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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-10-06 03:56 AM
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Suppressed UN Document: war criminalsnot freedom fightershold some top posts in Afghanistan
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. By Ken Silverstein.
SourcesOne of the grim realities involved in establishing a government in post-Taliban Afghanistan was that just about anybody who's anybody in that country had blood on his hands. While the Bush Administration sought to paint its Northern Alliance allies as freedom fighters, many of the leading figures in the Mujahideen coalition that captured Kabul in late 2001 were bona fide war criminals.

For nearly two years, the United Nations has been holding up the release of a major report that chronicles Afghanistan's history of human rights abuses stretching back to 1978. According to a story published three months ago in the Guardian, the report was scheduled for release in January 2005, but has been delayed repeatedly due to sensitivities over identifying former warlords still in positions of power.

The Guardian obtained a copy of the report, but to my knowledge no other media outlet has done so, and suppression by the UN has received virtually no attention on this side of the Atlantic. I recently secured a copy of the report (296-page PDF), and it's easy to see why publishing it could lead to embarrassment. It identifies current and former cabinet ministers, members of parliament, and highly-placed members of the Afghan National Army as having played leading roles in past atrocities. (The report details vile atrocities committed by pro-Soviet and Taliban leaders as well.)

The honor roll includes:

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a powerful member of parliament and ally of Hamid Karzai, was one of the earliest of the men to take up arms against the Soviets. In this period, he also reportedly mentored 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The UN report cites a former military commander who said that prior to the Afshar massacre, Sayyaaf told his men, Don't leave anyone alivekill all of them.

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