[pjw] EVENT REMINDER: "The Afghan Invasion 15 Years Later" Rally/March Fri 10/7 5 PM
Peace and Justice Works
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Thu Oct 6 18:33:04 EDT 2016
Just a reminder that tomorrow night (October 7) at 5 PM we will be marking
the ignoble 15th anniversary of the war on Afghanistan. I've added a new
piece of information into the news release (below) about the costs of the
wars since 2001.
Hope to see you tomorrow!
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EVENT: "The Afghan Invasion 15 Years Later" Rally/March Fri 10/7 5 PM
"The Afghan Invasion 15 Years Later"
Rally/March for Peace and Justice
*Friday, October 7*
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway
Even though the government of Afghanistan had nothing directly to do with
9/11, the US began bombing the impoverished nation less than a month
afterward. The war has never ended, with ongoing US military operations
including airstrikes and drone raids, and a promised withdrawal of troops
that has been scaled back and cancelled. On Friday, October 7, 2016 Peace
and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is co-sponsoring the weekly Portland
Peaceful Response Coalition Friday rally at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse
Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway) to demand an and to US military
intervention in a rally titled "The Afghan Invasion 15 Years Later."
The war on Afghanistan was just the first of 7 now ongoing post-9/11 wars by
the US (with the others being in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and
Syria). It was launched without a specific UN mandate. Afghanistan has been
racked by violence for over 35 years beginning with the US and Soviet Union
fighting for control from 1979 to 1989. Osama Bin Laden was a product of US
efforts funding "Mujahideen" to fight the USSR. Although a new Afghan
government was installed by the US, the Taliban and others have initiated
guerilla attacks against international forces and the new regime. In 2009-10,
President Obama increased the number of troops from 34,000 at the end of the
Bush era to over 100,000. While Obama pledged to remove all combat troops by
the end of 2016, about 9000 are still there-- with 29,000 "contractors"
supporting them (Military Times 8/17).
It is unknown how many Afghan civilians have died as a result of the invasion,
but 1601 civilians were killed just in the first 6 months of 2016, with a more
than 100% increase in deaths by airstrikes (The Hill 7/25). As of September 8,
2384 US troops and over 1000 from other countries had died in Afghanistan
A September study from the Watson Institute at Brown University estimates
* The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and other overseas
operations already cost $1.7 trillion between 2001 and August 2016
with $103 billion more requested for 2017.
If estimates the overall costs including veterans benefits interest and
Homeland Security at $4.79 trillion. (The Intercept, 9/14).
Because the war in Afghanistan has now lasted 15 years, it is from an official
standpoint the longest running US war in history.*
PPRC has held weekly rallies for peace every week since early November 2001
shortly after the invasion of Afghanistan. For more information contact Peace
and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or iraq at pjw.info.
PJW also rallied against the third Iraq war on August 6, 15 years of endless
wars since 9/11 on September 9, and two years of war on Syria on September 23.
* Arguably US military intervention in Iraq, which began in 1991 and has never
really ended, has gone on longer.
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