NATO air strike kills Afghan civilians. Again

This video from Pakistan is called AXIS OF CIVILIAN KILLERS – BUSH – MUSHARRAF – KARZAI.

From the Malaysia Sun:

A number of Afghan civilians have been killed in a NATO air strike.

The alliance force in Afghanistan says its warplanes killed the civilians during a battle with Taliban fighters in the southern province of Helmand. …

The coalition forces have been under pressure from rights groups and the Afghan government to avoid civilian deaths, of which there have been many, during their operations.

Comment by ‘Sammy’ on the Malaysia Sun site:

Civilian deaths, civilian deaths, more civilian deaths. When will all this stop. When will all this stop. There is always a justification on the part of those who do the killing. But there is never a justification for killing innocent people. Those who started this conflict must be brought to the International Criminal Court, for crimes against humanity, and there is no justification for them [not] to face the laws that protect innocent victims. But it seems that in some military minds Innocent victims are expendable, and have no meaning to them, as it has been shown in Afghanistan and in Iraq. But everytime a military personnel gets killed the newspapers come out with big headlines, but when innocent victims get killed they try to hide the story as much as possible and try to keep it out of the headlines, this is hypocrisy in action.

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4 thoughts on “NATO air strike kills Afghan civilians. Again

  1. NATO airstrike kills 4 in Afghanistan

    AP, Kabul

    NATO helicopters, responding to a rocket atack at an Afghan army base, fired on a group of suspected insurgents, killing four and wounding 12 others in what may have been a case of mistaken identity, the alliance said Sunday.

    The Afghan government and NATO were still trying to determine the “official status” of the casualties, with initial reports indicating they were Afghan police and road construction security guards “dressed in civilian atire and carrying weapons on an uncoordinated patrol,” NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said in a statement

    “The 12 wounded are civilians, we know that for sure,” Afghan army commander Gen. Qadam Shah said.

    Shah said it was not clear from preliminary reports if those killed were insurgents or civilians.

    The rocket atack Saturday on the base in the Sirkanay district of Kunar province left one Afghan soldier wounded, ISAF said.


  2. Afghan civilian killed, child injured in accidental shooting by Canadian troops

    Tuesday, October 2, 2007

    Ahmad Zia, 12, who was shot accidentally by Canadian troops in Kandahar is transferred to Canadian medics for treatment at the military hospital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dene Moore

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – An Afghan civilian was killed and a child injured Tuesday in what a military spokesman said was an accidental shooting by Canadian troops.

    A Canadian combat logistics patrol was on a resupply mission to Canada’s forward operating base at Ma’sum Ghar when a motorcycle approached the convoy in downtown Kandahar.

    The driver of the motorcycle was shot and the passenger, an eight-year-old child, was injured, a military spokeswoman said.


  3. Get out of Afghanistan, says France’s million-selling spy writer

    PARIS: France’s top-selling spy writer has some trenchant advice for Western forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan: get out while you can.

    “The Taliban have perfected a system,” says Gerard de Villiers. “They launch an attack from a village, the allies send in the planes, and inevitably there’s a big civilian body-count. Then the Taliban come back for the orphans — and train them up to be suicide-bombers.

    “I have a huge amount of sympathy, for the British especially. They’re fighting in atrocious conditions and they’re taking a lot of risks. But let’s face it — it’s all going nowhere…. Outsiders will never control Afghanistan.”

    Fiction-writer he may be, but De Villiers is more qualified than most to pronounce on NATO’s dilemma. His latest book — like all its predecessors — is built around a solid core of expert information, gleaned during a field-trip to Afghanistan in May and from sources inside French intelligence.

    The story of two agents posing as aid workers who are seized by Islamists, “Hostage of the Taliban” stars De Villiers’ aristocratic Austrian hero, Malko Linge (pronounced ’linger’), an espionage free-lance who — as he always does — comes to the aid of a beleaguered CIA.

    The Americans have one big problem in life — that they are Americans,” says De Villiers in an interview at his palatial flat overlooking the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The walls are decorated with a selection of weaponry and erotic art.

    “When I was in Afghanistan I had contacts with the Taliban that I could not possibly have had if I had been American. The Americans often have to subcontract their problems out to other services, so what Linge does is not so far-fetched.”

    Staggeringly, this is the 171st novel in the S.A.S. series — so-called after Linge’s honorific “Son Altesse Serenissime” (His Most Serene Highness) — which De Villiers has produced at a rate of four a year since he gave up his career as a foreign correspondent in 1965.

    Instantly recognisable in their gun-and-girl covers, the books are massively popular in France as well as in Germany, Russia, Turkey and Japan. De Villiers, now 78, claims to have sold an extraordinary 150 million books over his career — with every year a million more added to the total in France alone.

    Critical acclaim, however, has not been as forthcoming. For France’s literary establishment, De Villiers — who has marked right-wing views — is a non-person, and many book-shops refuse to stock his output. Stations and airports are the main sales points.

    The S.A.S. books are certainly not works of art — plots are formulaic, characters one-dimensional, sex graphic — but what they lack in style and imagination they more than make up for in geopolitical authenticity.

    Not even De Villiers’ enemies deny that his information is second to none, and each book in the series is built around a real-life world crisis.

    This year began with “Polonium” — on the Litvinenko murder in London — followed by “The Defector of Pyongyang” — which centred on the money-laundering activities of Kim Jong Il. The next will focus on Kosovo, where De Villiers, who has just been there, predicts an imminent explosion.

    “The outside powers made two contradictory promises — to the Albanian Kosovars that there would be independence, and to the Serbs that there would not. And now we are on collision course,” he said.

    Before starting a book, De Villiers travels to the country involved and taps into his network of contacts in the armed forces and intelligence community. In Kosovo, for example, he was guest of the newly-appointed French commander of NATO’s KFOR force General Xavier Bout de Marnhac.

    His researches on “Polonium” in London convinced De Villiers that the Russian FSB — heir to the Communist KGB — was behind the 2006 radiation murder of the dissident Alexander Litvinenko.

    “One thing that was never published is that MI5 have identified the man who brought the polonium into Britain — and it wasn’t (number one suspect Andrei) Lugovoi. It was a man who came to Britain on a Latvian passport, stayed in the country with another passport, and left with a Slovak one.

    “Altogether there were 25 people involved. That kind of operation can only be mounted by a major intelligence outfit,” he said.

    De Villiers describes himself as a mixture between British spy writer John Le Carre and the American Robert Ludlum, and he regrets that his phenomenal international success has never carried over into the English-speaking world.

    “I bear the curse of being French. Between the French and English-speaking worlds there are walls of steel. The truth is you just don’t read foreign books,” he said.


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