Thursday, February 18, 2010

NATO confirms Kandahar Air Strike Kills Five Civilians

This is just another example of correction of reports after the official version of events does not stand up. It seems they never verify the facts before releasing reports, reports which usually have a positive spin. This is not the first time this has happened. It happens quite regularly. A supposedly errant missile that killed a house containing many civilians was actually a target it turns out since NATO forces thought that there were militants firing from inside. Much of the kerfuffle about avoiding civilian casualties is just window dressing. Using mortars and missiles and calling in airstrikes in urban areas is a sure recipe for civilian casualties.

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NATO Confirms Kandahar Air Strike Killed Five Civilians

Posted By Jason Ditz

In a scenario which has played out all too regularly in the nation in recent weeks, NATO forces say they called in an air strike against what they assumed to be “persons planting an IED explosive device” in the Kandahar Province, but were later revealed to be innocent civilians.

The strike left at least five of the civilians dead and two others wounded. NATO expressed “regrets” for the killings, and promised to offer the families of the slain financial compensation for the loss of their loved ones.

Officials were unclear about what the civilians were actually doing instead of planting IEDs, but the incident had shades of a previous air strike in Kandahar, in August. In that case, US troops saw people “loading munitions into a van,” ordering an air attack against them. The “munitions” turned out to be cucumbers, and the militants were farmers.

This is the second major incident of NATO forces killing civilians in the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, as yesterday a US rocket attack in the Helmand Province missed its intended target, killing 12 civilians in a house.


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