Who: Innocent Afghan civilians.
What: Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced at least 10 civilians, including a parliamentary candidate, were killed in a U.S. airstrike in northern Afghanistan. NATO, led by U.S. forces, denied the civilian killings and insisted an insurgent leader and his supporters died in the air strike.
Where: The atrocity took place in Nakhrkhail village in Rostaq district of northern Afghan province of Takhar, close to Tajikistan.
When: The news of the deadly attack came on Thursday, 2 September.
Why: Reports coming from Afghanistan reveal an election rally was hit by NATO warplanes. U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said he knew little about the incident other than that an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) leader was targeted and killed. “The IMU had been responsible for attacks across Afghanistan, including in Kabul,” he added.
How: Unknown number of Afghan civilians, believed to be in thousands, have been killed in U.S. air strikes. Social events like weddings, village meetings, religious gatherings etc. routinely become target of occupation air forces resulting in heavy death toll. Such airstrikes are seldom investigated by the NATO forces and reasons behind them acknowledged and made public.