In memory of

 

Five Afghan fathers killed and 4 others wounded

 

on May 1, 2004

 

on the outskirts of Gardez city, Paktia Province. Anyone who got in the way of the U.S. prison transports has been met with brutal force as documented by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark (3/19/2005). Dr. Rafiullah Bidar regional director in Gardez of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, directed us to a small Shia neighborhood on the edge of town where a multiple killing was still under investigation. Inside a frozen courtyard, a former policeman, Said Sardar, 25, sat beside his crutches. On May 1 2004, he was manning a checkpoint when a car careened through. "Inside were men dressed like Arabs, but they were western men," he said. "They had prisoners in the car." Sardar fired a warning shot for the car to stop. "The western men returned fire and within minutes two US attack helicopters hovered above us. They fired three rockets at the police station. One screamed past me. I saw its fiery tail and blacked out." He was taken to Bagram, where US military doctors had to amputate his leg. Afterwards, he said, "an American woman appeared. She said the US was sorry. It was a mistake. The men in the car were Special Forces or CIA on a mission. She gave me $500." Sardar showed us into another room in his compound where a circle of children stared glumly at us; their fathers, all policemen, were killed in the same incident. "Five dead. Four in hospital. To protect covert US prisoner transports," he says. Later, US helicopters were deployed in two similar incidents that left nine dead.

 

  

 

Killed by U.S. Special Forces who called-in Apache attack helicopters