Abdul Rashid Dostum Of The ‘Northern Alliance’
And Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Afghan Army
ProPublica (Copiously linked onsite):
The long saga began in November 2001, when Taliban prisoners who had surrendered to Northern Alliance commander Abdul Rashid Dostum were transported in shipping containers without food or water. According to eyewitness accounts and forensic work by human rights investigators, hundreds of men died of suffocation while others were shot, and their bodies buried at the desert site of Dasht-i-Leili.
Dostum was working closely with U.S. troops at the time. Surviving prisoners alleged that Americans were present at the loading of the containers – but the Pentagon has said repeatedly that it had no evidence that U.S. forces participated or were even aware of the deaths. (Dostum has denied any personal involvement, and claims that roughly 200 men died in transit, from battlefield wounds.)
In the fall of 2002, the U.S., U.N., and even Dostum himself expressed support for an investigation. But none got underway. In the summer of 2009, prompted by a New York Times report that Bush administration officials had actively discouraged U.S. investigations, President Obama ordered a new review of the case.
Hayden, the White House spokeswoman, said the new investigation “was led by the intelligence community,” and found that no Americans – including CIA officers, who were also in the region – were involved.
She declined to answer the following lingering questions…
(* ‘Spike’ is news-speak for ‘killed story’)"
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See: Cabale News Service, August 11, 2009 for more information from the inception of the ‘investigation’ process.
Also, from July 2009, The World According To Bill Fisher, Afghan Massacre: More Bad Apples?
William Fisher passed recently. Read his onsite obituary. Another good man gone, William fisher was one of the former State Department employees gone blogger watching Guantanamo, our concentration camp by the Caribbean, with great dismay and writing about it.
Wikipedia entry for General Abdul Rashid Dostum
WikiLeaks documents on the Dasht-e-Leili massacre
Also from Cabale News Service, July 17 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Murder, Apologies, ‘Themistan’, and Our Presence In Central Asia
A series of short, cynically humorous audio commentaries regarding Central Asia, by Travus T. Hipp, morning news announcer at KPIG Radio Freedom California, Proto-Hippie and the Original “Family Dog”. Rest In Peace Chan.
Candy Crowley, State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday April 15th
So here’s what we’re going to do…