United States troops kill, injure Afghan civilians

This video says about itself:

Afghanistan: Civilian killed after US airstrike on Kabul airport attackers

27 September 2017

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Afghanistan: US fire hits civilians after Taliban tries to down Mattis‘s plane

Friday 29th September 2017

US forces in Afghanistan killed and injured civilians as they lashed out in response to a failed Taliban attack on their country’s defence secretary and the head of Nato.

The Taliban artillery attack was aimed at a plane carrying Pentagon chief General James Mattis to Kabul, along with Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, but the pair were not at the airport at the time.

The US military admitted on Wednesday night that one of two missiles fired back at militants had missed its target, killing at least one civilian and wounding an undetermined number of others. …

However in July this year, the UN warned that civilian deaths in Afghanistan had reached a record high since the war began 16 years ago with increased air strikes by US and Afghan forces contributing to the high death toll.

By Keith Jones in the USA today:

Ultimately, US air strikes were called in, leading to civilian casualties, including the wounding of six members of a single family.

The Pentagon has sought to blame the civilian casualties on a malfunctioning missile, but local residents seethed with anger over the US military’s treatment of the Afghan people.

US troops dropped bombs on a residential area”, Mohammed Amin told Al-Jazeera. “How can they say it was mistake? We understand one time, two times, but not forever! They kill us, civilians, and call it a mistake all the time.”

Haji Rabbani, whose family members were injured by the US air strikes, told Agence France-Presse, “They do not target the enemies in front of their eyes—they target our house and kill our people.”

Recent UN reports have pointed to the major role that US air strikes have played in a surge in civilian Afghan war casualties.

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