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Afghanistan: Nato air strike 'kills eight women' in Laghman


How many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they are forever banned?


"...precision aerial munitions... as well as precision fire from aircraft..."

At least eight women have died in a Nato air strike in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman, local officials say. Nato has conceded that between five and eight civilians died as it targeted insurgents, and offered condolences.


How many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see

Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the Isaf international forces, said "Unfortunately, we have become aware of possible Isaf-caused civilian casualties as a result of this strike, numbering five-eight Afghans... Isaf offers its sincerest condolences to the affected community and family members, as well as to the Afghan people, concerning this tragic loss of life."

How many years must one man have
Before he can hear people cry

In his statement, Mr Karzai expressed his "sorrow" over the incident, saying he "strongly condemns the airstrike by Nato forces which resulted in the deaths of eight women".

How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died

The attack in southern Zabul province brought to 51 the number of Nato troops killed in "insider attacks" this year, and came a day after two UK soldiers were killed at a checkpoint in Helmand by a man in police uniform.

The answer, my friend, is not blowing in the wind.
The answer is not blowing in the wind.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 04:41 PM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Policy Zone and The Amateur Left.

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