US occupation forces in Afghanistan
Thousands of Afghan civilians have began fleeing their homes before a threatened US military offensive against Taliban fighters.
International Red Crescent aid workers in the southern Afghanistan city of Marjah, Helmand province, reported that US warplanes had dropped leaflets on the area warning people to leave or be killed.
The Taliban has inflicted a huge number of casualties on the US-led occupation forces in Marjah.
Commander of more than 55,000 foreign fighters in Afghanistan US General Stanley McChrystal claimed that the leaflets were directed at Taliban militants.
Hee added that the offensive against the city, which has a population of 80,000, was intended to “re-establish security.”
Red Crescent spokesman Bijan Farnoudi warned that the Afghanistan government did not seem prepared to deal with an exodus of refugees and revealed that medical posts in the province were already recording an increase in the number of patients with bullet or shrapnel wounds.