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US military massacres 80 villagers in Afghanistan
by wsws (reposted)
Thursday May 25th, 2006 11:15 AM
In the latest atrocity in the US occupation of Afghanistan, US warplanes massacred at least 80 villagers in the southern province of Kandahar early Monday morning. As many as 350 people have been killed this past week in Afghanistan in an explosion of violence, the most severe since the US invasion in October 2001.
US military A-10 “Warthog” warplanes were called in to continuously strafe the village of Azizi, beginning Sunday night and ending early Monday morning. The A-10’s 30mm rounds, fired from the gunship’s colossal cannon at a rate of 4,200 per minute, were initially designed to penetrate tank armor. As such, they pass easily through all substances used in ordinary construction, as well as human bodies. The warplanes also dropped several bombs on the village.

Azizullah, an 18-year-old boy who was cut in the face and chest during the attack, described seeing “scores” of mutilated bodies as he fled the village. “One [bomb] hit my house. I was wounded and my two brothers were killed,” he told the AFP.

Attah Mohammad, also interviewed by the AFP, said that 24 members of his family were killed in the bombardment. Another man, Nasratullah, was sitting down to dinner with his in-laws when the attack suddenly began. “I managed to escape but I don’t know what happened to my in-laws,” he said.

After the planes strafed and bombed the area, Afghan security forces sealed off the area and prevented ambulances and doctors from entering the village. Because of the massive destructive power of the munitions used in the operation, an accurate casualty figure may never be ascertained.