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2 July 2002
BLUNDER SCORES KILLED IN U.S. BOMBING RAID
The rest of Paliko's family were dead - among up to 250 reported victims of a terrible blunder in Afghanistan.
A U.S. B-52 bomber mistakenly attacked a house where a couple were celebrating their marriage with family and friends. [TVOTW Insert - There is no such thing as - 'mistakenly attacked'. TVOTW has demonstrated throughout this web site that Bush & Co deliberately target civilians in both Afghanistan - and Iraq - and then claim it was a mistake - or - an accident. LET THERE BE NO MISUNDERSTANDING WHATSOEVER. These people will have their day in the International Criminal Court and Bush & Blair will be behind bars - WITH NO PROSPECT OF RELEASE.]
Hospital officials in Kandahar said most of the casualties were women and children.
A seven-year-old named Malika lost her parents, brother and sister.
Nurse Mohammed Nadir said: "We have many children who are injured and who have no family. The villagers brought these children and now they have no parents."
The attack came as America refused to back the new International Criminal Court which was launched in The Hague yesterday.
President Bush opposes the court and is demanding immunity for U.S. troops from any of its proceedings.
The bomb was dropped from a B-52 called in after an air patrol came under fire from the ground in an area near Kandahar where Taliban and al-Qaeda are being hunted.
The Afghan Defence Ministry last night claimed at least 250 people died and more than 400 were wounded. Other sources said around 30 were killed.
Investigators believe the firing of weapons by wedding guests, a traditional Afghan celebration, could have caused the disaster. The Pentagon admitted there had been an "errant bomb" but could not confirm the toll.
Among the injured was Haji Mohammed Anwar, a friend of President Hamid Karzai and one of the first local figures to rise up against the Taliban.
Villager Abdul Saboor said: "There was no one to help us.
"We managed to transfer some of the wounded to Kandahar.
"Some of the foreign choppers also came to help. There are no Taliban or al-Qaeda or Arabs here. These people were all civilians, women and children."
Abdul Qayyum, being treated at the Mir Wais Hospital in Kandahar, said American soldiers came to the area demanding to know who had fired on their helicopters.
He added: "I said I didn't know and one soldier wanted to tie my hands. But someone said 'He is an old man' and out of the respect they didn't."
U.S. officials said a major special forces operation was taking place at the time in Uruzgan province north of Kandahar. A B52 bomber and an AC130 gunship reported coming under attack from anti-aircraft fire.
It appears that at least one precision bomb was dropped by the B-52 in the wrong place.
President Karzai said: "We are trying to organise aid.""
Afghan Defence Ministry official Dr Gulbuddin added: "It was a wedding ceremony and some participants were firing in the sky as part of the celebration. Americans have confessed that they made a mistake."
Scores of Afghan civilians and several western troops have been killed by "friendly fire" since America began air strikes in Afghanistan last year.
Gunfire at a wedding caused another tragic error in May which left 11 dead.
The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press claimed last night that as many as 300 died in the latest attack.
It said the area was the ancestral home of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and U.S. forces were looking for him.
Colonel Roger King, speaking at Bagram air base, said: "The U.S. government extends its sympathies to those who may have lost loved ones or who may have suffered any injuries."
Labour MP Alan Simpson blasted the U.S. over the attack.
He said: "It will be described as unfortunate collateral damage, whereas in truth it is poor military planning."
And former Labour Minister Tony Benn branded the continued bombing campaign on Afghanistan "inhumane".
In a separate incident yesterday two rocket-propelled grenades were fired at an airfield in eastern Afghanistan used by U.S. special forces troops.
[TVOTW - SPECIAL NOTE:-
Let no-one be under any misunderstanding whatsoever. The criminality of it all far exceeds anything yet seen from the leader of a western Government. There is no such thing as "blunder". There is no such thing as "mistakenly attacked". There is no such thing as "errant bomb". There is no such thing as "where Taliban and al-Qaeda are being hunted".
B52's with precision bombing aids do not make mistakes. B52's do not take off in the first place without formal authorization as to mission, target, weapons necessary for the task. Also Taliban and al-Qaeda are long gone from this vacinity and in any event the policing of Afghanistan as to law and order is the responsibility of the new Government and no-one else.
A new Government was formed in Afghanistan in December 2001. The first thing any legitimate new leader acting for the welfare and better interests of the people of Afghanistan should have said to the U.S. and any other country involved in the illegal so-called "war" in Afghanistan is - "get out of our country" - "stop bombing my people".
Unfortunately - (as John Pilger says also) - Hamid Karzai is "America's man". The plight of the Afghanistan people defies description. Their suffering is unending and almost without parallel. They are victims of the most serious crimes yet contemplated - the worst of which have been committed in the last 9 months at the hands and on the orders of the most dangerous individual ever to hold public office in the United States - George W. Bush.
It should be of no surprise to people the world over as to why he has refused membership of any International Criminal Court. The Indictment against George W. Bush of 12th February 2002 by an ICOPO Grand Jury stands.
The most recent events described herein and the deaths of these innocent people constitutes further irrefutable proof and evidence in support of the charges as delineated in the indictment.
The mainstream media will also be held accountable for its role in both covering up the complicity of Bush in these events in addition to its failure to advise the public of the facts and content disclosed by TVOTW contained herein.]
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