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Afghan Villagers Fall Victim to Neighboring US Firing Range

• http://news.antiwar.com, by John Glaser
 

Along the outer edge of the largest U.S. Army base in Afghanistan, a firing range sits on a training ground facing Afghan villages where civilians have been killed, dismembered, crippled, and burned by U.S. military ammunition.

Bagram Airbase is located just north of Kabul and the training ground, unfenced and poorly marked, has made numerous Afghan villagers the victims of unexploded ordnance, errant bullets, and metal shrapnel.

“There is no barrier between nearby villages and the range,” reports the Washington Post, “it is unclear where the dusty townships end and the vast military training area begins. The only apparent warnings are scrawled in faded, barely decipherable English lettering on concrete blocks: ‘Small Arms Range’ and ‘Weapon Range.’

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