US-Led Strike Killed 90 Afghan Civilians: UN

Civilians, mostly children, killed
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 8:29 AM CDT
UN special representative to Afghanistan Kai Eide is seen during a press briefing in this file photo. Eide announced today that the UN has evidence that a coalition air strike killed 90 civilians.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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(Newser) – The UN has evidence that a coalition airstrike did indeed kill roughly 90 civilians, most of them children, in Afghanistan last week, Reuters reports. The US has been insisting that only 30 were killed in the strike, most of them Taliban militants, but the UN’s special mission to Afghanistan today announced that it had “convincing evidence” of massive civilian casualties.

Of the 90 or so killed, 60 were children and 15 women, the UN concluded. Anger over civilian casualties has driven a rift between the coalition and the Afghan government, which has ordered a review of operations by foreign forces. “The patience of the Afghan people has ran out,” said a presidential spokesman. “We no longer can afford to see the killing of our children.”