Friday, September 30, 2016

United Nations: U.S. Drone Strike In Afghanistan Killed 18 Civilians

Washington Post: U.N. officials criticize fatal U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan

KABUL — United Nations officials Thursday condemned an airstrike by an unmanned U.S. military aircraft a day earlier that they said killed 15 civilians and wounded at least 12 in the insurgent-plagued eastern Afghan province of Nangahar. They called for a complete investigation.

The early morning attack targeted a residential compound in the volatile Achin district, near the border of Pakistan, which U.S. military officials said they believed was being used by fighters for the Islamic State militant group, widely known in Afghanistan as Daesh.

However, local leaders and legislators said the victims were all civilians, including children and a teacher, who had gathered at a guesthouse to welcome home a tribal leader who had just returned from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. All were said to have been sleeping when the strike hit.

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WNU Editor: Not a good week for U.S. drone operators. A friendly fire incident by a U.S. drone in Somalia that end up killing 22 Somali soldiers. A drone strike in Afghanistan killing 18 civilians. I could be wrong, but it looks like the U.S. rules of engagement using drones has "loosened - up"

More News On reports That A U.S. Drone Strike In Afghanistan Killed 18 Civilians

Suspected US drone strike targeting Isis killed civilians in Afghanistan, UN says -- The Guardian
Afghanistan: UN mission condemns killing of at least 15 civilians in airstrike -- UN News Center
Afghanistan: suspected US drone strike kills at least 18, including civilians -- Euronews
US looking into Afghanistan airstrike which may have killed civilians -- FOX News
U.S. drone strike kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan, United Nations says -- Reuters

1 comment:

Aizino Smith said...

I think posting 'night letters' is more effective than drone strikes.