More on Airstrike Casualties from The New York Times

Posted: May 15, 2009 in Uncategorized
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NYT:

…American planes bombed after 8 p.m. in several waves when most of the villagers thought the fighting was over; and whatever the actual number of casualties, it is clear from the villagers’ accounts that dozens of women and children were killed after taking cover.

One group went to a spacious compound owned by a man named Said Naeem, on the north side of the village, where the two girls were wounded. Only one woman and six children in the compound survived, one of their fathers said.

Another group gathered in the house of the village imam, or religious leader, Mullah Manan. That, too, was bombed, causing an equally large number of casualties, villagers said. Colonel Julian, the American military spokesman, said that the airstrikes hit houses from which the Taliban were firing. The enormous explosions left such devastation that villagers struggled to describe it. “There was someone’s legs, someone’s shoulders, someone’s hands,” said Said Jamal, an old white-bearded man with rheumy eyes, who lost two sons and a daughter. “The dead were so many.”

The article makes it clear that the Taliban appear to have baited the U.S. forces into a fight near the villages intentionally, knowing that if they held out long enough, our frustration would eventually lead us to discount the presence of civilians and call in airstrikes.

The part that makes this so horrifying is that they were exactly right.

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