More civilian casualties reported in northeastern Afghanistan
The governor of Kunar province said that 64 civilians were killed by NATO and Afghan security forces last week.
February 24th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

More civilian casualties reported in northeastern Afghanistan

Just days after the governor of an northeastern Afghanistan province claimed dozens of civilians were killed in a NATO-led mission targeting insurgents, new allegations of civilian casualties surfaced in a nearby province Thursday.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force is investigating the claims stemming from an operation Thursday morning in the Alah Say district of Kapisa province, the military said in a statement. Armed insurgents were the target, ISAF said.

"We take civilian casualty allegations very seriously; we'll investigate this incident as quickly as possible," said U.S. Army Col. Patrick Hynes, director of ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center.

The incident followed a statement Sunday from the governor of Kunar province, who said that 64 people - including 22 women and 26 young boys - were killed in a joint operation by ISAF and Afghan security forces over a few days last week.

ISAF said video evidence from the scene indicated 36 armed insurgents were killed.

That incident is also under investigation.

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  1. pat

    Not to mention that the "Hillary" crowd may be capable of disinformation, even to the extent that they may have caused this sort of thing to occur. Don't kid yourself, gals like that thrive on chaos and would celebrate the harm it would do to our military.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dindy

    This is exactly what happened in Sri lanka. (Human shields) 🙁

    February 24, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. 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! If the civilian population would stand up to these cowards and not allow them safe haven within their villages or homes then things like this would not occur, but when you allow the enemy to hide within your population then you must know that there is a possibility that some civilians might be killed.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |