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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
14 February 2002 Afghans Still Dying Fardin's world caved in on a bright Sunday morning last October when an American bomb came through the roof of the room where he was sleeping. He was spared physically. But the six-year-old has not uttered a word nor taken a step since.
11 February 2002 US ADMITS TO BOGUS BOMBING RAIDS Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, admitted that at least 15 anti-Taliban fighters were mistakenly killed in a Jan. 23 air strike on Hazar Qadam village in Oruzgan province.
21 December 2001 US planes bomb a convoy of Afghan elders An Afghan news agency reported meanwhile that 65 people were killed when US planes bombed a convoy of Afghan elders, tribal chiefs and commanders heading for the inauguration of Afghanistan's new government in Kabul
15 December 2001 Prof. Marc Herold of the University of New Hampshire finds that 3767 Afghan civilians have been killed in the war Compiling and comparing data from several sources, Prof. Marc Herold of the University of New Hampshire finds that 3767 Afghan civilians have been killed in the war (as of Dec 6); compare the total deaths in the US on Sept 11 reported by CNN on Dec 15: 3273. The point is not where the most lives have been lost, but that the mainstream media continues to express outrage over the US civilian deaths while rarely mentioning those in Afghanistan that are still occurring.
22 November 2001 at least one private residence suffered a direct hit Nearly 2,000 names have been removed from the lists of those dead and missing in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- but it would be hard to tell that from the public discourse in America over the past two months.
19 November 2001 Carpet Bombing Kills 150 Civilians in Frontline Town Carpet Bombing 'Kills 150 Civilians' in Frontline Town - A catastrophic error by carpet-bombing US Air Force warplanes was blamed yesterday for the deaths of about 150 unarmed Afghan civilians in a densely populated frontline town caught up in the battle for the Taliban redoubt of Kunduz. (Independent/UK)
19 November 2001 Dying a Way of Life for Civilians in Afghanistan That civilians must die as the price of war is a given here. Except for those directly affected, people just shrug about the casualties.
18 November 2001 At least 30 people were killed today as US planes launched pre-dawn air strike At least 30 people were killed today as US planes launched pre-dawn air strikes on the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported. (Dawn, Pakistan)
18 November 2001 Up to 140 killed in US air strikes Up to 140 killed in US air strikes: AIP- ISLAMABAD, Nov 18: Nearly 140 people, mostly civilians, have been killed by US air strikes on Taliban and suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan in the past two days, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) said today. (Dawn, Pakistan)
13 November 2001 reports of summary executions in Mazar-i-Sharif A UN spokeswoman cited reports of summary executions in Mazar-i-Sharif, the northern city that was abandoned by the Taliban on Friday.
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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

7 Feb 2007

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