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     AP reports today: "A NATO airstrike killed at least 27 Afghan 
civilians, officials said Monday, in the third coalition strike this 
month to kill noncombatants and draw a sharp rebuke from Afghanistan's 
government about endangering civilians."

     Author of the book "Strategic Terror: The Politics and Ethics of 
Aerial Bombardment," Grosscup is professor of international relations at 
California State University in Chico.

     He said today: "U.S. counter-insurgency experts readily acknowledge 
that NATO's use of 'airborne weapons' that continue to kill Afghan 
civilians only undermines the ultimate goal of 'winning hearts and 
minds' essential to defeating the Taliban and bolstering the Karzai 
government. The hope is that mild criticism from President Karzi and the 
usual 'accidents will happen,' the 'fog of war,' and the enemy's 'human 
shield tactics' will hold the Afghans' trust in NATO’s 'noble cause.'"

     Today, McClatchy reports on escalating violence in Iraq, including 
several killings in the last day and two katusha rockets hitting the 
Green Zone. See: 

     Jarrar is an Iraqi-born political analyst who just came back from a 
visit to Iraq. He is a senior fellow with Peace Action.

     Jarrar said today: "Violence in Iraq is escalating; a local news 
report claims that dozens of dead bodies were found on Iraqi streets in 
the last day, bringing back memories from the 2005-2006 Iraqi civil 
conflict when dozens of assassinated and tortured bodies were found on 
Baghdad's streets every day.

     "The Iraqi National Dialogue Front's calling for boycotting the 
upcoming Iraqi elections comes after Dr. Saleh Al-Mutlaq and others in 
the bloc were banned by a governmental commission linked to Ahmad 

     "The ban has also triggered a war of words between the U.S. and 
Chalabi when senior Pentagon officials accused him of being an Iranian 
agent. Many Iraqis believe the current political and security unrest is 
linked to the ongoing U.S.-Iranian confrontation regarding Iran's 
nuclear program.

     "The next few months will witness the first real test to the Obama 
administration's withdrawal plan from Iraq. If the U.S. fails to 
implement the agreed upon time-based withdrawal, that will take the 
U.S.-Iraqi relationship back to square one and lead to even more 
violence and deterioration."

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