NATO kills nine Afghan police


This video from the USA is called On Afghan War 11th Anniversary, Vets Confront Mental Health Crisis, Suicide, Violence 1 of 3.

From Dutch NOS TV:

In Farah province in Afghanistan, nine Afghan police have died from air raids by the international coalition. Five others were hurt. International ground troops had called for air support after a nightly fight for hours with the Afghan police.

… Local authorities in Farah say that they had not been informed that the coalition troops would come.

NATO and the USA have started an investigation into this.

Bomb first, think (and maybe investigate) later, seems to be the maxim of United States and other NATO forces in Afghanistan.

According to the BBC:

At least 13 Afghan police and civilians have died in two incidents involving international forces, officials say.

Four Afghan police and five civilians died in an apparently mistaken air strike by international coalition forces in Farah province.

Separately, the Nato-led Isaf said it had “accidentally” killed at least four civilians in Paktika province.

The incidents are the latest in a series of controversial clashes involving foreign troops.

US-led forces kill more Afghan civilians: here.

The Obama candidacy and the new consensus on Afghanistan: here.

3 thoughts on “NATO kills nine Afghan police

  1. AFGHANISTAN

    WHY AFGHANISTAN IS NOT THE GOOD WAR
    Without going into the role the CIA and Pentagon played in the rise of the Taliban, suffice it to say they continue to exist primarily because they resist the imperial aggressor, not because the Afghani majority necessarily agrees with their understanding of Islam. . . . The solution to Afghanistan begins, just like in Iraq, with the unconditional and immediate withdrawal of the US military.
    http://counterpunch.org/jacobs07192008.html

    U.S. PREPARES TO BOOST ITS FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN
    President Bush has already committed to beefing up the U.S. presence in Afghanistan next year. But Defense Department officials said the recent efforts of military planners would accelerate the process and could allow the new brigade of 3,500 soldiers to deploy there before the end of this year.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-base17-2008jul17,0,6396178.story

    OBAMA’S TIMETABLE: REDEPLOY TO AFGHANISTAN
    As the Iraq war winds down, Obama said, he wants to see troops redirected to Afghanistan. He said the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda was a war “we have to win” and repeated his call for two more combat brigades in Afghanistan to counteract “deteriorating” conditions. . . . Many of the points Obama made reflect the Washington establishment’s foreign policy consensus.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-na-campaign16-2008jul16,0,4012722.story

    STRIKE KILLS 2 AFGHAN TRIBAL LEADERS, NATO SAYS
    When they came under fire from villagers, the Special Forces called in airstrikes on the village, resulting in 57 deaths, including women and children.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/18/world/asia/18afghan.html?ref=worldspecial

    RESISTANCE FORCES U.S. TO ABANDON OUTPOST
    The withdrawal handed a propaganda victory to the Taliban, and insurgents were quick to move into the village of Wanat beside the abandoned outpost, Afghan officials said. Insurgents nearly overran the barely built outpost in a dawn raid on Sunday, the most deadly assault for United States forces in Afghanistan since 2005. . . . Local people have been angered by civilian casualties caused by American airstrikes aimed at militants, and some now may be cooperating with the militants, Afghan officials said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/18/world/asia/18afghan.html?ref=world

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  2. Kabul:

    tight security: An Afghan police officer frisks a man at a checkpoint in Kabul. PIC/AP

    NATO said yesterday that its forces accidentally killed at least four civilians in eastern Afghanistan, while an official in the nation’s west said foreign troops used air strikes against Afghan police, killing nine.

    NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said it was investigating whether three other civilians also were killed yesterday night in the Barmal district of Paktika province when its troops fired two mortar rounds that landed nearly one kilometer short of their target.

    http://www.mid-day.com/news/2008/jul/210708world2.htm

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