Friday, August 29, 2008

Afghan Civilian Death Claims Bogus

Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan

Pentagon Reports U.S. Airstrike Killed 5 Afghan
Civilians, Not 90 -- Washington Post

A U.S. military review of an airstrike last week in western Afghanistan maintains that only five civilians were killed, Pentagon officials said yesterday, a finding that starkly contradicts reports by the United Nations and Afghan officials that the civilian death toll from the bombing was at least 90.

The completed review corroborates an initial assessment by the military of the operation Friday by U.S. and Afghan forces in a village in Herat province. The review determined that 25 militants, including a Taliban commander, and five civilians had been killed, the officials said.

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My Comment: This is not the first time that inaccurate casualty figures were publicized .... nor will it be the last.

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