[FoRK] Bunch of peasants blown up

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Aug 26 10:47:50 PDT 2008

There was a report in the San Jose Mercury news at first that the 
intelligence may have been planted by local foes after a disagreement, 
but that seems to have been pulled from everywhere.

"President Karzai sacked two senior Afghan army officers over the 
incident. The US says Afghan forces led the operation in the district of 

Was he or wasn't he?
"It was launched after an intelligence report that a Taliban commander, 
Mullah Siddiq, was inside the compound presiding over a meeting of 
militants, Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said. 
Siddiq was one of those killed during the raid, Azimi said."


Rob Harley wrote:
> "Investigations by Unama found convincing evidence, based on the testimony
> of eyewitnesses, and others, that some 90 civilians were killed, including
> 60 children, 15 women and 15 men," the UN's Special Envoy to Afghanistan,
> Kai Eide, said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
> [...]
> The US has said it is carrying out its own investigation into the attack.
> An Afghan general said the air strike was launched following intelligence
> that a Taleban commander, Mullah Siddiq, was presiding over a meeting of
> militants.
> Afghan tribal elders said a bomb was dropped on a large group of mourners at
> a funeral wake.
> But now over to our weather room...
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