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February 13, 2006

Afghanistan more violent than Iraq

-- by Thomas Leavitt

From the UK's Independent: Into the valley of death: UK troops head into Afghan war zone. Here's the lead:

Suicide bombings and firefights, Western troops under attack, sectarian clashes between Shia and Sunni, foreigners taken hostage. Days of escalating violence have left dozens of people dead and more than a hundred injured. This is not Iraq but Afghanistan, a conflict which has now overtaken on the grim league table of body counts [em. mine, TL] - 89 killings in the last eight days in Afghanistan compared with 54 in Iraq during the same period.

Later on in the article, there's this dandy tidbit: "Nato commanders acknowledge that terrorist techniques are being imported from Iraq to Afghanistan and Islamist fighters are entering the country in ever-increasing numbers from Pakistan." It ends with a comparative timeline of fatalities and violence in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past eight days.

... and what does America's media have to say about this phenomenon? Nothing!!! A couple of wire service articles about a week ago, nothing since, and no independent reporting whatsoever. Do a search for n"afghanistan helmand" (Helmand is the most violent province in Afghanistan), and see for yourself. Note: it appears that a few minutes ago, the news broke that four U.S. soldiers have been killed in a bombing... what do we get? Brief wire reports.

The difference between the level of coverage devoted to this issue in the U.S. and internationally is flat out astounding. Something is seriously wrong... we're pouring a couple billion a month into Afghanistan (at least), 214 U.S. troops have been killed there, the overall situation is deteriorating daily, and not one American media institution cares to look into what's happening there and report back to the American people. Shameful!

Posted by Thomas Leavitt at February 13, 2006 10:01 AM

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