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WikiLeaks offers $50,000 for Kunduz bombing footage or cockpit audio

Kunduz hospital Afghan

Transparency activist group WikiLeaks is offering a $50,000 reward for any footage of the United States bombing of a Doctors Without Borders facility in Kunduz or cockpit audio from the plane. “The AC-130 records its attacks with high resolution gun cameras,” says the post on WikiLeaks, the website founded by Julian Assange …

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Hospital bombing: US changes story fourth time in four days

General John Campbell Pentagon Afghanistan hospital Kunduz

US special operations forces – not their Afghan allies – called in the deadly airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, the US commander has conceded. Shortly before General John Campbell, the commander of the US and Nato war in Afghanistan, testified to a Senate panel, the president …

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Terrorist attack: United States bombs civilian hospital in Afghanistan

MSF staff Kunduz hospital Afghanistan

Up to 20 civilians were killed by U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan early Saturday morning that hit a hospital in Kunduz. According to reports, another 37 people have been injured and many more remain unaccounted for. The hospital is operated by a French affiliate of Doctors Without Borders, Médecins Sans Frontières (MFS), and was the only …

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Is the CIA running opium trade out of Afghanistan?

US troops Afghanistan opium poppy

Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes. In July, the Centers for Disease Control warned of record-breaking numbers of heroin deaths …

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Afghan opium cultivation ‘grew 40-fold’ under US occupation

Afghan opium

Opium production in Afghanistan has “grown fortyfold” in the 13 years of US Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the head of the Russian Security Council. The intervention has “exacerbated existing problems,” rather than solved them. “Unfortunately, the failed policy of Washington did not solve, but on the contrary exacerbated, the …

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Opium cultivation hits record high in Afghanistan

US military Afghanistan opium heroin

Afghanistan has once again set a new record for opium cultivation despite a constant U.S. military presence for the last thirteen years. According to a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opium production rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. “The total area under …

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Karzai’s farewell speech: US didn’t want peace in Afghanistan

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai punctuated on Tuesday his tumultuous 13-year relationship with the United States, alleging that America invaded Afghanistan in 2001 for “its own interests” and never really wanted peace in the region. Karzai, the only Afghan president since the 2001 US-led invasion, said the United States only …

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