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‘Cowardly’ US Forces Attack Poor Tribesmen

As we have noted earlier, the Pakistan government is accusing the US of having staged a “cowardly attack” upon a group of their soldiers who were stationed on the Afghanistan border.

Apart from whether such an attack happened, it is interesting to note the photographs that the wire services are showing from this battle, and their captions:

A Pakistani tribesman from Mohmand tribal region, who was injured in a clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants, is treated at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. At least 10 Pakistani troops were killed in an airstrike and clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a disputed border region, Pakistani military officials said Wednesday.

A wounded tribesman belonging to the Mohmand tribal agency which borders with Afghanistan, is treated in a hospital in Peshawar June 11, 2008. At least 10 Pakistani soldiers were killed on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border as U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan battled militants infiltrating into Afghanistan, a security official said on Wednesday.

 

[Left] Relatives wheel a wounded tribesman belonging to the Mohmand tribal agency which borders with Afghanistan, at a hospital in Peshawar June 11, 2008.

[Right] A Pakistani tribesman from Mohmand tribal region, who was injured in a clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants, is treated at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. At least 10 Pakistani troops were killed in an airstrike and clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a disputed border region, Pakistani military officials said Wednesday.

A Pakistani tribesman from Mohmand tribal region, who was injured in a clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants, talks with his relatives at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. At least 10 Pakistani troops were killed in an airstrike and clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a disputed border region, Pakistani military officials said Wednesday.

Relatives wheel a wounded tribesman belonging to the Mohmand tribal agency which borders with Afghanistan, at a hospital in Peshawar June 11, 2008.

An unidentified villager from Mohmand tribal region of Pakistan who was injured in a clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants, arrives at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. At least 10 Pakistani troops were killed in an airstrike and clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a disputed border region, Pakistani military officials said Wednesday.

Relatives of a Pakistani victim of a US air strike shift him to a hospital room after treatment in Peshawar. Pakistan said a “cowardly” air strike by US-led forces killed 11 Pakistani troops Wednesday near the Afghan border and warned it could undermine cooperation in the war against terrorism.

Relatives of a Pakistani victim of a US air strike shift him to a hospital room after treatment in Peshawar. Pakistan said a “cowardly” air strike by US-led forces killed 11 Pakistani troops Wednesday near the Afghan border and warned it could undermine cooperation in the war against terrorism.

Of course we know that the US employs amazing high technology weaponry.

But do we have “smart bombs” whose only “victims” are male “tribesmen” and “villagers” of military age?

Or is it possible that the (never photographed) “Taliban militants” dress a lot like local “villagers”?

And, back to the alleged attack on the Pakistanis:

Pakistani villagers carry a coffin of Pakistan’s paramilitary soldier who lost his life during a clash at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, for burial in Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistan’s army on Wednesday accused the U.S.-led coalition of killing 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops in an airstrike along the volatile Afghan border.

Pakistani villagers carry a coffin of Pakistan’s paramilitary soldier who lost his life during a clash at Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, for burial in Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistan’s army on Wednesday accused the U.S.-led coalition of killing 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops in an airstrike along the volatile Afghan border.

Again we ask what exactly what is a “paramilitary soldier”? Does that mean someone who doesn’t deign to wear a uniform?

And were none of them wounded? Why are we only seeing their coffins?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 11th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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