NATO and US authorities have by now left themselves completely without a shred of credibility. It is virtually a matter of protocol to deny at first there were any civilian deaths or in the case of secret operations that there was any operation at all. One should be suspicious of claims by locals as well to some extent. They are perhaps often influenced by Taliban power in the area. More often than not something like what the locals report seems nearer the truth. Of course the Karzai government is just trying to show that it is not a puppet of NATO and the US. There is not a chance that the Karzai government would have any control of these forces. They do not even know what the forces are doing. Perhaps this is the work of Xe or some other private contractor all of whom are part of the civilian surge.
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Afghan Govt Calls on NATO to Hand Over Those Responsible for Kunar Killings
Posted By Jason Ditz
The Afghan National Security Council has raised the stakes in the aftermath of this week’s alleged Kunar massacre, calling for NATO to hand over the responsible parties immediately to Afghan authorities.
NATO continues to change its story on Tuesday morning’s pre-dawn raid in the Kunar Province, which killed 10 Afghan civilians, eight of them children, and has led to massive protests against the international military effort.
Initially NATO officials insisted there were no operations going on in Kunar at all, though later they privately admitted US special forces were in the area. This story morphed into claims that it was a US military operation that killed an “IED cell” and that they had no proof of any civilian deaths.
Now, NATO says the operation was not military in nature, but rather was a “sanctioned” operation conducted by “non-military Americans” and that the children were all killed in self defense.
Whether “non-military Americans” entails contractors, like Blackwater, or CIA agents as were attacked yesterday in Khost remains to be seen. It is clear however that there is more than meets the eye to these killings, which locals insist involved the killers dragging the children out of bed and even handcuffing some of them before shooting them.
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