November 9th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

ISAF: Insurgents killed more than 100 civilians last month

The NATO-led command in Afghanistan said insurgent fighters were responsible for scores of civilian casualties in October - more than 100 deaths and 200 injuries.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force, which has been staunchly criticized by Afghans over the years for civilian casualties during the war, said the latest violence belies senior Taliban claims that the insurgents have protected civilians.

"The insurgency continues to exhibit striking hypocrisy between their stated objective to protect civilian lives and their actions throughout Afghanistan," Rear Adm. Vic Beck, ISAF spokesman, said Tuesday.

"Their message simply does not match the reality that every day, insurgents are deliberately killing, injuring and intimidating Afghan civilians."

ISAF breaks down the incidents in four categories.

There were 150 examples of "indiscriminate violence," such as roadside bombs and small arms and indirect fire, and 75 examples of "anti-development" incidents, such as attacks on convoys, workers, and bombs set off near a truck and under a bridge.

There were 45 examples of the "imposition of extremist ideology." They include using a mosque as a firing point and deploying children as human shields. Other examples are assassinations in mosques, police kidnappings, bombings in and around schools, and school closings.

Then there were 21 "oppressive practices," such as threatening elders who cooperate with ISAF, tax collection, illegal check points, fining instructors who teach western courses of study, and placing bombs in compounds. Another is intimidation of lawyers not to represent Uzbeks in a land dispute.

ISAF cited as examples the assassination of a trucker in Kunar province on October 1, the deaths of eight children and the wounding of 23 civilians in IED attacks near a police checkpoint on October 5 in Kandahar province, the assassination of two religious leaders in mosques on October 4 and 10, also in Kandahar province; and the killing of 10 Afghan civilians in Nimruz province on October 19. Nimruz is in the country's southwest.

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  1. Real USMC Forever

    Hey President Karzi, what are you going to do about this now that you wanted all Security Contractors fired and out of your poophole? How about fixing this problem which runs rampant in your country you moron. Your own people are killing each other genius man. Get your head out of your Talibani @ss and help your people.

    November 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. muhammeddogface

    It is as Allah wanted. We kill our own cattle and then blame the Americans. We don't care what happened to these people. And, if we don't care about our own people, do you think we'll ever care about you? Praise be to Allah McDallah (you didn't know he had a last name, did you?). Our religion is so beautiful and peaceful. I can't wait to hurt more innocent people in its name.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy.....

    Eric........why people in Afghanistan vote for election? If they want Taliban they wont come to vote. Why Afghan women come to learn with aid workers.? why some afghans have fled to USA and Pakistan if they are so fond of Taliban. .Thousands of Opium fields are destroyed not by Taliban but Troops. Taliban kill civilian because they try to get away from the Taliban. Their stone age theories are bitter now for intelligent people in Afghanistan. Women like to have freedom and do jobs and earn for their families.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Don't be duped by the Western media.......they feed you crap and keep you in the dark.
      1. What percentage of Afghans voted???......major vote rigging and fraud in Afghan elections!!!
      2. Aid workers only operate with permission from Taliban.
      3. During Taliban rule opium fields were completely destroyed, they only came back after American operation.
      4. Please go to Afghanistan and speak to the Aghan people instead of relying on western media.

      An indepth interview with Haji Ahmad Saeed, head of operations in Kandahar city

      Question: The issue of civilian casualties is hotly debated in Kandahar. The enemy propaganda claims that civilians are often killed in Mujahideen operations. What do you have to say about this?

      Haji Ahmad Saeed: I, as the head of Kandahar operations, feel very sensitive to this issue, first in front of Allah and then in front of our Afghan people. If we did not fear for causing harm to our own people then our operations in Kandahar would be ten times more than they are today. We have always tried our best to completely end any civilians casualties on our part. We often have had to cancel our operations when we fear the possibility of civilian casualties. On the other hand, the enemy always seeks to stay and move in our population centres so that if Mujahideen attack them, any resulting civilian damage would be blamed on the Mujahideen. As much as we want to attack the enemy, we know that they want to use our people as human shields for their protection and therefore we abstain from confronting them in these areas.

      November 15, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    This is US/Nato propaganda. If the Taliban were killing the civilians then they would have been defeated a long time ago. The Taliban are fighting a guerilla war against the western occupiers and therefore depend on the local civilian support. By killing the civilians they will not get the civilian support. The fact that they Taliban are getting stronger and killing more western invader soldiers proves that they have the Afghan peoples support. It is a well known fact in Afghanistan that the civilians are killed by US/NATO bombings, night raids and indiscriminate firing by these soldiers. Therefore, the US/NATO mission in Afghanistan is frustrated without local Afghan support. CNN should do more investigation instead of publishing this BS report!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy.....

    This is sad.On One side it is Taliban punishing Afghans and on the other side some Pakistani"s try to keep upper hand. People must help the innocent civilian of Afghanistan to get rid of Opium business and improve in other jobs which is free from drugs. They are as good as other people on earth when they are given opportunity. At the same time Taliban should contribute for the country without oppressing people . To do that Karzai must invite them for more talks and make them understand the need of change for every one"s well being without disobeying ten commandments.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ad

    Let's raise the children of Afghanistan to have a better hope for the future than that which these medieval rodents, scavengers, thugs, have to offer.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      The local Communists had the very same idea 30 years ago. Too bad it got thwarted by the outsiders helping the Mujeheddin!

      November 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Prophet Mohammed

    God has left the middle east a long time ago, this is a Godless land.

    November 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I have seen the footage and if I were you I would stop trying to make these people look like God loving people and first be God fearing people because He has a lot in store for you all!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LarryKegel(US Army)

    The only ones that doesn't want us to help there are the Tarriest!!! The People would love to live Their lives in PEACE...

    November 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      When did you decide that,Phunnie boy? Besides,do learn how to spell. The word is "terrorist",not "tarriest"!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        D@mn those tarriests!

        November 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LarryKegel(US Army)

    They are suppose to be there helping the People not killing them!!! Why can't they try to be more like the US???

    November 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why coldn't they have been more like the Russians back in the 1980's,Phunnie boy? That's what I want to know.

      November 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      The Russians killed the people without regard to human life. We on the other hand are careful to only attack those who are attacking us, but then again I guess the whole of Afghanistan was attacking the Russians unlike Just the Taliban and their terrorist allies attacking us.

      November 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Your a liar Ive seen footage of them killing even young boys for not joining in their armed struggle to stay in power! There is also footage of them shooting a woman in the streets so as to terrorize the people to not stand up against them! And I am sure there are many more killings that went unheard of!

    November 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Anyways does it make it right to kill people just because some nations are there to help them to be rid of your cult of 360 degrees!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      To help people who do not want to be like your sick azz!

      November 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I didn't understand one thing You said there!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Why would you think that the Afghan people would want to be more like you? And do not forget that most of them have asked us to help them to get rid of the Taliban and people like yourself!

      November 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Are you saying that you dislike the them and do not think that they will control many parts of Afghanistan if we were to leave?

      November 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Oh, do you really think that the majority of Afghans would rather live under Taliban rule with their strict sharia, sixth century laws with the most severe, cruel and hateful punishments that killed, maimed and terrorized the people? I don't know how anyone could live a happy life under their rule. Your way of life under the truth of 360 degrees is none other than the devil's way of life!

      November 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      The Afghan people are afraid for their lives to be seen with foreign forces forget about giving intelligence about the whereabouts of the insurgents or else they sure would be helping to be rid of your murderous cult and the terrorists!

      November 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    That is such bull crap, because if they did not not want to live under the rule of your truth of 360 degrees and have to submit to the Taliban and their strict laws which allows no freedoms, but penalties of death if they did not obey them they would be dead anyway! I'll bet there were hundreds killed or maimed each month while the Taliban ruled or they were terrorized enough to stay clear of them!

    November 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Did they really or is this just more right-wing NATO propaganda? The right-wing people in the news media lied so much to us that it's getting increasingly hard to tell anymore.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I wouldn't believe anything the Right Wings have to say!!! They are nothing but liars...

      November 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • dwight huth

        The left wing politicians of the world are just as bad if not worse.

        November 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pamiri

    Karzai is supporting Taliban and so its easy for them to kill inncent people in the country, I do not know why Obama is not taking action against Karazai although he invites Taliban in the presidential palace in Kabul ????

    November 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Could it be maybe He is trying to make PEACE with the leaders to stop the killing???

      November 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |