Wednesday, August 27, 2008

UN Finds Airstrikes Killed Afghan Civilians

An article in the Washington Post today reports that United Nations officials found "convincing evidence" that at least 90 civilians--two-thirds of them children--were killed in last week's U.S.-led airstrike that prompted the Afghan government to call for a review of U.S. and NATO military operations in the country.

Kai Eide, Afghanistan's Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General, said witnesses in the western province of Herat corroborated claims that 60 children and 30 adults had been killed in an August 21 military operation. You can read Eide's official statement on the website of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The UN also provides an account of its investigative findings at the UN News Centre.

For links to Afghanistan's government web pages, see our own country page on Afghanistan. If you'd like more online resources from the UN, see our web page devoted to this organization. We also encourage you to check out our numerous subject guides, which include resources on such topics as human rights and foreign relations.

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