Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:00 PM
rsmith6621 (6,915 posts)
ABC This Week... No US Troop Battle Related Deaths For Three Cosecutive Weeks.
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In Afghanistan.... When did this happen during the Bush Administration....NEVER.
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ABC This Week... No US Troop Battle Related Deaths For Three Cosecutive Weeks. (Original post)
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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:07 PM
Tierra_y_Libertad (44,749 posts)
1. I beg to differ
Dunford was called in to discuss what was initially reported as an ISAF airstrike in Kunar province that killed 10 civilians late Tuesday night.
Civilian casualties — especially as a result of ISAF or U.S. airstrikes — have been one of the most toxic political issues in Afghanistan over the last few years. Karzai has long called for a ban on airstrikes, and responds to U.S. and ISAF strikes that kill civilians with especially sharp criticism.
Last summer, the issue came to a head after an airstrike on Taliban militants in eastern Logar province killed 18 civilians.
Karzai excoriated ISAF and called for a complete ban of airstrikes anywhere near residential areas – no matter what. Karzai met with the then-top U.S. and ISAF officials in Afghanistan — Gen. John Allen, ISAF commander, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker — after which Allen released new guidelines restricting the use of airstrikes.