[Marxism] Afghans commemorate 9/11
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Sun Sep 11 06:56:44 MDT 2011
NATO says 77 Americans among those wounded in truck bombing at US base
By Associated Press, Published: September 10 | Updated: Sunday,
September 11, 6:41 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — Nearly 80 American soldiers were wounded and two
Afghan civilians were killed in a Taliban truck bombing targeting an
American base in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said Sunday, a stark reminder
that the war in Afghanistan still rages 10 years after the Sept. 11
terror attacks against the United States.
The blast, which occurred late Saturday, shaved the facades from shops
outside the Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province and broke
windows in government offices nearby, said Roshana Wardak, a former
parliamentarian who runs a clinic in the nearby town of the same name.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Eight wounded civilians were brought to Wardak’s clinic, two of them
with wounds serious enough that they were sent to Kabul. She said one
3-year-old girl died of her wounds on the way to the clinic.
The attack was carried out by a Taliban suicide bomber who detonated a
large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood, NATO said. It was unclear
how many foreign and Afghan soldiers were serving on the base.
“Most of the force of the explosion was absorbed by the protective
barrier at the outpost entrance,” NATO said, adding that the damage was
repairable and that operations were continuing.
Fewer than 25 Afghan civilians were also wounded, NATO said, adding that
none of the 77 injuries sustained by the Americans were
life-threatening. Spokesman Maj. Russell Fox said Sunday that all the
international troops at the combat outpost are American.
The truck bombing came hours after the Taliban vowed to keep fighting
U.S. forces in Afghanistan until all American troops leave the country
and stressed that their movement had no role in the Sept. 11 attacks.
On Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul held a memorial service to mark the
anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A military band played as American
troops raised an American flag in front of about 300 assembled U.S. and
Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in
Afghanistan urged those assembled to honor the memory of those who died.
“On that day we lost mothers and fathers, sons and daughters we lost
people of many nations and many religions, today we remember, we honor
them all,” he said.
The Afghan Foreign Minister said the attacks bound Afghans and Americans
together in a “shared struggle.”
In a statement emailed to media, the Taliban accused the United States
of using the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to invade Afghanistan and
said the international community was responsible for killing thousands
of Afghans during the invasion and ensuing occupation.
“Each year, 9/11 reminds the Afghans of an event in which they had no
role whatsoever,” the Taliban said. “American colonialism has shed the
blood of tens of thousands of miserable and innocent Afghans.”
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001,
after the Taliban, who then ruled the country, refused to hand over
Osama bin Laden.
The late al-Qaida leader was at the time living in Afghanistan, where
the terror network had training camps from which it planned attacks
against the U.S. and other countries.
“The Afghans have an endless stamina for a long war,” the statement
said. “Through a countrywide uprising, the Afghans will send the
Americans to the dustbin of history like they sent other empires of the
The statement was issued by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the
official title used by the Taliban when they ruled the country.
The insurgent group continues to launch regular attacks and orchestrate
assassination campaigns against those allied with the government. In
addition to the attack in Wardak on Saturday, 10 Afghan civilians were
killed in two separate roadside bombings.
Although the Taliban were swiftly driven from power by the U.S.-led
coalition, they managed to use the years of the Iraq war — when America
focused its military strength on the conflict against Saddam Hussein —
to regroup, rearm and reorganize.
They began winning back ground lost to the international military
coalition until President Barack Obama decided to send in 30,000 more
troops last year to help.
Although the coalition has made some gains in the Taliban’s traditional
southern strongholds, violence has not abated around the country.
The U.S. has begun withdrawing some of its 100,000 troops and will send
home 33,000 by the end of next year. The international military
coalition has already begun transferring security responsibilities to
newly trained Afghan forces with the aim of removing all their soldiers
by the end of 2014.
Bin Laden was killed in May in a raid on his house in northwestern
Pakistan by helicopter-borne U.S. Navy SEALs.
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