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They call this collateral damage

Issue No. 1772

THE MEDIA routinely report civilian casualties in Afghanistan as 'Taliban claims'. In a growing number of cases the media then quietly admits three or four days later that the claim was in fact true.

Here are just some cases of civilian casualties or near-misses in the last week:

  • US bombs killed the ten year old son of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar when they pounded the city of Kandahar last week.

  • US bombs destroyed at least 17 homes in Kandahar, killing 18 people.

  • A lorry packed with refugees trying to flee the air raids in Kandahar was hit by a bomb.

  • US bombs killed eight members of one family when they bombed a residential district of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

  • A large US bomb landed on a boys' school in Kabul on Wednesday of last week, but thankfully did not explode.

  • A US officer, referring to a bomb which 'went astray' into a civilian area in Kabul last week, said the 2,000-pound bomb would be 'a significant emotional event for anyone within a square mile'.

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    Sat 27 Oct 2001, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1772
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