Joint US-Afghan Strike Kills 40 Civilians at Wedding

Jason Ditz – Anti-War.com Sept 23, 2019

The bodies of the victims are removed from an emergency surgical centre. Click to enlarge

For the second time in a week, a US military operation in Afghanistan has ended with a large number of civilians dead, and US officials offering very dubious arguments as to why it wasn’t their fault.

The Sunday night attack saw US and Afghan commandos raid a house in Helmand Province, and ultimately launch airstrikes. The attack killed at least 40 civilians, including a number of children.

Instead of the Taliban building they thought they were raiding, it turns out the airstrike pounded an ongoing wedding reception. The Afghan government has already admitted to what happened, saying they are “saddened” by the deaths and want to take extra caution in the future.

Because the US is on one of those kicks where they don’t take responsibility for anything, the US statement confirmed the airstrike but denied killing civilians. They claimed the attack targeted al-Qaeda, and suggested any civilians “died from al-Qaeda weapons,” and not from the US dropping bombs on them.

This all comes just days after an incident in Nangarhar Province, where the US attacked and killed scores of civilian farm laborers who were hired for a pine nut harvest. This attack was launched even though the village in question specifically informed everyone weeks in advance that the harvest was happening, and got assurances they wouldn’t be attacked.

The US attacked, of course, killing 32 civilians, including children. The US went on to claim everyone was pretending to be harvesting pine nuts, and that it was secretly all ISIS people.

The Pentagon’s priorities on Afghanistan have changed repeatedly throughout the war, sometimes admitting to and apologizing for civilian casualties, while other times they deny everything. Either way, the end result is to sweep it under the rug with no policy changes, and the number of civilian deaths continues apace.

 

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3 responses to “Joint US-Afghan Strike Kills 40 Civilians at Wedding”

  1. When are we going to wake up from the trance and see the obvious that these airstrikes are deliberate policy of the Jewish controlled state? Is is incorrect to conclude they are doing this on purpose, that Jews want all Arabs dead as they cleanse the entire middle east of all non-Jews (except for the slaves that serve them)?

    Gordon Duff wrote that these people in D.C. are worse than Satanists, and you know he is right. Jews are not just a little evil, they are pure evil, they are worse than the devil incarnate. How much more evidence do you need to see this truth? When are we going to wake up and come out of the Bible trance and stop supporting hell just because we want to get into heaven?

    What right do these Christians have in supporting Israel when that alliance creates hell on earth. Should we not arrest all these preachers like John Hagee and put them up against the wall for treason? Israel did 911, so supporting Israel is treason. And what about Israel? Should we not bomb that hell state back into the stone age for what they did to us on 9112 and what they are doing to their neighbors in the region.

    I am not afraid to tell you all we should launch the B-52s and bomb Israhell into ruins. That is what they did to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. How about some eye for and eye for them? That is what they believe. I’ll believe in a just God the day I see the shitloads of 500 lb Mark 82’s reigning down on Tel Aviv blowing all those homo Jews into shreds.

  2. This is what the u s military does best. It was after reporting on just such an atrocity that has made Jullian Assange american govt enemy number one

  3. RIP my brothers and sisters. See you in Jannat.

    We’ll enjoy the wine and the grapes. And we’ll have front row seats to watch the evil bastards who raped and murdered you, burning in hell.