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26 July 2010 :: 14:07:50 pm 33474

US Military Document Leaks Unveil Desperate Afghan Plight

Upon revelations that some 90,000 confidential US military records have been leaked to the media, the “Wikileaks” website unveiled various hidden details regarding the war in Afghanistan and allied relationships based on the “unofficial” leaked reports.
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United States, the 26th of July 2010: Three major news publications have been shown the documents according to an unknown source, which says they include unreported civilian killings and revealing information regarding Pakistani, Afghanistan, Iran and US relations. The huge cache of classified papers is described as one of the biggest leaks in US military history.

Various reports by UK, US and German news publications suggest leaked documents reveal NATO concerns regarding Pakistani/Iran assistance of the Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. The White House has since condemned the leak of information as “irresponsible.”

In a statement, US National Security Adviser Gen James Jones said such classified information, “could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security.”

Pakistan retorted, via their ambassador in Washington, that the “unprocessed” reports did “not reflect the current on ground realities,” further exclaiming, “The United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan are strategic partners and are jointly endeavouring to defeat al-Qaeda and its Taliban allies militarily and politically.”

Reports also suggest that Taliban insurgents have access to portable heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles and that the US special forces are currently heavily engaged in “capture kill” missions in the war-torn country. In a more grim side to the revelations, the leaked reports document many civilian casualties that have gone unreported, both as a result of Taliban bombs and NATO missions that “went wrong.”

Wikileaks, publishers of over 75,000 of the leaked reports, specialise in the uploading of untraceable material from “whistleblowers” and has since been condemned by an unnamed US official as “an objective news outlet and an organisation that opposes US policy in Afghanistan,” according to reports from the BBC.

Allegedly, 15,000 reports have been delayed from release by Wikileaks as part of a “harm minimisation process demanded by the (original) source.” The Guardian and New York Times, two of the media outlets shown the reports, have since denied having had any contact with the original source of the leak, but revealed that they had spent weeks crosschecking the information.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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