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By Laura King, Los Angeles Times

December 31, 2010

Every day across Afghanistan, rural people crowd aboard rickety communal taxis that ply the roads linking remote towns and villages. And every day, they run the risk of what happened Thursday morning in Helmand province.

A roadside bomb ripped through a minibus in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of east-central Helmand, incinerating the vehicle and killing 14 people, including men, women and children.

The Taliban and other insurgent groups routinely seed roads that run through battle zones with explosives in hopes of killing and maiming Western troops — which the devices do, in large numbers. But more often the victims are Afghan civilians.

This has been the war's deadliest year for noncombatants and combatants alike, with civilian casualties for the first 10 months of this year running 20% higher than the same period a year ago, according to the most recent figures available from the United Nations. INSURGENTS ARE BLAMED FOR MORE THAN THREE-QUARTERS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES, but Western troops inadvertently cause some as well.

Fourteen dead is an unusually high toll for a single roadside bomb, but not unheard of. Any form of inexpensive public transport is usually packed with whoever can squeeze aboard, and the consequences of hitting an explosive device reflect that overcrowding.

The number of wounded — four — was smaller because the blast was powerful enough to kill outright rather than injure. Over the last year, insurgents have planted larger and larger roadside bombs.

Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Helmand provincial government, said the explosion occurred on the highway to Kandahar, the south's main urban hub in the neighboring province of the same name.

Thursday's bombing was condemned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who termed it "anti-human … brutal and ignorant." NATO's International Security Assistance Force, whose troops joined Afghan soldiers in aiding the injured, denounced the strike as well.


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  • If this story was about a Yank slapping an innocent Afghan you'd see 300 hate filled messages and this video would be featured.

    A point that is usually lost on the haters.

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  • Black flag CIA Mossad KGB MI6 operation to tarnish the saviour freedom fighting warrior Talib allah akbar.

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  • RIP!

    Glory and Honour to the AFGHAN PEOPLE.

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  • Cavemen will be Cavemen.

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    • redneck will be redneck.

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  • Happy New Year!!

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  • No doubt, there are far fewer civilian deaths now than when the taliban ran that dump.

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  • I don't see them protesting about these kinds of killings. Only if it were American doing it would they protest. Suppose there is no money in protesting the Taliban.

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    • Your media doesnt show it. There are a lot of protests against Taliban, Warloards, corruption, invaders, NGO, Blackwater ect.

      But it is not gonna help, the afghan people have two enemies: Nato and Taliban

      Remember that free days in the 70es when AFG was free and independent.

      Glory and Honour to the AFGHAN PEOPLE.

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    • The Afghan people only have ONE real enemy...themselves! Its been their number one enemy for the past millenium .

      Put the pipe down, learn to read and write, stand up for yourselves, stop the corruption, rid yourselves of this oppressive religion, stop supporting the Taliban, educate your kids, institute equal rights for women, hold your politicians accountable, demand rule of rule, support your military and police...AND STOP FUCKING BEING THE WORLD'S SHITHOLE!

      Take some degree of respo More..

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    • Precisely. NATO is only your enemy if you want to rape, pillage, kill, and deny others of basic human rights.

      Behave like 20th century humans, and NATO will be the best friend you ever had.

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    • Dont watch to much Hollywood or CIA Propandan, take a history book and you will find out that in the 70es AFG was peaceful and educated, btw there is almost 30 years war!
      The puppet are installed by USA, the AFGHHAN PEOPLE had Kings like Zahir Shah and Amanullah.

      We dont need advices of anyone, we are free and independet, we have a great history of 3000 Years and we will be here for more 3000 Years.

      AFGHANISTAN Graveyard of Evil Empires

      19the Century British Empire
      20th Century Soviet Empire
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    • "Once Europe existed in a Dark Age and Islam carried the torch of learning. Now we Muslims live in a Dark age."

      Mahmud Tarzi
      Afghan Intellectual,
      advisor to King Amanullah Khan

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  • the communists would swear that 99% of civilians are killed by U.S. forces and airstrikes.

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  • Its not because of AFGHANS...the Russian attacked AFG.
    The USA supported with CIA radical groups like Hekmatyar, not moderate groups like the KING. Radical Christian from TExas supported radical Muslim from AFG.
    Thats fact.
    Now the NATO is in AFG to withdraw this radical groups but without success since 9 Years.

    The AFGHAN PEOPLE are innocent open your eyes.

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  • Not plain and certainly not simple. If I remember correctly there was this thing that happened on Sept. 11th that caused us to be there. And so are you, BTW.

    As for the rest I'm sure it's just wishful thinking on your part. FYI, as your largest trading partner by far: as we go so do you.

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  • 'anti-human'..I remember when they used the term homicide bombing, I'm sure there was a purpose behind that but I don't know what, because now everyone is back to calling it a 'suicide bombing' again. I guess it is supposed to make it sound worse...like Obama calling Al-queda 'racist' against africans...as if before that everyone thought maybe they weren't such bad guys..but what?..not only do they blow people up...but now you are calling them racist also! gasp..okay..now its clear..they ARE ba More..

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  • Winning hearts and minds by blowing them up.

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  • The Brits were the Superpower when AFG defeated them.
    The Soviets were the Superpower when AFG defeated them.

    Guess whos next?

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    • Blown up any families in their car lately? Your heroes spill burning oil on their own children so they can get a medevac ride on a helicopter. "Brave Afghan", you are a disgrace to Afghans.

      You will never defeat us.

      When we leave we will leave behind a muslim government and a muslim Afghan army. Who are you going to kill then? Besides more women and children I mean.

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    • So you want a kingdom in Afghanistan? Or do you want a government decided by coups? That's what you had in the 70's. Doesn't sound too free to me.

      I don't know what Afghanistan's government will look like in the future. I really don't care that much either. As long as they don't sponsor and protect an outfit like AQ. If ever they do, we'll destroy that government again. That is just the reality of it.

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    • Just remember that "dictatorship" comes in many forms:

      a ruling military junta (like Pakistan under Musharaff),
      old-fashioned communism (like North Korea or Cuba),
      pseudo-democracy (like Russia or Egypt),
      single-party rule (like China),
      emporors and kings (like what you want).

      It's all the same - just with a different set of clothes.

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    • Your last statement is very typical of people who have been through war, chaos, fear, and poverty. They will give power to a dictatorship in exchange for peace.

      Your hope for a kingdom is unrealistic. That is in the past. For Afghanistan in the present day, the only alternative to an elected government is the taliban. That is not my opinion; that is the reality.

      I know there are many things wrong with the Karzai government. But Afghans should change it peacefully, not with violence.

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    • I wasn't saying all Afghans live in poverty. I know some successful Afghans here. They are good people.

      What I'm saying is that Afghans only have two realistic choices: elections or a taliban dictatorship. They are better off with elections.

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  • I find it interesting that American media is quick to jump all over a story about the taliban allegedly killing civilians, but if Americans kill civilians or even their own troops, it gets covered up.

    For all we know, NATO killed those civilians just as easily as taliban.

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    • WTF are you talking about? EVERY time civilians are killed by ISAF in an airstrike, it is front page news on every major news website. .

      This video upload was an ONLINE only story, reported by the LA Times. There were absolutely no headlines about this on CNN, MSNBC, or BBC.

      You are only seeing what your Imam tells you to see.

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  • "Religion does not require women to veil their hands, feet and faces or enjoin any special type of veil. Tribal custom must not impose itself on the free will of the individual."

    Amanullah Khan
    King of Afghanistan (1919-1929),
    known as the "reform" king.

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    • yes, we need Kings like Amanullah not puppets!

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    • LoL

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  • at least it wasn't a wedding party

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  • The figure of 2000 civilan casualties needs to be put into perspective. Who killed them?

    It's odd-on that it was ISAF/ANA who did the majority of the killing rather than AAF. Not a comment, just a fact.

    In this murky war truth is the first casualty. If we could see the facts without the continuous spin by ISAF and AAF then perhaps we can see where the country is headed.

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    • And your wrong. Sorry, UN: Taliban Responsible for 76% of Deaths in Afghanistan and Rising.

      http://unama.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1741&ctl=Details&mid=1882&ItemID=9955

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10922405

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    • Comment of user 'nurdmyth' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • Moreover, importantly, the percentage of civillians killed in US VS Taliban attacks should be considered. Lets say US attacks Taliban 50 times a day but Taliban attacks US 3 times a day. Yet Taliban kill on average 40% civilians in each attack VS US who say kills 10% civilians on each attack.

      So even if the US by chance killed more people on the long run, Taliban kills more civillians with each attack. Just an example.

      WE at least try not to kill civillians and they make no attempt not to.

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  • When Talibans kill civilians its terrorism.
    When Americans kill civilians its collateral damage.

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    • When tailifags shoot at Americans from places occupied by civilians, the Americans shoot back and the talifags know it.
      The civilians are often forced to stay against thier will to provide more dead people 'killed by Americans' for thier sinister propaganda.
      In every war there have been dramatically higher death rates of civilians than soldiers, and this one is no different. War is hell.

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    • Also, when they fire un-guided rockets and missiles against US and Allied Forces most of the time is a miss or land in populated areas.

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    • Intent is 9/10ths of the law. Losing control of a car and accidentally killing somebody is a lot different than breaking into someones house, and slitting their throat.

      Just as a civilian killed by ISAF while a Taliban piece of shit fires from their home, is a lot different than a Taliban piece of shit driving a truck bomb into a crowded market.

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    • The tactics the Taliban employ are truly indiscriminate in that they target anyone who happens to set them off.

      The coalition forces operate on information and intelligence on what is an advantageous course of action on the battlefield to succeed in their objectives. Everyone in the military knows that killing innocent civilians works against their objectives in this type of war. This is not even really a war, NATO is acting at the request of the Afghan government to support the country in an More..

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  • Wow. Again with the Wikileaks? Where are you getting your information about Wikileaks? You obviously haven't read any of the leaks, or any stories about the leaks from anybody other than PressTV. Nothing in ANY of the leaks disagrees with anything I've said.

    Wikileaks has nothing to do with freedom of press. The press in the United States is 100% free and uncensored. It's not a state run mouthpiece, like the trash that passes as news in the middle east.

    Yes. Some Afghans move away from Afgha More..

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