Monday, July 21, 2008

U.S. and NATO Forces Kill 13 Afghans in Strikes Said to Be Mistakes

NY Times, Published: July 21, 2008

KABUL, Afghanistan — United States and NATO missile and mortar strikes continued to exact a heavy toll on Afghans over the weekend, killing at least 13 in two attacks that Afghan officials said were mistakes.

In addition, one NATO soldier was killed in the eastern province of Khost on Sunday. Although NATO did not give the nationality of the soldier, United States forces are deployed in Khost.

Nine Afghan police officers were killed Sunday and five others were wounded in western Afghanistan when a convoy of Afghan and United States forces called in airstrikes on the officers, thinking they were militants. A presidential spokesman, Homayun Hamidzada, said the strikes were a case of unintended fire on allies.

At least four people were killed in the other episode when two mortar shells fired by the NATO-led force in Afghanistan went astray. Read On

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