US airstrike in afghanistan kills 90 civilians- mostly children

Not that its at all surprising. UN officials in Afghanistan said Tuesday there was convincing evidence that at least 90 civilians (two-thirds of them children) were killed in a US-led airstrike last week which caused the Afghan government to call for a major review of US and NATO military operations in the state. Local officials and residents in the western province of Herat corroborated reports that 60 children and 30 adults were killed in a US Special Ops and Afghan army military operation on August 21.

This has been touted as a “matter of grave concern to the United Nations”. It was then reiterated that the safety and welfare of all citizens must be considered above all else during the planning and conduct of all military operations. U.S. forces in Afghanistan have increased their reliance on air power since last year, causing a corresponding increase in civilian deaths. The Herat assault appears to have caused the largest civilian loss of life attributed to U.S. forces since the war began in late 2001.

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~ by k-rock and l-jive on August 28, 2008.

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