Insists Taliban Killed More Civilians
US military spokesmen in Afghanistan are expressing anger at the latest UN report on civilian casualties for noting that the US has killed “hundreds of children” over the past decade and for attributing those deaths to “lack of precautionary measures and indiscriminate use of force.”
Though the figures do not appear to be in serious dispute the military takes exception to the explanation, insisting that it is “entirely false” to say that the US doesn’t take precautionary measures to avoid killing children. US officials reported “only” 45 children killed in 2012, a marked drop from past years.
The statements went on to claim that the Taliban caused “about 90 percent of the civilian casualties” last year, and that roadside bombs are much more indiscriminate than US air strikes.
Though the Taliban indeed kills more civilians than the US, the 90 percent figure often cited in US reports is hotly disputed, and rests on assumptions that a lot of apparent civilians are “suspects” as well as the notion that civilians blown up in US attacks on suspected Taliban positions are really the Taliban’s fault.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- FBI Probes Latest Hack on Clinton Campaign - July 29th, 2016
- Erdogan to US Intel Chief: Know Your Place - July 29th, 2016
- US Centcom Commander Denies Involvement in Turkey Coup - July 29th, 2016
- US Report: Afghan Govt Has Lost Over a Third of Nation - July 29th, 2016
- Fresh US Airstrikes Kill 28 Civilians in North Syria - July 29th, 2016