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Report: US Airstrike Kills 23 Children, 10 Women in Afghanistan

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Report: US Airstrike Kills 23 Children, 10 Women in Afghanistan US-led forces allegedly struck a wedding party in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing mostly civilians. The Afghan president congratulated Barack Obama and called on him Wednesday to halt civilian casualties as villagers said US warplanes bombed the wedding party, killing 37 people, most of them children.

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pequeña pequeña 7 years
A lot of people did go away, and some are coming back to reconstruct their country. You can read about it here: http://www.unhcr.org/afghan.html I'm not expressing an opinion on whether the presence there of the United States is helping or not, because I don't know. I just disagree when you say "If there are civilian casualties, that's too bad. Saving the larger population is worth a few losses." From my point of view, people dying is not worth anything. Every single life counts, and I would call this a tragedy. Of course I want the terrorists captured - but they didn't capture any terrorist killing these people, did they?
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
If there was a group of people living in America, who was plotting to kill others, I would hope our military does everything in their power to get rid of them. If there are civilian casualties, that's too bad. Saving the larger population is worth a few losses. Also, please read that I did acknowledge that some don't have a choice, and that is just their bad luck. They could walk away. Put on their shoes and walk in any of the Cardinal directions...
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
If there was a group of people living in America, who was plotting to kill others, I would hope our military does everything in their power to get rid of them. If there are civilian casualties, that's too bad. Saving the larger population is worth a few losses.Also, please read that I did acknowledge that some don't have a choice, and that is just their bad luck. They could walk away. Put on their shoes and walk in any of the Cardinal directions...
pequeña pequeña 7 years
* I meant "but NOT all of them"
pequeña pequeña 7 years
UnDave, but would you feel the same way if the casualties were American children? "It happens" it's not an excuse. "Especially when they sympathize, or tolerate the "enemy" living in and among them." - Some do, of course, but all of them. Most of them don't even have the means to fight against anything since they live in misery.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Suz, of course it matters whether they intended to kill them or not. Either way, you should hold them accountable, but you have to deal with the matter in a completely different manner if they intended it.
Meike Meike 7 years
"I'm sure they weren't a target either. But how does this atrocity happen? Don't we have intelligence to prevent these things from happen? Maybe it just sounds simpler than it is."No. It's not that simple because of the Afghan terrain. There isn't enough manpower on ground to communicate that information that a wedding is occurring and to prevent a horrific outcome like this from happening. The U.S. military is very weary of a large number of Afghans convening to conspire. Unfortunately, a wedding from above in a cockpit does not look that much different from terrorist gathering. The pilot can't really make the same judgment call as troops on the ground who would be able to hear and see the wedding take place.
Meike Meike 7 years
"I'm sure they weren't a target either. But how does this atrocity happen? Don't we have intelligence to prevent these things from happen? Maybe it just sounds simpler than it is." No. It's not that simple because of the Afghan terrain. There isn't enough manpower on ground to communicate that information that a wedding is occurring and to prevent a horrific outcome like this from happening. The U.S. military is very weary of a large number of Afghans convening to conspire. Unfortunately, a wedding from above in a cockpit does not look that much different from terrorist gathering. The pilot can't really make the same judgment call as troops on the ground who would be able to hear and see the wedding take place.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
If these people got caught up in the action, then that's war. I'm not happy it happened, but innocent get caught in the crossfire, especially when they sympathize, or tolerate the "enemy" living in and among them. Sometimes, they don't have a choice, and I'm very sorry about that. It is unfortunate that people die, but that is what happens when people fight. I just want to get the full story.
Suzaila Suzaila 7 years
With all due respect to everyone here, does it really matter if the military meant to kill these ppl or not? The fact of the matter is that they DID KILL THEM. The military (or the government) must be made accountable. You wouldn't excuse a drunken driver for killing innocent ppl on the street, so why would u excuse stupid military actions?
Suzaila Suzaila 7 years
With all due respect to everyone here, does it really matter if the military meant to kill these ppl or not? The fact of the matter is that they DID KILL THEM. The military (or the government) must be made accountable.You wouldn't excuse a drunken driver for killing innocent ppl on the street, so why would u excuse stupid military actions?
Ginger Ginger 7 years
Still looking for that yellow cake perhaps... Anyway, this could still happen under Obama. Hopefully it won't, but there was that reported candy factory blown up during Clinton's era. Supposedly this was during a battle with insurgents, and they might have gotten off course. That's the preliminary story, although it's still being investigated by both sides. There are a lot of witnesses to the injured people though, so the bombs hurting children and a wedding party sounds pretty valid.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
Still looking for that yellow cake perhaps...Anyway, this could still happen under Obama. Hopefully it won't, but there was that reported candy factory blown up during Clinton's era. Supposedly this was during a battle with insurgents, and they might have gotten off course. That's the preliminary story, although it's still being investigated by both sides. There are a lot of witnesses to the injured people though, so the bombs hurting children and a wedding party sounds pretty valid.
girlA girlA 7 years
I'm sure they weren't a target either. But how does this atrocity happen? Don't we have intelligence to prevent these things from happen? Maybe it just sounds simpler than it is.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I hoping we get the full story eventually. I find it difficult to believe that we have the wedding party, or the children were actually a target.
girlA girlA 7 years
Who really made the call on that one? I doubt it was Bush, but jeezus! how do you "accidentally" bomb a wedding party? This is beyond horrible!
siguros siguros 7 years
Horrible.
siguros siguros 7 years
Horrible.
indielove indielove 7 years
This is abominable.
indielove indielove 7 years
This is abominable.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 7 years
23 children in one air strike? :( Did they consider that a military tactic.. acceptable loss? Were we after someone big at the wedding or was it simply bad intelligence? So sad.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
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Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
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Marni7 Marni7 7 years
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Marni7 Marni7 7 years
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