Nato admits Afghan family killed in airstrike
[Bangla Daily Star] NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
forces in Afghanistan yesterday admitted responsibility for the deaths of a civilian family of six in an Arclight airstrike in the southern province of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
last week.

The admission came a day after President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
summoned NATO's military commander and the US ambassador to warn that civilian deaths threatened the strategic pact he signed with US President Barack Obama
Republicans can come along for the ride, but they've got to sit in the back...
last week.

"At this point in the investigation we are able to confirm the incident and will be formally apologising in the next couple of days to the family," a front man for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) told AFP.

"We are deeply saddened by any civilian deaths, and particularly regret incidents where civilians are killed as a result of actions by ISAF," said Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Upton of ISAF's southwest regional command.

The Helmand provincial governor's office said in a statement that the family was killed unintentionally in an Arclight airstrike last Friday after ISAF checkpoints came under attack by cut-throats in Sangin district.

The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan's war has risen steadily each year for the past five years, reaching a record of 3,021 in 2011 -- the great majority caused by bully boyz -- according to UN statistics.

Posted by: Fred 2012-05-09