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April 6, 2011

An Afghan woman has died after being hit by a British military vehicle in the capital, Kabul, police say.

Reports say the vehicle collided with pedestrians in the west of the city. Police say a woman and a child were also injured in the accident.

Police and Nato say no shots were fired by troops, contradicting earlier reports quoting police. An investigation is under way. (more…)

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April 6, 2011

Full text of speech given at the Press Conference held in Naples on April 6 by Rear Admiral Russell Harding OBE, Deputy Commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

Ladies and Gentlemen… Welcome to Naples and thank you very much for being here today.
Last Thursday, Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, the Commander of NATO’s Combined Joint Task Force Operation Unified Protector announced that NATO had assumed full responsibility for air and maritime operations in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat in Libya. (more…)

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April 5, 2011

Brussels – NATO admitted on Tuesday that its forces killed Libyan rebel fighters and civilians in the town of Brega over the weekend, in what it characterized as ‘an unfortunate accident.’

The alliance did not provide details on the number of casualties, but rebels earlier said at least four civilians and nine rebels were killed in the attack.

Brigadier General Mark van Uhm, a senior NATO military officer, said people were attacked after NATO forces mistook celebratory gunfire for a hostile attack. (more…)

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By: David French

April 3, 2011

Imagine—if you can—the following scene:

It’s midnight, and the desert sky glows orange from the flames of the burning Humvee. Your best friend is still in there, trapped. Or at least you think he is. You can’t be sure because the burning vehicle is behind you. All of your attention is focused ahead, 200 meters to the north, where six figures crouch in an irrigation ditch. Are they hostile? Why would six people be hiding in an irrigation ditch at midnight? Are they waiting to shoot down the medevac chopper that’s on its way to—you hope, you pray—save your friend’s life?

You see movement, and you call for permission to fire.

Thirty kilometers away, the scene is very different. In a busy tactical operations center, all eyes are fixed on a grainy, flickering, black-and-white image. The UAV feed keeps fading—it’s hardly as clear as the images you saw on the news before your deployment—but you can see the Humvee aflame, the frantic efforts to free the trapped soldier (Who is it? Do you know him?), and you can also see—when the camera pans north—six ghostly figures lying down in an irrigation ditch, in a perfect position to ambush the medevac helicopter.

But you don’t see any weapons. At least not clearly. The screen flickers again. You can’t be sure. (more…)

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April 02, 2011
Iraq’s death toll during the month of March is estimated at 247 killed including 136 civilians while 370 others were wounded including 215 civilians.

56 soldiers were killed and 75 others were wounded while 55 policemen were killed and 80 others were wounded, according to the figures of Iraqi Health, Defense and Interior Ministries.

72 terrorists were killed and 209 others were arrested during the month of March, Iraqi ministries sources told Alsumaria.

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By: Asia News

April 2, 2011

Tripoli – The NATO airstrikes in Libya have left eight more civilian casualties in Sirte, especially women and children, and over 40 deaths among the ranks of the Gaddafi military. This is confirmed by Mgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Vicar Apostolic of Tripoli. “The effects of war are being felt – says the archbishop – water, food and fuel are becoming scarce in the city.” Archbishop Martinelli points out that the bombs are crippling the population.

“Today – he continues – there were more than 50 abortions in the hospital in Tripoli, due to the the trauma of the war.” According to the archbishop “a bomb can not accurately destroy a military site, instead it has unforeseen consequences that can affect innocent people, homes and hospitals. If the purpose is to defend civilian life in reality, they are destroying it”. (more…)

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April 4, 2011

Eight civilians, “mostly women and children,” were killed by “bombs released by the international forces” on April 1, according to Bishop Giovanni Martinelli.

The apostolic vicar of Tripoli told the Fides news agency that “the Libyan people are fed up with this situation. According to the latest information I have received, fears due to the bombing and fighting have driven some 400,000 Libyans to find refuge in Tunisia and Egypt.”

Source: http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=9841

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