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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
18 October 2001 a bomb killed 4 members of a family In the eastern suburb of Qalaye Zaman Khan a bomb killed 4 members of a family, and a 16 year girl in a housing complex half a mile away. (Geov Parrish, Radio Station WRL, Seattle)
17 October 2001 US plane dropped bomb at Mudad Chowk US plane dropped bomb at Mudad Chowk, a residential area of Kandahar killing at least 7 people. Pentagon admits mistakenly hitting Red Cross Warehouses. (Geov Parrish, Radio Station WRL, Seattle, BBC, Washington Post Oct. 17)
16 October 2001 US bombs struck Karam a shepherd village The infamous Karam incident: US bombs struck Karam a shepherd village near Jalalabad. Channel 4 news reported of 30 fresh graves in Karam, and a BBC correspondent spoke to villagers who said 200 were dead. Taliban claimed 170 killed in this attack. Those killed in Karam were mostly women, children, and old people. Rumsfield calls death toll "ridiculous" but admitted that information on ground in Afghanistan was "imperfect." (BBC, Washington Post Oct. 16)
16 October 2001 1000-lb bombs hit two Red Cross Warehouses 1000-lb bombs hit two Red Cross Warehouses in the center of Kabul. These were clearly marked with red crosses on their roofs. One injured and humanitarian supplies including wheat destroyed. (BBC)
15 October 2001 a missile fired from a plane a missile fired from a plane that was clearly visible overhead struck less than 500 feet from a World Food Program warehouse in Afsotar, on the northern edge of Kabul, wounding one laborer, according to several aid organizations. (Washington Post Oct. 17)
13 October 2001 Pentagon admits missing target Pentagon admits missing target and hitting residential area (Khushkam Bhat near Jalalabad) with a 2,000-lb. bomb. More than 100 houses flattened and 160 people pulled from rubble and taken to hospitals. (Geov Parrish, Radio Station WRL, Seattle)
11 October 2001 10 people killed east of Kabul Taliban claim 10 people killed east of Kabul, 15 killed in mosque in Jalalabad, 100 (or 200) in Karam, 10 killed in Arganbad near Kandahar. The United Nations independently reported of at least 20 civilian deaths in Mazar-i-Sharif, and 10 in Kandahar.
09 October 2001 US Tomahawk missile hit offices of UN Mine removing operations In Kabul, a US Tomahawk missile hit offices of UN Mine removing operations (Afghan Technical Consultants) and killed four workers. (Times London, BBC) Abdul Saboor, one of those killed had traveled earlier from Pakistan to deliver much needed cash (incinerated) for UN employees. (Geov Parrish Radio Station WRL, Seattle)
07 October 2001 at least one private residence suffered a direct hit On the first night of bombing, at least one private residence suffered a direct hit. (Geov Parrish Radio Station WRL, Seattle)
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The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail info@alliancesouthasia.org

12 Feb 2007

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