The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has admitted killing BBC reporter Ahmed Omed Khpulwak in July.
Khpulwak was one of 19 people killed when US-NATO forces battled insurgents in the town of Tarin Kowt in southern Uruzgan province, mistaking him for an Afghan fighter.
Unsurprisingly, initial reports claimed Khpulwak killed by the Taliban, but local reports and activists were consistent in their reporting that he was in fact a journalist and was killed by US troops.
NATO soldiers were responding to two suicide bombs when they noticed a man “with something clinched in one of his fists and reaching for something on his person with his other hand”.
The report said: “Based on the events of the preceding minutes the soldier assessed the actions as those of a suicide bomber who was taking steps to detonate an IED [improvised explosive device] that posed a lethal threat to numerous soldiers in the immediate area. He shot the individual with his M-4, killing him.”
The BBC’s David Loyn said Khpulwak was probably holding up his press card.
These “do or die” situations are often employed by those with the guns to justify killing people they preemptively view as a threat. Indeed, it is a tough call – one that wouldn’t have to be made is NATO simply left.
6 thoughts on “NATO Admits Killing BBC Journalist”
The BBC reporter was not embedded (living with) the NATO troops, which means that he was a loose canon that needed to be silenced by execution. Listen, if our troops routinely shoot two year olds and their grandmothers in the head, an act of self-preservation that teaches civilians not to support the Taliban, then a dead conscience is a dead conscience.
The yankees are paid killers trained to do just what the murderer did and in the mans country.Their leaders have no consience they are sent by big business which is the US becoming broke by the day.
Our legalized killers, bless their darling hearts, in both the military and law enforcement they now have a contradiction to execute — and it makes heroism impossible. To wit:
(1) Do nothing that would kill an innocent civilian.
(2) If there is a 1% chance a civilian may kill you, shoot to kill without warning.
To kill or not to kill, if this is left entirely up to legalized killers, is this not the definition of a police state?
There's lots of dirty crimes hidden in the shadows of this war. This one came to light though it will probably be kept under cover by our MSM which only wants to depict heroes and their heroic deeds.
How could anyone NOT suspect the guy for being a Taliban? I mean, just look at him. That ain't no BBC reporter I have ever seen. When I think BBC, I think blue eyes, gray hair, fair complexion, English accent, tea, and pocket watches. When I look at the photo above, I think……..Terrorist. Who wouldn't? The guy just looks Mus…I mean Terrorist-ish
Plus, all them Maaaahzlims look the same, don't they?
Besides, presidents Bush and Obama have assured everyone that the US and NATO are not in a war against Islam or Moselms. They clearly said that the US and NATO are in a war against Terrorists. It's not America's fault that there happen to be "Terrorists" in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has just shipped snipers another fancy high tech, state of the art, scope named The Crusader. So, you'll have to excuse them if they ….you know……act like "Christian soldiers."
NATO soldiers were responding to two suicide bombs when they noticed a man “with something clinched in one of his fists and reaching for something on his person with his other hand”. Knowing as I already know the criminals, this was just a lie. Theirs is a lie factory working 24/7, and I can hear the buzz that traps everything and everybody. If it cannot co-opt, it just assassinates.
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