Tag Archives: NATO
14 April 2013
Officials and witnesses say eleven children have been killed in a NATO air strike in the Shigal district, in the Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan. The strikes were called in to support a major operation by US and Afghan government forces targeting senior Taliban commanders and a local weapons cache. The NATO-led International Security Assistant Force (ISAF) said: ‘The air support was called in by coalition forces – not Afghans’. A statement issued on behalf of President Karzai strongly condemned the NATO attack, and ‘military operations in residential areas that cause civilian deaths’.
Source: BBC | Afghan children 'killed by Nato air strike in Shigal'
28 March 2013
Afghan and NATO military officials have reported they have killed more than 20 armed fighters in a joint operation in the east of Afghanistan. The operation in the eastern province of Logar rescued two captured Afghan soldiers.
Source: Al Jazeera | Joint operation kills Afghan fighters
21 March 2013
On 20 March 2013, a German court of first instance in Bonn began to hear the complaints by several relatives of Afghans killed by airstrikes in northern Afghanistan near the city of Kunduz in September 2009. The airstrikes were targeted at two stolen tankers but led to the death and injury of numerous civilians. The strikes were executed by American planes, but ordered by a German NATO officer. The German government has already paid 330,000 euros to the victims of the airstrikes, but the claimants before the Bonn District Court claim ten times this amount from Germany.
Source: Euronews | Germany in the dock over Kunduz airstrike
Source: Der Spiegel | Kunduz-Prozess: Was darf ein Offizier im Krieg? (in German)
21 March 2013
The UN Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year, until 19 March 2014. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged for continued UN support to the Afghan government up to and beyond the 2014 deadline for the assumption of full responsibility of governance, security and development in most areas.
In the resolution, the Council “stresses the critical importance of a continued presence of UNAMA and other United Nations agencies, funds and programmes in the provinces, consistent with the transition process, in support of and in cooperation with the Afghan Government.”
The withdrawal of most of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and United States troops from Afghanistan is planned to be completed by the end of 2014. A transition of responsibility for security in the state from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Afghan forces is underway.
Source: UN News Centre | Afghanistan: Security Council extends mission amid calls for continued UN support
Source: UN Secretary-General | Latest Statements | New York, 19 March 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council Debate on Afghanistan
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19 February 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that he would forbid his military forces from requesting American or NATO forces to conduct airstrikes. The announcement follows a joint Afghan-NATO attack last week in the Kunar Province (in eastern Afghanistan), that killed ten civilians. The airstrike was reportedly requested by the Afghan National Directorate of Security.
Source: The New York Times | Karzai to Forbid Afghan Forces From Requesting Foreign Airstrikes