July 14-16, 2011
US-led soldier slain in S Afghanistan
Press TV, Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:59AM
A soldier with the US-led International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) has lost his life in a roadside bomb attack in southern
"An ISAF service member died as a result of a
roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan today," Reuters cited a brief
statement released by the military contingent on Saturday.
alliance, however, did not announce the name or nationality of the
Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
are by far the most lethal weapon Taliban militants have used against
foreign troops, Afghan forces as well as civilians.
death brings to 311 the number of foreign troops killed in war-battered
Afghanistan so far this year, icasualties.org reported.
year, nonetheless, remains the deadliest year for foreign military
casualties with a death toll of 711. The number eclipsed the previous
record of 521, set in 2009.
Hundreds of civilians have also been
killed in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of
Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming increasingly
outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults.
The rising death toll for Afghan civilians as a result of NATO and US
military operations has increased tension between Afghan President Hamid
Karzai and his Western allies.
US-led soldier killed in Afghan war
Press TV, Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:51AM
A US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier has
been killed in a militant attack in western Afghanistan.
service member died on Friday following an attack in western
Afghanistan," Reuters cited a brief statement released by the military
contingent on Saturday.
The ISAF, however, has not announced the
name or the nationality of the soldier.
At least 310 foreign
troops have been killed in war-ravaged Afghanistan so far this year.
The year 2010 was the deadliest year for foreign military casualties
with a death toll of 711, eclipsing the 2009 toll of 521.
Hundreds of civilians have also been killed in US-led airstrikes and
ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few
months, with Afghans becoming increasingly outraged over the seemingly
endless number of deadly assaults.
The growing death toll of the
Afghan civilians as a result of NATO and US military operations in the
country has fueled tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and
his Western allies.
French soldier killed in Afghan war
Press TV, Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:3PM
A French soldier has been killed in Afghanistan just one day
after seven US-led foreign forces -- including five more French soldiers
-- were killed.
President Nicolas Sarkozy's office has confirmed
that a French Navy commando died in a militant attack in northeast of
Kabul on Thursday morning.
The latest death brings the NATO death
toll to well over 307 so far this year. France has lost at least 70 of
its soldiers during the Afghan war.
According to official
figures, more than 2,588 US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan
since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.
Sarkozy has held an emergency security meeting to discuss the safety of
French combat troops leading up to their scheduled withdrawal from
Afghanistan by 2014.
He reiterated that in agreement with NATO
allies, responsibility for security in Afghanistan would be
progressively passed on to Afghan forces.
Earlier in July,
Sarkozy announced that France plans withdraw 1,000 of its 4,000 combat
forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
situation remains fragile in Afghanistan despite the presence of about
150,000 US-led foreign forces.
The increasing number of troop
casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and
other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
US-led attack kills six in Afghanistan
Press TV, Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:37AM
A US-led airstrike has killed at least six civilians in Afghanistan's
southeastern Khost province, triggering outrage among local Afghan
The US-led forces targeted three residential buildings
in the city of Khost in southeastern Khost province during a night
operation late Wednesday, killing six civilians, including a woman and a
government employee, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.
To protest the US-led war on the country, some residents of Khost
city reportedly plan to carry some of the dead bodies to the Khost
US-led foreign forces have not yet issued any
official statement on the killings.
The fresh violence against
Afghan civilians by US-led forces follows a Tuesday air offensive in
northeastern Kunar province , which killed four civilians and wounded
In another attack on Tuesday, US-led warplanes targeted
two houses overnight in residential areas in the Azra district of
Afghanistan's Logar province, leaving at least 16 civilians dead,
including women and children.
No official statistics have ever
been kept on the high number civilian casualties in Afghanistan as the
result of US-led military operations and aerial strikes as well as
terror attacks by pro-Taliban militant forces. However, according to a
UPI report, estimates developed by human rights groups put the number of
civilians killed since 2001 merely by the US-led ISAF forces as high as
Moreover, tens of thousands of other Afghan civilians
have reportedly lost their lives due to forced displacement, starvation,
lack of medical treatment, crime and lawlessness caused by the US-led
The 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan came about with the
well-publicized objective of overthrowing the Taliban regime, rooting
out the pro-Taliban militancy and bringing peace and stability to the
troubled country. Ten years on, however, Afghanistan remains highly
unstable with a persisting growth of terrorism, illicit drug production
and narcotics trade.
Karzai orders probe into NATO killings
Press TV, Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:17PM
Afghan people protest as they carry the bodies of civilians who were
killed in an overnight raid, Thursday July 14, 2011. Afghan President
Hamid Karzai has called on Khost provincial officials to conduct an
investigation over the deaths of six civilians killed by a US-led
In a statement from his office on Thursday, Karzai
ordered a "broad based investigation into civilian casualties in
coalition operations in Khost province."
instructed the Khost governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi and other security
officials to closely investigate the circumstances around the incident
and submit their report to the president at the earliest possible," the
At least six civilians, including an 11-year-old
girl, were killed during a night operation in southeastern Khost
province late Wednesday.
"A teacher, a student, an 11-year-old
girl and three other ordinary people were killed in the operation. They
were civilians, innocent people," Khost provincial spokesman Mubarez
The United Nations said in a report on Thursday that
civilian casualties in Afghanistan has increased by 15 percent in the
first half of 2011, compared to the same period a year earlier.
Close to 1,500 civilians are documented to have been killed during the
period, according to the report.
Figures show that the number of
civilians injured also rose by 7 percent.
Bomb rocks Karzai brother's ceremony
Press TV, Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:38AM
A bomb has ripped through a mosque in the southern city of Kandahar,
where a memorial ceremony for the assassinated brother of Afghanistan's
president was underway.
At least four people, including the head
cleric of Kandahar's Ulema Council, Maulvi Hekmatullah, were killed and
13 others were injured after a bomber blew himself up in the mosque
where the memorial ceremony of Ahmad Wali Karzai was being held, a Press
TV correspondent reported Thursday.
The police have cordoned off
the area, searching for evidence and possibly more casualties.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqi has also confirmed the
attack, saying the assault has left some casualties.