The civilian death-toll from a NATO bombing in Afghanistan Friday could run as high as eighty.
The attack came on a village in Helmand province where NATO says it was ambushed by Taliban fighters. Witnesses reported the bombing lasted up to three hours, with dozens of women and children among the dead. NATO has faced growing criticism for a series of attacks that have killed Afghan civilians. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticized the US-led coalition for "use of extreme force" and viewing Afghan lives as "cheap." More than two hundred Afghan civilians were killed in NATO attacks last month. Earlier today, Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission said it now believes more Afghan civilians have been killed in NATO attacks than by the Taliban so far this year.
Comment July 2nd: Karzai is right about the US viewing Afghani lives as "cheap." They are undesirables in the Empire's plan.