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. DJ

    Dan, you're a fool. You have NO clue what you're talking about. First off, there IS NO GOD! Second, these wars are based in DRUG MONEY! Iran/Contra, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, etc. We landed in Afghanistan just TWO WEEKS before the poppy harvest. And 9/11 was an act of FUNDRAISING in which OUR OWN GOVERNMENT blew those towers up! There WERE NO TERRORISTS! That wasn't an American Airlines flight! Look at the footage! That was the Boeing Laser-Baring 767 which was completed just MONTHS before the "attacks"! You don't find it strange that everyone that witnessed these attacks FIRST HAND and went to Washington "committed suicide" or died in "accidents" before the trial the following year? You're out of your league here, kid. Wait until you can walk before you run with the big educated pundits.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. video doesn't lie

    Let's see....the US has video evidence of the event and ZERO evidence of any civilians being hurt. There is also video evidence of the Kabul bank attack....showing the Taliban killing men, women, and children. The facts don't matter in Afghanistan, where news is passed by word of mouth, as such the lies of a few become the truth to many. It's sad. Absolute proof in this case has been ignored.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      US military is famous for manipulating videos and put secret on them. Wikileaks, sound familiar ??

      February 26, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      You don't think the news travels in different ways HERE?! ROFL!!!! America is the WORST for misleading information and misrepresentation! You're a fool!

      March 11, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy

    May god reveal the truth to us !!!Amen.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan from Chicago, IL

    The war on terrorism is a war that is consigned to the whole world because the terrorists hide in all parts of the world, but where we know they group and we can kill or capture many of them at a time. It is better to do it that way then maybe the young want to be's will see that there is no future for the terrorist way of life! And believe me with every drone attack they hope that they have hit bin Laden.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      May be some of them hope Osama was hit, but they are naive, as you are not targeting Osama. On the other side you are pushing many others to become suicide bombers in many countries. Terrorism is war on terrorism. This is the lie, but people in the West is beginning to understand. There are many potential suicide bombers. You will never know when and where they will going to hit you. You are like Gadhafi, blaming Osama for other problems. Osama is a tool and an excuse.

      February 25, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. salerno

    US military operations can explain why so many people are suicide bombers ready to kill americans. They were;
    1–Clinton bombing Sudan with the murder of a gardner.
    2- -Clinton bombing Iraq for ten years
    3- US military presence in S. Arabia
    4- Bombing Lebanon in 1985
    5 Supporting Israel occupation after 1967 war.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Osama bin Laden is no judge, jury or executioner and has no right to take it upon himself to kill anyone especially innocent lives! GOD'S JUDGMENT AWAITS HIM! AND ANYONE WHO TAKES IT UPON THEMSELVES TO TAKE ACTION BECAUSE OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND KILL AMERICANS WILL ALSO FACE GOD'S JUDGMENT!

      February 25, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – Osama Judged and killed. He told as you kill you will be killed. The US did the same killing innocent. Osama won as he caused the death of ten thousand americans, and he was not hit by the US. AlZawahiri was not hit. Mullah Omar was not involved and had no possibility to consign Osama. US military too failed miserably, as they are cowards.

        February 25, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. salerno

    I not only do not support US troops, but I call them killers of innocent people and children, as this is the truth. They kill like dogs and pigs. Nobody has the right to do so. So it is stupid to mix religion with a war of aggression.

    February 25, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Well then what do we call these Islamic extremists who declared war on us? If this is not a religious war against those who use their religion as a reason to fight the western world then what do we call them? TERRORISTS, AND THAT IS WHAT IT IS CALLED, A WAR ON TERRORISM!!!

      February 25, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        9/11 was not religiouly motivated. It was a revenge against US military operations, very well prepared by few clever people like Atta. The attack was planned in Germany and they were not Taliban. Afghanisatn is a country without a government able to controll the territory, and Taliban are not terrorists, most of them do not know about Osama and never attacked a western country. War on terrorism is Terrorism against the people. Even christians in Sebia and Lebanon were happy for 9/11.

        February 25, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        There was a video of bin Laden hearing the attack and telling the people to wait there is more and we have the mastermind in custody that was in Afghanistan I do believe. In any case al Qaeda is the terrorist group that declared war on the US and was responsible for the terrorist attacks against America and the Taliban allowed them safe haven in Afghanistan and would not give up their leaders and are now also held as an accomplice in the attacks. They also were a repressive ruling government that only three other nations recognized them as the nations governing power. Now Afghanistan is a nation recognized by many nations and is a part of the UN charter. And anyone happy for the killing of 3000 innocent people have a sick mind and need to look to God for guidance. Also you are right terrorism is terrorism against the people which is all the enemy does! And as we go after them, these cowards hide behind the innocent people!

        February 25, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        And what military operations would cause bin Laden to do such a thing? That is just an excuse!

        February 25, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – I think you told me I am right because you did not understand what I said. I said:"WAR on terrorism is terrorism!", as US did not target AlQaeda members, but innicent people. Taliban could not controll the territory, as they are divided in many tribes.
        A war require two countries. Osama-AlQaeda are not a country, they can hide in any country. You can ask Italy to consign a criminal, but they have to find it. You do not bomb all the town because he is sheltered by few people.
        Osama was used as a tool, an excuse to invade other countries, this is why US government is not really going after him.

        February 25, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. salerno

    You are too little to judge me, Dindy.

    February 25, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy


      February 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dindy

    salerno will go to hell for calling others Idiot and for his arrogance. No matter what you say...Americans are deeply hurt and they need justice for this incident on 9/11. Either you support them or just dont talk to help and boast about Osama "s victory in attacking with few thousand dollars. (as you say above) Actually it was a demon spirit which Osama had. It is making more of his kind and it is important to raise prayers and worship by all the Americans at this moment as many fine men and women are doing a battle far away from home land. To win wars ..weapons are not enough. We have to wear God"s armor too like Paul says in the new testimony.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      When I call Dan idiot is a technical term to qualify him and his false statements.

      February 25, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Dindy we will never leave Afghanistan knowing that there are terrorists right across the border planning and attacking democracies and western civilizations. W e are at the epicenter of this war on terror, how can we give up the ground we have gotten? salerno can talk all the lies he wants about his friends it wont change the foreign policy of any western nation!

      February 25, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        No Taliban attacked any western countries. UK and Spain were attacked AFTER their involvment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

        February 25, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan from Chicago, IL

    i mean were not where.

    February 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Dan....Just ignore this man's posts. More we say the culprits name he get empowered. Talk about God Almighty. That way we raise HIS power !!!

      February 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan from Chicago, IL

    And if you knew where the people where who blew up your house even if they were in another country would you not want justice? So go to hell with your internal security problem!!!!

    February 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Dan.....when one of our president got killed in Sri lanka ..that terrorist was waiting to do it for four years till the perfect moment comes. These terrorists plans are sometimes years long .We dont know how many more in home land even right now like the one who got caught just before Xmas in Oregon.
      He is a student from a university with Somalian background .His expenses must be handling by some organization out side. Here in our country they check every one"s income these days because they want to know how people get money and for what purpose they use them. We are still alert after what we faced for many years with terrorists.
      They spend years till they reach their target. It is also a subject to study.(how the criminals mind works)
      1. They try to push their agenda somehow.
      2. Criticism never ends
      3. Too proud
      4. talk big and pretend they are high
      5. Too religious
      6. moving many places in one year
      7. No heart to help but letting down the one who help
      8. They like destruction not the construction.
      Those are things I have noticed with terrorist for last 35 years when it was happening in Sri lanka,..
      Some helped with money, some helped with intelligence to kill superiors in the councils and out side.
      some helped from giving life. mainly busting the economy of the government like Bin laden does right now.
      To get intelligence we cant send white men to middle east. We have use people from inside. Meanwhile we have to save our fine Men and women for the home land security. Must let Afghan force to handle their own security if Taliban are going over doze. This is a war one must fight with brain but not with a huge military. They are too nice and precious to go after a barbarian who moves from place to face. give a number which people can call if see the Brat. Give lots of telephone numbers to countries and families of people who have suffered from suicide attacks .
      Save American economy. So can help innocent civilians in Afghan from out side. Not because of we fear Taliban but to change the way of battle. Or the tactics.
      We cant move from country to country after this demon unless we paralyze with him prayers as he has a spirit of a Demon. Mean while Thank God always for the all the good things we have from HIM.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        sorry must be paralyze him with prayers..not paralyze with him

        February 25, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        Last sentence ...HIM .means GOD.

        February 25, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. 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 |
    • salerno

      The politicians have their faults, as they took the decisions, but the military too are responsible, as they should reject orders involving killing of civilians. Anyway every war is wrong, as nobody should attack another country, and terrorism is a problem of internal security, not a military problem.

      February 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        the insurgents and Taliban and terrorists and suicide bombers have no faults right salerno?

        February 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – becoming a suicide bomber is not a profession. They are doing that as a reply to US aggression. There were no suicide bombers in Iraq during Saddam age, they were created by the US. When the US military kill a taliban fighter, her son cannot survive and become a suicide bomber. Freedom is a value even more important for Taliban than for US people. When I look to the US soldiers, for istance, I see them following orders like slaves; I would rebel instead of following those orders.

        February 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        There were suicide bombers long before NATO invasion of Afghanistan, what would you call the 9/11 attackers?

        February 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        9/11 was a reaction to US miliray operations, but it was a completely different kind of suicide bomber. Actual suicide bombers are a very broader phenomena.

        February 25, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. salerno

    American pilots have even the satanic symble printed on their uniform, a skull, to mark the dogs they are.

    February 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dindy

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

    February 24, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. 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 |
    • salerno

      Americans are using civilians as human shields. American are cowards and afghan people have no place to go but their villages. They are not hiding anyone. Afghan people is simply defending themselves in their villages against the barbaric criminals.

      February 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. salerno

    American are terrorists. Some people need to carrie weapons for security reason as Afghanistan is not a safe place. Not every armed man is an insurgent, and unarmed civilians including women and cildren are the target of US military as they are too cowards to fight openly.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      You got it backwards my friend!

      February 24, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
      • DJ

        YOU live in CHICAGO! How the HELL would YOU know?! CNN? You think you got the inside word?! Here's the REAL issue! Our troops landed in Afghanistan just TWO WEEKS before the POPPY HARVEST! We're there to get the HEROIN! Our illegal drug trade is what fuels our economy, even though we have a war on drugs. You ever hear of Iran-Contra?! Viet Nam? You think this is a religious war, or maybe even a culture war, or possibly a war for oil, but the truth is, America is making our shackles out of drugs from foreign markets, crippling our negotiations in education, and immobilizing our freedoms! OPEN YOUR EYES! The Afghans aren't our enemy, WASHINGTON DC IS!

        March 11, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |