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.
October 30, 2001 |
Seeking to rebut the growing perception in the Islamic world that U.S. bombs are targeting Afghan civilians, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld on Monday offered his most aggressive defense yet of what he called the painstaking care the Pentagon is putting into avoiding nonmilitary casualties. "No nation in human history has done more to avoid civilian casualties than the United States has in this conflict," Rumsfeld said.
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.
December 2, 2001 |
Villagers from the remote Afghan outpost of Kama Ado say they don't know how far it is to Tora Bora--only that it's a 10-hour hike to the nest of caves and trenches that Osama bin Laden adopted as a hide-out and headquarters. That may have been too near. Scores of villagers from Kama Ado and other sleepy hamlets in the foothills of the White Mountain range in eastern Afghanistan were believed killed in U.S. overnight bombing raids on Tora Bora, Afghan officials and witnesses said.
October 25, 1996 |
The Taliban Islamic militia took the war against its enemies to the skies Thursday, scrambling MIGs to attack positions north of Kabul. In one village, 20 civilians--mostly women and children--were reported killed by a Taliban bomb.
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.