US air strike killed 47 Afghan civilians


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From British daily The Independent:

By Leonard Doyle in Washington

Saturday, 12 July 2008

An Afghan investigation into the bombing of a wedding party by US warplanes has found that 47 civilians, including 39 women and children, were killed in an air strike last Sunday.

The attack took place in the eastern province of Nangarhar when survivors say aircraft bombed a convoy bringing a bride to her new husband’s village. After the bombing, the US military released a statement saying it had been targeting a large group of Taliban militants.

After first claiming that there were no civilians in the area the US announced its own inquiry into the incident.

But Afghan investigators were unequivocal. “I reject the coalition statement saying that all those killed were militants,” said Burhanullah Shinwari. The deputy speaker of the upper house told Reuters: “There aren’t any Taliban or al-Qa’ida even several kilometres near to where the air strike took place.”He spoke after attending prayer ceremonies for the 47 victims in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

See also here. And here.

The Western media and the dead Afghan wedding parties: here.

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