Sunday, September 8, 2013

Disgraceful...Afghan Officials Bitch About Civilian Casualties From NATO Strike, Ignore Thousands Killed By Taliban

I'll tell you what - when the U.S. and NATO forces pull out of Afghanistan next year and Afghan officials are confronted with the Taliban pounding their safe little compounds from all angles, I'm going to give 'em all a big "Told You So"....I am so sick and tired of these Afghan officials holding their damn news conferences to point a finger at some NATO airstrike that killed some civilians (supposedly) while over the past few months these spineless butt monkeys have had ZERO to say about the hundreds of women and children who have been killed by the Taliban.  I guess they figure if they bitch to us about some casualties they will get more money and if they bitch about the Taliban they'll get killed.

The story comes from The Telegraph.

Afghan officials claim Nato air strike kills 15, including women and children

Afghan officials have claimed that an apparent Nato air strike killed 15 people – nine of them civilians, including women and children – in an eastern province where the Taliban are strong. Nato said 10 militants died in the strike, and that it had no reports of any civilian deaths.

Civilian deaths in Nato operations have long been a sore point between the Afghan government and the U.S.-led troops in the country, and they have been a major factor in the animosity many Afghans feel toward foreign forces. Conflicting accounts of who or how many died also are common, especially when remote, dangerous regions are involved and access by independent observers is restricted.

The latest disputed air strike occurred in the Watapur district of Kunar province, which lies near the border with Pakistan. It's a militant stronghold, and many Arab and other foreign insurgents are believed to operate there alongside the Afghan Taliban. Some are suspected of links to the al-Qaeda terrorist network.

Kunar province Police Chief Abdul Habib Sayed Khaili said the air strike hit a pickup truck carrying the women and children in Qoro village soon after three Arab and three Afghan militants boarded it Saturday evening. He said some reports called it a drone strike, but that Afghan officials had been unable to confirm that. Of the 15 dead, four were women, four were children and one was the driver, the police official said.

Watapur district chief Zalmai Yousefi confirmed the air strike. He also said 15 people were killed, including women and children.

Nato spokeswoman 1st Lt. Annmarie Annicelli confirmed that the military alliance carried out a "precision strike" that killed 10 "enemy forces," but that it had received no reports of any civilians dying in the air strike. Annicelli had no immediate details on who exactly the dead were or what prompted the air strike.

Even as U.S.-led foreign forces draw down their presence in Afghanistan, with a full exit expected by the end of 2014, the air support they provide Afghan troops in many regions is still a crucial part of operations against the Taliban, the resurgent Islamist militant movement that wants to topple the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

Past strikes that kill civilians have infuriated Afghans. President Hamid Karzai has spoken out forcefully against them and banned Afghan troops from requesting Nato air strikes during operations in residential areas.

As the violence in Afghanistan has spread, civilians are increasingly getting caught up in it.

Around 1,000 Afghan civilians have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded in the first half of this year – a huge portion of them in insurgent attacks – according to the United Nations. That marked a 24 per cent increase in casualties compared to the same period last year

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hamid Karzai

A useless piece of shit, as corrupt as they come, duplicitous, lying sack of shit, has his hands dirty in paying off taliban that in teh end killed US troops. Now why is it again the West funds this sack of bovine exccrement? Hmm. Do we need an ally that bad. What about pakistan caught lying about Bin laden, being involved up to their necks in taliban and killing Americans. Why do we treat them with velvet gloves when teh mailed fist would put an end to their shenanigans