Comment by the Information and Press Department on civilian casualties following NATO air strikes in Afghanistan

Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:59

We are deeply concerned about the increasing cases of civilian casualties as a result of coalition air strikes in Afghanistan. Three such incidents have been recorded in the past week.

On September 20, in the Chamkani District of the Paktia Province, local authorities say that three people were killed and 10 wounded, including women and children, in the air strikes by the foreign contingent. On September 22, an air strike on a residential building in the Tagab District of the Kapisa Province took the lives of nine civilians, including four women and three children. Several more people were wounded. On September 23, a US Air Force strike killed nine civilians and wounded four in the Shirzad District in the Nangarhar Province.

The NATO command in Afghanistan refrains from commenting on the incidents or denies that civilians were killed. In the meantime, the UN Mission in Afghanistan has expressed concern about the inaccurate air strikes.

We are indignant that these allegedly inaccurate aerial operations by the NATO forces in this country have become a routine and that nobody takes responsibility for them. We consider this situation a result of high-profile mistakes made by the US leadership in Afghanistan and the White House’s wrong decision to solve the problems of this country by force. We urge Washington to review its short-sighted policy in favour of diplomatic efforts to launch an intra-Afghan dialogue. We demand that those responsible for criminal actions against civilians be brought to justice.

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