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50 Taliban Killed – But Afghan “Civilians” Too!

From those defenders of the sanctity of human life Reuters:


More than 50 Taliban killed in Afghan south: U.S.

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S.-led troops, backed by air power, killed more than 50 insurgents in a battle in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

There were no casualties among coalition troops in the 12-hour battle with Taliban militants, which finished early on Thursday, it said in a statement. No civilian injuries were reported, it added.

More than 160 insurgents have been killed in Helmand’s Musa Qala district since Sunday, the military said.

The Taliban, who are leading an insurgency against the government and foreign troops, could not be reached for comment and because of the remoteness of the region there was no independent verification of the report.

Two residents phoned a Reuters reporter in the south to say that 17 people, 16 of them civilians, were killed in the bombing.

They said up to 30 people were wounded, most of them non-combatants

Civilian deaths are a sensitive issue for President Hamid Karzai’s government and the foreign troops led by NATO and the U.S. military.

More than 330 civilians have been killed in foreign troops operations this year alone in Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials and Western aid workers.

Faced with criticism over perceived lack of economic and reconstruction development, rising crime, rampant corruption and booming illegal drugs, Karzai has warned that civilian deaths would have bad consequences for his government and the troops.

Note how the report casts doubts on the number reported by the US military, but readily accepts as gospel the claims of (anonymous, probably even invented) locals who called in their tips.

For Reuters must once again push our one party media’s mantra about the high number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

They simply cannot “report” a story from the region now without bringing it up. In fact, it is usually the main subject of the article no matter what its topic is purported to be.

You see, since they can’t harp on the high number of US casualties, they have to fixate upon something.

Every article has to regurgitate this highly suspect claim:

More than 330 civilians have been killed in foreign troops operations this year alone in Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials and Western aid workers.

And never mind that according to other similar officials more than 300 Afghan women set themselves on fire every year.

Clearly, according to our betters in the media, the country would be much better off back under the tender ministrations of the Taliban.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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