Use of US "smart bombs" may lead to massacres

ANG BAYAN
7 April 2012

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Massacres of civilians like those that have transpired in Afghanistan and Pakistan are looming in the face of the AFP's use of so-called smart bombs supplied by the US military. Smart bombs are dropped from the sky on particular targets and are guided by information supplied by global positioning systems (GPS).

AFP officials recently admitted to dropping smart bombs on an alleged Abu Sayyaf lair in Parang, Sulu at dawn of February 2. These officials disclosed that the US military was involved in the operation by supplying the GPS information that guided the bombs. The time and method of attack were determined through the use of a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a small and lightweight US military drone used for surveillance.

The AFP boasted of killing in the operation alleged Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan. Weeks after, however, information surfaced that Marwan had been sighted in another country. To date, there has been no independent investigation of the bombing operation.

The AFP has also boasted that as far back as November 2010, the US had already given smart bombs to the Philippines. AFP forces had been undergoing training since December 2010 on their operation and maintenance. The first trials were undertaken in May 2011. By June, the US had given the AFP 22 more smart bombs. The bombing raid last February 2 was the first time the US unleashed its smart bombs against so-called threats to security.

In Afghanistan and Pakistan, the use of smart bombs and drones by the US has resulted in widespread casualties among civilians mistaken for "terrorists." Independent studies have revealed that there have been 550 civilians, including 60 children confirmed to have been massacred by smart bombs dropped by US planes.