In memory of and sympathy for
killed or wounded on Friday, July 4, 2008
on a road near Aranas (Aranj) village (see photo below) on the Waygal River in the district of Waigal (Waygal), Nuristan Province. The Province’s Governor himself, Tamim Nuristani, told various media including the AFP that 16-22 civilians were killed in an air strike as they were leaving an area after being told by security forces a military operation was about to occur. District governor Zia-ul-Rehman said that 22 civilians had died in the strike.
As usual, the US/NATO militaries proclaimed that the dead were “militants.” An issued statement announced that “militants had fired on the U.S. (FOB) base in Bella” (operated by the 173rd Airborne), then “the insurgents…entered two vehicles and began traveling away from the firing position. Ground forces called coalition (sic) attack helicopters for support….which then destroyed the two vehicles killing more than a dozen militants.” U.S. First Lt. Nathan Perry said, “These were combatants. These were people firing on us. We have no reports of noncombatant injuries.”
The following photos show three of the “militants” injured by U.S Apache attack helicopters:
The day after, officials in Nuristan said three doctors were amongst the dead – a female nurse and two males. This was confirmed in Kabul by the Public Health Ministry. Four other government officials were killed. Two children were also killed by the Apache attack helicopters. An injured man succumbed to his injuries late Saturday night. Nuristan officials added that US troops had blocked most of the roads leading to villages where funeral prayers were being held for the slaughtered villagers.
On July 10th, the U.S. puppet Karzai sacked the governor of Nuristan for speaking out about civilian casualties (no doubt as part of US/NATO news management in a war where only Taliban and Al Qaeda kill civilians).
Killed by U.S. Apache attack helicopters