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Karzai Condemns Killing Of “Civilians” – Again

From a delighted AFP:


Afghan president condemns “indiscriminate” military operations by West

KABUL (AFP) – President Hamid Karzai angrily condemned Saturday “indiscriminate and unprecise” operations by NATO- and US-led forces in Afghanistan that he said had killed 90 civilians in just over a week.

“Attacks causing civilian casualties, as I have said before, is not acceptable for us. It is no longer tolerated,” Karzai told reporters at his palace.

“As you are aware over the past several days, as result of indiscriminate and unprecise operations of NATO and coalition forces, our people suffered casualties,” the grim-faced president said.

He listed four operations over the past 10 days, including one that involved three days of fighting in the southern province of Uruzgan in which he said 52 civilians were killed in foreign forces’ artillery fire.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said the figure for civilians killed in the three-day operation was similar to its own but it was not clear if they had been killed by security forces or by Taliban fighters.

Karzai said that he had repeatedly asked the foreign forces helping Afghanistan to fight Taliban insurgents “to avoid unnecessary and unuseful operations.”

“But unfortunately, despite our efforts, this has not been applied and our people have been killed and wounded,” he said, flanked by his Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak.

Such incidents would cause the international mission to bring security to Afghanistan to fail, he warned.

File under ingrate, miserable.

Karzai said that he had repeatedly asked the foreign forces helping Afghanistan to fight Taliban insurgents “to avoid unnecessary and unuseful operations.”

Meaning any and all operations.

But of course it all goes back to the Afghans’ world famous reverence for human life.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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