NATO commanders say that they will be issuing new rules to severely curb the number of nighttime raids they conduct in Afghanistan, after the latest civilian killings sparked more protests in the Ghazni Province.
NATO spokesman Rear Admiral Gregory Smith says the new rules will address “the issue that’s probably the most socially irritating thing we do and that is entering people’s homes at night.”
Locals likely find the shooting more irritating than the entering, however. People from a tiny Ghazni village marched on the provincial capital today, dragging the bodies of four people slain in the latest raid. Two of the bodies were an 11 year old and a 15 year old.
The official story from NATO is, as usual, starkly different. They insist that the four people killed, including the 15 year old, were all insurgents. No mention was made of an 11 year old but they insisted that “during the operation, 11 women and 24 children were protected.”
Family members of the slain note that not only were they not “insurgents,” they didn’t even own a gun and not a single round of ammunition was found in their home, labeled by NATO as a “training compound.” NATO’s statement is also likely significantly undermined by the very public effort to change the rules, something one would assume they would not do if, as the report claimed, everything went so swimmingly in the overnight raid.
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Sounds like NATO is taking a page from US law enforcement.
If the poor victim on the receiving end of dozens of armed men storming their home in the dead of night resists in any way (look at the note about the 15 year old who "grabbed the weapon of a service member") then obviously they are evil doers!
Oh, and a "training compound" with no stores of weapons or other equipment? That ranks right up there with US police style reports about how someone has a "bomb factory" in their garage because they found some household cleaning chemicals, and bench mounted vice, and pieces of PVC pipe.
This assassination of suspected Taliban functioneers and simply unarmed villagers by American forces is violation of human rights and international war accords, such as Geneva Convention, that prohibit assassination of suspected terrorists as state terrorism.
These assassinations of suspected Taliban leaders will only increase suicidal terrorist attacks in Afganistan and Pakistan and will cause global increase in the price of crude oil and rise of gasoline retail prices to 4.25 $ an hour.
Don't believe the B.S.
Europe needs that oil pipeline or it will freeze. Russia is not reliable.Pirates do the same thing–terror on the high seas :^/
And here's more sad news:
Att. General Richard Blumenthal, the favorite to replace Chris Dodd in the Senate for Connecticut, just said on CT Public Radio that he fully supports the Obama war plan and troop surge.
(on WNPR's "Where We Live" program)
Too too bad…
The insurgent label is misleading; it would be more appropriate to call the youngans that were killed anti coalition forces in training. If NATO wants to visit people in the dark then they have the right to do so. NATO is in charge in Afghanistan, given to them by the WORLD politicians. Call it what it is, war. Not much we can do here except complain. Besides, how much validity can we put in reports coming from Afghanistan where the primary goal of their propaganda is to turn the world against the war effort. I am sorry for their loss but al things come with a price and until NATO leaves there will be collateral damage.
NATO is an out of Control Entity that needs to be disabled and should have been done after the cold War. at this time it is under USA Command and an extension of the CIA, anothe rouge force working closely with Mossad to ensure that the uprising never stops. all the mouthy Patriots in favor of those tactics should put for once in the peoples Shoes. how would you feel if invaders had the right to pound on your door in the middle of the night. America, shame on you. you have sunk to the bottom of the cess Pool.
NATO should have been disbanded Years ago. how would all of you patriotic Americans feel if someone came knocking on your door at night murdering your Children ? America, the shame is on you.
NATO is in charge of NATO. US and many other nations are in Afghanistan and no one country was identified as being responsible for the raid. America does have some problems, mostly cause by our politicians, but we are not to blame for all of the civilian deaths in Afghanistan. Canada, England, Belgium, Romania, Estonia, etc have all contributed to the war effort and collateral damage. As sad as it is, reality is hard and throughout history the world has had to suffer with unwarranted deaths. Ideally, not one person on this earth can legitimately justify killing another but in reality every person is capable of applying their own logic to do so. No one nation is content with just being what they are and no one religion is content to tolerate others. Let's face it, people are destructive by nature and will continue to be this way for as long as this earth remains.
Walt you are a moron
amerika and natos terrorist acts continue; the more blood they cause- the harder and faster will be their fall !
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