In memory of and sympathy for
Seven civilians killed
Nevidullah, boy of 5, injured
killed on October 13 and 14, 2001
in Mazar-i-Sharif. U.S. air strikes on Mazar targeted the airport, the Taliban's 5th and 18th divisions, and a training camp allegedly used by bin Laden associates near Mazar to train Uzbek Islamist guerrillas. For a week, U.S. planes hit Mazar relentlessly with the aim of weakening Taliban ground defenses so that Northern Alliance forces could capture the strategic town. A teacher, Nimatullah, 40, left Mazar on the 14th, after a terrible day. His house was destroyed on the evening of the 13th between 20:30 - 21:00. His son, Nevidullah, 5, had wounds all over his body. That day, U.S planes hit the airport - about 5 kms east of Mazar's center - and the Taliban's 18th Army division garrison. A row of houses was struck by falling U.S. bombs. The United Nations’ Stephanie Bunker reported that a U.S bomb landed in the city center near the market and government offices on October 13th, killing five civilians instantly [1 woman and 4 men] possibly engaged in a marriage. The following day, bombs fell upon houses near Qala-e-Qul Mohammad where Taliban military installations are located on the city's outskirts killing another two civilians. As the German magazine Der Spiegel noted, “They trembled during the day time, thinking of the night.”
U.S bombing attacks in and around the city of Mazar-i-Sharif
 "US Broadens Attack Eyeing Fall of Mazar. More Civilians Killed in Fresh Attacks," The News. Jang [October 18, 2001].
 from an article titled "they tremble during daytime thinking of night," the major German weekly, Der Spiegel [November 12, 2001], reported on some first-hand accounts of what it meant to be under the falling U.S bombs in Afghanistan.
 "Mazar-i-Sharif, Army Division Bombed," The Tribune [October 13, 2001].
 Stephanie Bunker, "Press Briefing by the U.N. Offices for Pakistan and Afghanistan" [October 15, 2001] and Greg Torode and Angus Donald, "Powell Push to Boost Support," South China Morning Post [October 16, 2001]. Also "Five Killed in Mazar-i-Sharif," Dawn [October 16, 2001] at http://www.dawn.com/2001/10/16/top18.htm
 "City of Kandahar in Panic, as Five More Civilians are Killed by Airstrikes," Out There News [October 16, 2001]