Saturday, October 28, 2006

Yeah, Your Family's Dead. Mistakes Were Made. My Bad

Its death, folks. Innocents are losing their lives every day in the Mid-East. And the numbers keep growing.
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. James Jones promised Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a news conference Saturday that a full investigation of an incident involving the unintended death of around 70 Afghan civilians would be launched.

Karzai has already assembled a team to investigate reports of civilian casualties caused by NATO air operations in southern Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Karzai issued a presidential decree to look into reports stemming from incidents in the Panjwayi and Pashmul districts of Kandahar province.

The team is made up of tribal and community elders from various districts of Kandahar province.

"The team has been asked to prepare a full and complete account of the incident and identify its causes and victims," Karzai said in a news release.

"The team will investigate the reports of civilian casualties and damages inflicted in this operation. They will also present their suggestions to the president on how such unfortunate incidents could be prevented in the future."

Also, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said it and the Afghan Defense Ministry are conducting a joint investigation into a Tuesday incident "in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, in which a number of civilians were killed along with a large number of insurgents."

ISAF commander Gen. David Richards, speaking to reporters in Kabul Saturday, said "in the night in the fog of war, mistakes were made."

BTW, witnesses claim the number is more like 90 instead of 70.

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