NATO kills nine afghan civilians by mistake


During an air strike in the Pech district of Kunar in Afghanistan, nine civilians aged 12 and younger were killed. They declared that the reason for this to happen was a miscommunication error about where Taliban militants were located. Top NATO commander, Gen David Petraeus has disapproved this terrible mistake.

The kids were collecting wood for their families in the wintertime. NATO sky forces confused them with Taliban terrorists running away, and that is when the incident occurred. Mr. Karzai questioned: “Is this the way to fight terrorism and maintain stability in Afghanistan?” He emphasized that they should concentrate on what he calls “terrorist sanctuaries”, talking about Taliban shelters nearby Pakistan.

Petraeus, apologized for the tragic facts that took place the 2nd of March. He said in an announcement: “We are deeply sorry for this tragedy and apologize to the members of the Afghan government, the people of Afghanistan and most importantly, the surviving family members of those killed by our actions”. He added that he would personally apologize to President Karzai, as soon as he arrives from London.

Petraeus has re-informed the helicopter crews of the necessity of maintaining “to the minimum” civilian casualties in the territory, and reminded them that troops can be sanctioned for this type of “errors”. The Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said, that the killings were “merciless” and informed that external forces would have to deal with “huge problems” if the “daily killing of innocent civilians” don’t give up.

During the weekend a nearby incident took place also in Kunar province, where NATO forces killed 65 civilians, as the Afghan presidential team accused. The NATO has had dismissed the allegation. As the ISAF (NATO-led International Security Assistant Force) declared, the majority of the kills were radicals and only a small group was for casualty civilians.

At the beginning of this year, there was an announcement where a human rights guardian reported, that 2010 has been the bloodiest year since the Afghanistan war started. The US-led military forces are responsible for the 21% of deaths of the 2.400 civilians killed, whereas the Taliban’s, are for the 60% of them.

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