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Leaked ‘kill list’ shows NATO killed Afghan children, civilians in pursuit of low-level Taliban fighters

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Leaked ‘kill list’ shows NATO killed Afghan children, civilians in pursuit of low-level Taliban fighters

Drawing information from top secret documents spirited away by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reports that the “kill list” used by NATO forces in Afghanistan included low-ranking members of the Taliban along with drug dealers suspected of supporting them.

As the war in Afghanistan draws to a close after 13 years, new information is becoming available describing NATO conduct in the war-torn nation. According to the newly released documents, NATO maintained an extensive list — including up to 750 names at times –  of Afghans (found here) slated for death, including mid- and lower-level Taliban operatives along with drug dealers who allegedly supported the insurgents.

Drawing on field reports and internal documents,  Der Spiegel documents an attempted attack on a Taliban member named Mullah Niaz Mohammed — nicknamed “Doody” in reports — in 2011 that instead resulted in the death of a nearby child, while critically injuring the child’s father.

“Doody,”  who was number 3,673 on the kill list, had been designated  as a priority level three on a scale of one to four by NATO, meaning he wasn’t particularly important within the Taliban leadership structure.  Spotted on the ground by the crew of a British Apache combat helicopter, the pilot and gunner were given the go-ahead to kill him, however poor visibility resulted in a launched Hellfire missile striking the child and his father instead. Realizing they had missed their target, the Apache pilot then fired  100 rounds at “Doody” with his 30-mm gun, critically injuring the man.

According to reports, the U.S. changed tactics in Afghanistan after President Barack Obama assumed office, focusing on fighting the Taliban insurgency with targeted attacks on Taliban members rising  to between 10 and 15 a night. Those attacks were based upon lists  maintained by the CIA and NATO, in a strategy called “escalate and exit” by the White House.

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  • Amie

    Yes, for them Muslim chidren’s lives do not matter. Those poor children are probably believed as “future terrorists” as they consider all Muslims to be such.

  • Yausari

    Well yeah, if you put it that way…
    Still, this kind of act shouldn’t go unnoticed and people should be shocked when they hear it. It’s just – sad sad world now.

  • downwithpants

    Because you’re not that naive???

  • sasboy

    The crimes of the Taleban and the US military against the Afghan people should both be publicized to the hilt.

  • Green Shift

    The CIA knows full well that their drones kill innocent civilians. They even have a mathematical formula developed to calculate an “acceptable” amount of dead bystanders based on the “threat level” of the person they are going to drop a bomb on. No good person would ever consider the death of innocents “acceptable” in any amount.

  • Yausari

    Why am I not surprised?

  • mindy1

    :'(

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