Competing Narratives on Afghanistan Chopper Crash

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday was one of the deadliest for American forces since the war in Afghanistan began. Two separate helicopter crashes killed 14 Americans. One collision killed three U.S. drug enforcement agents in addition to seven troops. The Taliban were quick to say they shot down the U.S. helicopter, but a spokesman for the NATO-led forces denied any insurgent involvement.

We look at how Afghans make sense of these competing versions of events with Saad Mohseni, director of TOLO TV, a popular private TV channel in Afghanistan, and Lt. Col. Shawn Stroud, former director of strategic communication at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center.

"The new strategy....was to take the focus off the farmers and to put it on the drug traffickers. There are thousands and thousands of people growing poppy and they're actually at the low-end of the totem pole in the drugs trade. They are actually the victims of it: in many cases forced to grow it or they have no alternatives. The drug traffickers are really the bad guys."
—Gretchen Peters, author of "Seeds of Terror," on shifting the focus to the drug traffickers supporting the Afghan drug trade


Saad Mohseni and Lt. Col. Shawn Stroud

Comments [1]

MK Ultra

As soon as I care for invading mercenaries being killed while invading foreign lands for oil and murdering their innocent women and children, I'll be sure and read this story and the scores of others like it.

Oct. 27 2009 09:11 PM

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