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Afghanistan confirm UN report on children deaths in US operations

By Meena Haseeb - Sat Feb 09 2013, 9:42 am

Aimal FaiziThe government of Afghanistan confirmed UN report regarding children deaths and said civilians casualties during NATO troops operations specifically US troops has been one of the controversial issues during the past ten years.

Presidential palace spokesman Aimal Faizi in an interview with the Radio Free Europe (RFE) said, “We agree with the UN report and confirm that innocent kids have been killed during coalition forces operations specifically US troops operations during the past ten years.”

This comes as the UN body monitoring the rights of children said, attacks by US military forces in Afghanistan, including air strikes, have reportedly killed hundreds of children over the last four years.

The Geneva-based Committee on the Rights of the Child told the United States this week that it is ”alarmed at reports of the death of hundreds of children as a result of attacks and air strikes by the US military forces in Afghanistan”.

However coalition officials said the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s concerns about reports of the death of hundreds of children as a result of attacks and air strikes by the US military in Afghanistan are categorically unfounded. Equally unsubstantiated is their assertion that US forces use indiscriminate force during their operations. Finally, the committee’s assertion that US troops do not exercise precautionary measures is entirely false.

In the meantime presidential palace spokesman Aimal Faizi said war against terrorism was not properly done which has led to civilians and children casualties.

Civilians casualties has been one of the main controversial issue between the Afghan government and coalition security forces. President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly criticized civilians deaths and called on coalition forces to take strict measures for the immunity of civilians during the operations.

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