[Marxism] Reuters: U.S. strikes killed 140 villagers: Afghan probe

Max Clark poeticaleconomy at yahoo.com
Sat May 16 12:05:40 MDT 2009


http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE54E22V20090516

U.S. strikes killed 140 villagers: Afghan probe 

By Hamid Shalizi and Peter Graff

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. air strikes earlier this month killed 140 villagers, an Afghan government investigation concluded on Saturday, putting Kabul starkly at odds with the U.S. military's account.

The official death toll, announced by the Afghan Defense Ministry, makes the bombing the deadliest incident for civilians since U.S. forces began fighting the Taliban in 2001, and is likely to worsen anger over the presence of foreign troops.

A copy of the government's list of the names, ages and father's names of each of the 140 dead was obtained by Reuters earlier this week. It shows that 93 of those killed were children -- the youngest eight days old -- and only 22 were adult males.

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