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From the BBC:
7 April 2013 Last updated at 14:54 GMT
Afghan children ‘killed by Nato air strike in Shigal’
Up to 12 civilians – 10 children and two women – are reported to have been killed in a Nato air strike in eastern Afghanistan.
Villagers and officials told the BBC that the casualties were inside their homes when they died.
Nato confirmed that “fire support” was used in Shigal after a US civilian adviser died in a militant attack.
It did not have any reports of civilian deaths, but photographs apparently sent from the scene to international news agencies appeared to show the bodies of several dead young children, surrounded by Afghan villagers.
Civilian deaths in Western military operations have been a source of tension between the Afghan government led by Hamid Karzai and the US and its Nato allies.
In February last year, at least 10 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in a Nato air strike in the same area.
In February this year, President Karzai ordered a complete ban on Afghan security forces calling in air strikes in residential areas.
As Sonali Kolhatkar (founder of the Afghan Women’s Mission) and Mariam Rawi (of the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan) wrote, “the tired claim that one of the chief objectives of the military occupation of Afghanistan is to liberate Afghan women is not only absurd, it is offensive. Waging war does not lead to the liberation of women anywhere. Women always disproportionately suffer the effects of war, and to think that women’s rights can be won with bullets and bloodshed is a position dangerous in its naïveté”: here.
Afghanistan still one of the worst places to be a woman, says EU ambassador: here.
Troops not in Afghanistan to ‘liberate’ women. Afghanistan’s struggle for women’s rights did not begin with the arrival of troops, nor will it end upon their withdrawal: here.
- Twelve Afghan civilians dead in air strike – Afghan officials (trust.org)
- NATO air strike kills 10 Afghan children: officials (nation.com.pk)
- Children killed in NATO strike (famagusta-gazette.com)
- NATO strike in Afghanistan kills 10 children (abc.net.au)
- Nato strike kills 10 children in Afghanistan: officials (dawn.com)