NATO kills boy, Afghans protest

This video from the USA says about itself:

The Afghan War is flushing resources needed at home down the toilet. This video shows street theater done in Seattle to make this point.

From Reuters:

1 killed, 3 wounded in violent protest in Afghanistan

05/14/2011 | 04:51 PM

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Afghans protested on Saturday against the accidental killing of a teenage boy by NATO-led forces in a volatile eastern province, and the district governor said one man was shot dead as police fired at the crowd after it turned violent.

District governor Abdul Khaliq Mahroof told Reuters demonstrators had poured into the streets in the Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province to denounce the overnight killing of a 15-year-old boy by Afghan and foreign troops.

The mistaken killing of civilians by foreign troops is a major source of friction between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers, and complicates efforts to win support from ordinary Afghans for the war against the Taliban.

“It all started with hundreds of demonstrators throwing stones and later firing weapons,” Mahroof said, adding that the protest had now ended.

“The police had to fire back at some of the protesters who were armed and one was killed and three wounded.”

Mahroof said insurgents had infiltrated the crowd. He said he did not know whether the dead or wounded protesters had been among those who fired at the police.

Hesarak borders Kabul province and lies some 70 km (40) miles southeast of the capital.

In a statement issued early on Saturday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said its troops had mistakenly killed a 15-year-old boy during an operation with Afghan forces to capture a Taliban insurgent in Hesarak.

Afghan and foreign troops called for the boy to come out of his room while they carried out a raid on his compound in search of a Taliban leader, ISAF said in the statement.

After hearing the troops calling, the boy, who had a shotgun and a pistol by the side of his bed, reached for one of the weapons, it said.

“As a force protection measure, a security force member engaged the individual, resulting in his death. After initial assessment, it was discovered the individual was a local 15-year old male,” ISAF said.

Many Afghans, particularly in rural areas, keep weapons in their homes for their own protection against intruders.

The teenager’s killing was the second such incident this week. On Thursday, Afghan and foreign troops killed a policeman and a girl during a raid on their compound, also in Nangarhar.

Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since the Taliban were overthrown by US-backed Afghan forces almost 10 years ago with record casualties on all sides.

A UN report this year showed that 2010 was by far the most lethal for Afghan civilians with a total of 2,777 civilians killed, up 15 percent on the previous year.

While the United Nations says insurgents were responsible for 75 percent of those deaths, it is those caused by foreign troops that angers ordinary Afghans the most.

Anti-Western sentiment is also running high a month after a fundamentalist US pastor burned a Koran.

See also here.

Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service: “Afghanistan, once described as the graveyard of empires, is ranked number one as the country with the most ‘significant rise’ in civilian deaths last year, turning it into a veritable killing field, according to a new report by the London-based Minority Rights Group International (MRG). The annual report, titled ‘Peoples Under Threat’, says civilian killings in Afghanistan have increased every year in the last five years… According to the study released Thursday, this year’s figure is expected to exceed the 3,000 civilians killed in 2010”: here.

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