Civilian Casualties Mount in 14th Year of the U.S. Air War

February 17, 2016

Since the start of February, a minimum of 77 Afghan civilians were killed in U.S. airstrikes. Many of the strikes took place in Nangarhar province, while some took place in Baghlan, Chinartoo and other locations in Afghanistan.

In what has become a familiar tribute to the more expensive, superior quality, high-tech firearms at the disposal of U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan, aerial vehicles manned by troops located very far away dropped explosives on the civilian targets from some 10,000-plus feet in the air.

Since U.S. imperialism, following in the footsteps of the former Soviet empire, adopted the plan of establishing a U.S.-installed regime in Afghanistan in 2001, the extrajudicial killing of Afghan civilians has been part and parcel of the U.S. government's aggressive war.

In barefaced display of the chauvinism of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class, President Obama claims that the killings are justified in the name of bringing U.S.-style “democracy” and “freedom” to the people of Afghanistan.

The demand of the Afghan people is for the withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO troops and the complete abrogation of all colonial claims on the people of Afghanistan.