NATO kills Afghan children

This video is called Children of Conflict – Afghanistan – Part 1.

And here is Part 2.

From AFP news agency:

Afghan children killed in Nato attack

2012-10-15 13:02

andahar – Afghan officials said on Monday that a Nato air strike killed three children while it was targeting Taliban insurgents planting mines on a road in southern Afghanistan.

Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed an air strike in Helmand province’s Nawa district on Sunday, saying that three insurgents died and it was investigating reports that children were also killed.

“Two Taliban mine-planters were identified and targeted by ISAF from the air and killed,” district police chief Ahmad Shah Khan said.

“Three children, two boys and a girl, who were nearby collecting firewood were also killed,” Khan added.

Farid Ahmad Farhang, a spokesperson for Helmand police, confirmed the incident and said the raid killed two insurgents and three children.

Civilian casualties caused in Nato operations against insurgents are a sensitive issue in relations between the US-led force and the government of President Hamid Karzai.

Five British Royal Marines have been charged with the murder of an insurgent in Afghanistan. This is the first such charge involving a soldier from the UK in the war: here.

4 thoughts on “NATO kills Afghan children

  1. Soldier held in Afghan rampage moved to JBLM

    By Associated Press

    Published: Oct 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM PDT Last Updated: Oct 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM PDT

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) – The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in March was transferred Monday to an Army base in Washington state, where he faces a pretrial hearing Nov. 5.

    Staff Sgt. Robert Bales arrived late Monday afternoon at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and was being held in pretrial confinement, Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield confirmed. Bales was transferred from a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

    Bales faces 16 counts of premeditated murder; six counts of attempted murder; seven counts of assault; and one count each of possessing steroids, using steroids, destroying a laptop, burning bodies and using alcohol.

    His civilian lawyer, John Henry Browne, said a defense request for a delay in the pretrial hearing was denied Monday.

    The defense sought the delay because it has been told it won’t receive forensic evidence until Oct. 26. Browne said that will leave insufficient time to evaluate it.

    “That’s what, 10 days before the hearing? But the judge says it’s going forward no matter what,” Browne said.

    The pretrial hearing is expected to last two weeks.

    Browne said he will travel to Afghanistan soon to question witnesses.

    During the hearing, villagers are expected to testify by video from Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. The second week of the proceeding will be held in the evening so villagers can testify during daylight hours in Afghanistan.

    The hearing under Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice will determine whether Bales, of Lake Tapps, will face a court-martial.

    Investigators say Bales was armed with a 9 mm pistol and M4 rifle outfitted with a grenade launcher when he walked off his base in southern Afghanistan March 11 and went on a nighttime killing spree.

    Bales could face the death penalty if convicted.


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