Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Afghanistan - More Lies
Four civilians have been killed in an airstrike called in by British forces, following a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan, according to the Ministry of Defence.
It is reported that two women and two children died after Tuesday's strike in the south of Helmand Province, in the southern part of the country. Another person was injured.
They were evacuated to the British field hospital at Camp Bastion for medical treatment.
The MoD expressed its "deep regret" at the incident, which is now being investigated.
It said British troops called in air support after being ambushed by Taliban forces at an undisclosed location, a spokeswoman said.
The British troops engaged in an intense firefight, before support was requested to target the area where the Taliban appeared to have been operating, only to unintentionally kill the civilians.
Details of the incident were first disclosed by a Nato spokesman, who attributed involvement in the strike to the organisation's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).
But the MoD later confirmed British involvement.
It is not known if the aircraft used in the strike was British.
Speaking for Nato, Brigadier General Carlos Branco said: "We deeply regret the loss of innocent life and injuries by civilians and we are saddened that casualties were caused as a result of a deliberate attack against Isaf forces instigated by insurgents."
British air support in Helmand Province was the field of responsibility Prince Harry worked in during his recently disclosed period of service in Afghanistan.
I bet he's proud.
Posted by TONY @oakroyd on 12.3.08