We have seen before on this blog that Australian forces were involved in a targeted assassination of an insurgent leader last fall. Now there is evidence of a repeat performance:
SAS 'assassinate' Taliban leader Mullah NoorullahThe reference to the Phoenix Program is downright sickening. Here is how the program's foremost historian, Douglas Valentine, describes the acts carried out under its authority:
Mark Dodd - The Australian
May 7 - Australian special forces have taken part in a targeted assassination of a senior Taliban leader, an operation army commanders claim will disrupt the insurgents' campaign in southern Oruzgan.
Mullah Noorullah was killed ... in Deh Rafshan district in southern Oruzgan, where the Australian Special Operations Task Group is based.
The SOTG tag is commonly used by defence as a synonym to describe elite Special Air Service operatives authorised to hunt and kill Taliban leaders in an Afghan variation on the Vietnam-era Phoenix Program...
Last month, the SOTG claimed credit for killing Mullah Abdul Bari, a former Taliban governor of Helmand province... (link)
By 1969 the CIA, through Phoenix, was targeting individual VCI [Viet Cong Infrastructure, i.e. peasant supporters] and their families all across Vietnam. Over 20,000 people were assassinated by the end of the year and hundreds of thousands had been tortured in Province Interrogation Centers... (link)Related:
- President Karzai's brother reveals targeted assassinations in Kandahar. Michael Ignatieff notably supported the tactic of targeted assassinations.
- The CBC reports that Canadian special forces are involved in "hunt and kill" operations in Afghanistan.
- NATO's high commander writes in orders to troops that it is "no longer necessary to produce intelligence or other evidence that each particular drug trafficker or narcotics facility in Afghanistan meets the criteria of being a military objective".