Overnight NATO Raid Leaves Afghan Infant Slain

Pledge to Curb Night Attacks Didn't Stop Uruzgan Raid

NATO forces expressed “regret” today after an overnight raid in the Uruzgan Province left an Afghan mother wounded and her infant dead. Forces insisted they went out of their way to protect civilians.

The latest incident came just over a week after an overnight attack in the nearby Ghazni Province left four civilians dead. After those killings, NATO pledged to revise rules to severely curb the number of nighttime raids they launched in the future, in an effort to bring down the number of civilian deaths.

US officials defended the incident, insisting that Gen. McChrystal simply hasn’t issued the new directive that would curb the raids. A statement insisted that unspecified efforts were still made.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai again demanded that NATO end the night raids, though he did not specifically mention that Uruzgan incident. The growing civilian toll has sparked anger, and growing complaints from the Karzai government.

Author: Jason Ditz

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