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Friday, July 30, 2010


A "warm welcome" for U.S. mercenaries in Afghanistan

In the capital, Kabul, police fired weapons into the air Friday to disperse a crowd of angry Afghans who shouted "Death to America!", hurled stones and set fire to two vehicles after an SUV, driven by U.S. contract employees, was involved in a traffic accident that killed four Afghans, according to the capital's criminal investigations chief, Abdul Ghaafar Sayedzada.

The contractor, DynCorp International, confirmed that its employees, working on a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, were involved in an accident on the main road to the Kabul airport. In a statement, DynCorp said that when its employees got out of their vehicle, they and other DynCorp employees, who arrived at the scene to help, were attacked by the crowd, which burned their vehicles.
There's little doubt, although the article doesn't say so, that this "accident" was caused by the contractors driving unsafely, probably on the wrong side of the road, since they were fearing for their lives the entire time they were out in public. Normal "traffic accidents' rarely kill four people. The article does report that "People at the scene claimed foreigners fired shots, killing and wounding Afghan civilians," which may or may not be true, but whether or not it is, it's a virtual certainty that the deaths of the four Afghans were not a real "accident," no more so than any of the other "accidents" which see U.S. troops or planes or drones killing civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan on a regular basis.

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