Nato airstrike kills 14 civilians

2011-05-29 08:34

Kandahar - A Nato airstrike in the southern Afghan province of Helmand killed 14 civilians including women and children, a government spokesman said on Sunday.

The raid in the Nawzad district was initiated after US marines came under Taliban fire, he said.

"The foreign forces called for air support and Nato aircraft bombed two civilian homes," Daud Ahmadi said.

"Five girls, seven boys and two women were killed and three children, a woman and two men were injured in the bombardment," Ahmadi said.

Tim James, the spokesperson for the International Security Assistance Force said the alliance "is aware of alleged civilian casualties" and the southern regional command was investigating.

Civilian casualties at the hands of international forces have been the most delicate issue between the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Nato military officials.

Karzai on Saturday ordered the defence ministry to prevent foreign troops from uncoordinated operations and to take control of all night raids.

The directive is likely to create tension between his government and Nato as alliance commander US General David Petraeus has hailed such operations.

Nato said dozens of insurgents are killed and detained each month in night raids, which have often resulted in civilian deaths.

  • hafezhamza - 2011-05-29 08:59

    so much 4human rights.nato r the real terrorists.bombing innocent civilians.

      CPII - 2011-05-29 09:10

      Taliban's a bunch of cowardly murdering thugs that use women and children as shields. Bomb them Obama. Bomb them!

      slg - 2011-05-29 09:39

      hafezhamza, you're seriously confused. You're not being serious are you? NATO and the freer world, where there is the rule of law, free and fair elections, a free press, and an independent judiciary, are terrorists, not the Taliban and Al-Quaida who intentionally bomb civilians, and oppose every one of the above principles?

      ZACommentator - 2011-05-29 17:22

      You people are so stupid you think you are free, when the US and their partners and Masters take over the world. Do you actually know Al Qaeda is a division of the CIA.

      slg - 2011-05-29 18:12

      ZA, that's one of the silliest ideas ever

  • Grunk - 2011-05-29 09:11

    Assuming the facts are accurate - I would welcome Slug's comments on this.

      Ingwe - 2011-05-29 09:23

      May I suggest you go to Afghanistan and actually see how difficult the situation is. The Taliban could not care less about anyone, especially the normal Afghan citizen, the only way they can control the population is by fear. Please go there and see for yourself, open your eyes to what is really going on. As an example please read this news 24 story.

  • slg - 2011-05-29 09:19

    hafezhamza, grunk, terrorist are people who intentionally target civilians to manipulate the rest of the population into doing what they want them to do. There isn't a single part of this definition that applies to this event. In addition, the Afghan government has a poor track-record of reporting facts accurately. It is far better to wait for the freer world, with its principles of truth and honesty, to corroborate this story.

      Valis - 2011-05-29 09:41

      " the freer world, with its principles of truth and honesty" Whahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! You have got to be the most naive person on the planet, hahahahahahahahahaha! Please go read Wikileaks, for evidence of the "truth and honesty" of the West.

      slg - 2011-05-29 09:50

      No Valis, you're living in a parallel reality, where the freer world equates to terrorism and the oppressive regimes of the Middle East, Al-Quaida and the Taliban are lovely people and heroes.

      ZACommentator - 2011-05-29 17:26

      Valis these fools won't listen until the chains of tyranny are actually put around their necks. There are none so bound, as those that think they are free

      slg - 2011-05-29 18:13

      ZA, you don't know it but you're speaking to yourself. You're actually supporting tyranny and telling those who aren't that they'll wake up. It's funny.

  • Benzo - 2011-05-29 12:31

    Recently we had a series ofp hoto's of US soldiers playing with a decapitated Afghan body. Taliban fighters are no angels, US fighters neither. Nobody knows exactly what the Afghan war is all about. All we know is that it has been going on for decades with no end in sight. This one: US soldiers are being shot at, instead of putting up their bajonets and sort the enemy out, the cowards call for air support. They must have given the coordinates of the location, ie they know where the fire came from. Nato comes in, blows up the building with some precison bombing and a couple of kids were killed. US soldiers are innocent, Nato is to blame....and so the game goes on for another decade or two while humanity watches on, in support of the global arms industry. who are the real winners here?

      mrincognito - 2011-05-29 18:10

      Ok so slg is clearly a US government sounding board. Well, happy day to you. If you are going to base your rather learned arguments on media reports, I would have to ask you to please re-consider your position. The killing of innocent women and children is against international law, something that the clearly toothless UN is supposed to enforce. The reason why US troops get away with murdering innocent people is because the US gov refuses to be a party to the Hague Convention and recognizing the criminal jurisdiction of the ICC. In doing so, they get to call murdering 300 000 iraqi children "collateral damage" (Madelain Allbright FYI) without justice being seen to be done afterwards. When Afghanistan no longer presents as the world's largest poppy seed production area, perhaps the US would pull out. Until then, they will happily kill and maime, while ignorant sheep, embodied by the likes of slg, voraciously feed off slanted western reports, happy to support, "I killed them cos they stuck their tongue out at me" approach.

      slg - 2011-05-29 18:18

      incognito, you're also confused. Firstly, look up murder in the dictionary. Secondly, you're assigning the murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians by Al-Quaida and the Taliban in Iraq by suicide attacks and car bombs to the US. Thirdly, it is well know that the Taliban and Al-Quaida encourage poppy seed farming by poor Afghan farmers to fund their war. You're seriously confused. This is an easy no-brainer when it comes to deciding where the greater good is. Right now you think the darkest forces on Earth are good. How more slanted from the truth can one be.

      mrincognito - 2011-05-29 18:37

      Ok slg - try and help me. Where in the article did you see my support for the Taliban or Al Qaeeda (try to get the spelling right please Brainy Smurf). Let me break it down for you: US gov kills innocent people too You are brainwashed The brainwash happens through the media Try putting different spectacles on (or get a pair if you dont own any).

      slg - 2011-05-29 18:44

      You're supporting Al-Quaida (correct spelling; there are a few ways to spell it) and the Taliban by misunderstanding and misrepresenting the US and freer world. Not much of a break-down there. The US government does kill innocent people too, but they do it accidentally. That's the difference. And, again, you have completely confused the deaths in Iraq by Al-Quaida and the Taliban. It's obvious where the confusion is, but I understand you can't see it right now.

      mrincognito - 2011-05-29 19:34

      Ok slg, lets try to un-brainwash you. --“we think the price is worth it.” Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, on the deaths of half a million Iraqi children caused by UN sanctions, Sixty Minutes, May 11, 1996. No, yours is the first time ive seen "quaidah". But to each fool his own. Thats not the point however. This is the point: If this had happened to Israeli or US citizens, there would be an immediate outcry. The fact that the US gov is constantly "oops, we had an accident and rag-heads - i mean civilians were killed" is without justification. It is wrong and when people like you finally admit that it is wrong (and not repeat the olde lange sang - justified because Daddy US says theres boogeymen there) then the world may just be poised to becoming a better place. But if you choose to feed off garbage (western media diatribe), then garbage it is that you will spew like a good lil sheep, yes you are.

      slg - 2011-05-29 19:48

      What on earth are you saying, Incognito? This makes no sense.

      slg - 2011-05-29 19:50

      Madeleine Albright DID NOT say that. It is ridiculous and delusional that you would say that. It's also a lie.

      mrincognito - 2011-05-29 20:15

      Your denial is not surprising slg. Its hard to believe it, hey? Heres a minor challenge: go search for it. Its not hard to find. In a TV interview with Lesley Stahl on 12 May 1996, Stahl commented "We've heard half a million children died", to which Allbright retorted "we think the price is worth it." Yes, slg, the US gov are monsters too. And there is no justification for it. So Im really sorry to burst your bubble, but truth is truth. But enough of you, there are others out there that needs to open their eyes too.

      slg - 2011-05-29 20:48

      Absolute rubbish. Anyway, you're free to believe anything you want, and frame things to support those beliefs. It doesn't alter the truth though. If Madeleine Albright had said that with the meaning you've ascribed to it, she would have been fired the next day. That's how democracies work.

  • rimmoah - 2011-05-29 12:40

    who is oppressing and terrorizing who?if the united states hadnt invaded afganistan in the first place we wouldnt be having this conversation and there would be no civilian casualties.i dont recall their being any conflict in afganistan before the invasion.the taliban is not to blame for the ongoing bloodshed in the region.why is nato regarded as the good guys and taliban the bad guys if they are defending their country against imperialist invaders.

      slg - 2011-05-29 15:58

      The US invaded Afghanistan AFTER 911. Had they acted against Al-Quaida earlier, 911 probably would not have happened. Whispers become shouts.

      slg - 2011-05-29 16:28

      You're seriously confused about what is really going on in Afghanistan and world affairs. You're supporting the Taliban, blaming NATO. You can't be more confused than that.

      ZACommentator - 2011-05-29 17:29

      Sig you are clearly an agent and you are laying down info that is simply not true. 9/11 was an inside job, a convenient way for the US to get into the Middle East to protect their assets. Like they have always done and the sad part is they are also being manipulated.

      slg - 2011-05-29 18:20

      Oh, okay, you're one of those ZA. 911 was an inside job. That's loony-tunes. You're living in a fantasy-world, with several others who visit this website.

      slg - 2011-05-29 18:28

      rimmoah, one more thing, Imperialism ended in the freer world a long time ago.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-05-29 17:21

    What bollocks. US marines with big guns in a foreign country get fired at by the locals so they kill innocent people. Typical, just as they do in Palestine to prop up the Jew state

      slg - 2011-05-29 18:20

      And you're a hateful bigot.

  • slg - 2011-05-29 18:25

    ZA, the freer world is determined. It is not going to let up until your violent, oppressive brothers (emphasis on brothers) either change their violent, bloodthirsty ways or are reduced to a negligible part of humanity. You have no idea what you and they are up against, no idea.

  • Derek - 2011-07-15 07:56

    NATO is Taliban viva!!

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