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NATO Strike Kills 90, Including Up to 40 Civilians

Posted by Derrick Crowe on September 4th, 2009

From Reuters:

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – NATO forces in Afghanistan were investigating on Friday whether civilians were among scores of people burned to death when they carried out an air strike against two hijacked fuel tankers.

…Kunduz province Governor Mohammad Omar said as many as 90 people were feared killed, burned alive in a giant fireball.

NATO demonstrates why I don’t by the “Counterinsurgency: Now Low in Civilian Casualties!” sales pitch:

Lieutenant-Commander Christine Sidenstricker, press officer for the U.S. and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said Afghan authorities had reported two fuel trucks hijacked. NATO aircraft spotted them on a river bank.

“After observing that only insurgents were in the area, the local ISAF commander ordered air strikes which destroyed the fuel trucks and killed a large number of insurgents,” she said.

“My brother was burned when the aircraft bombed the fuel tankers. I don’t know whether he is dead or alive,” said weeping villager Ghulam Yahya, one of dozens of relatives gathered outside Kunduz Central Hospital in the provincial capital.

AP reports that as many as 40 of the dead were civilians.

As usual:

In other news:

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled on Thursday that he would be open to sending additional troops, asserting the war was not “slipping through the administration’s fingers.”

(Derrick Crowe is the Afghanistan blog fellow for Brave New Foundation / The Seminal. You can learn more about civilian casualties caused by the war in Afghanistan by watching Rethink Afghanistan (Part Four): Civilian Casualties, or by visiting http://rethinkafghanistan.com/blog.)

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  1. pervaiz says:

    thats really True 90 people did die coz i am also from that place this is how America wins hearts

  2. fawadxx says:

    “After observing that only insurgents were in the area,”"
    bul shiiit … bulll shiit ….fuckers how could they observ that…
    so 40 afghani civilian lives coust nothing ..????
    ” Lieutenant-Commander Christine Sidenstricke” so this fucker desids the coust of sombodys livesaaa
    the would not do that if there was millions of taliban and only one us citizen amount them …

  3. al-mujahidin says:

    who is the terrorist now?

  4. fuck nato says:

    i wish those who carried out the air strike will be burnt in hellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!

  5. al-mujahidin says:

    who is the terrorist now?

  6. fuck nato says:

    i wish those who carried out the air strike will be burnt in hellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!

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