FAST FIVE: Another 'Total Massacre' Ignored By Mainstream: US Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers In Afghanistan
Another 'Total Massacre' Ignored By Mainstream: US Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers In Afghanistan Authored by Eoin Higgins via CommonDreams.org, A US drone attack killed 30 pine nut farmers and wounded at least 40 others in Afghanistan Wednesday night, the latest killing of innocent civilians by American forces as the “war on terror” enters its 19th year. The farmers had just finished work and were sitting by a fire when the strike happened, according to tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul.
Reteurs reported that there may be more farmers missing: Haidar Khan, who owns the pine nut fields, said about 150 workers were there for harvesting, with some still missing as well as the confirmed dead and injured.
A survivor of the drone strike said about 200 laborers were sleeping in five tents pitched near the farm when the attack happened.
In a tweet, journalist Emran Feroz said his reporting from the region indicates that the reality of US policy with respect to attacks in Nangarhar is different than Leggett's claims. “Seems that recent drone strikes in Nangarhar's Khogyani district ended in a total massacre killing far more than 30 civilians,” said Feroz.
“Knowingly using a process that fails to adequately distinguish between civilians and combatants would violate the laws of war and be detrimental to the overall mission.” In a tweet, The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan noted just how little attention the massacre perpetrated by the US military was likely to receive.