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Reuters: NATO Kills Over 30 Afghan “Civilians”

From the allies of terrorists at Reuters:

[AP caption:] An Afghan child, who allegedly was injured by a U.S .-led coalition’s air strikes, lies in a bed at a hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, June 30, 2007. The airstrikes in southern Afghanistan left at least 30 people, including women and children, killed or wounded, a local official said Saturday.

Over 30 Afghan civilians killed in air strike

Sat Jun 30

KABUL (Reuters) – More than 30 civilians were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday in an air strike by foreign forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, a regional official said.

“It happened in the early morning,” provincial official Mohammed Daoud told Reuters. “Between 30-37 civilians have been killed and tens (dozens) of others have been injured.”

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan confirmed the incident, but said he had heard reports that only “a small number” of civilians were involved.

U.S. Air Force Major John Thomas said that after a long skirmish and under constant fire from the Taliban, ISAF troops called for close air support during an operation in Helmand, where the Taliban has been resurgent this year.

“All enemy positions were destroyed, but after friendly forces surveyed the area, there were reports of some possible civilian deaths,” he said.

“The remains of some people who appeared to be civilians were found among enemy fighters in a trenchline,” he added.

The rising toll the conflict is taking on Afghan civilians is a sore point for Western-backed President Hamid Karzai, who is also grappling to stamp out corruption and boost the economy.

Nearly 300 civilians have been killed in operations led by foreign forces this year alone, according to government officials, residents and aid groups.

Scores more have been killed by Taliban suicide and roadside bomb attacks.

Afghanistan is going through its bloodiest period since the Taliban’s fall and this year is regarded as a crunch time for all sides involved in the conflict.

Note that while the local official said 30-37 civilians killed, the NATO official, who presumably would be in a better position to know, said that only a small number of civilians were involved (not even killed).

But notice which number the AP ran with.

Meanwhile, their own photo caption above says:

The airstrikes in southern Afghanistan left at least 30 people, including women and children, killed or wounded, a local official said Saturday.

Well, which is it? Did the local official say “30-37 were killed,” or did he say that at least 30 were “killed or wounded”? Or does the AP think there is no difference between these two claims?

Even so, if the terrorists co-mingle with civilians, what are the NATO forces supposed to do?

Once again Reuters fails to explain how to tell a terrorist apart from a civilian. (Instead they continue to pretend that women and children could never be terrorists.)

Of course this is the (no so) new front in our media’s war against the West’s efforts in Afghanistan.

They have been promoting these horror stories for months now.

And the war in Afghanistan is supposed to be the war that the left condones. (Or at least that was their new lie once the war in Iraq started.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 30th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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