[Marxism] Afghans commemorate 9/11

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Sep 11 06:56:44 MDT 2011


NATO says 77 Americans among those wounded in truck bombing at US base 
in Afghanistan

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 
Afghan officials.

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 
past.”

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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