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[] neues PsyOps-Problem: Lebensmittel und Streubomben - beide gelb!,
Sunday, 28 October, 2001, 22:32 GMT 
Radio warns Afghans over food parcels 

The United States is seeking to avert further criticism over the use of
cluster bombs in Afghanistan by warning the Afghan people not to confuse
unexploded bombs with food drops.
 Embarrassingly, the bombs' yellow casing means that from a distance
they are hard to distinguish from the emergency food parcels wrapped in
yellow plastic that US planes have been dropping over the last few
 US psychological operations (Psy-ops) radio broadcast a message seeking
to reassure the Afghan people that the possibility of confusing the two
was minimal, as bombs and food parcels were not being dropped in the
same areas and most bombs would explode on impact with the ground. 
 However, it said that people should still be aware of the difference in
 "Attention, noble Afghan people," the message - which was broadcast in
Dari and Pashto - began. 
 "As you know, the coalition countries have been air-dropping daily
humanitarian rations for you," it continued. 
 "The food ration is enclosed in yellow plastic bags. They come in the
shape of rectangular or long squares. The food inside the bags is Halal
and very nutritional. 
 "In areas away from where food has been dropped, cluster bombs will
also be dropped. The colour of these bombs is also yellow. 
 "All bombs will explode when they hit the ground, but in some special
circumstances some of the bombs will not explode. 
 "The cluster bombs are 6 cm in diameter and 16 cm in length and they
are cylindrical in shape. 
 "Of course in future cluster bombs will not be dropped in areas where
food is air-dropped. 
 "However, we do not wish to see an innocent civilian mistake the bombs
for food bags and take it away believing that it might contain food." 
 Shape matters 
 The radio urged its listeners to exercise special caution when
approaching yellow-coloured objects, especially in areas where bombs had
already fallen. 
 "We would like you to take extra care and not to touch yellow-coloured
objects thinking that they might be food bags. 
 "This issue is highly important, especially in areas where bombs have
been dropped. You should not forget and take additional care. Do not
confuse the cylinder-shaped bomb with the rectangular food bag," the
message concluded. 
 Earlier in the week, the Psy-Ops radio had broadcast detailed
instructions on how to eat the items contained in the drops - explaining
that the butter should be taken out of its packet and spread on bread -
and Taleban radio had countered by accusing the US of dropping food
packages "in areas full of land mines". 
 On Saturday, the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press Agency (AIP)
reported that supporters of the deposed Afghan King, Zahir Shah, had
been distributing leaflets in the south of Afghanistan calling on people
to reject the Taleban and Osama Bin Laden. 
 The leaflets also sought to reassure the Afghan people that America
would not attack them. 
 "The Americans have not set out to be our enemy. We assure you that the
Americans will never carry out an attack against you," they said,
according to AIP. 
 "Osama and his supporters did not come at the invitation of the
Afghans. Therefore Osama has never been a guest of the Afghans. Do not
unwarrantedly bind Osama to you at the behest of others. 
 "Separate yourselves as soon as possible from the Taleban and refrain
honestly from supporting them," they urged. 
 BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and
translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and
the internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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