Skip to comments.Officials: U.S. troops mistakenly kill seven Afghan policemen in gun battle
Posted on 06/11/2007 9:58:30 PM PDT by malamute
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OH MAN NOT COOL AT ALL
U.S. Congress immediately calls for an investigation committee to see why this unspeakable horrendous murder took place. What did the soldiers know and when did they know it. After the Investigation Committee report comes in they will cast a vote of no confidence.
Calling Murtha, calling Murtha........
Very sad but you’re correct, it happens in war.
Updated, from above link
7 Afghan police killed in friendly fire
Four others wounded when U.S. helicopter fires rockets
Updated: 3 minutes ago
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. forces mistakenly killed seven Afghan police and wounded four others in a friendly fire incident early Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said.
Fighting first started just before midnight Monday between Taliban militants and Afghan police, and two hours into the battle U.S. forces arrived and mistakenly opened fire on the police, said Zurmai Khan, the Khogyani district chief.
OH man that is sad it really tragic part about A WAR
I have feeling Demos would blame miltary for this just watch
Is it safe to assume that Afghani police don’t dress any differently than taliban militants?
Afghan police still weak link in effort to secure Afghanistan
Stephanie Levitz, Associated Press Published: Sunday, June 10, 2007
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A wide grin breaks under Abdullah's coarse black beard, his eyes twinkling as he hoists a paper certificate into the dry dusty air of Kandahar and shouts: "I will serve proudly, my country Afghanistan."
Raucous applause greets his vow, repeated over and over by graduates of an in-service training program for the Afghan National Police run by Canadians at the Provincial Reconstruction Team base in Kandahar.
The eyes of the 23-year-old turned serious when he's asked why he's chosen to join a profession where officers are routine targets. A Canadian official estimates the death toll is 24 Afghan police officers for every Afghan soldier killed in the fight against the Taliban.
Tragically unfortunate. But it happens. Nothing to do but hopefully learn from it and reduce the probability of it happening again.
Thank God the Al Gore-beatifying press has been there to dwell endlessly over every single mistake made in the War on Terror.
What would the enemy do without them?
The Other D-Day, courtesy of Washington Post:
Sixty-three years ago this week, we landed on the Normandy beaches. As on each anniversary of June 6, 1944, much has been written to commemorate the bravery and competence of the victorious Anglo-American forces.
Our forefathers made several mistakes. They attacked nonexistent artillery emplacements. Planes dropped paratroopers far from intended targets. Critical landing assignments on Omaha Beach were missed.
Once they left shore, it got worse. Indeed, D-Day was soon forgotten in the nightmare of GIs being blown apart in the Normandy hedgerows by well-concealed, entrenched German panzers. Apparently, no American planners — from Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Marshall down to the staff of Allied Supreme Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower — had anticipated either the difficulty of penetrating miles of these dense thickets or the deadliness of new German model tanks and anti-tank weapons.
So we landed in Europe with the weaponry we had — and it was in large part vastly inferior to that of the Wehrmacht.
On two successive occasions we bombed our own troops, altogether killing or wounding more than 1,000 Americans, including the highest-ranking officer to die in the European Theater, Lt. Gen. Lesley J. McNair. The nature of his death was hidden from the press — as were many mistakes and casualties both leading up to and after Normandy.
When the disaster in the bocage near the Normandy beaches ended more than two months after D-Day, the victorious Americans, British and Canadians had been bled white. Altogether, the winners of the Normandy campaign suffered a quarter-million dead, wounded or missing, including almost 30,000 American fatalities — losing nearly 10 times the number of combat dead in four years of fighting in Iraq.
News from the other fronts during the slaughter in Normandy was no better. Due to blunders by American generals in Italy, the retreating German army had escaped the planned Allied encirclement — and would kill thousands more Allied soldiers in Italy during the next year.
Disturbing reports spread about the simultaneous advance and brutality of Josef Stalin’s Red Army on the Eastern Front. Some in the American government began to worry that a war started over freedom for Eastern Europe might end up guaranteeing its enslavement — Stalin’s storm troopers merely replacing Adolf Hitler’s.
While we were ground up in the hedgerows, in the Pacific theater thousands of American amphibious troops were lost during the Marianas campaign. True, we kept winning gruesome amphibious assaults, but we didn’t seem to learn much from them.
Note: Very little goes right in a war.
It would be hard to tell them apart in the daytime, let alone at night during a street battle.
I’m baffled. Why wouldn’t the police be wearing easily recognizable uniforms? Maybe there’s a reason for it and I’m not war savvy to know what it is.
Happened around midnight. Sadly, accidents in war do happen, but even sadder is the spin the media put on incidents like this.
Friendly fire - ain’t
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