Sunday, September 07, 2008

Killing civilians by US military - 1

Aug.23, 2008:US-led coalition forces killed 76 civilians - including 50 women and 19 children - in a military operation yesterday, the Afghan government said. The attack, which included air strikes, took place in the Shindand district of Herat province in the west of Afghanistan and an investigation is now underway, its interior ministry said in a statement. but people of area say the number of those killed are over 100.

Sept.05, 2008:The attack by US Special Forces troops inside Pakistani territory, which left up to 20 civilians dead. The White House and Pentagon have refused to comment on the incident but various unnamed US officials have acknowledged to the media that the raid took place and indicated that there could be more to come.

US troops landed by helicopter in the village of Jalal Khei in South Waziristan at around 3 a.m. and immediately targetted three houses. The engagement lasted for about 30 minutes and left between 15 and 20 people dead, including women and children.

“It was very terrible as all of the residents were killed while asleep,” a villager Din Mohammad told the Pakistan-based International News.

The newspaper provided details of the dead and injured: nine family members of Faujan Wazir, including four women, two children and three men; Faiz Mohammad Wazir, his wife and two other family members; and Nazar Jan and his mother. Two other members of Nazar Jan’s family were seriously wounded.

The US and international media have described the Angoor Adda area around the village as “a known stronghold of the Taliban and Al Qaeda” but offered no evidence to support the claim. A villager, Jabbar Wazir, told the International News: “All of those killed were poor farmers and had nothing to do with the Taliban.”

- June 17 2008: US warplanes bombed a religious school in Zarghun Shah District of western Paktika Province, killing seven children aged 8 to 15, a US military press release said.

- July 5 2007: The US military helicopters hit two vehicle left 22 civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed.

- Jun 22 2007: NATO airstrikes kill 25 civilians, claims that nine women, three babies and a cleric were among those who perished in its bombardment at southern Afghanistan.

- May 10 2007: At least 21 civilians, including six children, have been killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan, leading to angry protests among locals. "Nato forces carried out an operation in Sangin and as a result of the bombing 21 civilians, including women and children, were killed."

Mohammed Asif, a resident of the village which came under Nato aircraft fire, said: "I know at least five homes were destroyed, there may be up to 38 people killed and 20 more were wounded. Foreign and Afghan troops are stopping people from some of the roads getting here." Another resident claimed that a number of bodies had been taken to the British base in Sangin in an attempt to prove that they were civilians and not Taliban fighters.

- July 7 2005: US military killed as many as 17 civilians in an air raid on the remote village of Chechal in the northeast Afghan province of Kunar.

- Dec 6, 2003: The US sent in an A-10 'Warthog' after receiving intelligence
US forces have admitted mistakenly killing nine children when they bombed a target in southern Afghanistan, near the city of Ghazni.

- July 1, 2002: Between 20 to 30 people were killed and more than 60 injured in Afghanistan when a U.S. plane dropped a bomb on a wedding party at southern Afghan province of Uruzgan. Among the wounded were a 7-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl, both of whom were said to be the only surviving members of their families.

- There are still much more this kind of killing which are not notices here......

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