In memory of
7-9 civilians (incl. women and 4 children) killed
Injuring 3-4 other civilians
killed on Saturday night, April 15, 2006
On April 12th, some 2,500 U.S. and Afghan troops launched a pre-dawn air and ground assault upon the valleys and mountains of eastern Kunar Province to allegedly clear them of insurgents. In January and June 2005, similar operations were carried out, with visibly no lasting effect. The current assault – the widely publicized Operation Mountain Lion likely to end with a whimper - started in the Pech River Valley, but was extended to other areas including the Korengal and Gilagel valleys, Manoogi district. Round-the-clock tactical air support and bombing took place as well as artillery shelling. U.S. Air Force F-15Es (“Mud Hens”), A-10s and B-52s were used in the operations, along with Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers. The photo (from http://op-for.com/2006/04/picture_of_the_day_1.html See the commentary on this blog!) below depicts F-15E Strike Eagles on April 12, 2006 participating in Operation Mountain Lion. On Saturday, April 15th reports began surfacing in the non-Western press that civilians had been killed in the Korangel area. A Taliban spokesman told the Afghan Islamic Press that U.S forces bombed three houses which left nine children and women dead, injuring four other persons. On Sunday, the U.S. military’s propaganda office in Kabul admitted that seven civilians were indeed killed and three wounded. In a typical public relations gesture, the U.S. commander of the occupation forces in Afghanistan, General Freakley displayed hypocritical emotion (my assessment based upon the 1,300 cases of civilian deaths recorded here in the Afghan Victim Memorial Project and the 3,700 detailed in the other data bases on this website), saying “our hearts go out to the families of the innocent families of this battle,” a statement naturally widely carried in the mainstream press. Freakley then ordered an internal investigation of the civilian deaths, but this represents the perpetrator investigating himself.
Killed by air or ground fire from U.S. forces or U.S-led Afghan troops