After US Strikes, Afghans Describe "Tractor Trailers Full of Pieces of Human Bodies"
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As President Barack Obama prepares to send some 21,000 more US troops into Afghanistan, anger is rising in the western province of Farah, the scene of a US bombing massacre that may have killed as many as 130 Afghans, including 13 members of one family. At least six houses were bombed and among the dead and wounded are women and children. As of this writing reports indicate some people remain buried in rubble. The US airstrikes happened on Monday and Tuesday. Just hours after Obama met with US-backed president Hamid Karzai Wednesday, hundreds of Afghansâ€”perhaps as many as 2,000â€” poured into the streets of the provincial capital, chanting â€œDeath to America.â€ The protesters demanded a US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In Washington, Karzai said he and the US occupation forces should operate from a â€œhigher platform of morality,â€ saying, â€œWe must be conducting this war as better human beings,â€ and recognize that â€œforce wonâ€™t buy you obedience.â€ And yet, his security forces opened fire on the demonstrators, reportedly wounding five people.
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Jeremy Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army .