Tension between Petraeus, Afghans over airstrike, children
February 24th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Tension between Petraeus, Afghans over airstrike, children

The U.S. military is denying Afghan government accusations that Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, callously dismissed concerns of an airstrike burning children in a northwest village.

The accusation, reported by the Washington Post, stemmed from a weekend meeting in Kabul between Afghan officials and the general to discuss an airstrike in Kunar province.

Afghan officials say the strike killed nearly 50 women and children, in addition to 16 insurgents. The International Security Assistance Force said its weapons system video showed that 36 insurgents carrying weapons were killed.

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  1. Real USMC Forever

    Salerno, Americans are Superior in ALL WAYS NUMB TESTICLE. We are animals because we like to kill civilians indescriminately just like the COWARDS who killed 3000 innocent Americans INDESCRIMINATELY, HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR "JIHAD" NOWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!! I told you retards, 100 to 1, that will be the price of an American Life, 100 of you DOGS to 1 American. HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR "JIHAD" NOW BABY?????????

    March 24, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. USMC Forever Baby!!!!

    RobRoy the boy, your camels can't compete against my F-15 jets!!! We will be the Victor CaveBeast!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ThrillatheKilla

    Who Cares, what counts is we got the Taliban Dogs. The children and women were probably their families so thats even better we are getting rid of the future of these little dogs!!!!! Kill them alllllll!!!!!!!!!! Every DEAD MUSLIM, IS A GOOD MUSLIM!!!! WE HAVE A BILLION LEFT TO KILLLLLL!!!!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. rob roy

    well folks, 10 years into this mess and we're still talking about civilian casuualties and 10 years on there's still one coalition soldier killed everyday in Afghanistan.lets see,you folks[americans] still have the cheque book thanks to the chinese and the saudi's,but the badboys have got time on their side.lets see which one comes out on top!!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Niz

    I think you are right Salerno...

    February 27, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Thank you, sometimes I need to see some support.

      February 27, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dindy

    Also with the normal civilians cadres also had come and they did surrender. Few of them blasted near the camp too when the official army were checking them. Must tell Taliban to surrender first . If they dont the civilians must leave them.

    February 25, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dindy – you are shawing your stupidity as the situation is different from Sri Lanka, and it is not applicable inside the Taliban.
      When I call you stupid is not an offens, just an explanation why your solution is not a true solution.

      February 25, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        showing not shawing.

        February 25, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dindy

    In Sri lanka when army told to leave insurgents these brave Tamil sisters and brothers in our country left them and came to Army camps near by . They risked their lives to get rid of suicide bombers from our country and to restore peace that we enjoy now.

    February 25, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dindy

    civilians should leave these insurgents

    February 24, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      They cannot, as they have not another place to go. This is why they can just turn into suicide bombers.

      February 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        They can though have a change of heart and begin to learn to live in a free and democratic society where everyone has a say in how they want to be governed and by who they want to be governed by. Freedom is God's given right for every human being and as you can see it is manifesting itself throughout the Middle East and now that the afghan people are enjoying it for themselves there is no turning back, but if there is a place in Afghanistan that wishes to live under the Taliban and it's strict sharia law, debate it within the district council and people in the province or district like normal,caring and loving humans instead of killing each other over it and then vote on it like discerning people!

        February 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Democracy is an empty word inside the mouth of criminal baby killers.

        February 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. salerno

    Nobody, for any reson has the right to hurt a child ! Just animals can do this.
    Hipocrytes and liers are those who talk about shields.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dan from Chicago, IL

    In any case the insurgents are using civilians as human shields to ward off attacks by NATO forces. The insurgents are to blame when they hide in civilian areas and put civilians in danger. They are the cowards and should be held accountable!

    February 24, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan- Idiot – The village is a civilian target. Americans could surround the village and arrest the individuals responsible of insurgency. But US SOLDIERS ARE CRIMINAL PAID KILLERS.

      February 24, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        They have video of 36 militants that were killed from an air strike. You know the area, tell me how could they get enough troops in there to take them out and who knows even if these children would not have weapons and fire upon the NATO and ANA forces. They train them to be suicide bombers why not give them an assault rifle and train them to kill. It would not be as easy as you make it sound, anyway let us see what the investigation turns up. My guess is that these idiots ran home to their families and thought that they were safe and now their all gone, better not to have another generation of fanatic killers. It is a shame parents would teach their children such hatred towards others.

        February 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Americans are superior in numbers and have better rifles. They are animals because they like to kill the people indiscriminately.

        February 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |