US Forces Admit Killing 33 Civilians In November Fight With Taliban

US Forces Admit Killing 33 Civilians In November Fight With Taliban
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A US military investigation has found that air raids targeting the Taliban during a gun battle in northern Afghanistan last year killed 33 civilians and 27 other civilians were wounded in the village of Boz in Kunduz city.

The US statement said civilians were killed and wounded because the Taliban were using their houses as bases and, additionally, a Taliban weapons cache was hit “which also destroyed multiple civilian buildings and may also have killed civilians”.

The incident on November 3rd saw the US and Afghan troops carrying out a ground assault against the Taliban when they came under fire from the armed group, prompting a call for air reinforcements.

After the raid, Kunduz residents carried over a dozen corpses of the dead, including children and family members of the Taliban fighters, toward a local governor’s office in a show of rage.

“Regardless of the circumstances, I deeply regret the loss of innocent lives,” General John Nicholson, the top commander of US forces and the NATO mission, said.

“I wish to assure President (Ashraf) Ghani and the people of Afghanistan that we will take all possible measures to protect Afghan civilians,” Nicholson added. “We will continue to assist the Afghan security forces in their efforts to defend their country.”

According to the statement, the operation was launched to capture Taliban commanders the US said were behind the capture of parts of Kunduz in October 2015.

 

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