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Estimate of Civilian Deaths Resulting from U.S. War in Afghanistan Exceeds...

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marc Herold, about the reasons he undertook this research and why he believes it is critical for Americans to know the true cost of the U.S. war against terrorism. Marc Herold's report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan can be found on the Internet at www.cursor.org
Estimate of Civilian Deaths Resulting from U.S. War in Afghanistan Exceeds Number Slain at World Trade Center Story ignored by American media

Interview by Between The Lines' Scott Harris.

In early December, university professor Marc Herold released a report which concluded that the U.S. bombing campaign begun in Afghanistan Oct. 7 had resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500 civilians. Herold, a professor of economics and women's studies at the University of New Hampshire, has since expanded his estimate to 4,000, a number based on international press reports and eyewitness accounts.

The study titled, "A Dossier on Civilian Victims of U.S. Aerial Bombing in Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting," offers detailed analysis of the unintended consequences of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which has largely been spared much scrutiny by America's corporate media. Groups like the Project on Defense Alternatives calculated smaller numbers than Herold, stating that 1,000 to 1,300 Afghans died in the U.S. air strikes. But the Pentagon and Afghanistan's interim government have declined to release any estimate of civilians killed or injured during the U.S. led campaign to oust the Taliban government and their Al Qaeda allies.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Marc Herold, about the reasons he undertook this research and why he believes it is critical for Americans to know the true cost of the U.S. war against terrorism. Marc Herold's report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan can be found on the Internet at www.cursor.org (A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org) .

Related links: "A Dossier on Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing of Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting"

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