US anonymously deny killing civilians


American officials have always been quick to deny that victims of US raids are civilians.

What do you do when the president of another country says US forces killed civilians there? You get US and other allied officials to anonymously deny it.

At least, that’s what you’d do if you were the New York Times. Under the headline “Karzai Insists US Forces Killed Civilians in a Raid,” reporter Rod Norland (11/24/13) described a house raid in Afghanistan where, according to Afghan officials, US forces killed civilians. He writes:

American officials reacted with anger and exasperation on Saturday after Mr. Karzai publicly accused American Special Forces troops of killing civilians in a raid on an Afghan home; American officials said it was an Afghan-led raid that killed only insurgents.

But it was apparently the kind of anger that had to be expressed anonymously:

“‘There is no doubt that these are spurious civilian casualty allegations,’ said a senior Western official here. ‘People are fairly mad at Karzai now; there’s a lot of anger and a lot of disdain.'”

“‘Unfortunately, some people are using allegations of civilian casualties for political purposes,’ an International Security Assistance Force official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity as a matter of official policy.”

“A United States official here, also speaking on the condition of anonymity as a matter of policy, said: ‘Misleading statements like this do not help to finalize the bilateral security agreement as soon as possible this year, which is essential to the future of Afghanistan and the confidence of the Afghan people.'”

Of course, there’s a chance these sources are telling the truth, and that it’s Afghan President Hamid Karzai who’s making false claims. But the reliance on so many officials who have very specific criticisms of the Afghan story, but who can’t stand behind them with their own names, is curious.

Rodland reports that Karzai’s spokesperson Aimal Faizi noted that “American officials had always been quick to deny that victims of such raids were civilians.” Which is all the more reason to be skeptical of their account of what happened. That record should obligate reporters to get these sources on the record.


With permission
Source: Press TV

  • PJ London

    There is absolutely no reason to believe that this 12yr old female was not, in fact, the number three in command of the Taliban attack on Kandaharitown. Her 80yr old grandmother is currently number 32 in “Al Qaeda in Baluchikandistan” and therefore these deaths were justified.
    They were personally reviewed and agreed at the weekly “Let’s bomb a Tali” meeting at the White House.

  • Neil

    As an added measure, they bombed the Grandfathers grave also.

  • skipNclair

    Absolutely, there has never been a bomb dropped nor a weapon used by the forces of the US govt. that have ever harmed let alone killed an innocent civilian. Those bombs dropped in Germany, Japan (atom type) never harmed a single one. For american bombs, are smarter then that. and the american Govt. is while in any action of war the most compassoinate in the history of the world. now if someone chooses to move into the range of said weapons, that is a matter of their choice and was not our intention. therefore, it is their fault. That agent orange is a perfect example in the Vietnam war, and the DU is another, and the list is endless of our compassion during wars the US is involved in. while it almost seems endless ,these wars, that also is done as a last resort. We promote peace and love and only use war as a last resort.