Afghans protest US killing children


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Reuters reports:

Afghans protest in Kabul over civilian deaths

KABUL – Hundreds of protesters blocked a road in Kabul on Monday accusing U.S.-led troops of killing three members of a family, including two children, in a raid in the city, residents and witnesses said.

NATO and U.S. military officials could not be reached for comment on the allegation, the latest in a string of incidents that have angered Afghans and caused a split between the Afghan government and foreign troops.

Residents said U.S.-led troops carried out a pre-dawn raid in Hud Kheil area in the eastern quarter of Kabul, killing Noorullah and two of his sons, one of whom was eight months old.

“It was past one o’clock when the troops came and surrounded our houses,” said Sulaiman, a resident.

“They threw hand grenades on one house and killed three family members,” he said. Noorullah’s wife was wounded, he said.

Local television showed footage of bodies and a damaged house.

“Are these two children al Qaeda?” an angry resident asked as the bodies were taken for burial. “We don’t expect anything from the government because we don’t have a government,” Sulaiman said.

Several U.S. and NATO military bases are located in the area. Three people were taken away by the troops, residents said.

Angry demonstrators burnt tyres on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway which links Afghanistan with Pakistan.

President Hamid Karzai last week ordered a review of foreign troops in Afghanistan after his administration said 96 civilians were killed in an air raid by the U.S.-led coalition in western Herat. The U.S. military said it had targeted militants and that an investigation was being carried out.

More than 500 civilians have been killed during operations by foreign and Afghan forces against the militants so far this year, according to the Afghan government and some aid groups.

(Reporting by Yousuf Azimy, writing by Sayed Salahuddin, editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

From CBC in Canada:

5 Afghan children killed by government, NATO forces

Last Updated: Monday, September 1, 2008 | 10:38 AM ET
The Associated Press

Foreign or Afghan forces killed five children in two separate incidents Monday, further inflaming tensions in the country over the killings of civilians by troops from the U.S. and other countries.

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  1. Afghans Demonstrate After Children Die In Coalition Raid

    KABUL (AFP)–Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets Monday in protest at what they said was the murder of four civilians, including two baby boys, in an early morning raid by international troops.

    The demonstrators showed journalists the bloodied bodies of the children shot dead with their father on the eastern outskirts of the capital, an AFP reporter said.

    “They attacked the house and killed two children, almost two years-old, a woman and a man,” Mohammad Naweed from Hoodkhail village said.

    Naweed said “foreign forces” also took three men from the house after blasting open the main gate and opening fire.

    It was not clear if the woman killed was the children’s mother.

    Local TV stations showed pictures of women wailing as they were standing by the bodies demanding President Hamid Karzai stand down.

    “We demand our prisoners be released immediately and those that killed innocent people while asleep on the first night of the holy month of Ramadan be brought to justice,” Noor Rehmand, another protester said, referring to the men taken from the scene.

    The U.S.-led coalition denied any involvement in the attack.

    A press office official at NATO, whose troops are in charge of security in Kabul, said: “We have no indication whatsoever that NATO forces were involved in this incident.”

    Afghan police couldn’t immediately comment and the defense ministry said they had no information on the apparent raid.

    The incident comes a week after a U.S.-led coalition air strike killed 90 civilians in western Afghanistan’s Herat province, according to United Nations and local investigators.

    The deaths were heavily criticized by Karzai.

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