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TOLOnews.com
Saturday, 13 November 2010

At least 10 people including a village police commander with his bodyguard were killed and 18 other civilians were hurt in an explosion in Kunduz province on Saturday, officials say

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By AFP

KABUL — Afghanistan’s interior ministry says a rocket attack has killed three civilians inside a home in the northern Kunduz province.

The ministry said Tuesday that the rocket also wounded three civilians in the home. The statement blamed insurgents for the Monday night attack. (more…)

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Foreign Policy

By ERICA GASTON

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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Los Angeles Times

By LAURA KING

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Istanbul, Turkey — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Saturday visited the scene of a deadly NATO airstrike, a highly unusual gesture apparently meant to signal how seriously the alliance takes civilian casualties, which have been one of the most contentious issues in the war.

NATO has launched an investigation of Friday’s predawn strike on two hijacked fuel tankers in northern Afghanistan, which left dozens of people dead or injured. Local officials and relatives say many villagers were among the casualties, but it remained unclear how many of the estimated 70 dead were insurgents and how many were civilians.

Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who assumed command of all U.S. and other Western troops in Afghanistan three months ago, took swift damage-control measures. (more…)

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By BBC NEWS

Sameer Ahmad Tahseen, a Kabul university student, was at his home in Kunduz province when dozens of people were killed by a Nato air strike last Friday.

He describes the anger among local residents following the attack.

I heard about the incident in the mosque. But the reports were all confused and it wasn’t clear what exactly happened.

Later on I learned more details from my father who is the editor in chief of a local newspaper.

I went to the main hospital in Kunduz straight away. The security was tight, they were not letting anyone in – only close relatives of the injured. There were many villagers from the village where the strike happened. There must have been around 60 to 80 people gathered there. (more…)

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The Telegraph

By BEN FARMER

A German commander who ordered an air strike on fuel tankers that killed dozens of Afghans used intelligence from a single observer in a possible breach of tactical rules.

An American warplane dropped 500lb bombs on the tankers after they were hijacked by Taliban militants and then became stuck in a river.

Reports suggested dozens of civilians could have been burned alive alongside the militants as villagers crowded round the lorries to collect fuel before the bombs struck in northern Kunduz province. (more…)

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Reuters

By SAYED SALAHUDDIN

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Taliban fighters stormed a district police headquarters in once-quiet northern Afghanistan overnight, killing the police chief and two of his men, an official said, as violence spreads into once safe areas.

The attack, which led to a four-hour gunbattle into the early hours of Wednesday in Kunduz, is the latest in a wave of rising violence a week before an August 20 election which militants have vowed to disrupt. (more…)

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