In Memory of

 

At least 14 civilian road workers

killed during the night of November 26/27, 2007 

in the Nurgaram district of Nuristan Province. A U.S. helicopter gunship and war plane air strike obliterated two tents alongside a road under construction, killing at least 14 Afghan civilian road workers and engineers. The workers were building a 37-mile road, a U.S-funded military project being carried out by an Afghan-South Korean enterprise. The U.S. air strike took place two weeks after six U.S. occupation soldiers were killed in Nuristan in an ambush. The U.S. air strike hit the workers’ tent(s) with devastating results: the bodies were pulverized. According to the head of the Nuristan provincial council, Taj Mohammad, “we collected their flesh and put it in bags. We handed the remains of the ones we could recognize to their families.” Ten bodies were ferried to Jalalabad, but “most of them were not recognizable. Their relatives were already waiting outside the hospital and took the bodies home,” according to the head of the Nangarhar hospital. He added that families identified the men by their clothes, watches or other features as most could not be recognized by their faces. The photos above depict the victims’ caskets in Jalalabad (photos by Rafiq Shirzad of Reuters [note: not the Associated Press which avoids showing the dead killed by America]). The Afghan owner of the construction company confirmed, “Fourteen of our mechanics and laborers were killed as they were asleep in their tents.” 

And what did the U.S. military have to say? At first, they said air strikes had been launched “against Taliban positions” in the area, claiming they had killed ten “Taliban militants.” When reality came to conflict with such an assertion, the Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell, said on Wednesday that the air strike had been launched based upon “credible intelligence from several sources….we believe that Abdulla Jan, the western Nuristan Taliban commander may have been killed in the air strike. We deem it, at this point, a legitimate air strike.” Morrell added the usual obfuscation, “…we did nor, nor do we ever, target civilians.”  

Killed while asleep in a mid-night aerial “precision” U.S. air strike