10 civilians reported dead in NATO airstrike
A NATO airstrike has reportedly killed at least 10 civilians, including five children, in eastern Afghanistan.

The airstrike took place in the Shigal district of the Kunar Province, an area with a heavy Taliban presence. Afghan officials say the 10 dead civilians were from two local families.

District governor Abdul Zahir said three Taliban commanders, including a notorious Al Qaeda-linked militant leader called Shahpoor, were also killed in the raid. He said it was not clear if the owner of the targeted house was a member of the Taliban or a civilian, but the Taliban were visiting when the home was attacked.
So either Shahpoor and the boys were using the civilians as shields, or the 'civilians' were really camp followers. The good governor doesn't seem to know which is which...
NATO would not confirm whether any civilian deaths took place, but said it was investigating.

"We take every allegation of civilian casualties very seriously," a spokesman said.

The incident is likely to raise tension between the US and the Afghan government.
Posted by: tipper 2013-02-13