In memory of

 

At least 60 civilians killed including:

Assadullah’s 20 family members,

12 persons bombed in a mosque

killed on Tuesday night, September 26/27, 2007

  

in the village of Kakrak, about 12 kms north of Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan Province. U.S forces continue to parade Vietnam-style body counts: US forces accompanied by Afghan soldiers “killed more than 100 insurgents in an engagement” in southern Helmand Province on 25-26 September, a US military press release naturally reproduced verbatim by the Associated Press (A.P), said on 26 September. In neighboring Uruzgan Province “more than three dozen insurgents were killed as they prepared an ambush,” read another US military statement released on 26 September picked up by the A.P (see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/26/AR2007092600231.html). The truth is that the ambush took place sparking a 6-hour firefight and close air support was called-in. Local people said at least 10 civilians died in the night-time military operations as reported by IRIN News. Villagers who contacted the BBC said 12 villagers were killed in Deh Rawud, Uruzgan. Several provincial officials and residents also told a Reuters’ reporter in the south that some civilians were also killed in the ground fighting and air raids. In both military operations aerial strikes were used to “subdue the insurgents”, according to US military press releases.

 

Two months later, the real story emerged. As is typical, the “insurgents” were mostly civilians. On September 27th, Assadullah, 27, a farmer was visiting friends in a neighboring village in the Chora district. When he heard bombs falling, he raced home to see if his huge extended family was safe. He found his home flattened by a U.S. “precision” bomb. Digging desperately through the rubble he uncovered the bodies of his 15 nephews and nieces, still in their beds, heads on their pillows. He said, “When I saw they were not alive, I thought the whole world had died. I had a strong pain in my heart. I thought, ‘why am I alive?” “ The attack cost Assadullah 20 members of his family. As well as his nephews and nieces aged 6 months to 17 years, he lost his mother, his two brothers and their wives. In two other nearby villages in the Kakrak area, dozens more were killed, many of them children. Assadullah said the final death toll was 67 with many more injured. Forty-nine victims of the raids received compensation ($2,000 for a dead relative and $1,000 for one injured). Ghulam Farooq said some of those killed in another village heard the aerial bombing and ran into a mosque for shelter. He said, “Bombs fell on the mosque. Eighteen people were killed. There were women and children.” Assadullah insisted, “There was no Taliban around at the time. The Taliban did not even get a bleeding nose that night.”  We owe the information in this paragraph to the independent reporting of Rory Callinan (Time magazine).

 

killed in “precision” bombing by US/NATO warplanes