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March 22, 2012
18:32 // 2 years ago
March 19, 2012
newsflick:

No one asked their names | By Qais Azimy AJE

In the days following the rogue US soldier’s shooting spree in Kandahar, most of the media, us included, focused on the “backlash” and how it might further strain the relations with the US.
Many mainstream media outlets channelled a significant amount of  energy into uncovering the slightest detail about the accused soldier – now identified as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. We even know where his wife wanted to go for vacation, or what she said on her personal blog.
But the victims became a footnote, an anonymous footnote. Just the number 16. No one bothered to ask their ages, their hobbies, their aspirations. Worst of all, no one bothered to ask their names.
In honoring their memory, I write their names below, and the little we know about them: that nine of them were children, three were women.
The dead:
Mohamed Dawood son of  Abdullah
Khudaydad son of Mohamed Juma
Nazar Mohamed 
Payendo
Robeena
Shatarina daughter of Sultan Mohamed
Zahra daughter of Abdul Hamid
Nazia daughter of Dost Mohamed
Masooma daughter of Mohamed Wazir 
Farida daughter of Mohamed Wazir
Palwasha daughter of Mohamed Wazir
Nabia daughter of Mohamed Wazir
Esmatullah daughter of Mohamed Wazir
Faizullah son of Mohamed Wazir
Essa Mohamed son of Mohamed Hussain
Akhtar Mohamed son of Murrad Ali 
The wounded:
Haji Mohamed Naim son of Haji Sakhawat
Mohamed Sediq son of Mohamed Naim
Parween
Rafiullah
Zardana
Zulheja


This post makes a good point. The priorities of the U.S. media are so out of whack in cases like these that these things don’t get reported. They become meaningless statistics, blips on a radar that don’t register. There’s a campaign to be had here. The next time Afghan civilians die at the hands of the U.S. military, the NY Times, WaPo and other mainstream media outlets should put as much work into finding out about the people who died as they do the suspect. This is a war full of “forgotten” deaths. The media should be doing more to prevent them from being forgotten.

newsflick:

No one asked their names | By Qais Azimy AJE

In the days following the rogue US soldier’s shooting spree in Kandahar, most of the media, us included, focused on the “backlash” and how it might further strain the relations with the US.

Many mainstream media outlets channelled a significant amount of  energy into uncovering the slightest detail about the accused soldier – now identified as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. We even know where his wife wanted to go for vacation, or what she said on her personal blog.

But the victims became a footnote, an anonymous footnote. Just the number 16. No one bothered to ask their ages, their hobbies, their aspirations. Worst of all, no one bothered to ask their names.

In honoring their memory, I write their names below, and the little we know about them: that nine of them were children, three were women.

The dead:

  • Mohamed Dawood son of  Abdullah
  • Khudaydad son of Mohamed Juma
  • Nazar Mohamed 
  • Payendo
  • Robeena
  • Shatarina daughter of Sultan Mohamed
  • Zahra daughter of Abdul Hamid
  • Nazia daughter of Dost Mohamed
  • Masooma daughter of Mohamed Wazir 
  • Farida daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Palwasha daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Nabia daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Esmatullah daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Faizullah son of Mohamed Wazir
  • Essa Mohamed son of Mohamed Hussain
  • Akhtar Mohamed son of Murrad Ali 

The wounded:

  • Haji Mohamed Naim son of Haji Sakhawat
  • Mohamed Sediq son of Mohamed Naim
  • Parween
  • Rafiullah
  • Zardana
  • Zulheja

This post makes a good point. The priorities of the U.S. media are so out of whack in cases like these that these things don’t get reported. They become meaningless statistics, blips on a radar that don’t register. There’s a campaign to be had here. The next time Afghan civilians die at the hands of the U.S. military, the NY Times, WaPo and other mainstream media outlets should put as much work into finding out about the people who died as they do the suspect. This is a war full of “forgotten” deaths. The media should be doing more to prevent them from being forgotten.

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21:46 // 2 years ago
March 18, 2012

Three things we know about Afghan shooting suspect Robert Bales

  • one Bales, who joined the Army two months after 9/11, was reportedly suffering from a series of financial troubles. He and his wife tried to put their home on the market days before the incident.
  • two He also suffered from a series of legal problems, including past domestic violence allegations against an old girlfriend and a hit-and-run incident which took place while he wore military clothing.
  • three Bales, who had been hoping for a promotion or transfer, had been turned down for a promotion in the past year, which led to his current deployment in Afghanistan. source

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9:48 // 2 years ago
March 16, 2012
There will be efforts to paint him as a rogue soldier rather than focusing on how we treat GIs in general or whether we should be over there to begin with.
Attorney John Henry Browne • Discussing his client, the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians last week. Browne, who spoke on The Today Show this morning, said the case against his client was “more political than legal” and that the defense would likely focus on the client having post-traumatic stress disorder.
9:12 // 2 years ago
March 15, 2012
Afghan security forces have the ability to keep the security in rural areas and in villages on their own.
Afghan leader Hamid Karzai • Saying in a statement that he wants international troops out of Afghan villages for good, in the wake of a deadly shooting of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier. In related news, peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and U.S. broke down Thursday.
8:19 // 2 years ago
March 12, 2012
11:30 // 2 years ago
March 11, 2012
13:16 // 2 years ago
This is an assassination, an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai • Using tough words in discussing the mass killing of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly at the hands of a U.S. soldier. Karzai says he’s asked the U.S. to stop killing Afghan civilians many times in the past, but the latest incident seems to have put him over the edge.
11:40 // 2 years ago

Mass shooting in Kandahar could further hurt U.S.-Afghan relations

  • 16 killed in Afghan shooting spree; one U.S. soldier is in custody source

» Another blow to U.S.-Afghan relations: With the killing of civilians allegedly at the hands of a U.S. soldier in Kandahar Province, tensions in the region are further rising, just weeks after a Koran-burning incident brought relations between the two countries to an all-time low. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says that 9 children and 3 women were among those killed. “This is a deeply regrettable incident and we extend our thoughts and concerns to the families involved,” the U.S. said in a statement, promising an investigation would follow. The U.S. Embassy also urged calm.

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10:30 // 2 years ago
February 23, 2012
I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident. I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies. … The error was inadvertent. I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.
President Obama • Apologizing to Afghan president Hamid Karzai about the Koran-burning incident earlier this week, which has sparked widespread demonstration in the country and led to the deaths of at least eight people — the most recent of which happened when a man, wearing an Afghan Army uniform, opened fire on two coalition soldiers, killing them. This is not going to be an easy one for coalition forces to get past.
10:10 // 2 years ago