ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Exposure of War Crimes

Wikileaks treads where mainstream media does not and reveals evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan.

Nearly 92,000 documents on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)-led war in Afghanistan, including many “secret” filings by United States (US) army personnel, embassy workers, and secret service officers based in that country have been released by the online whistle-blower web site Wikileaks through three major mainstream newspapers, The Guardian, the Der Spiegel and The New York Times. Much of the released information corroborates what has been known about the situation in Afghanistan – that the NATO forces have been involved in many civilian deaths, that the Pakistani intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has acted in favour of the Taliban and that the Taliban has grown in strength in recent years. The documents cover reports from January 2004 to December 2009 and also indicate incidents of corruption and drug dealing featuring Afghan government officials.

Diligent war correspondents and dissident reporters in the west have repeatedly highlighted the failures of the US-led war effort and that of the Afghan government propped up by the coalition forces to restore normalcy in the strife-torn country. And how crimes committed by these forces against innocent civilians – through bombing by aircraft, “panic-killing” and “special forces’ raids” – have exacerbated the situation. Such documentation has been suppressed by the western media, which has been shamelessly shy of going against the establishment in the respective countries. This was true of the coverage of the Iraqi invasion as well. Not just the media, the entire political establishment with a few heroic exceptions has been complicit in hiding the gross failures of NATO in Afghanistan.

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