The bombs were used "to destroy anti-coalition members in the open and in buildings in the vicinity of Asadabad," Afghanistan, according to a statement released by the U.S. military's Combined Air and Space Operations Center for Southwest Asia.
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"This a complex attack involving . . . an airstrike and artillery and a number of forces . . . along a border that has traditionally been a problem and is often the cause of some confusion as to who the forces are that are involved," [Pentagon press secretary] Morrell said.

The video shows four precious strikes involving no structures.

But the military also used artillery and it dropped more than 12 bombs, guided and unguided once, including some hitting buildings. So what is this video supposed to prove?

Nothing!

But the media nevertheless will use it to explain how innocent the military is in this. They also will be outraged when the Pashtun and Pakistani will eventually hit back.

Posted by b on June 12, 2008 at 13:20 UTC | Permalink

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American Military pilots surrender their souls 'for their country'.
Remember Vietnam.

Posted by: waldo | Jun 12 2008 15:13 utc | 1

The NYT's Mike Nizza also notes this:

The video seems to account for three of the dozen or so bomb strikes; where did the others fall? Agence France-Presse reported today that one of its photographers who reached the Pakistani checkpoint saw a six-foot crater just outside the checkpoint and several others nearby:

" The structure itself was also badly damaged while some nearby trees were burned to a crisp."

" Another bomb landed on a hilly road about half a kilometre from the post, creating a crater about three meters wide, while a third crater was visible in a wooded area around one kilometre away."

If those craters were in fact created by American munitions, then there would seem to be more to this story than the video reveals.

Posted by: b | Jun 13 2008 5:45 utc | 2

The US is attempting to develop one of the two proposed theaters of the coming war, Iran and FATA area in Pakistan. Their prime objective being to derail the strong democratic election campaign in the US which is talking about de-escalation of war and hence hitting at the trillion dollar profits that the 'war for oil' cartels are reaping.

If Iran proves to be a hard target, Fata area in Pakistan can be a sitting duck. They may even engineer a small terror-hit in the US to achieve this target, but that will be besides the point.


US strike hits Pakistan's raw nerve

Posted by: a | Jun 13 2008 6:29 utc | 3

Their prime objective being to derail the strong democratic election campaign in the US which is talking about de-escalation of war and hence hitting at the trillion dollar profits that the 'war for oil' cartels are reaping .


meanwhile...

Posted by: C | Jun 13 2008 6:51 utc | 4

This video is new: (OT, sorry)

From the BBC, West Bank attack filmed:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7451668.stm>link, very short

the point (see vid near end):

The footage was shot on a camera that was provided by an Israeli human rights group to enable Palestinians to get proof of attacks.

Posted by: Tangerine | Jun 13 2008 19:37 utc | 5

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