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U.S. KILLS THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS: Washington's War Crimes

U.S. OFFICIALS insist the war in Afghanistan is a "war on terrorism" not a war against the Afghan people. But since the Pentagon has dropped 10,000 bombs on one of the world's poorest countries, that story has become harder to sell. More than 3,500 civilians had been killed by early December
December 14, 2001 | Issue 387 | Socialist Worker
U.S. KILLS THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS:
Washington's War Crimes

U.S. OFFICIALS insist the war in Afghanistan is a "war on terrorism" not a war against the Afghan people. But since the Pentagon has dropped 10,000 bombs on one of the world's poorest countries, that story has become harder to sell. More than 3,500 civilians had been killed by early December.

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