Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NATO: Avoiding Afghan Civilian Casualties "secondary"

Newly released documents show NATO forces have prioritized the avoidance of so-called "friendly fire" incidents in Afghanistan more than reducing killings of Afghan civilians. According to The Independent of London, a British military panel concluded that "avoidance of collateral damage, or neutracide, is a secondary consideration," with "the primary focus … improving operational effectiveness, while reducing the risk of fratricide." In the latest known attack, five Afghan children were wounded last week in a bombing from a British attack helicopter.

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