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11 Afghanis Killed Protesting NATO Raid

From an outraged (at the NATO forces) Associated Press:

Protest over NATO raid turns violent; 11 killed

By Rahim Faiez And Heidi Vogt, Associated Press
May 18, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – Hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they believed had killed four civilians, clashed on Wednesday with security forces on the streets of a northern Afghan city.

At least 11 people were killed as the protesters fought with police and tried to assault a NATO outpost in the city of Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province, government officials said. Some 50 were injured.

The NATO raid they were protesting took place hours before on the outskirts of the city. The coalition said four insurgents died in the operation and that two others were detained

If they are assaulting a NATO outpost, aren’t these ‘protesters’ actually "insurgents" themselves? Or maybe that is a distinction without a difference nowadays.

Provincial Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa said the four casualties from the raid were two women and two men who were killed when troops burst into a home in an area known as Gawmal late Tuesday night. He said that no one in his government was informed about the raid and that NATO acted unilaterally.

NATO confirmed it killed four people, two of them women, but said all were armed and tried to fire on its troops. NATO said the raid was conducted by a "combined Afghan and coalition security force," according to coalition policy.

A spokesman for NATO forces said that the governor was contacted ahead of the raid.

"It is standard practice in Takhar province to contact the Afghan provincial leadership prior to an operation. In this case, calls were placed to the provincial governor six times prior to the operation," Maj. Michael Johnson said. He also reiterated that Afghan forces took part in the operation

NATO said in its statement that one of the women was armed with an assault rifle and tried to fire on the troops. The other woman was armed with a pistol and pointed her gun at the security force as she was trying to escape the compound.

Nit picker.

On Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered on the road from Gawmal to Taloqan and carried the four bodies on platforms as they marched into the city, according to an Associated Press Television News cameraman at the scene. They shouted insults at Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the United States as they pumped their fists in the air.

"Death to Karzai! Death to America!" they yelled

The protest turned violent as some in the crowd started looting shops and throwing stones at a small German base in the city. Police were out throughout the city trying to calm the crowd, Taqwa said. Gunfire could be heard in a number of neighborhoods and troops at the German outpost shot off rounds in an attempt to disperse the crowd outside their walls.

The German military said in a statement that the demonstrators threw hand grenades and Molotov cocktails into the base, injuring two German soldiers and four Afghan guards…

Sorry, but sometimes we can’t help but think that these people deserve the Taliban.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “11 Afghanis Killed Protesting NATO Raid”

  1. River0 says:

    “The German military said in a statement that the demonstrators threw hand grenades and Molotov cocktails into the base, injuring two German soldiers and four Afghan guards.”

    When does a “demonstration” become a military assault? This ‘news story’ is a sham. The Associated Press is a fraud.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    AP would have got more mileage out of this lie if they had tossed in that a few children
    had been cut in half by automatic gun fire. Women with weapons just don’t cut
    it anymore.

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