NATO killed Afghan children in pursuit of low-level Taliban fighters

Der Spiegel documents an attempted attack on a Taliban member named Mullah Niaz Mohammed in 2011 that instead resulted in the death of a nearby child, while critically injuring the child’s father

NATO killed Afghan children in pursuit of low-level Taliban fighters

World Bulletin/News Desk

Drawing information from top secret documents spirited away by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reports that the “kill list” used by NATO forces in Afghanistan included low-ranking members of the Taliban along with drug dealers suspected of supporting them, the Raw Story reports.

According to the newly released documents, NATO maintained an extensive list — including up to 750 names at times –  of Afghans (found here) slated for death, including mid- and lower-level Taliban operatives along with drug dealers who allegedly supported the insurgents.

Drawing on field reports and internal documents,  Der Spiegel documents an attempted attack on a Taliban member named Mullah Niaz Mohammed — nicknamed “Doody” in reports — in 2011 that instead resulted in the death of a nearby child, while critically injuring the child’s father.

According to the report, “Doody,”  who was number 3,673 on the kill list, had been designated  as a priority level three on a scale of one to four by NATO, meaning he wasn’t particularly important within the Taliban leadership structure.  Spotted on the ground by the crew of a British Apache combat helicopter, the pilot and gunner were given the go-ahead to kill him, however poor visibility resulted in a launched Hellfire missile striking the child and his father instead. Realizing they had missed their target, the Apache pilot then fired  100 rounds at “Doody” with his 30-mm gun, critically injuring the man.

When describing the “cleansing” phase,  Michael T. Flynn,  head of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) intelligence in Afghanistan, reportedly told a group of German officials: “The only good Talib is a dead Talib.”

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