NATO kills Afghan women and children


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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.

A further six women are believed to have been injured in the incident in Shigal district, Kunar province.

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.

Leaving Corruptistan – Washington favors exit over fight with Karzai: here.

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.

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10 thoughts on “NATO kills Afghan women and children

  1. Shame on UKBA for denying visas

    Friday 05 April 2013

    You recently ran a piece of mine regarding the UK Border Agency – under Home Office Minister Theresa May – refusing visas to three Afghan women boxers for the second time.

    They had been invited by the Foundation for Women in Sport and the Fawcett Society (M Star March 22).

    The young women had displayed considerable tenacity and courage taking up the sport in Afghanistan’s predominately patriarchal and conservative society and were to compete here with British counterparts on March 8, International Women’s Day.

    Their anticipation of such a milestone, on such a day, marking their achievements against many daunting odds, can only be imagined.

    However they were defeated by the border agency’s mullahs, not Afghanistan’s.

    It was therefore with some bemusement that I read the UKBA has stated that it has no objection to allowing entry to an athlete charged with murder, alleged to have shot and killed his girlfriend (on Valentine’s Day.)

    His bail restrictions on travel were lifted in spite of “strong objections” by prosecutors.

    It seems South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius will compete at the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium starting in July.

    The courageous female boxers, cited as “our inspiring sisters” by the Foundation for Women in Sport, are it seems persona non grata as far as the UKBA is concerned, but a man facing charges for murder is welcome.

    One could be forgiven for wondering if the seriously unhinged are running the political asylum.

    Felicity Arbuthnot

    London E9

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/131426

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