Sunday, 28 February 2010


The number of civilian deaths is escalating in Afghanistan,but who is counting ?
As more and more innocent people die in Afghanistan, the reporting and collating of the death toll remains pretty much the same- half-hearted, dis-interested and VAGUE -in an attempt to play down the REAL COST OF THIS WAR IN LOSS OF INNOCENT as there are no REAL NUMBERS only estimates to go on lets keep it simple
1 good reason to get out of Afghanistan- The loss of even 1 innocent life is reason enough

and those 1's keep adding up....

NATO says, 'Sorry.'
In the Afghanistan war, NATO forces chief Gen. Stanley McChrystal publicly apologized on Tuesday for 27 Afghan civilian deaths in a US airstrike. The coalition has begun saying 'sorry' more quickly to civilian deaths, as part of a new hearts and minds strategy.

A missile that struck an Afghan house killing 12 people hit its intended target, the commander of British forces in the country's south says. Maj Gen Nick Carter said the rocket had not malfunctioned, adding that the system responsible for firing the US missile was back in use.
Officials have said three Taliban, as well as nine civilians were in the house. .
Six children were among those killed when the two US missiles struck the house on the outskirts of Marjah on Sunday.
Initial Nato reports said the missiles had landed about 300 metres off their intended target. Gen Carter blamed these "conflicting" reports on "the fog of war".
"The missile arrived at the target that it was supposed to arrive at," he said.
Gen Carter said that protecting the local population remained at the heart of the operation and that coalition forces were being very careful with aerial-launched missiles.
(BBC NEWS 16.2.2010)

The War in Afghanistan (2001–present) has caused the deaths of thousands of Afghan civilians directly from insurgent and foreign military action, as well as the deaths of possibly tens of thousands of Afghan civilians indirectly as a consequence of displacement, starvation, disease, exposure, lack of medical treatment, crime and lawlessness resulting from the war. The war, launched by the United States as "Operation Enduring Freedom" in 2001, began with an initial air campaign that almost immediately prompted concerns over the number of Afghan civilians being killed as well as international protests. With civilian deaths from airstrikes rising again in recent years the number of Afghan civilians being killed by foreign military operations has led to mounting tension between the foreign countries and the government of Afghanistan.

MUNICH (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai called on Sunday for a halt to military raids on Afghan villages by the international coalition forces and a complete end to civilian casualties.

Civilian deaths and injuries inflicted during operations by international forces have caused deep anger among Afghans and analysts say they encourage people to join the Taliban insurgency.
"We believe that the war on terror is not in the Afghan villages and homes. We believe this war on terror is in the sanctuaries, training grounds and the motivational factors and financial resources beyond the Afghan borders," Karzai told the annual Munich Security Conference.
"Therefore ending operations in Afghan villages is what the Afghan people are seeking as a priority: ending raids at night on Afghan homes, ending the arrests of Afghans in their homes

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