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From British daily The Morning Star:
Afghan citizens march to condemn NATO killings
Thursday 21 January 2010
Hundreds of Afghan citizens have rallied in Ghazni city after NATO soldiers allegedly gunned down a father, his two young sons and a neighbour.
The angry demonstrators collected the wooden coffins holding the bodies from a local hospital and bore them atop vehicles in a procession towards administrative offices.
Witnesses reported that Western troops had descended on the Qara Bagh district of Ghazni province in helicopters and stormed two houses at about 10pm on Wednesday.
Musa Jalali and other residents of Baram village insisted that the raiders had killed a father and his two sons, both under the age of seven, along with a neighbour – even though they weren’t armed.
NATO acknowledged that it had “conducted an operation” in the area, but said that the dead had been “insurgents.”
Mohammad Ismail Ibrahimzai, head of the provincial hospital where the bodies were initially taken, said: “Doctors told me that there were two children among the bodies brought to hospital.”
Provincial deputy police chief Abdul Rehman Shaidayee said that four people had been killed and that they were investigating claims of civilian casualties.
A spate of civilian deaths at the hands of foreign forces have fuelled distrust between the Afghan population, the government and US and NATO troops.
Another protest following more alleged civilian killings, this time in Ghazni province northeast of Kandahar. What is especially noteworthy about this incident is that ground forces are once again the perpetrators. This is in fact another in a series of incidents involving ground troops, whereas only a few months ago, civilian casualties by foreign forces were nearly all caused by airstrikes. So it appears that new more aggressive (or at least more numerous) ground force operations have become the principle source of civilian casualties by foreign forces: here.
The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal, gave an interview to the German newspaper Bild on Wednesday, calling for more commitment by Germany to the US-led war: here.
Afghanistan: Women Dying and Torture Run Amuck: here.
In northern Afghanistan, far away from the Taliban’s heartland, freedom remains elusive for most women: here.
Britain: Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron haggled over spending cuts while cynically backing ever-increased spending on the disastrous war in Afghanistan: here.
Experts on Afghanistan doubt survey on foreign occupation: results are impossible: here.
Only a fourth of the ongoing corruption investigations by U.S. oversight officials in Afghanistan are strictly targeting Afghan suspects, the top U.S. investigator in Afghanistan said Tuesday in Kabul. The other three-fourths are investigating transactions that involve at least one Western suspect: here.