President Hamid Karzai benytter flyangrepet på to dieseltankbiler som ble stjålet av Taliban til å kritisere ISAF. Det er høyt spill. Karzai slår politisk mynt på krigen, og det på en måte som går ut over tilliten til ISAF.
A statement issued by the office of the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, said he was «deeply saddened» and had sent a delegation to investigate. «Targeting civilian men and women is not acceptable,» the statement added.
At ISAF-flyene skulle siktet på sivile er nok en påstand som provoserer.
Den tyske kommandanten i området ga klarsignal til flyangrepet.
Taliban påtok seg ansvaret for tyveriet av tankbilene, men påstår – selvsagt – at det bare var sivile som ble drept.
Guvernøren i området hevder det motsatte:
Mahboubullah Sayedi, a spokesman for the Kunduz provincial governor, said 90 people were killed but that «most of them were insurgents.»
Mr. Sayedi said some civilians had come to get fuel, and other civilians who turned out were sympathetic to the Taliban. In addition, he said, there were reports from the scene that 40 to 50 charred pieces of Kalashnikov rifles were also found, suggesting that many of the dead were insurgents.
«The village, which is on the border of the districts of Ali Abad and Char Dara, is controlled by Taliban commanders, said the Ali Abad governor, Haji Habibullah. Putting the toll at «80 to 90,» he said, «Some of them were civilians and some of them were Taliban fighters.»
But public health officer for Kunduz Province, Dr. Azizullah Safar, said a medical team sent to the village reported that 80 people had been killed, and that «most of them were civilians and villagers.»
Mange syr sannheten etter sine egne ønsker og behov.
Storbritannias utenriksminister så ut til å ha dette i tankene:
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called for a «prompt and urgent investigation.»
«It is a vital time for NATO and Afghanistan’s people to come together,» he told SKY news. «We have a very strong NATO commitment, we need a strong Afghan commitment and obviously incidents like this can only undermine that.»