Afghanistan war, hell for civilians

From Reuters:

BATI KOT — Foreign and Afghan troops killed two militants in a raid against Al-Qaeda bomb-makers, the U.S. military has said, but angry protesters said the dead were civilians.

Civilian casualties are the greatest source of tension between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Western governments and have undermined public support for the presence of more than 70,000 foreign troops fighting a growing Taliban-led insurgency. …

But district governor Khaibar Momand condemned the killings, saying the victims were civilians and that the operation had not been coordinated with Afghan troops.

About 100 residents gathered to protest against the killings, saying they would not bury the bodies until they received an explanation. Four houses were also destroyed in the raid, residents told Reuters.

Afghan women who turn to self-immolation: here.

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