Australians accused of killing Afghan children

This video says about itself:

People protest against President Hamid Karzai and the United States in Laghman in Afghanistan.

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today:

Soldiers charged over deadly Afghan raid

Updated 7 hours 32 minutes ago

The Director of Military Prosecutions says a former member of Australia’s Special Operations Task Group will be charged with manslaughter following an incident in which four children died last year in Afghanistan.

Three soldiers will be charged with various service offences, including manslaughter, dangerous conduct, failing to comply with a lawful general order and prejudicial conduct.

A Defence spokesman says two of the soldiers are reservists and one is a regular member of the Army.

The charges relate to an incident on February 12, 2009, when six Afghans were killed during an Australian Special Operations Task Group raid targeting an insurgent leader in Uruzgan province.

Four of the dead were small children. Two more children and two adults were also wounded.

See also here.

USA: Army starts hearings on Afghan civilian killings: here.

Britain: Labour conference 2010: Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn called for a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan today while shadow foreign secretary David Miliband urged a unified stance on the war: here.

Labour conference 2010: Anti-arms campaigner Kate Hudson condemned shadow defence secretary Bob Ainsworth today after he seemed to redefine the role of British troops in Afghanistan: here.

NATO helicopters killed five people on Monday in an aerial offensive on Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area that has left around 50 people dead since Saturday: here.

U.S. Probes Karzai’s Kin: The Wall Street Journal: here.

Karzai breaks down during speech: here.

US forces step up bombing of Pakistan and launch offensive in three districts around Kandahar: here.

A new exhibition at the National Army Museum about British wars in Afghanistan mirrors the lies we’re told today, writes Mary Brodbin: here.

11 thoughts on “Australians accused of killing Afghan children

  1. (CNN) — NATO helicopters crossed into Pakistani airspace from Afghanistan in pursuit of insurgents over the weekend, killing 49 people, a spokesman told CNN Monday.

    Crossing the border did not violate the International Security Assistance Force rules of engagement, Maj. Michael Johnson said.

    Pakistan is very sensitive about United States-led military operations on its territory and issued a strong protest Monday.

    Pakistan called the incursions “a clear violation and breach” of the United Nations rules for foreign forces in Afghanistan.

    The United Nations “mandate terminates/finishes at the Afghanistan border. There are no agreed hot pursuit rules,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


  2. Massive Afghan iron ore deposit up for tender again

    Last Updated: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 10:09:00 +1000

    Afghanistan has put its Hajigak iron ore deposit back up for tender after taking it off the market last year.

    Afghan Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani says he hopes production would start by 2014, promising security for investors despite a worsening insurgency.

    The Hajigak deposit worth some 350 billion dollars straddles 3 provinces with only one relatively peaceful.

    Mr Shahrani says the Aynak copper mine developed by Chinese firms since 2008 and worth about 43 billion dollars proves Afghanistan can protect important assets.

    The government has a specially trained force to protect mines and other infrastructure, with many of its members drawn from villages surrounding the asset under guard.


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