US Afghan Strikes Kill 100, 'Mostly Civilians'Mostly Muslims..

  • Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Younus Rasouli said he had seen the bodies of 20 children brought by villagers to the provincial capital, also called Farah.

    Police in Afghanistan said Wednesday that US-led air strikes against insurgents had killed 100 people, most of them civilians, in one of the deadliest such attacks in nearly eight years.

    The US military opened an investigation into the operation overnight Monday into Tuesday in the remote western province of Farah, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered his government to probe reports of high civilian casualties.

    "During the aerial bombardment and ground operations, more than 100 people have died," western Afghanistan police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi told AFP, basing his information on reports from police, the Red Cross and locals.

    Teams from the Afghan government, international forces and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) would travel to the area to investigate, he added.

    Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Younus Rasouli said he had seen the bodies of 20 children brought by villagers to the provincial capital, also called Farah.

    The clashes and air strikes were in volatile Bala Buluk district, about 600 kilometres (350 miles) southwest of Kabul.

    Provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Watandar also said 100 people had been killed in two villages in the district, at least 30 of them civilians.

    "Now we are trying to find out what number of them are combatants and what number are civilians," he said.

    Taliban were in control of the area, making it difficult to verify numbers, Farah province governor Rohul Amin said.

    Insurgents who attacked the security forces took shelter in civilian homes, accounting for at least some of the civilian casualties, he said.

    "Dozens of people were killed, including women and children," ICRC spokeswoman Jessica Barry told AFP.

    One of the dead was a community volunteer for the Afghan Red Crescent Society, who was killed along with 13 members of his family, she said.

    Karzai said in a statement he would raise the issue with US President Barack Obama when he meets him in Washington later Wednesday.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said meanwhile that the United States deeply regretted the loss of civilian life.

    "We don't know all of the circumstances or causes. And there will be a joint investigation by your government and ours," she told a meeting with Karzai.

    In Kabul UN envoy Kai Eide said he was "seriously concerned" and was in close contact with the top US military commander in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, as investigations proceeded.

    The killing of ordinary Afghans in the fight against extremists is a main source of tension between Karzai and the United States, on which fragile Afghanistan depends for security and aid.

    Tensions peaked in August last year when Afghan and UN investigation teams found that more than 90 civilians, including 50-60 children, were killed in US-led coalition air strikes in western Afghanistan.

    The US military, which initially said five to seven civilians and 30-35 Taliban were killed, reopened an investigation after an outcry, finding 33 civilians and 22 militants died.

    There are roughly 70,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, more than half of them from the United States, which has pledged an extra 21,000 to tackle the extremist threat.

    The ICRC and non-government groups have warned that the deployment of extra troops would likely lead to increased fighting and more civilian casualties.

    Last year was the deadliest for civilians caught up in the conflict, according to UN figures that say nearly 2,200 were killed, about 55 percent in insurgent attacks and nearly 40 percent by pro-government force action.

  • Very Sad news but wondering if Afghn Govt is worry about this killing as much as Migel?

  • no any american pupot is worry about it.

  • afghan president and mr.obama condems this killings, huh... bastered

  • It should have been the family of EXPAKISTANI..

    Worthless subhuman douchbag.More dead children killed by the criminal coward rapist american army.