Murdering Afghanistan

by | Jan 20, 2011 | Stress Blog

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null What 25 tons of explosives will do to an Afghan village

Last October, an American fighting unit in Afghanistan reduced an entire village to dust in minutes. Nestled in the fertile Arghandab Valley, Tarok Kolache had become a Taliban stronghold and was proving a difficult fortress to penetrate. The affair must have really irked the American commander, Lt. Col. David Flynn, because after two failed attempts to take the village, he just to wiped it off the map.

Don’t worry. Nobody got hurt. Well, nobody who wasn’t a member of the Taliban, according to Paula Broadwell, a blogger-friend of the U.S. Army.

According to Broadwell’s dispatch in Foreign Policy, Flynn’s unit had been “licking their wounds” after failed attempts at taking the village. Homemade bombs, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and gunfire rained onto American troops any time they got close, and so Flynn decided to open a gateway into the village with bigger bombs dropped from airplanes.

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