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Source: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
Date: 03 Nov 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan (Nov. 3)

Coalition forces came under fire by insurgents Wednesday while conducting several shuras in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.

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New York Times

By TAIMOOR SHAH

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — This city is no stranger to bombings. There have been many here over the years of war. But the one on Tuesday night — the deadliest — may have done more than any other to deepen Kandahar’s sense of isolation and tip its people into despair that someone, anyone, has the power to halt the mayhem that surrounds them.

The bombing produced an entire city block of devastation, gutting shops and homes and reducing many of the structures to mounds of rubble. On Wednesday, residents searched at the scene and hospitals for missing loved ones, as the death toll rose to 41, with more than 60 wounded.

Abdul Nabi, 45, a shopkeeper, could find only two of his six sons in the wreckage. “I rushed to the hospital and found my sons in very bad condition,” he said. “Three of my sons are still unconscious. One 7-year-old son just opened his eyes now. (more…)

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American Forces Press Service

By JIM GARAMONE

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 – A new tactical directive for coalition forces serving in Afghanistan re-emphasizes the importance of preventing civilian casualties.

Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, released the directive July 2. It builds on previous tactics and is much clearer about use of close-air support, searching Afghan houses and protecting Afghan cultural and religious sensitivities. All coalition forces in Afghanistan must follow the directive.

Taliban fighters use a tactic of engaging coalition forces from positions that expose Afghan civilians to danger. Close-air support of coalition and Afghan personnel engaged in a May 4 firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Farah province killed numerous civilians. The Taliban cite such incidents to lead people to believe the NATO-led force does not care for Afghan civilians. (more…)

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by REUTERS
The New York Times

HERAT, Afghanistan(Reuters) — American-led coalition forces killed 76 Afghan civilians in western Afghanistan on Friday, most of them children, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

The coalition denied killing civilians, and some Afghan officials gave a substantially lower death toll than did their colleagues at the Interior Ministry. But civilian deaths in military operations have become a charged issue among Afghans. Many of them feel international forces take too little care when launching airstrikes, undermining support for their presence here. (more…)

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By LA Times

The U.S. military acknowledged Sunday that its soldiers had killed three unarmed civilians in the heavily secured Baghdad airport compound, contradicting its original report that the victims were criminals who had opened fire.

The statement, released late Sunday, expressed regret over the civilians’ deaths on June 25, but said, “Neither the soldiers nor civilians involved in the incident were at fault.”

Early today, 20 civilians were killed and 47 wounded by three female suicide bombers in eastern Baghdad as Shiite pilgrims marched to the Imam Kadhim shrine in west Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said. The attacks happened a day before a religious festival marking the death of the revered Shiite figure, who died in 799.

In its statement on the June shooting, the U.S. Army said its soldiers had felt threatened when they saw a car speeding up a road toward them, and the driver did not heed warnings to stop.

The military said its June statement describing the dead as criminals was incorrect. Initially, some soldiers thought that someone in the car was shooting and that Iraqi police had found a weapon in the vehicle, the military said. However, no weapon was found and the passengers turned out to be a man and two women who worked at the airport bank.

“This was an extremely unfortunate and tragic incident,” Col. Allen Batschelet, the U.S. Army chief of staff in Baghdad, was quoted as saying. The tone was regretful, in contrast to the June statement, which advised: “When we are attacked, we will defend ourselves and will use deadly force if necessary. Such attacks endanger not only U.S. soldiers but also innocent civilians, including women and children, traveling the roadways of Iraq.”

Besides housing the capital’s civilian airport, the sprawling compound is home to myriad U.S. and Iraqi military bases. The complex has multiple search points and is one of the most secure locations in the country.

The military announced its findings as U.S. and Iraqi officials negotiate an agreement to extend the presence of U.S. troops after a United Nations mandate expires at the end of the year. A July 31 deadline declared by both sides is likely to be missed.

Some Iraqi officials have demanded that U.S. soldiers not on combat missions face Iraqi courts in cases of violence against Iraqis. And the June 25 shooting looks likely to bolster their case.

Parliament member Haidar Abadi, from Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s Islamic Dawa Party, said, “This would increase the Iraqi insistence about the issue of American soldiers’ immunity.”

Abadi said Iraqis were angry about the false accusations against the shooting victims.

“It was not only a mistake, but rather they gave incorrect information about the incident,” he said. “From now on, we will not be silent about an Iraqi being killed by mistake.”

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By BBC

At least 35 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a double suicide bombing north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, army sources say.

The two attackers mingled with a crowd of would-be recruits at an army base in the city of Baquba and then blew themselves up simultaneously, they say.

At least one of the bombers is said to have been disguised as a soldier. (more…)

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By Agence France Presse

Nearly a week after a suicide car bomb tore a hole into his family, Khan Mohammad is distraught and disillusioned with the government he voted for at Afghanistan’s first presidential election in 2005.

The retired colonel lost a daughter, three grandchildren — including twins aged three years — and a daughter-in-law in the blast at the Indian embassy in Kabul. (more…)

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