April 29th, 2010
07:55 AM ET

NATO raid death sparks riot in village

KABUL, Afghanistan — Hundreds of residents rioted in a village in eastern Afghanistan after a NATO raid there left a relative of a parliament member dead, police and the lawmaker said Thursday.

NATO forces entered the village of Nazibad late Wednesday, searching the community for several hours, including the home of Safia Sadiqi, a member of Afghanistan's parliament.

Sadiqi's brother-in-law was killed by NATO forces after he approached them with a gun, according to Ghafoor Khan, a police spokesman.

"It was (an) unacceptable act by NATO," said Sadiqi. "This barbarian raid of NATO left five orphans and a widow in that house."

Initial indications are that "the individual who was shot was armed and refused requests to lower his weapon," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

The force said it take Sadiqi's allegations seriously and that it is reviewing its actions as well as the intelligence suggesting a Taliban connection to the compound where Sadiqi's brother-in-law was shot.

The death sparked rioting in the community, police said.

"Because of this, around 300 people have protested," said Khan. "They blocked the road for three hours. Later, with the help of the elders in the area, we kept things calm."

- Journalist Muhib Habibi contributed to this report.

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  1. us marine

    scottie,if your ashamed to be an american,join the taliban,they would love to have you.

    May 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Soldier over here

    A Weapon + Pointed at Soldiers = Get shot and possibly killed
    Any Questions?

    May 5, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. not me

    I am a x marine and i to belived every thing i was told was true. Funny when you get older you realize that all the BS they told you is not true. We are not over there fighting for our freedom. I was not in Vietnam fighting for our freedom. The last time i checked we are still free no matter what happens in any other country.

    May 5, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottie

    Let me get this straight. A man was shot and killed for holding a gun when threatened by NATO that barged into his home with guns? Then we comment on the fact whether he was stupid or deserved it or is hiding something? I am ashamed to call myself American when we promote violence because "war is war". This man had a family, regardless of his connections. His family is now broken, grieving and we can only point at his "stupidity". Our ignorance of other people perpetuates the need for these wars because we want to force a set of principles on a population that may not even be ready for them. Try to see their side of the story instead of being comfortable in your chair.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg

    How many times has this happened over there? A man has a gun because he has a family and he is living in a country that is “at war”. Of course he has a weapon. I wonder if they spoke his language. I am betting no one told him to put down his weapon. Even if they did, how could he know for sure that they were the ”good guys” coming to rescue him, instead of one of the “terrorists” who might want to harm him or his family.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin Cantu

    Nothing new here SoS. Thankfully I got out the military when all this Crap went down in Iraq and Afghanistan. I feel bad for our own forces but honestly I could really care less about NATO...I say its about time that organization get disbanded because there waste of space. they screw up and we get the blame as usual....Can someone remind me again what purpose NATO serves again???

    May 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. krenz

    Funny, the taliban throws acid in the faces of their children and blows up people by the hundreds every week, but let the US or nato forces kill one nut with a gun and the locals want to riot. Kinda tells you who's side those cavement are really on

    May 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. davec

    Good. I say let the military do its job and let's not tie their hands. We need to finish this thing up and get ready for future conflicts.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. USMCForever

    NATO is a multinational force I agree!, But to see people on here implying that this was the result of just the US and US alone is ridiculous! Yes we are part, again PART of NATO but not the sole military presence during this raid. It amazes me that the majority of people who bash the military have never served. I have served and trained with NATO so I do have a background but lets even out the blame and not just have an opportunity to denounce the US military.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. davec

    USMCForever get your facts straight please.

    The USA is part of NATO. The NATO Suppreme allied commander in Afghanistan is U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis. Therefore the US does bear some if not all of the responsibility for NATO actions in Aghanistan.

    May 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. USMCForever

    Can the knee jerk liberals read the article before commenting on how bad the US military is. This raid was conducted by NATO not the United States. Get your facts straight please

    May 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Teacher

    This topic has been talked to death, and none of you are listening to the other.

    The simple fact is IF you are going to have a war, the object is to enforce your will on the other party. That means civilians are going to get killed. In WWII, church doors were pulled open, grenades were thrown in, and the doors closed. Everybody in the church got killed. If you didn't want to get killed, you got out of the town before the fighting started, and you went to a refugee camp. The Allies burned Dresden to the ground; just like the Axis destroyed Coventry. War is about killing.

    In the early stages of the Iraq fight, Iraqis had women and children form lines and march down the street so the men could hide behind them and shoot the USA soldiers. When the soldiers were FORCED to shoot women and children, Iraqi doctors would show the media the injured children and complain about the cruel military.

    If you "liberals" (and I hate that term as I am one) wanted to keep us out of Iraq, you should have fought tooth and nail to keep us from going into Iraq. BUT the 'stan had to be attacked. They PROTECTED and HID bin Laden from us. THE FRIEND OF MY ENEMY IS MY ENEMY. If they wanted peace, all they had to do was give him up. The Taliban didn't believe we would attack them because of the 'bleeding heart liberals.' Well, they found out wrong. What's happening to them should be even worse that it is. Afterward, we should make a parking lot of the place as the Romans did to Carthage as an example to the world. You leave us alone, and we'll leave you alone.

    sorry this is so long. think first and then act.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. us marine

    to all you cry babies out there that say we are wrong for doing a job we were sent to do,you should spend one day over here and go on a patrol,you would crawl into a ball and cry like a baby as soon as the first rounds coming down range at you started cracking around your head.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian from Chicago

    Blaming NATO for this guy charging them with weapon in hand is like blaming police for crime.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Clark

    hehe right france... what a joke.. when is the last time the fought for anything

    May 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Onesmallvoice

    Ben,you are right,but the reason we're in Afghanistan is help Great Britain and France build an empire and gain control of the Middle East and help the right-wing thugs in Washington make money and get their people reelected.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Clark

    when you sympathize with an enemy who only wants to kill us bcause we are different i.e infidells, then you are the one who has no brain and the more there are the more of a drain on our goverment you instill making it weaker and encouriging every other nut group to take a shot at us and our country. but you know that dont you. it is the plan. but we are on to you and your kind,

    May 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ben

    No Mr Clark, they use morons like you to do that kind of job. I do not sympathize with the enemy, nor do I like people who can't use their brain like you even when they try to appear very patriotic.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Clark

    no only your cowardice and sympathy for the enemy can. why dont you go over their and help out your friends. I am sure they have a vest that will fit you.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Clark

    no only your cowardice and enemy sympathizing can. why dont you go ove there and help out your friends.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ben

    Again being so indoctrinated you are incapable of understanding a very simple point. Those who killed him say that he pointed a gun at them. That doesn't make it so.
    Some are simply happy that he was killed and any excuse is good. What good is that doing to our country? It is because of this kind of thinking that we are stuck there with no benefit at all for us. Nobody can do anything to a superpower like us. Our stupidity however can destroy it.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Clark

    an armed enemy combatant was take out. That is all. Dometic enemy sympathisers trying to make more out of thanit is. They should all be arrested.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ffoulkes

    Generally, the term 'Nato Led' means local troops under the leadership of Nato commanders...ie: Afghans.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Clark

    To Ben, Everybody in the world is good, except those bad Americans. How sad.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Clark

    And you are just a coward Ben.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Eric

    1. It did not say these were US troops and considering the province it happened it, very likely it could have been a different nation.

    2. He obviously wasn't too smart. If my country was invaded, whether or not invaders are in my home, i'm a bit smarter than to approach them with a gun in my hand.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ben

    you guys are the most brainwashed people I ever saw. First, he was in his home. Second, he was in his country. Third, there is no evidence he pointed a gun, and it is common sense that he wouldn't do that in the presence of his kids and family. They just lie to you and you being so brainwashed cannt use any common sense.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Clark

    I am not argueing that. I agree. They are our enemy. They hate us. They are weak and ignorant. End of story. It has always been the way of the worlf. All your crying about the unfairness will not change it. So go back to hideing under your bed.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
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