October 13, 1996 |
Civilian casualties filled hospitals here following heavy fighting Saturday between Taliban rebels and soldiers loyal to the deposed Afghan government. In one hospital, a 10-month-old baby screamed, his right leg amputated by a shell. An 11-year-old boy, one arm missing, lay stunned under heavy sedation. The wounded arrived in waves of up to 30, many of them civilians.
May 6, 1992 |
Hundreds of shellshocked civilians began fleeing the Afghan capital in panic Tuesday as the second consecutive day of heavy shelling by dissident Muslim guerrillas killed nearly two dozen men, women and children, closed the international airport and further paralyzed the struggling new government.
March 3, 2009 |
Civilians will bear the brunt of an escalation in the Afghan war this year as thousands more U.S. troops deploy unless more is done by NATO forces and Taliban militants to protect them, a top Red Cross official said. Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are "significantly higher" today than a year ago, and an intensification of the conflict this year could mean that consequences for many more Afghans will be "dire in the extreme," said Pierre Krahenbuhl, the director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
November 2, 2001
CONGRESS A sharply divided House approved an air-travel security bill supported by President Bush that puts the Republican-controlled chamber in conflict with the Senate over whether airport screeners of passengers and baggage should become federal employees. SECURITY In a possible breach of security that has angered federal officials, Gov.
May 2, 2011 |
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that the death of Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan proved that "the fight against terrorism is not in Afghanistan. " "I want to call on NATO that the fight against terrorism is not in our homes or villages, nor is it in searching our homes," Karzai was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. "They should stop that. " Karzai has frequently criticized foreign forces for causing civilian casualties in Afghanistan. Photos: Osama bin Laden is dead Speaking at a gathering of district officials, Karzai said he hoped the Taliban would learn from Bin Laden's fate.
May 2, 2010 |
Civilian deaths in the last month jumped by one-third over the same period a year ago, the Afghan government said Sunday. The surge in noncombatant fatalities is considered particularly worrisome in advance of a major Western military offensive in Kandahar province this spring and summer. Typically, intensified fighting between insurgents and foreign forces brings a corresponding spike in civilian casualties. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said 173 civilians were killed between March 21 and April 21, the most recent period for which figures were available.