Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Allied Troops Kill Two Baby Boys in Afghanistan

"Afghans demonstrate after children die in troop raid

Slain Afghan children lie on a bed covered with flowers

KABUL (AFP) — Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets Monday in protest at what they said was the murder of four civilians, including two baby boys, in an early morning raid by international troops.

The demonstrators showed journalists the bloodied bodies of the children shot dead with their father on the eastern outskirts of the capital, an AFP reporter said. "They attacked the house and killed two children, almost two years-old, a woman and a man," Mohammad Naweed from Hoodkhail village said.

Naweed said "foreign forces" also took three men from the house after blasting open the main gate and opening fire.It was not clear if the woman killed was the children's mother. Local television stations showed pictures of women wailing as they were standing by the bodies demanding President Hamid Karzai stand down.


And it gets worse, folks

"Afghanistan: Nato admits artillery strike left three children dead near Kabul

Amir Shah in Kabul
The Guardian
Tuesday September 2 2008

Foreign and Afghan forces killed five children in two separate incidents yesterday, inflaming tensions in Afghanistan over the killings of civilians by troops from the US and other countries.

Nato said it accidentally killed three children in an artillery strike in eastern Afghanistan. It said Nato forces fired the rounds after insurgents attacked its patrol in Gayan district of Paktika province and one of the rounds hit a house, killing three children and injuring seven civilians.

In a separate incident, foreign and Afghan forces killed a man and his two children during a raid near Kabul, police and witnesses said. Angry men gathered at the victims' house in Utkheil, east of the capital, where the three bodies were displayed inside a mud-walled compound. The man's wife was wounded in the operation, said Yahya Khan, a cousin.

The latest deaths deepened strains between the Afghan government - under pressure from an increasingly irate public - and foreign forces in the country.