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US Airstrike Kills Ten Minors, Three Civilians in Afghanistan

A U.S. soldier provides security in Mush Kahel village, Ghazni province, Afghanistan, July 23, 2012. (Photo by Photo by Spc. Andrew Baker)
A U.S. soldier provides security in Mush Kahel village, Ghazni province, Afghanistan, July 23, 2012. (Photo by Photo by Spc. Andrew Baker)

The attack on the city of Kunduz was condemned by the UN assistance mission which said civilian officials were deliberately targeted.

(Peoples Dispatch) As many as 10 children were reportedly killed along with three civilians in a U.S. airstrike on March 24 near the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, while condemning the attack on civilians on the eve of the annual celebrations of the Nawroz festival, said the civilian killings accounted as war crimes.

“Initial findings indicate that at least three civilians were killed and dozens were injured in an attack that deliberately targeted local civilian government officials,” the UNAMA said in a statement. The victims were internally displaced people. They had left their homes in Dasht-e-Archi and taken refuge in the city.

This is not the first time children have been killed in such airstrikes. In April 2018, almost 30 children were killed and dozens injured when a helicopter of the Afghan air force fired indiscriminately, striking a religious function in the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province. In 2015, the American special forces carried out another such attack that resulted in the death of 42 patients and medical staff of a Medicins Sans Frontiers trauma center in Kunduz.

At least 32,000 civilians have been killed and 60,000 wounded in the last decade of the Afghan war. UNAMA estimates say that 2018 was the bloodiest in terms of civilian casualties. Among the 3,804 civilians killed, 927 were children.

According to the Afghanistan: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, the UNAMA report released in February 2019, “International military forces in Afghanistan were responsible for 406 deaths, 94% of which resulted from aerial operations.”

These events have taken place even as peace talks continue between the Taliban and the U.S., facilitated by various regional players. The Taliban too has continued attacks on the government. A day before the Kunduz airstrikes, two Afghan posts were attacked by insurgents in the Sangin area, who killed 48 Afghan security personnel.

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  1. Kurt March 28, 2019

    As long as the Wall Street/ industrial military complex/ deep state is in control of the US Federal government’s instead of the American people, “WICH IS BY THE WAY THE ULTIMATE FORM OF TREASON !” Our military will continue to commit mass murder disguised as war. Meanwhile the Wall Street CIA causes mass shootings on the domestic front inorder to disarm, and make defenceless the very same people that they are robbing with the Wall Street war budget taxes. This country broke from England for a much smaller reason than this.
    While I don’t expect my fellow Americans to have a open rebellion against our federal government. At least not yet. We must stand against this obvious treason and crimes against humanity. I know it’s shocking and hard to believe, buy do the research yourselves. The investment bankers, are the most greedy, cold hearted, bloodthirsty group on this planet. If the people of this planet go Communist, and end the use of banks and money. These Devils in disguise will be out of business, and humanity will be able to steer a much kinder and more peaceful course.

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