By Benjamin Sand:
Sunday 29th April, 2007
Hundreds of outraged protesters chanted anti-American slogans in eastern Afghanistan after U.S. and Afghan forces accidentally killed two female civilians.
This kind of thing happens too often to believe it is purely accidental.
… A young child and a teenage female were wounded during the firefight …
The incident provoked a massive protest in the area. Hundreds of local men chanted “death to Bush” and temporarily blocked the region’s main highway.
This is the second time in recent weeks that U.S. led forces are being blamed for civilian casualties in Nangarhar, one of the key battleground states in the fight against the five year old Taleban insurgency.
On March 4, U.S. Marines killed 12 people after being attacked by a suicide car bomber.
Local eyewitnesses say the American forces fired indiscriminately into groups of Afghan cars and pedestrians as they tried to escape the ambush.
The U.S. military subsequently determined the Marines used excessive force in the incident and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission recently accused the Marines of violating international humanitarian law.