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The Canadian Press


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Canadian troops in the dangerous Panjwaii district west of Kandahar city fired on a speeding motorcycle Thursday evening, killing an apparently unarmed driver and his passenger.

The incident occurred while a shura, or community meeting, was being held near a mosque in the village of Pay-e-Moluk.

Maj. Vance White, senior public affairs officer for Canada’s Task Force Kandahar, said Friday that a motorcycle carrying two “fighting-aged males” rapidly advanced and “showed intent to penetrate the security cordon.”

“Verbal and visual warnings were used and one aimed warning shot was fired close to the motorcycle to alert the driver to stop,” he said.

“The driver did not heed the warnings. In fact he accelerated, demonstrating known insurgent protocols. Soldiers then fired shots in order to stop the motorcycle.”

The two men sustained gunshot wounds and were immediately taken to the nearby Forward Operating Base at Sperwan Ghar and received treatment. But they died of their wounds about 40 minutes later. (more…)

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New York Times


KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan tribal elders said eight people were killed in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, at least five of them civilians.

An American military spokeswoman, Capt. Elizabeth Mathias, confirmed the airstrike, in the Nad Ali district of the troubled province of Helmand, but declined to estimate the number of casualties before a review of the area.

The strike killed a farmer and his family in the village of Khushal, according to Haji Talib, a district council member from the area. Three of the family’s guests were also killed, he said, but he did not know their identities. (more…)

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Foreign Policy


In the two months since Gen. Stanley McChrystal assumed ISAF command, we have seen a serious shift in thinking about civilian casualties and Afghan community concerns. This is most clearly embodied in the July Tactical Directive‘s much stricter guidelines on airstrikes and other uses of force that could risk civilian losses. The latest NATO airstrike in Kunduz — now believed to have killedas many as 125 people, at least two dozen of them civilians — raises questions of whether that thinking has gone far enough. (more…)

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DAHANEH (AFGHANISTAN): The US Marines came uninvited to Abdul-Hamid’s home in this southern Afghan town and made their presence felt.

They blew holes in the mud walls that surround the several small buildings in his family’s compound, broke through rooms hunting for weapons and militants, and handcuffed and blindfolded the men. Their main target: Abdul-Hamid’s neighbor and the neighbor’s sons, all suspected insurgents. (more…)

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Sept 6 (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Iraq at 1330 GMT on Sunday.

* denotes new or updated item.

* MOSUL – Gunmen stormed a family house, shooting dead a woman and her 3-year old grandchild in western Mosul, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint, killing one policeman in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – Militants opened fire on an Iraqi army checkpoint in a drive-by shooting that killed one soldier in eastern Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD – A car bomb wounded six people in Baghdad’s eastern Baladiyat district, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen opened fire at a police checkpoint in a drive-by shooting that killed one policeman in eastern Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded five people in Baghdad’s central Karrada district, police said.

BAGHDAD – A bomb attached to a car wounded three Iraqi soldiers and two civilians on Saturday in Baghdad’s northern Adhamiya district, police said.


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