Excerpted from AP Wire Dec. 1, 2003
Many residents said Saddam loyalists attacked the Americans, but that U.S. forces began firing at random and many civilians got their guns and joined the fight. Many said residents were bitter about recent U.S. raids in the night.
“Why do they arrest people when they’re in their homes?” asked Athir Abdul Salam, a 19-year-old student. “They come at night to arrest people. So what do they expect those people to do?”
“Civilians shot back at the Americans,” said 30-year-old Ali Hassan, who was wounded by shrapnel in the battle. “They claim we are terrorists. So OK, we are terrorists. What do they expect when they drive among us?”
Many residents said the Americans opened fire at random when they came under attack, targeting civilian installations. Six destroyed vehicles sat in front of the hospital, where witnesses said U.S. tanks shelled people dropping off the injured. A
kindergarten was damaged, apparently by tank shells. No children were hurt.
“Luckily, we evacuated the children five minutes before we came under attack,” said Ibrahim Jassim, a guard at the kindergarten. “Why did they attack randomly? Why did they shoot a kindergarten with tank shells?”
Excerpted from ABC News-World-Wire Dec. 07, 2003
HUTALA, Afghanistan Dec. 7 — Children's hats and shoes littered a bloody field cratered by gunfire Sunday after a U.S. airstrike, aimed at a wanted Taliban commander, mistakenly killed nine children in an Afghan mountain village.
The American warplane was targeting Mullah Wazir, once a local commander for the hard-line Islamic militia. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and a U.S. military official said Wazir was killed in the attack, but residents and local officials said Wazir escaped or was not in the village at all.
Exerpted from Reuters Dec. 07, 2003
In November, six civilians were killed in an air strike in the southern province of Paktika, and nearly three weeks before that eight members of the same family, including children, died in a similar attack in the province of Nuristan.
In July last year the Afghan government said 48 people had been killed and 117 hurt in Uruzgan province when a U.S. AC-130 gunship attacked a wedding party. The U.S. military said 34 died and 50 were hurt -- mostly women and children -- but said the aircraft had come under fire.
Also Saturday, a bomb blast in the city of Kandahar wounded at least 18 people.