9 Children Killed in US Attack: Karzai
Officials say they were gathering firewood on a mountainside
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2011 8:21 AM CST
An Afghan boy looks on as US soldiers patrol in an armored vehicle near Badel Combat Out Post in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan, in this Jan 3, 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

(Newser) – A US artillery attack killed nine children and injured a tenth yesterday in Kunar province, Afghan officials declared today. The kids, ages 8 to 14, were reportedly out gathering firewood when rocket fire hit a nearby outpost. The base’s defenders say they responded with “indirect and aerial fire,” which typically means field artillery, according to the LA Times. The incident comes just a week after a strike in the same province that Afghan officials say killed 65 civilians.

Hamid Karzai, speaking in London, condemned yesterday’s “ruthless attack” in “the strongest possible terms,” and wondered aloud if the West could succeed in the country if such civilian deaths continued. The military promised to investigate “quickly and thoroughly.”

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Mar 2, 2011 9:39 AM CST
The lame stream media is always so quick to point out when US Soldiers may have killed children that were caught in the crossfire, but fail to report that the enemy will use their own children as decoys and human shields.
Mar 2, 2011 9:08 AM CST
Despite the fact that Karzai is a liar, thief, and an International Drug Smuggler, it's a sad fact that civilians get killed in Wars. You target the enemy and when the enemy uses their own as shields many will die. The whole country is not worth one American soldier's life.