The Real Suffering Created By Biden’s Disorganized Afghan Exit – News Roundup 2/11/2022

by | Feb 10, 2022

The Real Suffering Created By Biden’s Disorganized Afghan Exit – News Roundup 2/11/2022

by | Feb 10, 2022

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

A recently declassified Pentagon report on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan has renewed attacks against President Joe Biden from across the political spectrum. No doubt, the lack of foresight on the rapid collapse of the US-built Afghan government is inexcusable and created needless chaos.

New reporting on the August 26 suicide bombing at the Kabul airport – an attack that killed more than 150 people – suggests that some victims may have died of gunshot wounds, rather than the explosion. While the Pentagon has acknowledged that American and British troops fired “a small number of warning shots” from opposite sides of the crowd, it maintains that no Afghans were killed by US forces. 

Doctors in Kabul tell a different story. 

In interviews with ProPublica and Alive in Afghanistan, six physicians from three different hospitals in the Afghan capital dispute the Pentagon’s claim that casualties were inflicted solely by “explosively propelled ball bearings” used in the improvised bomb.

“The doctors remained convinced that they saw wounds from bullets, not only ball bearings,” the outlets reported, adding “All said they had the experience necessary to make the distinction, having responded to numerous terrorist attacks and firefights in their medical careers.”

At Kabul’s Emergency Surgical Centre – an Italian-run facility which primarily treats war victims – doctors say they received 10 people killed by gunfire to the head, neck and chest. Others were also treated for non-fatal gunshot wounds. 

“It was really a disaster situation,” said Dr. Mir Abdul Azim, a senior surgeon at the Centre who treated victims of the airport attack. While he noted that no bullets were recovered from his patients or the deceased, he said “he could tell that the wounds were caused by bullets and not ball bearings from the shape and size of the entry and exit wounds, along with other factors such as the tissue damage he saw.”

The suffering inflicted on Afghans is not limited to those killed during the withdrawal or who starve in their homeland under American sanctions. Thousands who were evacuated during the hasty US pull-out now find themselves stranded in the UAE. The conditions for the 10,000 people warehoused for months in the Emirates are so poor that protests have broken out, with many directing their anger toward Washington. 

The marooned Afghans – among them women and children – say they are in “prison” and mentally suffering, some claiming they have been deprived of medical care in interviews with the Wall Street Journal. 

While many of the attacks against Biden’s withdrawal are little more than cynical ploys to label the Democratic president as ‘weak’ – some even exploiting Afghan suffering to press for more aggressive stances against China and Russia – he cannot avoid responsibility for the broken promises to thousands of refugees still trapped in prison-like conditions. 

Will Porter contributed to this article.

 

Quick Links 

 

US News

  • The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that police officers who gave heroin to an informant get qualified immunity after. The informant overdosed on the drugs the officers gave him. [Link]

Russia

  • ‘Normandy format’ talks between Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia resume in Berlin. [Link]
  • Hungary’s foreign minister says his country will not accept more NATO troops. [Link]
  • Lithuania will begin delivering Stinger missiles to Ukraine. [Link]
  • More US military aid arrives in Ukraine. [Link]
  • Joe Biden urged Americans to leave Ukraine and said he would not deploy troops to fight a war with Russia. [Link]

China

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken tells Pacific nations the US is still focused on confronting China. [Link]

Syria

  • The US is updating its claims about the raid that killed IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. The US now says there may be more civilian casualties and they are unsure who detonated the bomb that killed al-Qurayshi. [Link]
  • Russia warned Israel about its repeated bombing of Syria. [Link]
  • Eighteen fighters died over the past 24 hours in Syria. [Link]

Yemen

  • A Houthi drone hit a Saudi airport causing injuries to 12 people. [Link] The State Department called it a “terrorist attack.” [Link]
  • Civilian casualties caused by Saudi airstrikes in Yemen increased by 39 times after the UN removed its monitors from Yemen last year. Saudi Arabia lobbied the UN Human Rights Council to have the monitors removed. [Link]
  • CENTCOM head Gen. McKenzie says the US will help the UAE replenish its missile interceptors. [Link]

Africa

  • Six people were killed by a suicide bomber in Somalia. [Link]
  • Libya’s parliament, based in the country’s east, unanimously elected Fathi Bashagha, former interior minister, to be the new head of state. The UN rejects the move and says it will recognize Libya’s unity government chief Abdulhamid Dbeibah despite lawmakers in the country choosing a replacement for him. [Link]

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, assistant editor of Antiwar.com and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter.

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