Who is the real terrorist, USA or the ME!**!?
Free 14-Day Trial Log In Register Now Home Page My Times Today's Paper Video Most Popular Times Topics World All NYT Asia Pacific World U.S. N.Y. / Region Business Technology Science Health Sports Opinion Arts Style Travel Jobs Real Estate Autos Africa Americas Asia Pacific Europe Middle East 16 Civilians Die as U.S. Troops Open Fire in Afghanistan Sign In to E-Mail or Save This Print Reprints Share Digg Facebook Newsvine Permalink By CARLOTTA GALL Published: March 4, 2007 KABUL, Afghanistan, March 4 — American troops opened fire on a highway filled with civilian cars and bystanders today, American and Afghan officials said, in an incident that the Americans said left 16 civilians dead and 24 wounded as they fled the scene of a suicide car bombing in eastern Afghanistan. One American was also wounded. Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Rahmat Gul/Associated Press Afghans shouted anti-American slogans Sunday to protest the deaths of civilians. The Reach of War Go to Complete Coverage » Enlarge This Image Noorullah/European Pressphoto Agency A suicide car bombing was part of the violence, the United States military said. The shooting set off demonstrations, with local people blocking the highway, the main road east from the town of Jalalabad to the border with Pakistan. And there were differences in some of the accounts of the incident, with the Americans saying that the civilians were caught in crossfire between the troops and militants, and Afghan witnesses and some authorities blaming the Americans for indiscriminately shooting at civilian vehicles in anger after the explosion. The United States military said the unit came under fire after a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden car near their convoy “as part of a complex ambush involving enemy small-arms fire from several directions.” The marines, who were on patrol near Jalalabad airfield, returned fire, and the civilians were killed and wounded in the crossfire during the battle, according to a statement from the military press office at Bagram airbase near Kabul. “We regret the death of innocent Afghan citizens as a result of the Taliban extremists’ cowardly act,” Lt. Col. David Accetta, a military spokesman, said in the statement. “Once again, the terrorists demonstrated their blatant disregard for human life by attacking coalition forces in a populated area, knowing full well that innocent Afghans would be killed and wounded in the attack.” Yet some of the wounded interviewed in the hospital by news agencies said the only shooting came from the American troops. A hospital official, who asked not to be named, said all the wounded were suffering from bullet wounds and not shrapnel from the bomb explosion. Hundreds of Afghans blocked the road and threw rocks at police officers in protest afterward, with some demonstrators shouting “Death to America! Death to Karzai,” a reference to President Hamid Karzai, The Associated Press reported. The shooting is a setback for American forces in Afghanistan, who have been working to contain the continuing insurgent attacks, in particular roadside bombs and suicide attacks, and win the support of the people with reconstruction and development projects. Deadly riots shook Kabul last May after American troops were involved in a fatal car crash and then opened fire on the crowd. Among the dead this morning were a woman and two children in their early teens, said Dr. Ajmal Pardez, the provincial director of health, speaking by telephone from the Jalalabad city hospital. He said the hospital received 10 dead and 25 wounded people from the incident, with four people in critical condition, he said. After the suicide attack, the American soldiers treated every car and person along the highway as a potential attacker, though none of the people showed hostile intent, Muhammad Khan Katawazi, the district chief of Shinwar, told The Associated Press. “They were firing everywhere, and they even opened fire on 14 to 15 vehicles passing on the highway,” said Tur Gul, 38, who was standing on the roadside by a gas station and was shot twice in his right hand. “They opened fire on everybody, the ones inside the vehicles and the ones on foot.” Some of the wounded interviewed by The Associated Press said the soldiers opened fire indiscriminately on passing cars and pedestrians on the busy main road. “When we parked our vehicle, when they passed us, they opened fire on our vehicle,” said 15-year-old Mohammad Ishaq, who was hit by two bullets, in his left arm and his right ear. “It was a convoy of three American Humvees. All three Humvees were firing around.” In other fighting, two British soldiers were killed on Saturday in southern Afghanistan, the British Defense Ministry said today. The men were involved in heavy fighting that has raged for three days in the town of Sangin, said Col. Tom Collins, a NATO spokesman in Kabul. Townspeople have fled the town and abandoned their shops as Taliban insurgents and British troops stationed there have been trading artillery and rockets, according to a resident of the area.
Asked By: wisdom king - 3/4/2007
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My friend, I'm glad to see that before you go condeming anyone you are asking the question... More
Answered By: DW - 3/4/2007
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If you support this travesty, yes, you are a terrorist supporter, like many of your fellow citizens.
Answered By: ToYou,Too! - 3/4/2007
Answered By: Sean X - 3/4/2007
See the book 'TripleCross' there is growing corruption like the plague. If no one contacts officials(who have good recs) we are loosing our liberty.
Answered By: spareo1 - 3/4/2007
“We regret the death of innocent Afghan citizens as a result of the Taliban extremists’ cowardly act,” Lt. Col. David Accetta, a military spokesman, said in the statement. “Once again, the terrorists demonstrated their blatant disregard for human life by attacking coalition forces in a populated area, knowing full well... More
Answered By: mckenziecalhoun - 3/4/2007
If ME stands for Muslim Empire then that is the biggest terrorist just like muhammad wanted.
Answered By: mountainclass - 3/4/2007
Why, when the US accidentally kills 7 or 8 civilians in a strike against the enemy, the world (and US Democrats) unite in protest and holds the incident up as a reason for the US to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. However, when islamic terrorists blow up 200 civilians in a market place, or kidnap 50 iraqi police... More
Answered By: P M - 3/6/2007
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