NATO Admits Killing 10 Afghan Kids in Botched Raid
Anger over civilian deaths grows
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2010 4:35 AM CST
A US soldier looks through his gun as Afghan boy passes by during a patrol in Narang district, eastern Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2008. Narang was the site of the Dec. 2009 raid.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

(Newser) – When a NATO raid killed 10 children and teenagers at a remote mountain compound in Afghanistan last December, troops claimed to be targeting a “known insurgent group responsible for a series of violent attacks.” But after a lengthy investigation by the Times of London, NATO now admits that the boys killed—all of them between 12 and 18, eight of them members of the same family—were innocent civilians without connections to insurgent activity.

“Knowing what we know now, it would probably not have been a justifiable attack,” a NATO official said. News of the deadly mistake comes amid growing anger over civilian casualties in Afghanistan and after a warning from US commander Stanley McChrystal that civilian deaths are putting NATO forces at risk of "strategic defeat." But nobody appears ready to take blame for the botched raid: Western officials hint that Afghans pulled the triggers, while Afghan sources say US special forces were involved.

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Feb 25, 2010 3:21 PM CST
Just know this: The military does lying better than it does ANYTHING else. It does NOTHING better than lying. You will VERY SELDOM hear the truth from any military institution or spokesperson. That's a fact.
Feb 25, 2010 12:38 PM CST
All this shit needs to come to an end.
Feb 25, 2010 12:30 PM CST
U. S. adds 300 more terrorists to those sworn to kill us.