Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Killings spark anti-US anger

HUNDREDS of villagers yelled "death to the United States" and blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan after U.S. forces killed three innocent villagers.

Predictably, NATO forces were in denial, claiming they killed several 'suspected insurgents' and detained a local Taliban commander in the overnight raid.

Reports The Associated Press: "In the first six months of this year, 386 civilian were killed by NATO or Afghan government forces — 41 during search and seizure operations such as night raids, according to the United Nations.

"The raid in question happened before dawn Thursday in Wardak province's Sayed Abad district — a Taliban-heavy area where Afghan police can only go with very tight security, according to district Police Chief Abdul Karim Abed.

"Elders from Zarin Khil village said American troops stormed into a family's house and shot three brothers — all young men — and then took their father into custody, Abed said. Police are investigating the allegations but could not yet confirm or deny the account, he said.

"According to the elders, there was no fighting before the troops entered the house, Abed said.

"Early Thursday morning, men from the village started to gather in the main market of Sayed Abad to protest the alleged civilian killings, Abed said. The men blocked the main highway going through the area and burned two trucks belonging to Afghan private security contractors, Abed said.

"Abed said he did not have more detailed information because he was unable to leave the police compound."