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NATO Air Raiding Villages, Killing civilians

From an outraged Agence France-Pressee (AFP):

NATO air strike kills 33 Afghan civilians

by Waheedullah Massoud

February 22, 2010

KABUL (AFP) – A NATO air strike killed up to 33 Afghan civilians, including women and a child, sparking fresh anger from Kabul on Monday against US-led forces pressing a major offensive to defeat the Taliban.

Top US commander Stanley McChrystal, who has made winning Afghan hearts and minds the focus of plans to end the eight-year war in Afghanistan, was forced into another apology over civilian deaths after the third incident in a week.

"We are extremely saddened by the tragic loss of innocent lives. I have made it clear to our forces that we are here to protect the Afghan people, and inadvertently killing or injuring civilians undermines their trust and confidence in our mission. We will re-double our efforts to regain that trust," McChrystal said.

McChrystal spoke to Karzai on Sunday, expressing his "sorrow and regret for the tragic incident" and pledging to fully partner with the joint investigation, NATO said in a statement…

But the third mistaken NATO air strike reported by Afghan officials in a week risked undermining the campaign’s strategic goals…

Afghanistan’s council of ministers, chaired by President Hamid Karzai, condemned the latest incident as "unjustifiable"

Karzai used Saturday’s opening session of parliament to repeat his call for civilians to be protected as 15,000 Afghan, US and NATO troops press Operation Mushtarak (Together) in the southern province of Helmand into a second week…

Mr. Obama now has everything he ever wanted in Afghanistan.

He has his surge, he has his international forces (at least for the moment), he has his massively restrictive rules of engagement on our troops.

What is the problem?

Lest we forget, Mr. Obama had no problem telling Mr. Bush how he it is.

From two years ago, via his fans at the Associated Press:


Obama: U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Must Do More Than Kill Civilians

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

HANOVER, N.H. — Presidential hopeful Barack Obama was warned by a friendly voter Monday to avoid public spats with his Democratic rivals — but remarks he made later could add fuel to the criticism against him…

Asked whether he would move U.S. troops out of Iraq to better fight terrorism elsewhere, he brought up Afghanistan and said, “We’ve got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there.” …

Where is Mr. Obama “getting the job done” anywhere?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “NATO Air Raiding Villages, Killing civilians”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Where is Mr. Obama “getting the job done” anywhere?”

    (crickets)

  2. Tater Salad says:

    What a fine religion? No! It is not a religion, it is a cult. This is what Islam brings to the world……….hate. If you are not a Muslim, they will use you, talk to you but they still hate you and the reason is………….You are NOT a Muslim!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGMIeaXVIok&feature=player_embedded

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Germany went on a rampage, and let’s see … how many ‘innocent Germans’ were killed crushing the Nazis?

    Lay down with rats, don’t be surprised when the exterminators come calling.


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