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AP: Afghans Lie About Deaths For Cash

From a suddenly skeptical Associated Press:

Afghan students of Kabul University, holding photos of the aftermath of airstrikes, shout anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration against Monday’s coalition airstrikes on Bala Baluk district of Farah province, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 10, 2009.

Afghan official: 95 kids died in US-Taliban clash

By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press Writer

KABUL – Ninety-five Afghan children are among the 140 people said to have died in a recent U.S.-Taliban battle in western Afghanistan, a lawmaker involved in the investigation into the deaths said Wednesday. The U.S. military disputed the claim.

Afghans blame U.S. airstrikes for the deaths and destruction in two villages in Farah province. American officials say the Taliban kept villagers hostage during the fight and a spokesman said payments to the bereaved offered incentive to exaggerate.

The list, which also includes 65 women and girls, was based on the testimony of family members of the victims, said Obaidullah Helali, a lawmaker from Farah and a member of the government’s investigative team. The bodies were buried before an investigation took place, and there are no plans to dig them up.

If the Afghan toll is correct, it would be the largest case of civilian deaths since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban.

U.S. military spokesman Col. Greg Julian said "there is no physical proof that can substantiate" the Afghan list of victims. The U.S. has refused to release a number of people it thinks died in the May 4-5 clash in Farah’s Bala Baluk district.

Julian said militants are to blame for the deaths because they kept civilians hostage during the fight in the villages of Gerani and Ganjabad

President Hamid Karzai has said the strikes were "not acceptable" and estimated that 125 to 130 civilians died.

Afghan members of the delegation investigating the clash delivered condolence payments to victims’ families Tuesday, Helali said. The payments — $2,000 for the dead and $1,000 for the wounded — were ordered by Karzai, he said

Julian said those payments offered incentive for villagers to report high numbers.

"It’s very difficult to determine an exact number and there’s a climate that encourages exaggeration," Julian said.

He said the investigation team was taken to three different grave sites, one with four graves, one with 22 graves and one mass grave which contained an unknown number of bodies.

"The locals couldn’t decide among themselves whether it was 19 or 69 in that mass grave," Julian said

The disputed incident comes as the Obama administration is gearing up to roll out a new strategy for the region…

President Barack Obama has taken charge of the increasingly bloody eight-year war this week, replacing the general in charge of the effort and installing a new ambassador…

Do you notice that not even particularly subtle change in tone from our watchdog media in reports like these?

Suddenly we are starting to hear that the locals lie about ‘civilian’ deaths. That they do so for money.

All of which we have been saying since even before the outrageously mendacious ‘Haditha massacre.’

But now that these claims of ‘civilian deaths’ are happening on Mr. Obama’s watch our worshipful media is finally starting to report these long known facts.

If the Afghan toll is correct, it would be the largest case of civilian deaths since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban.

This would have been written differently and it would have been noted in the headline and lead paragraph if Mr. Bush were still President.

Our media are that slavish to their party.

And that despicable.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP: Afghans Lie About Deaths For Cash”

  1. canary says:

    Pakistan has been doing this too. Inspite of the AP pointed out that they exaggerate all the time, because we pay for civilians accidently killed. Clinton started the policy prior to Bush that foreign terrorist attacks that kill people in America, the families get 1,000,000 dollars. Bush did this after 9/11. The OKC federal bombings victims felt that this is why Clinton covered up Saddam Hussiens financing McVeigh and Nichols. Two birds with one stone was to give Clinton an excuse to go after gun control advocates.

  2. proreason says:

    The tone will change again soon.

    Our trustworthy media will remember that Afganistan is all Bush’s fault and that despite the heroic genius efforts of Mr. Obama, the crisis simply can’t be solved.

    • catie says:

      Perhaps he’ll blame Bush again, it’s his MO. But I thought he “owned” this war now. But maybe not.

  3. texaspsue says:

    “Afghans Lie About Deaths For Cash”

    That’s an age old trick. Especially when the MSM falls for it hook, line and sinker.

    Like it or not, BO owns this War now! At the risk of sounding like an anti-war activist…. If “The Won” doesn’t want to take responsibility for the outcome then maybe the Troops should just come home. Somebody has to watch their back!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      You can’t trust BlackBarry da Pirate to watch your wallet much less your or my or the troops back!!

  4. Right of the People says:

    How much is an Afganni worth nowadays? Can’t be more than 5 bucks max. Send the bill directly to Barry “I’m the One” Oblammy care of the White House (man we gots to work on the name of dis place Reverend Wright) 1600 PA Ave, Washington DC. I’m sure he’ll cut you a check.

  5. jrmcdonald says:

    I love the three guys standing in the front! They look like they are they are in a Marxist Musicial!

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