Afghans Protest Over Deaths: NATO-Government Raid
By Global Research
Global Research, January 22, 2010
Reuters 21 January 2010
Url of this article:

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Scores of Afghans protested on Thursday over the deaths of four men in a night-time raid by Afghan and NATO-led forces. Locals said the victims were civilians, but the force said the dead were Taliban insurgents.

Over 100 people took to the streets of a small bazaar in Qarabagh district in Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, to demonstrate, locals told Reuters by telephone. Villagers who brought the bodies of four people to the hospital in the provincial capital of Ghazni city said three of the victims belonged to one family. Two were boys 11 and 15, villagers said.

NATO-led forces said the raid was directed by Afghan forces, designed to capture a “high-level Taliban commander known to direct attacks”, and did not harm any civilians. They said a teenager was killed in the assault, however.

“During the operation, a young man estimated to be 15-years-old displayed hostile intent and grabbed the weapon of a service member. He was shot and killed,” the statement said.

The Afghan government has yet to comment about the incident.

Civilian casualties caused by foreign troops are one of the most emotive issues in Afghanistan’s 8-year-old conflict. They have sapped support for the presence of the troops and led to protests in various parts of the country in the past.

(Writing by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are of sole responsibility of the author(s). The Centre for Research on Globalization will not be responsible for any inaccurate or incorrect statement in this article.