Afghan women, gathering firewood, killed

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From National Public Radio in the USA:

Four U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan; NATO Strike Kills 8 Afghan Women

by Krishnadev Calamur

Four U.S. service members were killed by an Afghan police officer and a NATO airstrike killed eight women in separate attacks in Afghanistan on Sunday.

NATO says the attack on the coalition troops occurred at a remote checkpoint in southern Afghanistan. The Afghan officer escaped after the incident. Eight NATO troops have been killed in similar insider attacks over the past three days.

Here’s more from The Associated Press about the recent attacks:

“Recent months have seen a string of such insider attacks by Afghan forces against their international counterparts. The killings have imperiled the military partnership between Kabul and NATO, a working relationship that is key to the handover of security responsibilities to Afghan forces as international troops draw down.”

Afghan officials also said an alliance airstrike killed eight women who were gathering firewood in a remote eastern village before dawn Sunday. NATO said 45 insurgents, and no civilians were killed.

Contrary to this report, Dutch NOS TV says that NATO did admit that they may have have killed civilians.

Dutch RTL TV says that NATO did not just admit that “may” have killed civilians; but that they indeed killed civilians.

The alliance did say it was investigating the claims of civilian casualties, the AP reported.

Sarhadi Zewak, a spokesman for the provincial government, told the AP that villagers from Laghman province’s Alingar district brought the eight bodies to the governor’s office in the provincial capital.

“They were shouting ‘Death to America!’ They were condemning the attack,” he told the AP.

Provincial health director Latif Qayumi told the AP seven injured females were brought to area hospitals for treatment. He said some of them were as young as 10.

Dutch RTL TV says that eight women were killed and eight wounded.

See also here.

NATO bombing kills nine women in Afghanistan as fighting mounts: here.

In the wake of a bloody weekend in Afghanistan we’ve had the usual flurry of news reports and op-eds “explaining” what’s going on and rationalising the never-ending violence in the country: here.

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  1. Afghan teen flogged for having affair

    Big News Network (ANI) Sunday 16th September, 2012

    The Government of Afghanistan and human rights agencies are checking on a report of a 16-year-old Afghan girl being flogged for allegedly having an affair.

    According the Courier Mail, they are also investigating reports of her purported boyfriend being fined 1500 dollars in a rural district under government control.

    The girl, who has been named only as Sabera, is in poor health since the incident on September 9 in Jaguri district of Ghazni province, said the head of the provincial women’s affairs department, Shukuria Wali.

    The Taliban have strongholds in Ghazni, but Jaguri is under government control and is dominated by the ethnic Hazaras, who are generally considered moderate by Afghan standards, and do not have the strict tribal codes that are observed by Pashtuns, who dominate the ranks of the Islamist militia.

    “According to the information we have, Sabera was first wrapped in a white cloth and then flogged in front of village elders and family members. I have heard she is not in good health,” said Wali.

    Jaghuri governor Zafar Sharif confirmed the incident and said a government and rights delegation had been sent to investigate. (ANI)


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  12. Aid ‘failing Afghan women’

    Thursday 25 October 2012

    Britain is failing Afghan women, the Commons international development committee said today.

    A string of promises to bolster their rights hadn’t been followed with “adequate and specific action and funding,” the MPs said.

    They said the fate of Afghan women after Nato troops leave would be the “acid test” of Britain’s aid programme.

    Things had got worse for women over the past five years, undermining gains made after the fall of the Taliban, they suggested.

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