Posted in Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties, Government, Insurgents, Military, tagged Afghanistan, ANSF, Central Asia, Civilian Casualties, condolences, innocent civilians, innocent victims, Insurgents, militants, United States, us, war victims on April 9, 2009 |
By Spencer Ackerman, The Washington Independent
In fairness, this was a rapidly issued apology (near-apology?) by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. Here’s the statement in full, which I received 20 minutes ago:
Coalition Forces offer condolences following non-combatant deaths in Khost
KABUL, Afghanistan – Further inquiries into the Coalition and ANSF operation in Khost earlier today suggest that the people killed and wounded were not enemy combatants as previously reported.
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Posted in Afghanistan, Air Strike, Central Asia, Civilian Casualties, Compensation, Crossfire Deaths, Crossfire Injuries, Diplomacy, Government, ISAF, Looting, Military, NGOs, Property Damage, Sex Crimes, United Nations, tagged Afghanistan, airstrikes, ANSF, Central Asia, Civilian Casualties, civilian deaths, Compensation, Government, IMF, innocent civilians, Military, NSF, OEF, Operation Enduring Freedom, Property Damage, raids, Security Council, theft, UNAMA, United Nations, UNSC, war victims on April 4, 2009 |
By Eleven Afghanistan-operating NGOs: ActionAid; Afghanaid; CARE; Christian Aid; Cordaid; Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation (ICCO); International Rescue Committee (IRC); Oxfam; Save the Children Alliance
1 Protection of civilians
The intensification and spread of the conflict in Afghanistan is increasingly affecting civilians. In 2008 there were over 2,100 civilian casualties, 55% of which were caused by militants. Despite steps to reduce civilian casualties, international military forces (IMF) caused 552 civilian deaths through airstrikes in 2008, which is up by 72% on 2007. IMF have also carried out or supported raids and search operations, a large number of which have involved an excessive use of force, including loss of life, physical assault, damage to property and theft, as well as aggressive and improper treatment of women. Such conduct not only generates anger and mistrust towards foreign troops, but is steadily eroding popular support for the international presence in the country. Furthermore, many individuals detained by Afghan and US forces are held for long periods without charge or trial, and there are allegations of mistreatment and torture.
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