Friday, January 9, 2009

17 dead civilians (maybe 19 or 23)

Once again:

Afghan President Says U.S.-Led Raid Killed 17 Civilians

KABUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned a U.S.-led coalition military operation that reportedly killed 17 civilians, including women and children.

The U.S. military said only militants were killed in the incident...

The lastest reported civilian casualties occurred in an area of eastern Laghman Province on January 6, the palace said in a statement.

"Based on the reports, during a coalition operation, 17 civilians including women and children were killed among militants in Laghman Province," it said... (link)
From BBC Worldwide Monitoring:
Agency says 19 civilians killed in Afghan south
Afghan Islamic Press (Peshawar)

KANDAHAR, Jan 7 - Nineteen people, including a woman, have been killed as a result of a foreign forces attack and barrage. A member of Helmand provincial council in Baghran District, Haji Mohammad Khan Aqa, told Afghan Islamic Press today, 7 January, that the night before last, 5 to 6 January, the foreign forces killed 19 civilians in Baghran District [Helmand]...

[A] press release from the ISAF press office today says that their forces carried out a series of precise operations in the northern part of Helmand Province yesterday and that they do not have any information about casualties, except the killing of opposition forces...
Also from BBC Worldwide Monitoring:
[From the text of an Ariana TV broadcast, January 8:]

... However, the residents of the area say that 23 civilians were killed in the area. On the other hand, an Afghan government statement has confirmed the death of 17 civilians in the air strikes and condemned killing of civilians in air strikes and military operations by the foreign forces.

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