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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:23 PM
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Pentagon forced to withdraw leaflet linking aid to information on Taliban
http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1210...

The US-led coalition in Afghanistan has distributed leaflets calling on people to provide information on al-Qaida and the Taliban or face losing humanitarian aid.
The move has outraged aid organisations who said their work is independent of the military and it was despicable to pretend otherwise.

Medcins Sans Frontires, the international medical charity which passed the leaflets to the Guardian, said the threat endangered aid workers. Fourteen aid workers were killed in Afghanistan last year and 11 so far this year.

The Taliban claimed responsibility yesterday for the murder of two British security staff and their Afghan translator from the London-based crisis management company Global Risk Strategies, which is employed by the UN to help prepare for national elections scheduled for September.

After examining the leaflets yesterday Britain and the US said they had been a mistake and it was not their policy to link aid with military operations in that way. The decision to distribute the leaflets had been made at a local level, they said.

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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:27 PM
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1. Their evil knows NO bounds
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Will it never end????

(sigh)
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agates Donating Member (743 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-05-04 11:39 PM
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2. Despicable
And somehow the world is supposed to know that 'merikins are the good guys?
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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:05 AM
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