In memory of and in Sympathy for

  

Father of Khan Gul, 13

Two brothers of Khan Gul, 13

2 other members of the Khan family killed

Khan Gul, 13, injured

Mother of Khan Gul injured

during March 2007

 

in the village of Dehe Adam Khan located just outside Gereshk, Helmand Province. NATO warplanes bombed the hamlet. The home of Khan Gul, 13, was struck, killing his father and two brothers. Gul was injured by shrapnel in his leg and received treatment at the Emergency hospital in Lashkar Gah. We know this account because of independent reporting from Lashkar Gah by Italy’s Peace Reporter. The mainstream corporate press and Human Rights Watch are not interested in such accounts (because these are “bad bodies” not the “good bodies” killed by Taliban actions). For its part, the U.S. military’s Major John Thomas proclaimed that the ISAF did not “engage in body counts.”

Some six weeks after the assault, a surviving member of the Khan family reported that his cousin’s house and a mosque had been hit in an air strike that killed 5 civilians. He complained,

“they will never defeat the Taliban in this way. They will lose, and the manner of their defeat is just killing Afghanistan. As an Afghan, as a Muslim, I ask the British in Helmand, the Dutch in Uruzgan and the Canadians in Kandahar, please do construction work and bring us security, instead of doing all this bombing.”

 

Precisely killed and injured by NATO bombs