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Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:20 PM

U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan

Source: Reuters

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day’s labor in the fields, officials said on Thursday.

The attack on Wednesday night also injured 40 people after accidentally targeting farmers and laborers who had just finished collecting pine nuts at mountainous Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.

“The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them,” tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul told Reuters by telephone from Wazir Tangi.
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In a separate incident, at least 20 people died in a suicide truck bomb attack on Thursday carried out by the Taliban in the southern province of Zabul.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack-drones-idUSKBN1W40NW

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Reply U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Sep 19 OP
yaesu Sep 19 #1
Sherman A1 Sep 19 #2
IronLionZion Sep 19 #3
iluvtennis Sep 19 #4
Maxheader Sep 19 #5
keithbvadu2 Sep 19 #6
captain jack Sep 19 #7
keithbvadu2 Sep 19 #8
Fan of Da Bearse Sep 19 #9
bronxiteforever Sep 19 #10
YOHABLO Sep 19 #11
BamaRefugee Sep 20 #13
McKim Sep 20 #12
Aussie105 Sep 20 #15
Javaman Sep 20 #16
LuckyLib Sep 20 #14

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:24 PM

1. getting hit by both sides, these endless wars have got to end. nt

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:33 PM

2. Damn, Sad

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:43 PM

3. Damn, Iran did it again!



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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 07:05 PM

4. Yep, that'll be the trump comeback

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 07:16 PM

5. How will dementia boy spin this?


30 innocents?

Usual winger resonse .. "gonna make an omlet, ya gotta break a few eggs"

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 08:24 PM

6. Taliban killed 20. Trump killed 30. Must be a comparison there somewhere.

Taliban killed 20.

Trump killed 30.

Must be a comparison there somewhere.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 08:35 PM

7. Was it Ted Bundy that killed 30 innocent people? n/t

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 08:37 PM

8. Pompeo keeps saying "over the last 10 days we killed 1000 Taliban". Where is this story?.

@SecPompeo keeps saying "over the last 10 days we killed 1000 Taliban". Where is this story?.

08 Sep

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212447910

He has confused Taliban with civilians.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 09:23 PM

9. More from Reuters:

 

Letter detailing civilian presence failed to prevent deadly Afghan drone strike

JALALABAD, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - Twelve days ahead of the pine-nut harvest season, the governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province received a letter from village elders in the Wazir Tangi area about their plans to recruit 200 laborers and children to pluck the dry fruit.

The letter, seen by Reuters and dated Sept. 7, was sent in an effort to help protect laborers from getting caught in clashes between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and Islamic State fighters in the mountainous terrain largely controlled by the jihadists.

Taliban insurgents and Islamic State fighters have been battling each other for control of the province’s natural resources. U.S. and Afghan forces routinely launch air strikes to regain control over territory lost to militant groups.

On Wednesday, just hours after farmers, laborers and children finished their day’s work of plucking pine nuts in the heavily forested area and lit bonfires near their tents, a U.S. drone hit the site, killing 30 civilians and injuring 40 others, according to three Afghan provincial officials.

Local residents expressed shock and anger that the attack occurred despite the letter and subsequent assurances of safety for the workers.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack-drones-letter/letter-detailing-civilian-presence-failed-to-prevent-deadly-afghan-drone-strike-idUSKBN1W431P

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 09:38 PM

10. Kick and recommend for visibility.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 09:41 PM

11. Oh why do they hate us. Can't imagine.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 01:15 AM

13. Exactly. Probably a few billion spent to make that drone foolproof and *TOTALLY ACCURATE* too.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 12:41 AM

12. Just Get Out!!!!!

Just get us out of here, God!!!!!!!! Why aren’t we just spending money on our own people. In Southern Spain this summer I saw that everyone had health care, ample public housing, good educations, new high speed trains, new bus and train stations and new airports, community centers, senior citizen centers and so much social infrastructure that we are doing without.
We could have all that too if we didn’t spend so much on foreign wars.

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Response to McKim (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 03:27 AM

15. Spain hasn't

set itself up as the policeman of the world.

Spain doesn't have a large mobile army they are prepared to send off to other parts of the world in defence of some abstract political ideals.

Spain doesn't have a corrupt political system where money can buy you a politician's support, and political morals are an optional extra.

See the difference?

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Response to Aussie105 (Reply #15)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 09:55 AM

16. I think I'll move to Spain. nt

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 03:14 AM

14. Our tax dollars at work. Obscene.

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