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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 01:46 PM
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We've Done it Again! Killed another family in Afghanistan/Mother & 5 Children
WORLD

U.S. Confirms Airstrike Wrongly Killed 6 Afghan Family Members
By ROD NORDLAND

Published: May 08, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan - The American military claimed responsibility and expressed regret for an airstrike that mistakenly killed six members of a family in southwestern Afghanistan, Afghan and American military officials confirmed Monday.

The attack, which took place Friday night, was first revealed by the governor of Helmand Province, Muhammad Gulab Mangal, on Monday. His spokesman, Dawoud Ahmadi, said that after an investigation they had determined that a family home in Sangin district had been attacked by mistake in the American airstrike, which was called in to respond to a Taliban attack.

Mr. Mangal summoned the American regional commander, Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus of the Marines, to complain, and General Gurganus apologized for the incident, Mr. Ahmadi said.

A spokesman for the United States military in Helmand, Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, said, "We don't have any issues with the governor's statement." He said American officials had been aware of the deaths and had immediately started an investigation.

"We expressed regret over the incident, and we're investigating to determine how this happened," he said,

"We are deeply saddened by any civilian death and particularly regret an incident where civilians are killed," especially because of action by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, Colonel Upton said.

He added that General Gurganus "will be formally apologizing in the next couple of days to the family."

The victims included the family's mother and five of her children, three girls and two boys, according to Afghan officials.


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/world/asia/united-...
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 10:16 PM
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1. I'm sure that an apology will make everything better...
I'm so sick of this shit.

Oh, and apparently that surge thing made things a lot worse http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/05/07/failed-mission-b... /

I'll just say that killing people will make the situation a hell of a lot worse, and we've been killing lots of people. That's a collective we as I haven't supported any of it.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-12 08:01 AM
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2. They hate us for our freedoms.
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