Afghanistan: thousands flee fighting

Tens of thousands of Afghan people have fled their homes in central and southern Afghanistan since the resurgence of the Taliban and the associated flare-up in fighting began in 2006. The fighting continues to this day. The provinces affected are Kandahar and Helmand and the western part of Uruzgan, where Dutch NATO troops are based.

UNHCR map 
Red indicates the highest number of displaced individuals
in Afghanistan’s unruly southern provinces (Source: UNHCR)

Two developments have caused people to flee their homes in the central southern provinces. On the one side, the Taliban movement and associated foreign fighters made a successful come-back in early 2006. In the same year, NATO took over the role of the United States in southern Afghanistan and moved units into areas where, until then, the Taliban had  been left alone by and large. The result was a marked increase in the amount of fighting.

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War pimp alert: Pre-emptive nuclear strike a key option, Nato told.

The crazies are running the madhouse.

Ian Traynor in Brussels
Tuesday January 22, 2008
The Guardian

A Trident missile
A British Trident missile. Photograph: AP
The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists.Calling for root-and-branch reform of Nato and a new pact drawing the US, Nato and the European Union together in a “grand strategy” to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a “first strike” nuclear option remains an “indispensable instrument” since there is “simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world”.

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The Gaza strip is dying: 1.5 million people have no electricity, water or bread

I call this genocide.