Last Updated 8/23 11:50 AM EST
Just one day after US airstrikes in Laghman province were reported to have killed at least 20 civilians, a much larger incident has occurred on the opposite side of the country in Herat Province.
As with yesterday’s story, the initial US report claimed that 30 militants were killed, including an al-Qaeda commander. Though the Afghan Defense Ministry reported several homes were destroyed and that civilians were among the dead, US officials originally denied that there were any civilians killed, but later revised that number to five.
Shortly later, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry released a statement regarding the incident. In it they announced that 76 people, all civilians, had actually been killed in the strike. Among those killed were seven men, 19 women, and 50 children under the age of 15. The Independent quotes council member Saeed Sharif as saying the victims “were attending a holy Koran recitation” when the bombing began. The Ministry expressed “profound regret” for the killings, which they described as accidental, and promised to dispatch a delegation to conduct a full investigation.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the US attack and said his government would soon announce “necessary measures” to prevent future killings. Meanwhile, an Afghan human rights group sent a researcher to investigate and the preliminary report showed that at least 78 people were killed and 15 houses were destroyed.
In May of last year, US airstrikes in the same region killed over 50 civilians. After the incident, NATO promised to review its military tactics to ensure that similar incidents didn’t happen in the future. An American commander said he was “ashamed” of the incident, and announced that compensation of approximately $2,000 would be paid to each victim’s family.
compiled by Jason Ditz
10 thoughts on “Report: US Airstrikes Killed at Least 78 Afghan Civilians”
Why can’t we just send in our drug cops – then all they’d do is go in & shoot the family pets.
smart American military
a smart mr bush
i don’t think so what a bunch of jokers-
Is it any wonder that the invaders are being beaten by the Afghan people (called Taliban in the media) . Is this winning ”hearts and minds” ? No, it’s fuelling the resistance. It is extremely cowardly to wage war from the air, from the safety of a high and fast flying jetpfighter. The Americans with all their hi-tech gadgets have not got the guts to confront the resistance on equal terms. They are the cowards….
$2,000 payment per family? Thats damn cheap. Consider what Blackwater USA mercenaries get paid.
George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Nancy Pelosi should be “brought to justice” for war crimes.
WAR CRIMINALS why are they not being tried in the HAGUE
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