US Attacks Continue to Kill, Injure Afghan Civilians

February 7th, 2011 - by admin

PressTV – 2011-02-07 01:56:29

US-led Forces Kill 4 Afghan Civilians

KABUL (February 6, 2011) — US-led forces have killed four civilians, including a woman, in northern Afghanistan when they bombed their house in the war-ravaged country, a top government official says.

According to the source, the US-led NATO forces carried out the attacks against the Afghan civilians in Badghis province on Saturday, leaving the civilians dead, a Press TV correspondent reported. NATO has not yet commented on the airstrike.

US-led coalition forces and NATO troops in Afghanistan have been frequently criticized for the increase in civilian casualties caused by their military operations in the war-torn country.

More than 2,000 civilians lost their lives in violence across Afghanistan in 2010.

Civilian casualties have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and US-led foreign forces.

The loss of civilian lives at the hand of foreign forces has dramatically heightened anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan, causing thousands of Afghans to protest against US-led military presence in the Asian country.

US Missile Injures Afghan Woman, Kids

(February 4, 2011) — An Afghan woman has been injured along with her five young children when a missile fired by US-led forces struck their house in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar.

A US-led convoy, rolling through Sarkani district of Kunar Province, came under attack by Taliban militants on Friday. The forces responded by firing a missile, which missed the target and hit the residential building. Parts of the structure were damaged in the incident, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday.

The incident comes as violence in Afghanistan has spiked to record high levels since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Statistics about the civilian death toll in Afghanistan are not available. However, it is estimated that between 14,000 and 34,000 Afghan civilians have lost their lives since the US-led invasion.

Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have reportedly lost their lives as the result of displacement, starvation, disease, exposure, lack of medical treatment, crime and lawlessness resulting from the war. Afghan Interior Minister Zemarai Bashary said in a recent report that 2010 was the deadliest year for civilians in the war-torn country since 2001.

Meanwhile, hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming more and more outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults. This situation is adding fuel to the fire of anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan and the rest of the Islamic world.

Western public opinion is growing increasingly tired of war. Civilian deaths in NATO and US attacks have also fueled tension between President Hamid Karzai and his Western allies.

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US/UK Lose 4 Soldiers in a Single Day

UK Soldier Slain in South Afghanistan
Sat Feb 5, 2011 10:27PM
A British soldier has been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.

Two US-led Soldiers Killed in Afghan War
Sat Feb 5, 2011 8:30AM
At least two US-led soldiers have been killed in the latest spate of attacks against foreign troops in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says.

British Soldier Silled in S Afghanistan
Sat Feb 5, 2011 4:45AM
A British soldier has lost his life in the volatile Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, bringing the total UK death toll in the war-torn country to 351 since the beginning of the war.

2 Injured in US Copter Crash near Kabul
Sat Feb 5, 2011 5:55AM
At east two pilots have been injured after a helicopter belonging to the US-led foreign forces crashed in Afghanistan’s eastern district of Lateh Band near the capital Kabul.

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