Saturday, August 01, 1998  — Monday, August 31, 1998

listed in Places the United States has Bombed

Afghanistan

This is part of the bomb sites series by elin o'Hara slavick. Also available in book form: Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography.

Afghanistan I, In August 1998, the U.S. announced Infinite Reach, anti-terrorist missile strikes against targets in Afghanistan and the Sudan. 75-100 missiles were launched, leaving 21 dead and 50 wounded. According to William Blum, The repression of women in Afghanistan by the Taliban is well known. Much less publicized is that from the 1970s to the 80s Afghanistan had a government committed to bringing the underdeveloped country into the 20^th century, including giving women equal rights. The U.S. however, poured billions of dollars into waging a terrible war against this government in a proxy war against the Soviet Union. In the end, the U.S. and the Taliban won, and the women and the rest of Afghanistan, lost: More than a million dead, three million disabled, five million refugees, in total about half the population."


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