Have Killed Afghan Civilians in the Ongoing Afghan Conflict
In memory of
Payo Jan Wazir, a man killed
Nazar Jan, a man killed
10 other civilians killed
at 4 A.M. on Wednesday, September 2, 2008
in the village of Musa Neka (Nika) Ziarat near Angoor Adda border area of South Waziristan, Pakistan. Angoor Adda is an important border crossing area with Wazir Pashtun tribesmen living on both sides of the border. The area has frequently been bombed by U.S. warplanes over the past 6 years. U.S. Special Forces have long had a base in nearby Shkin/Lwara Mandi (details at http://shadowspear.com/vb/blog.php?b=21). Helicopter-born U.S Special Operations Navy Seals entered into Pakistan landed at 4 A.M. landing in the hamlet of Musa Nikow. They raided the home of a tribesman, Payo Jan Wazir, killing 10 people there. The dead were members of Nazar Jan and Faiz Mohammad. A resident, Habib Khan Wazir, recounted that the owner of the home came outside with his wife, then “the American and Afghan soldiers started firing,” killing the couple. Khan said the troops entered three homes and 7 more villagers were killed, as well as 6 others later on. Local officials confirmed Khan’s account that 15-20 civilians had perished.
The independent reporter Christina Lamb later visited the area and filed an important report,
It was 4am on the third day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the villagers of Angoor Adda, a small Pakistani mountain town near the Afghan border, were lighting their stoves for breakfast before a long day of fasting. Two US helicopters supported by an AC130 Spectre gunship landed close to the shrine of a local saint. Out jumped about three dozen heavily armed marines and Navy Seals from a crack unit called Detachment One. As they emerged from the churning dust onto the rock-strewn hills, they made for a terrifying sight in their night-vision goggles. Within minutes the commandos had surrounded the mud walled compound of Payo Jan Wazir, a 50-year-old woodcutter and cattle-herd. They believed an Al-Qaeda leader was hiding inside. According to villagers, the troops burst in, guns blazing, killing Payo Jan, six children, two women and a male relation. Among the dead were a three-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy, they said. The gunfire brought neighbours running out of their homes. As people headed towards Payo Jan’s house to see what had caused the commotion, the commandos opened fire, killing 10 more villagers. The Americans fanned out, conducting house-to-house searches, before jumping back into the gunships and off into the sky. Stunned villagers were left to carry away the bodies left in the street (source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article4748833.ece )
The governor of the North West Frontier Province, Owais Ahmad Ghani, issued a statement saying: “It is an outrage. This is a direct assault upon the sovereignty of Pakistan and the people expect that the armed forces of Pakistan will rise to defend the sovereignty of the country and give a befitting reply.” A villager told the Pakistani daily, Dawn, “the Americans came in helicopters, landed, walked up to the houses, started shooting and then flew back towards Afghanistan.”
Utter impunity! Might makes right.
Killed in a midnight execution-style raid inside Pakistan by helicopter-born U.S. Navy Seals with aerial support from a deadly Special Operations’ Spectre AC-130 gunship