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Civilian Casualties


A father grieves over his dead child
Despite the claims of great care and "smart bombs" by the US military, there have been many civilian casualties in the war against Afghanistan, more in fact than the total number people killed in the September 11 attacks.

Because civilian casualty reports have been largely downplayed and sometimes suppressed in the mainstream western media, we have attempted to compile an accurate account of the actual casualties here.

Date Event Summary
07 November 2001 US planes bombed a hydroelectric power station The United Nations is warning of a "disaster of tremendous proportions" after US planes bombed a hydroelectric power station close to a vast dam in southern Afghanistan.
05 November 2001 15 civilians were killed overnight and 22 wounded Taliban Information Ministry said 15 civilians were killed overnight and 22 wounded by US bombing in the Daman district of the southern city of Kandahar and in the Keshendeh area in the south of the northern province of Balkh. (Reuters)
05 November 2001 as 10,000 children will die in Afghanistan this winter The UN Children's Fund, Unicef, has warned that as many as 10,000 children will die in Afghanistan this winter unless food reaches them within the next six weeks. (BBC)
01 November 2001 we must remain careful not to focus excessively on the casualties and hardships in Afghanistan NEW YORK (Reuters/Variety) - In an effort to balance reports of significant civilian casualties in Afghanistan, CNN began emphasizing to viewers on Wednesday that the Taliban leadership is to blame for the situation. An internal memo from the network's standards and practices department was issued to all CNN staffers on Tuesday suggesting ``we must remain careful not to focus excessively on the casualties and hardships in Afghanistan that will inevitably be a part of this war, or to forget that it is the Taliban leadership that is responsible for the situation Afghanistan is now in.''
01 November 2001 US Bombs Knock Out Dam US Bombs Knock Out Dam, 'Imperil Thousands', in Heaviest Raids Yet: "US bombers, engaged in their heaviest battering yet of Taliban positions, ruined the country's biggest hydroelectric complex, putting thousands of lives at risk, the ruling Muslim militia said." (Agence France Presse)
28 October 2001 US attacks on Kabul killed at least 13 civilians US attacks on Kabul killed at least 13 civilians Sunday, witnesses said one day after US missiles rocketed hamlets along the front lines, killing and maiming villagers. Among these, seven were children. The attack on Kabul occurred a day after an apparent errant bombardment hit two villages behind the rebel military alliance's battle lines (Ghanikheil and Raqi villages) north of the capital. A third village behind Taliban lines (Nikhahil) was also hit. (AP)
28 October 2001 200,000 Afghans have been killed in landmine accidents According to the UN, 200,000 Afghans have been killed in landmine accidents over the last decade and 400,000 disabled by unexploded and buried shells. US has been sending out radio transmissions into Afghanistan telling people how to differentiate between cluster bombs and food drops, since both are colored yellow. The United Nations Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan is scrambling to train most of its 4,700 employees to handle the controversial cluster bombs. (AP)
28 October 2001 Al-Jazeera showed footage of rescue work Al-Jazeera showed footage of rescue work, where children's bodies were being pulled from the rubble missing limbs. One footage showed a severed head of a child recovered from the digging.
28 October 2001 A stray US bomb killed at least 10 people A stray US bomb killed at least 10 people Saturday when it hit a northern Afghan village in territory controlled by anti-Taliban forces, a medical source said. (Hindustan Times)
26 October 2001 US jets struck Kabul, bombing the Red Cross compound US jets struck Kabul, killing three children, and bombing the Red Cross compound a second time in two weeks. (AP, BBC)
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5 Feb 2007

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