Afghan civilians killed again

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From Associated Press:

Afghan leader: civilians killed in US operation

Last Edited: Thursday, 08 Jan 2009, 10:16 AM EST
Created On: Thursday, 08 Jan 2009, 10:01 AM EST

Associated Press Writer

KABUL, AfghanistanAfghanistan‘s president said Thursday that 17 civilians were killed during clashes between U.S.-led troops and insurgents. The American military insisted all 32 killed in the fighting were militants.

Eighth Australian soldier dies in Afghanistan amid calls to boost troop numbers: here.

2 thoughts on “Afghan civilians killed again

  1. Diggers investigated for civilian casualties in Oruzgan

    Jonathan Pearlman
    January 9, 2009

    NINE Afghan civilians have reportedly been injured – some possibly killed – in a clash between Australian and Western troops and the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

    A statement by the US-led international forces said four civilians were taken to hospital and the rest were treated on-site.

    But the cause was unclear. The Defence Force said reports of fatalities had not been confirmed and it was investigating the incident. A separate inquiry was being conducted by the international forces and the Afghan government.

    “Defence has commenced a formal investigation into the claims after reviewing its recent operations and identifying that the ADF could have been involved in the incident,” it said in a statement. “This inquiry is likely to take several weeks.”

    Afghan media reported that several civilians were killed in fighting in the Baluchi Valley in Oruzgan province, where most of Australia’s 1000-plus troops are based. The casualties were blamed on a stray rocket, but it was not known whether it had been fired by the Taliban or coalition forces.

    A spokesman for the international forces, Lieutenant-Commander James Gater, said last night: “We do not have any evidence that anyone has died at this time … Getting an accurate assessment in these situations in these initial stages can be very difficult.”

    He said a combined investigation was being conducted by the governor and police chief of Oruzgan, the international forces and a reconstruction team based in Tarin Kowt. The Australian military is conducting its own investigation.


  2. Australian soldiers accused over Afghan civilian deaths

    Rory Callinan and Hashim Shukoor | January 09, 2009
    Article from: The Australian

    DEFENCE is investigating Afghan claims that women and children were killed during a battle between Australian special forces soldiers and Taliban fighters.

    The Australian Defence Department confirmed the inquiry but stopped short of confirming Australian soldiers were responsible for the casualties or directly involved in the January 5 incident in Oruzgan in southern Afghanistan.

    The raid came a day after an Australian commando, Private Greg Sher, was killed in a rocket attack. Afghan authorities say there appears to be no connection between the two incidents despite their occurring in an insurgent hotspot about 20km northeast of the provincial capital, Tarin Kowt.

    A special ceremony with the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, was held for Private Sher yesterday. The casket of the 30-year-old was carried yesterday into an RAAF aircraft at Tarin Kowt in southern Afghanistan for its return to Australia.

    Some officials yesterday put the death toll during the later gun battle as high as 11 – seven women, two children and two men – but the provincial police were yesterday sending a delegation to investigate.

    Mohammed Dawood, who is chief of the Chora district, near where the latest incident happened, said the civilians were killed when Australian soldiers burst into a mud-walled qala (fort) and immediately came under fire from Taliban fighters.

    Mr Dawood said the incident had enraged locals, who were blaming the Government.

    “The Government is not doing anything to calm down the people and now they are against the Government or opponents of the Government,” said Mr Dawood, whose father, Rozi Khan, was allegedly killed in a friendly-fire incident involving Australian troops last year.

    “The Government is insufficient, the Governor is sitting in his house, the police chief is sitting in his house and the foreigners are going to these areas and they are not familiar with the people, so these types of incidents occur.”

    Mr Dawood said the Australians were believed to have been attempting to capture a notorious Taliban commander known as Mullah Rashid, who had been blamed for lacing local roads with improvised explosive devices.

    Rashid was believed to have fled the house just before the raid, he said.

    Another tribal elder from the district, Mohammed Nabi, told The Australian that some of the women died when they tried to leave the district and were caught in crossfire by Taliban fighters attempting to shoot at government troops.

    Yesterday, a Defence spokesperson confirmed Australian troops had been engaged in gun battles with Taliban forces in the area and that an investigation was under way to identify the extent of Australian soldiers’ involvement in the incident. …

    In September last year, Australian troops allegedly killed the then district chief of Chora, Rozi Khan, one of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s key allies.

    The death occurred after Australian troops became involved in a firefight with Afghan police, led by Khan, who were going to the assistance of a neighbour. After his death, Khan’s family claimed some Oruzgan tribal leaders had lobbied for the removal of Australian troops from the province – a request that was rejected by Afghan troops.

    In November 2007, Australian troops on a similar night-time raid became embroiled in a firefight that left a baby and a teenage girl dead.,25197,24889987-601,00.html


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