by UNA MOORE
Outrage over the killing of 10 Afghans, including eight schoolboys, during a joint operation by international and Afghan security forces in the northeastern province of Kunar on Dec. 26 continues to grow in Afghanistan and in the progressive blogosphere.
At After Downing Street, David Swanson wrote that “dragging children out of bed and killing them is not a freak blip in the course of a war. It is war reduced to a comprehensible scale.”
Compelling words, but we don’t know if that’s what actually happened. Not yet.
The news stories being used to back up the claim that eight children were roused from their sleep, handcuffed and shot in cold blood all cite the same two sources that are actually just one source: the head of a delegation chosen by President Hamid Karzai and dispatched to Kunar on Dec. 29, and the statement Karzai’s office released when the delegation returned less than two days later.
There are a few problems with this.
(Photo: David Axe)
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