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US planes bomb Afghan civilians

by Simon Assaf
Issue No. 2109

US warplanes killed at least 27 women and children who were escorting a bride to a wedding party in Afghanistan last Sunday.

According to one witness, “The wedding participants were on their way to the groom’s house. They stopped in a narrow location for rest. The plane came and bombed the area.”

The attack in the Nangarhar Province in the east of the country created a storm of protest from the governor and local officials. But the US has refused to admit responsibility or acknowledge that any civilians were killed.

A US military spokesman told journalists, “Whenever we do an air strike the first thing they’re going to cry is ‘Airstrike killed civilians’ when the missile actually struck militant extremists we were targeting in the first place.

“At this time we don’t believe we’ve harmed anyone except for the combatants.”

The latest atrocity comes as George Bush admitted that it has “been a tough month” for the occupation.

The US president then announced that he is extending the tour for 2,200 marines to try and cope with the upsurge in the resistance and will be transferring more troops to Afghanistan from Iraq.

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Tue 8 Jul 2008, 19:08 BST
Issue No. 2109
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