I saw the story below over the weekend. It is textbook Taliban TTP 101. The story below took place in the QaraBaug district. A place I know all too well as I spent several months there in 2006. This is a very small but not always a overly-friendly area. However these fake allegations of coalition forces murdering civilians is as old a trick as they come. The enemy forces persuade and force the locals to make these fake allegations all the time. I saw it first hand when we killed true threats and enemies to us, yet there would always be some group that claimed we killed some innocent person.
I understand they will make these claims, but I don’t understand why supposed reputable MSM organizations don’t put that caveat somewhere in the stories. A caveat that would highlight the fact that these accusations are usually unfounded and typically found to be exaggerated or completely untrue.
I love this quote in the article:
“All those killed were definitely Taliban,” he said. The boy, he said, was 13, but he, too, was Taliban.
It highlights that yes, sometimes kids are killed by coalition forces, but when those kids are acting on behalf of the enemy and trying to harm or kill our forces they are acceptable targets to be eliminated.
KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. and Afghan soldiers swooped into a village in a Taliban-heavy district early Thursday, fired their guns and came away. And in a scene repeated often in Afghanistan, one side cried murder and the other side claimed success.
Late Thursday, this much was clear: Just after midnight, a team of soldiers launched an operation to detain a Taliban commander named Qari Faizullah in a village called Baran. The village is in the Qara Bagh district of Ghazni province, where the Taliban insurgency burns hot. Four males, including a boy, were killed in the raid, and another was detained.
There the clarity ends. The U.S. command said four insurgents had been killed in the operation. Faizullah, the Americans said, was a “high-level Taliban commander” who helped lead attacks against U.S. forces and smuggled fighters and guns.
The boy killed, the Americans said, was 15 and had reached for a gun and shown “hostile intent.” “No innocent Afghan civilians were harmed in this operation,” the command said.
The police chief of Ghazni province, Gen. Kial Baz Shirzai, supported the U.S. account. “All those killed were definitely Taliban,” he said. The boy, he said, was 13, but he, too, was Taliban.
Several residents of Baran said all the dead were civilians, and about 500 Afghans went to the provincial capital, Ghazni, to retrieve the bodies, which had been carried there by the soldiers. The villagers shouted anti-U.S. and anti-government slogans and called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to stop the attacks. In addition to those killed, two villagers were wounded, villagers said.
“I have known all these people since my childhood, and they are civilians; they have no link to the Taliban or any militant group,” Abdul Manan, a Baran resident, said in a telephone interview. He joined the protest.
Muhib Khapalwak, the local governor of Qara Bagh, said he would investigate.
Operations like the one in Qara Bagh — night raids in which the course of events is unclear — occur regularly in southern and eastern Afghanistan, where the Taliban dominate.
But night operations are unpopular among Afghans. U.S. commanders have acknowledged the unhappiness; they have made protecting Afghan civilians their primary goal in the war. The Americans said recently they would tighten the rules governing night operations. Under the new rules, U.S. and other NATO forces would be required to explore alternatives, such as cordoning villages at night and moving in at sunrise.