Karzai demands halt to US-led air campaign after UN report on Kunduz strike
By Khaama Press - Wed May 09 2018, 1:14 pm
The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has demanded an immediate halt to the US-led air campaign after the UNAMA confirmed civilian casualties in an airstrike conducted by the Afghan forces in northern Kunduz province.
Karzai said he was appalled by the UN report regarding the civilian casualties in Kunduz airstrike and is concerned regarding the lack of precautions to prevent civilian deaths.
In a statement released in the aftermath of the UN report, Karzai said the United States should stop airstrikes on Afghan villages and homes and let the Afghans to achieve development through peace and unity.
The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said late on Monday that the latest findings by the mission indicate that 36 civilians were killed and 71 others were wounded in the airstrike in Dasht Archi district.
However, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement, said the intelligence reports received by the ministry indicates that several Taliban militants including 18 of their commanders were killed in the raid.
The statement further added that a member of the Quetta Council of the Taliban Mulah Baryal was also among those killed and several others including 12 commanders of the group were wounded.
In the meantime, MoD confirmed the deaths of 9 civilians while stating that 55 others sustained injuries in the airstrike.
MoD believes that the recent UNAMA report has been prepared based on the accounts of the individuals living in the areas under the control of the Taliban and have been forced to provide incorrect information.