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    Taliban held to blame in airstrike




    By Trista Talton and Andrew deGrandpré - Staff writers
    Posted : Saturday May 9, 2009 1002 EDT
    Days before a May 4 U.S. airstrike allegedly killed Afghan civilians in Farah province, Taliban commanders met across the border in Quetta, Pakistan, to hatch a plot to turn Afghan public sentiment against U.S. forces, according to a military source in Afghanistan who is familiar with the incident.
    By many accounts, their plan worked: Within hours of the airstrike, international media were reporting that upwards of 150 innocents, including women and children, had been killed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Adviser James Jones, the former Marine commandant, both expressed sympathy for the loss of life.
    But evidence now shows that many of those civilian casualties appear to have been killed by Taliban grenades — after the airstrike — in a blatant effort to drive up the number of dead and stir public resentment of U.S. military power, the source said.
    The Taliban killed 30 to 40 civilians, according to the source. An official count has not been released pending completion of a joint U.S.-Afghan investigation.
    Army Gen. David McKiernan, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told reporters May 7, “We have some other information that leads us to distinctly different conclusions about the cause of these civilian casualties.”
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking during a news conference that same day in Kabul, said he had seen such reports but that nothing was confirmed. Neither McKiernan nor Gates elaborated.
    What went down

    The stage was set for the bombing May 4 in Gerani village when Taliban fighters publicly executed three civilians they accused of aiding the Afghan government, the military source in Afghanistan said. The executions, he said, were designed to draw out the Afghan and U.S. forces operating in the area and ambush them when they arrived.
    It worked. By midday, a convoy of U.S. and Afghan soldiers headed to the Bala Baluk district, a known Taliban stronghold in southwestern Afghanistan that is home to more than 100,000 Afghans. When they arrived in the village, they were greeted by dozens of Taliban fighters armed with AK47s, rocket-propelled grenades and Russian PKM machine guns, the source said.
    A massive firefight ensued. Outnumbered, the American and Afghan troops called for additional support. A group of Marines with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command responded, said Army Col. Greg Julian, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Afghanistan.
    Once the Marines arrived, the fighting escalated substantially. Having identified several Taliban fighting positions, the Marines called in an airstrike, Julian said.
    When it appeared that the Taliban were backing off, the air support was called off and the U.S. and Afghan forces returned to their bases.
    Making sense of it all

    Within hours of the fighting, the Taliban launched an aggressive information campaign, claiming that between 100 and 300 civilians had been killed, the source in Afghanistan said. Indeed, those figures have appeared in various media reports.
    That’s where the Taliban commanders’ original planning session comes in, the military source in Afghanistan said. In advance of the battle, he said, they ordered Taliban foot soldiers to use grenades, if possible, to execute the civilians they had corralled into the compounds during the ambush, and then present their bodies to the villagers as “evidence” that U.S. warplanes bombed innocent civilians.
    “In the chaos of a firefight, they figured no one would know the difference,” the source said.
    Then the Taliban mingled its own dead with the civilians, to make the number of dead appear larger, he said. Taliban corpses were buried with the civilian bodies to give the appearance that they were part of the civilian death toll, the source said, adding that latest estimates put the number of Taliban dead around 50.
    In Gerani, the lone gravesite contained 60 bodies “at most,” the source said, and an employee at the provincial hospital reported staff there treated 11 patients as a result of the fighting.
    “If 200 people were killed, you would think there would have been a lot more wounded,” he said. “Even if 60 were killed, it seems like that would have been the case — unless, of course, most of those 60 people were executed ... after the fact. Two hundred killed and 11 wounded? You do the math.”
    Moreover, he added, intel suggest that some of the dead civilians had wounds consistent with fragmentation and bullet holes — rather than the burns and tissue damage commonly found on victims of a bombing.
    During a meeting with coalition forces and Afghan government officials after the airstrike, villagers — some of whom were held hostage by the Taliban — confirmed that the Taliban rounded up some of the civilians and killed them, the source said. Most of the villagers understood it to have been a calculated plan carried out by the Taliban to blame the entire incident on U.S. and Afghan forces, he said.
    This is not the first incident in which the military has rejected claims of mass civilian casualties resulting from U.S. airstrikes. Last year, following a series of investigations, coalition officials concluded that the Taliban killed most of the civilians who were claimed to have died as a result of an airstrike in Azizabad, a village in the Shindand district in Herat province.
    In 2007, a company with MarSOC was kicked out of Afghanistan after claims that a platoon of Marines indiscriminately fired on and killed civilians following a suicide bomb attack on their convoy. After an investigation, Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, head of Marine Corps Forces Central Command, determined the Marines acted appropriately.
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    Freaking cowards!!!!.....this is how they're fighting now to influence american resentment to the war.....some close associates of mine were involved in this......this is BS!!!!!.......I guess in a way I should be glad I wasn't here...but dayum that must've been some fight.......I miss the sounds of helos flying over, bombs exploding, rounds impacting near-miss......symphony of destruction.................
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    ...And shephards we shall be. For thee my lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to thee. And teeming with souls shall it ever be. E Nomini Patri, E Fili, E Spiritu Sancti.

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      Good ole Taliban propaganda....al jezzerra and MSNBC...CNN, puppets of the Taliban.
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        Its why I stopped watching any of those sources entirely
        They seem to only find the absolute bad in everything and only report what they think the american public will watch!
        It skews the picture

        Its like the reporting in Iraq, we have been steadily kicking azz and taking names but if you were only listen to CNN, All our forces are raping maniacs that torture innocents and are completely losing the whole war!

        It seems that winning and doing what you were trained to do is not newsworthy
        So they find those 1 percenters and report on those knuckleheads which then gives the impression that whole group is bad!!!

        Freaking Newspeople
        ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
        Till I Die!

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          Originally posted by Josiah View Post
          Its why I stopped watching any of those sources entirely
          They seem to only find the absolute bad in everything and only report what they think the american public will watch!
          It skews the picture

          Its like the reporting in Iraq, we have been steadily kicking azz and taking names but if you were only listen to CNN, All our forces are raping maniacs that torture innocents and are completely losing the whole war!

          It seems that winning and doing what you were trained to do is not newsworthy
          So they find those 1 percenters and report on those knuckleheads which then gives the impression that whole group is bad!!!

          Freaking Newspeople

          Believe me, Back in early 1996, I seen it when I took my 15 day leave from Iraq back to the States and it was CNN I was watching in Las Vegas and it said we were losing the war and the troops morale was low and it was all over. I almost threw my beer at the tv and was pissed cause I had only been back in the states only a few hours and said to the folks in the bar, "That is all B.S. from CNN. I just got back and we are kicking azz in Baghdad"...I had to leave the bar I was so pissed...




          The war CNN was reporting on was NOT the same war I was fighting in...
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          R.I.P. my Bros from the 1st MAR DIV, 3rd MAR DIV, 25th I.D., 10th MTN DIV, V Corps, 170th IBCT who gave their lives in the Cold War, Marines we lost in Korea during Team Spirit '89 & Okinawa '89- bodies never recovered, Panama, 1st Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq...





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