ABC News Online: US and Afghan troops reportedly kill 22 'human shields' in anti-Taliban operation
Afghan officials and local residents say 22 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed during a joint operation carried out by US and Afghan forces last week in the southern Helmand province.
The presidential envoy for security in Helmand, Jabar Qahraman, said the raid against Taliban insurgents in the Sangin district killed 13 people from one family and nine from another.
"We are saddened to hear the news of civilians being killed," he said.
"When the Taliban use civilians as their shield against security forces, such incidents occur."
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WNU Editor: Civilian casualties have been rising for the past year (see above video report).
More News On Reports That Afghan And Coalition Forces Have Killed A Number Of Civilians In Anti-Taliban Operations During The Past Week
Afghanistan: UN mission expresses grave concern at high civilian casualties in Helmand -- UN News Centre
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Afghanistan civilian deaths may have been caused by US airstrike -- The Guardian
At least 26 civilians killed in Afghan province -- CNN
UN: Coalition air raids kill 18 civilians in Helmand -- Al Jazeera
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