Monday, August 9, 2010

More Afghan civilians killed in U.S. raid

As many as “a dozen or more” Afghan civilians died during a nighttime raid by U.S. troops hunting for Taliban commanders in eastern Afghanistan, military officials acknowledged Thursday.

The episode, which took place Wednesday in Nangarhar province, comes amid escalating tensions between the Western military and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai over civilian casualties.

In Wednesday night’s raid, a fierce firefight broke out after American and Afghan forces swooped down on a compound in Sherzad district, according to local officials and the NATO force. Fifteen to 20 insurgents were killed, including two wanted Taliban commanders, the officials said.

The raiding troops came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles and called in air cover as they withdrew, the military said.

One day, we negligently kill civilians.

The next day, we're falsely accused of killing civilians.

Every day, there's no winning in Afghanistan.

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