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NATO strike kills at least 21 in error

February 23, 2010

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— NATO jets mistakenly killed at least 21 people in central Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Monday, the deadliest attack on civilians in six months. The strike prompted a sharp rebuke from the Afghan government as it struggles to win public backing for a major military offensive against the Taliban in south.

Also Monday, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a community meeting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 15 civilians including a prominent tribal leader widely criticized for failing to prevent Osama bin Laden’s escape at Tora Bora after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The civilian deaths occurred as 15,000 NATO, U.S. and Afghan soldiers were in their 10th day of fighting insurgents in the southern town of Marjah in Helmand province. The mission is to rout the Taliban, set up a local government and rush in aid to win public support.

Comments

Stuart Evans 4 years, 10 months ago

The term NATO should be used with consideration. we're still the most populous military in Afghanistan. The reason this story says NATO & not U.S. is precisely because this is Obama's administration and not W's. Had Bush still been at the helm, i suspect the headline would have read 'Bush personally kills and eats 21 Afghanis'.

jaywalker 4 years, 10 months ago

"why Obama is responsible if someone from these 41 other countries makes a mistake? "

Not that I agree, Jesse, but when it was W in office the retort would be "because it's His war!"

yankeevet 4 years, 10 months ago

Friendly Fire; it happens; unfortunately................

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

The "left" doesn't like it any better now than when it was done under Bush's watch, Tom.

But you're one sick puppy to be so giddy over the bombing of women and their babies.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

And to be fair to Bush, Afghanistan was never "his" war. He came into office with one major goal, and that was to invade and occupy Iraq. 9/11 gave him the perfect opportunity to become a "war president," but Afghanistan was never anything more than an unwanted distraction from the war he really wanted.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

Someday, barry, you and your buds can return a real war criminal to the White House so you don't have to suffer through the current "poser."

jaywalker 4 years, 10 months ago

"But you're one sick puppy to be so giddy over the bombing of women and their babies."

The "sick puppy" is you, bozo, for taking a page out of porch's playbook with the above accusation. Only a jackass like yourself could extrapolate that kind of sludge from Tom's post.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

You're so cute when you're indignant, jaywalker. You do drama-queen well.

jaywalker 4 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like a proposal, bozo. Flattered, but no thanks.

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