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Sun Dec 15 2002 Massacre at Mazar
On November 26 2001, the Northern Alliance, backed by US airpower captured the city of Kunduz from the Taliban. The mainstream press gloated at the fall of the last Taliban stronghold in Northern Afghanistan. But, soon reports came in of possible widespread killing of prisoners who surrendered when the city fell. In December, the UK Guardian reported that following the capture of Kunduz, "dozens of Taliban prisoners died after surrendering to Northern Alliance forces, asphyxiated in the shipping containers used to transport them to prison". In 2001 the ICRC found a mass grave near Mazar-e-Sharif containing over 600 bodies thought to be of prisoners from Konduz. The UN briefly attempted to investigate reports of mass graves, but in August 2002 the U.N. special representative in Afghanistan stated that "the weakness of the Afghan government and the risk to investigators or witnesses make it almost impossible to investigate reports that there are mass graves in northern Afghanistan." In November 2002, the UN found evidence that General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a leading Afghan warlord and strong US ally, "tortured witnesses to stop them from testifying against him in a war crimes inquiry" surrounding the mass graves. Scottish filmmaker Jamie Doran released a movie in late 2002 titled "Massacre at Mazar" offering eyewitness testimony and footage of the US backed war crimes in Afghanistan.
Sat Jun 14 2003 womens rights after regime change
6/14/2003: Women continue to fight for basic human rights in Afghanistan. IMC NYC Sound working group interviewed RAWA member Tahmeena F. and Anne Brodsky, author of "With All Our Strength: RAWA" in late May.
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Tue Nov 27 2001 aljazeera
Al-Jazeera news network, which in turn accused the US of deliberately targeting the building after being told of its exact location. Al-Jazeera had been criticized by the US government for its coverage of the war, since unlike the US media it was willing to show pictures of civilian victims of the US bombing. On Oct 14, New York Daily News columnist Zev Chafets wrote: "dealing with Al Jazeera is a job for the military. Shutting it down should be an immediate priority." Protesters gathered at the Federal Bldg in SF on 11/14 to oppose the US attacks.
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Sat Oct 20 2001 food or bomb?
Al Jazeera showed pictures of children, women and the elderly wounded and killed in the US attacks. At the time, US military officials and the corporate media contended that these numbers were "grossly exaggerated", but independent estimates after the war ended confirm that the air attacks resulted in thousands of civilian deaths. US bombs didnt kill all their victims immediately. Many cluster bombs were dropped in populated areas. In total "1,228 cluster bombs containing 248,056 bomblets" were dropped on Afghanistan during the war. Because some cluster bombs don't immediately explode, they are known to kill and maim people years after hitting the ground. Adding to the danger of the cluster bombs in Afghanistan are the similarities between the yellow food parcels dropped by US planes and the yellow casings of cluster bombs. The US military admitted the bombs and food packages were of the same color and size but claimed that Afghan children would be easilly able to identity between the two based off the shape.
Wed Oct 17 2001 US Attacks Afghanistan