The Karzai government his issued a new report detailing its on-the-ground findings in the January 15 US air strikes in Parwan, fueling anger among US and NATO officials and warnings of “growing doubts” about Karzai’s fitness to rule.
The report is in keeping with previous statements from officials involved in the probe, confirming the eight hours of US air strikes killed at least 12 civilians, and potentially as many as 17. NATO initially put the figure at zero, but revised it to two the day of the attack. They also promised investigations but haven’t issued any new statements.
And while plenty of Afghans are mad about the civilian deaths, that anger seems to pale in comparison to US anger about those deaths being publicized.
There is no real dispute of the facts among Western diplomats, but they are complaining that the report sounds similar to the narrative of Taliban statements about the US strike, and reflects the Karzai government’s hostility toward the occupation forces.
“We have a lot of Afghans in the government who want us to leave,” complained one EU diplomat. “I think we’re all beginning to realize that.”
Karzai used the report as an opportunity to reiterate his opposition to a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that would keep the occupation going “through 2025 and beyond.” Karzai added in a statement that he wants the US to start peace talks with the Taliban, or failing that to just leave outright.
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US–GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN-NOW..obama you liar
“We have a lot of Afghans in the government who want us to leave,” complained one EU diplomat.
EU? What has the EU to do with the occupation? If whoever said it is also from a NATO country, surely that should be the attribute, not EU?
So, just as in the Snowden revelations, the USG isn't disputing the reported information- only that it's gone public. That's your Ministry of Truth in action, folks.
There are 'growing doubts' about Kharzai's fitness to rule? So what are US/NATO going to do? Bomb Afghanistan back to the stone age (TM)? Replace him with another bought-and-paid-for ass licker?
"[W]arnings of 'growing doubts' about Karzai’s fitness to rule."
Now, that's a commitment to democratic principles that you can take to the bank! In all seriousness, though, what a pack of hypocritical swine the US/EU/NATO occupiers are.
Assad did it! He bombed the civilians in Afghanistan & not the US!
The Us would NEVER do this kind of thing. Bombing civilians?
Trust me! I am a "respected" journalist! Would I lie to you??
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