Sunday, April 4, 2010

U.S. and NATO actions in Afghanistan fuel the Afghan insurgency

Both quotes below are from a 3/26/10 New York times article, Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints (retrieved 4/4/10):

“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ev'er proven to be a threat,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who becme the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year. His comments came during a recent videoconference to answer questions from troops in the field about civilian casualties."

"Many of the detainees at the military prison at Bagram Air Base joined the insurgency after the shootings of people they knew, said the senior NATO enlisted man in Afghanistan, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall."

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