President Hamid Karzai har sendt en representant til en landsby hvor afghanere ble drept og representanten har konkludert med at amerikanske spesialsoldater drepte skolegutter med kaldt blod.
Fremstillingen til Karzais utsending rimer dårlig med ISAFs. Det var snakk om en felles operasjon med afghanske soldater og de kom under beskytning.
Hvilket motiv skulle Karzai ha for å konstruere en massakre? Karzai har vært under voldsomt internasjonalt press de siste månedene om å gjøre noe med korrupsjonen i landet. Det var så vidt han fikk fortsette som president. Anklager om massakre på sivile er det mest potente middelet han har til å legge press på ISAF. Men det er et farlig våpen, som kan slå tilbake på ham selv. Amerikanerne vil neppe finne seg i å bli hengt ut som mordere, samtidig som åtte sivile amerikanere ble drept av en selvmordsbomber i Khost.
President Karzai sent a team of investigators to Narang district, in eastern Kunar province, after reports of a massacre first surfaced on Monday.
«The delegation concluded that a unit of international forces descended from a plane Sunday night into Ghazi Khan village in Narang district of the eastern province of Kunar and took ten people from three homes, eight of them school students in grades six, nine and ten, one of them a guest, the rest from the same family, and shot them dead,» a statement on President Karzai’s website said.
Assadullah Wafa, who led the investigation, said that US soldiers flew to Kunar from Kabul, suggesting that they were part of a special forces unit.
«At around 1 am, three nights ago, some American troops with helicopters left Kabul and landed around 2km away from the village,» he told The Times. «The troops walked from the helicopters to the houses and, according to my investigation, they gathered all the students from two rooms, into one room, and opened fire.» Mr Wafa, a former governor of Helmand province, met President Karzai to discuss his findings yesterday. «I spoke to the local headmaster,» he said. «It’s impossible they were al-Qaeda. They were children, they were civilians, they were innocent. I condemn this attack.»
In a telephone interview last night, the headmaster said that the victims were asleep in three rooms when the troops arrived. «Seven students were in one room,» said Rahman Jan Ehsas. «A student and one guest were in another room, a guest room, and a farmer was asleep with his wife in a third building.
«First the foreign troops entered the guest room and shot two of them. Then they entered another room and handcuffed the seven students. Then they killed them. Abdul Khaliq [the farmer] heard shooting and came outside. When they saw him they shot him as well. He was outside. That’s why his wife wasn’t killed.»
A local elder, Jan Mohammed, said that three boys were killed in one room and five were handcuffed before they were shot. «I saw their school books covered in blood,» he said.
The investigation found that eight of the victims were aged from 11 to 17. The guest was a shepherd boy, 12, called Samar Gul, the headmaster said. He said that six of the students were at high school and two were at primary school. He said that all the students were his nephews. In Jalalabad, protesters set alight a US flag and an effigy of President Obama after chanting «Death to Obama» and «Death to foreign forces». In Kabul, protesters held up banners showing photographs of dead children alongside placards demanding «Foreign troops leave Afghanistan» and «Stop killing us».
Nato’s International Security Assistance Force said that there was «no direct evidence to substantiate» Mr Wafa’s claims that unarmed civilians were harmed in what it described as a «joint coalition and Afghan security force» operation.
«As the joint assault force entered the village they came under fire from several buildings and in returning fire killed nine individuals,» he said.
En av partene lyver. Er det sannsynlig at amerikanske spesialsoldater går amok på et tidspunkt da USA satser alt på å vinne krigen med en ny strategi?