NATO kills own soldiers in Afghanistan

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From The News in Pakistan:

7 Afghan security forces killed in NATO air strike

Updated at: 1845 PST, Saturday, November 07, 2009

KABUL: Seven members of the Afghan security forces were killed in a NATO air strike that also injured international forces in remote western Afghanistan, the Afghan defence ministry said on Saturday.

The Afghan statement comes as NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it was investigating an incident in Badghis province Friday in which more than 25 international and Afghan forces were wounded.

Five of the 25 wounded were US soldiers injured in what a Western military official, speaking anonymously, said was friendly fire. …

The incident is believed to have taken place during a clash involving ISAF and Afghan soldiers searching for two paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division who went missing Wednesday during a routine supply mission.

Local police said a party looking for the two missing soldiers clashed with Taliban and that alliance aircraft were called in to provide support.

The defence ministry made no reference to a clash between the joint forces and Taliban militants.

Police said the casualties occurred when the air strike mistakenly targeted international troops.


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4 thoughts on “NATO kills own soldiers in Afghanistan

  1. From New Vision daily in Uganda:

    Last Exit From Afghanistan

    Gwynne Dyer

    8 November 2009


    Kampala — First the Western powers occupying Afghanistan let President Hamid Karzai stay in the job for months after his term actually expired, on the grounds that an election in the late summer would be easier to arrange. They finally held the election in August and declared it a shining success: Karzai, Washington’s man in Kabul, had been re-elected, even though turnout nationally was only 30 percent. (In the Taliban-dominated south, it was only 5 percent.)

    President Barack Obama, who was already under great pressure to send more US troops to Afghanistan, declared that “This was an important step forward in the Afghan people’s effort to take control of their future.” And then it all fell apart.

    As the evidence emerged that up to a third of the votes allegedly cast for Karzai had been fraudulent, the United States backed away from celebrating his “re-election.” Indeed, the fraud was so blatant and massive that even the Afghans began to choke on it, and various American emissaries threatened and bullied Karzai into accepting a run-off vote against his closest rival in the first round of voting, Dr Abdullah Abdullah.

    That vote would have been held this Saturday (7 November), but Abdullah knew that he would lose again. He belongs to the Tajik ethnic group, and there are twice as many Pashtuns (Karzai’s ethnic group) in Afghanistan as there are Tajiks. So Abdullah complained that the election officials conducting this run-off would be exactly the same men who had rigged the first round – which was quite true – and demanded their resignation.

    Karzai refused to remove them, Abdullah used that as an excuse to withdraw from the election, and last Sunday the run-off was cancelled. Karzai was proclaimed president once again on the basis of the discredited first-round vote, and the whole sorry mess was abandoned.

    But there is a silver lining: if Obama wants to bail out of Afghanistan, he now has an excellent excuse for doing so.

    Actual Western military casualties in Afghanistan have not been very high: just over 900 American soldiers have been killed there, together with 200 British, 140 Canadians, and much smaller numbers from other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries. But the loss rate has been mounting steadily, as has the sense of futility back home: a Washington Post-ABC News opinion poll late last month found only 47 percent of Americans supporting a further build-up of American troops in Afghanistan, while 49 percent opposed it.

    The declining support for the war is driven largely by a growing perception that it is unwinnable. If the US army is losing ground in Afghanistan after eight years in the country, and four previous invading armies from the industrialised world (three British and one Russian) have been forced to withdraw, why should we believe that this time is going to be any different? But the constantly repeated assertion that withdrawal from Afghanistan would lead to a surge in terrorist attacks on the West is also losing credibility.

    It was always nonsense: terrorists do not need “bases” to plan their attacks. Regular armies need bases, but all terrorists need is a couple of safe houses somewhere. Controlling Afghanistan is almost entirely irrelevant to Western security, and that reality is also beginning to seep out into the public discussion in the United States.

    A dramatic recent example of this was the resignation late last month of Matthew Hoh, a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran who had joined the State Department and was working as the top American official in Zabul province in eastern Afghanistan. “My resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing the war, but why and to what end?” he wrote in his resignation letter, which got considerable exposure in the US media. “I fail to see the value or worth in continued US casualties.”

    If Obama can extricate himself from the tactical minutiae about whether to send 40,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, or 20,000, or none, and focus on the larger question of why the United States is occupying the country at all, he can still save himself. And now is his best-ever chance to pull out, because the political train-wreck in Kabul gives him an ideal opportunity to renege on his foolish promises to pursue the war in Afghanistan until victory.

    If he misses this opportunity, he may never get another, for it will inevitably, inexorably become “his” war, and the Americans who are killed there from now on will have died on his orders. Once that kind of burden descends on a politician, it becomes almost impossible for him to change course and admit that those deaths were futile. In that case, the Afghanistan war will eventually destroy him.

    The writer is a London-based independent journalist


  2. Demonstration held against killing of civilians by NATO-led troops in Afghanistan 2009-11-05 16:28:08

    KABUL, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of people staged a peaceful demonstration in protest over what they called arbitrary operations and killing civilians by NATO-led troops in a village in Khost province east of Afghanistan on Thursday.

    “Some 500 people came to the street this morning and blocked the road connecting Khost to Gerdez city calling on government to bring to justice those behind the killing of innocent people,” a tribal elder Hajji Gul told Xinhua.

    Gul stressed that the NATO-led forces launched operation against a house in Bahramkhil village of Ismaelkhil district Wednesday night, killing one person and arresting another.

    Carrying the death body, the protesters, in addition to chanting anti U.S. and anti government slogans called on authorities to arrest and punish those behind the incident.

    The protesters also described the killed and the arrested man as innocent civilians, saying both the men had no link with the Taliban insurgents.

    Meantime, Deputy to the provincial governor of Khost province Tahir Khan Sabari confirmed the operation on Bahramkhil village last night and added the issue would be investigated.

    Killing civilians by the NATO-led forces also triggered demonstrations by Afghans in different provinces in the past years.

    Editor: Xiong Tong


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