NATO airstrike in
Afghanistan kills up to 90
By FRANK JORDANS
Associated Press Writer Sep 4, 12:13 PM EDT
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — An American
jetfighter blasted two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern
Afghanistan on Friday, killing up to 90 people, including insurgents and dozens
of civilians who had rushed to the scene to collect fuel, Afghan officials said.
(ap) - Well
that's interesting... I remember the AP and it's children in the "Free Press"
consistently putting these tragic products of War on Bush when he was in charge.
Now it's "NATO" who's doing all the Killing of the Innocents... Good thing to
Know. I guess we suddenly have a Coalition over there now too?...
Correct me if I'm Wrong, but didn't Obama deliberately expand our Mission in
Afghanistan?... Why, he sure did. Interesting how the AP Reports on things
depending on whether or not it's the guy they Voted for or Against. - tha
Germany, which called in the 2:30 a.m. airstrike, said 50 fighters were killed
and that no civilians were in the area at the time. Later, however, NATO chief
Anders Fogh Rasmussen acknowledged some civilians may have died.
it... Got it. I remember the Left, including the "Free Press" Questioning
the numbers of other Countries Troops in these Theaters, and how those low
numbers of other Countries was an Indicator of our Acting "Unilaterally"... What
United States - 29,950
United Kingdom - 9,200
Germany - 4,050
France - 3,700
Canada - 2,830
Italy - 2,795
Poland - 2,000
Netherlands - 1,770
Australia - 1,090
Spain - 780
Turkey - 730
Denmark - 700
Belgium - 510
Norway - 485
Sweden - 397
Czech Republic - 340
- Source: Wikipedia
like we ARE the Force in Afghanistan... And of course, this was OUR Planes that
did this... When (43) was President the Left mocked these numbers as
Representing nothing but our Dominance in this Faux "War on Terror". Now
Apparently this is a True Coalition. When we increase our Numbers over the
others even Further, the Dishonest Left will probably Applaud it. The
Question that has to be Asked is the same one the Left Lamented over during
(43)... How many of these "Innocents" have Brothers who are now going to join al
Qaeda and try to Retaliate against us?... Why did the Left seem to Stop
Asking these Questions as of Barry's Election Win last Fall?... - tha
The attack in northern Kunduz province is likely to intensify Afghan public
anger over such casualties, which prompted NATO commander Gen. Stanley
McChrystal last June to order curbs on airstrikes where civilians are at risk.
Violence has soared across much of the country since President Barack Obama
ordered 21,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan this year, shifting the focus of the
U.S.-led war on Islamic extremism from Iraq. Fifty-one U.S. troops died in
Afghanistan in August, the deadliest month for American forces there since the
U.S.-led invasion in late 2001.
why isn't this New and Increased Bloodshed on both Sides a Product of Barry's
Actions?... They would've been Blamed on (43), and no Honest Person can Deny
that Fact. Nope, now in the
Messianic Age, it's now NATO's
Problem. - tha malcontent)
Kunduz, a former Taliban stronghold, had been generally peaceful until insurgent
attacks began rising earlier this year - perhaps an effort to control a
profitable smuggling route from Tajikistan. Most of the fighting in Afghanistan
this summer has been in the south and east, where U.S. and British forces
operate. Germany has troops under NATO command in Kunduz and is responsible for
this year, eh?... Wonder what "Changed"?...
- tha malcontent)
The airstrike occurred a day after Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled for
the first time that he may be willing to send more troops after months of
publicly resisting a significant increase - despite growing public opposition in
the United States to the war.
(What did the
Left say again, back during (43)?... "Quagmire"... "Vietnam"... "The Soviets
Failed when they Tried, don't ya Know!..." But hey, Barry is their Guy, so War
is OK now... Get back in line, Peasant!.. Hell!, Blackwater is Apparently OK now
too! I am now Done with this AP TRIPE... Have a Great Holiday Weekend, and
don't Forget, keep your Kids Home on Tuesday the 8th! - tha malcontent)
A large number of civilian casualties could also stoke opposition in Germany to
the Afghan mission ahead of the Sept. 27 German national elections. There are
4,050 German soldiers in Afghanistan, and polls show a majority of Germans
oppose the mission.
Friday's airstrike came hours after the militants seized the tankers near the
German base - possibly for a suicide attack against the base, according to
German Deputy Defense Minister Thomas Kossendey.
German troops reached the scene at 12:30 p.m. and after about 40 minutes
received fire from militants, according to a Germany army statement. They
returned the fire.
Officials said the airstrike took place after an unmanned surveillance aircraft
determined no civilians were in the area.
German officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity as a matter of policy,
said the strike took place 40 minutes after the commanders requested it. It was
unclear whether civilians began to assemble during that time.
It was impossible to independently verify details because the attack occurred in
an area where Taliban forces operate. Travel is risky, and the Germans refused
to allow an Associated Press reporter to accompany them to the site.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the trucks were headed from Tajikistan
to supply NATO forces in Kabul. When the hijackers tried to drive the trucks
across the Kunduz River, the vehicles became stuck in the mud and the insurgents
opened valves to release fuel and lighten the loads, he said.
Villagers swarmed the trucks to collect the fuel despite warnings that they
might be hit with an airstrike, Mujahid said, claiming no Taliban fighters died
in the attack.
Abdul Moman Omar Khel, member of the Kunduz provincial council and a native of
the village where the airstrike happened, said about 500 people from surrounding
communities swarmed the trucks after the Taliban invited them to help themselves
to the fuel.
"The Taliban called to the villagers, 'Come take free fuel,'" he said. "The
people are so hungry and poor."
He said five people were killed from a single family, and a man he knows named
Haji Gul Bhuddin lost three sons.
Kunduz Gov. Mohammad Omar said 90 people were killed, including a local Taliban
commander and four Chechen fighters.
A senior Afghan police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because of
the sensitivity of the information, said the dead included about 40 civilians.
The director of the Kunduz hospital, Humanyun Khmosh, said a dozen people,
including a 10-year-old boy, were treated for severe burns.
Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, and villagers were burying
some of those in a mass grave.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has sharply criticized the U.S.-led command for
allegedly using excessive force in the war against the Taliban, alienating the
civilian population. Karzai repeated those charges in last month's
still-unresolved presidential election and on Friday announced he was creating a
panel to investigate the attack.
"Targeting civilians is unacceptable for us," he said.
The U.S. Embassy released a statement saying it was aware of reports of civilian
casualties in Kunduz and that it awaits the results of a joint investigation by
NATO and the Afghan government.
"We send our condolences to those families who lost loved ones," the statement
Last May, U.S. warplanes struck military targets in the western Farah province,
killing an estimated 60 to 65 insurgents. The U.S. said 20 to 30 civilians also
died in those attacks. The Afghan government said 140 civilians were killed.
Associated Press Writer Amir Shah in Kabul contributed to this report.
~ Have an Opinion?... Then e-mail me @ Contact
and Sound off like ya got a Pair!
© Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All
rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or
(That depends on what the
meaning of "may" is... All commentary included on this website is the opinion of
tha malcontent and is based in the Truth. No Liberals, Marxists,
Stalinists, Socialists, Communists or DemocRATS were harmed in the making of
this website, I promise! -