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April 29, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Pointing up the dangers faced by Afghan civilians as insurgents take aim at Western troops, a minibus in eastern Afghanistan hit a roadside bomb Wednesday, killing 12 passengers, provincial officials said. Taliban fighters and other insurgents have made roadside bombs their weapon of choice. Although buried bombs are the No. 1 killer of Western troops, they kill and maim far larger numbers of Afghan civilians. Many of the devices are planted on roads known to be used by military convoys, but civilian vehicles travel them as well, often with deadly results.
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WORLD
February 8, 2011 | Alex Rodriguez and Hashmat Baktash
A suicide bomber killed at least one person and injured five Monday at a customs house in Kandahar, the third suicide attack in 10 days in the volatile southern city regarded as the Taliban's spiritual birthplace. The target may have been a group of NATO soldiers who were at or near the building at the time of the blast, Afghan officials said. A NATO spokesman said two of its soldiers, both Americans, were injured. No other details were immediately available. Although the North Atlantic Treaty Organization says it has been making major gains in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, the Taliban heartland, insurgents have been able to strike back with attacks such as Monday's and one Jan. 29 that killed Kandahar's deputy governor.
OPINION
September 16, 2008
Re "Does killing Afghan civilians keep us safe?," Opinion, Sept. 12 Intentional killing of civilians is a war crime and should be condemned as such. Any act that knowingly targets civilians degrades our nation, the cause of justice and our freedoms. William DuBay Costa Mesa Though Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann are obviously kinder, gentler people, I fail to comprehend what it is, exactly, they would like to change about the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Apparently, invading an entire country by force and deposing its government, then mercilessly bombing its population for seven years while allowing the vast majority of the country's territory to be overrun by religious fundamentalists and drug lords, all ostensibly motivated by the fruitless pursuit of one man, is OK by them.
OPINION
December 6, 2001
Re "Letting the Anger Seep Out," Dec. 3: In the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy there have been many emotions expressed by the people of this country: grief, frustration, fear and anger. In times like these, we as Americans should unite and help each other through this grieving process. This is not the first time that our country has been victim to terrorism, whether it was the Unabomber, the Oklahoma City bombing or innocent civilians in an abortion clinic. We need to be careful about where our emotions lead us because we should not create more victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Among the photographs displayed at the funeral for Army Staff Sgt. Conrad Mora was one showing him receiving a commendation from Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mora was honored last year for dashing into a minefield to rescue Afghan civilians injured when a roadside bomb exploded. To his friends, family and fellow soldiers, Mora's bravery and leadership that day were not a surprise. "There are three kinds of soldiers: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened," said 1st Sgt. Cesar Zertuche.
OPINION
December 16, 2001 | DAVID CORN, David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation, is author of the novel "Deep Background."
"We mourn every civilian death," Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said at a recent Pentagon briefing, responding to news reports that scores of Afghan civilians were killed by U.S. bombs in villages near Tora Bora. Rumsfeld then discounted those reports as mere "Taliban accusations," even though they had been based on the accounts of local anti-Taliban officials (who were working with American forces), civilian eyewitnesses and actual victims. U.S. regret met U.S. denial. In the end, even if that regret is sincere, what use is it to those who have lost family members, limbs or homes to U.S. bombs?
WORLD
March 14, 2008 | M. Karim Faiez and Laura King, Special to The Times
U.S. forces on Thursday acknowledged carrying out a cross-border missile strike that reportedly killed four civilians in Pakistan, and six Afghan civilians were killed by a suicide bomber targeting American troops. The civilian deaths on both sides of the border came days before a new Pakistani government is to be sworn in, one that may prove a less pliant ally in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic militants than President Pervez Musharraf has been.
WORLD
July 28, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A bomb blast tore through a crowded passenger bus on a desert highway in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 25 of those on board and injuring about 20 others, some seriously, government officials said. All were described as civilians. Afghan and Western officials denounced the insurgency for the planting of homemade bombs along roads heavily used by civilians. So-called improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, are usually aimed at Afghan and NATO forces, but often wind up maiming and killing noncombatants instead.
WORLD
August 12, 2009 | Laura King
Taliban militants killed three American troops in volatile southern Afghanistan, U.S. military authorities said today, part of a recent wave of violence that could complicate next week's Afghan elections. The latest U.S. deaths brought to at least 18 the number of American soldiers who have died in August in Afghanistan, and pushed fatalities among foreign troops for the month to 27, according to the independent website icasualties.org. The burgeoning violence also claimed the lives of at least nine Afghan civilians and two Afghan soldiers, according to Afghan officials.
WORLD
May 1, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
On the first day of the Taliban's self-declared spring offensive, insurgents attacked in two Afghan provinces, killing more than half a dozen people, including a district council leader, and wounding another 20, officials said. Early Sunday, a 12-year-old suicide bomber struck at a bazaar in the Barmal district of eastern Paktika province, killing four people, including a woman and the chairman of the district council, Shir Nawaz Khan, according to Mohibullah Samim, the provincial governor.
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