NATO Admits U.S. Forces Killed Innocent Pregnant Women in Afghanistan

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
U.S. soldiers take photos after killing 5 innocent people in Khataba, February 12 2010 (AP Photo/Anonymous)

U.S. Special Operations commandoes in February mistakenly killed five Afghans, including two pregnant women, and then tried to cover up their mistake. An investigation by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) determined that American and Afghan special forces arrived at the village of Khataba in Paktia province on February 12, entered a residential compound, and opened fire on two men—a police officer and a local prosecutor—because “they showed what appeared to be hostile intent by being armed,” according to the investigation. The two pregnant women, along with an 18-year-old girl, were also killed by the gunfire.

Dozens of people had gathered at the home to celebrate the naming of newborn baby. When they saw armed men on their property, they assumed the intruders were Taliban.
After the bungled raid, the Americans removed bullets from the dead bodies and cleaned the wounds with alcohol as part of their cover up. The Special Forces then lied to their superiors, claiming they found the women already dead when they entered Khataba.
Mohammed Tahir, the father of the 18-year-old girl, told the Times of London, “The foreigners are always talking about human rights. But they don’t care about human rights, They teach us human rights, then they kill a load of civilians. They didn’t come here to end terrorism. They are terrorists.”
“We deeply regret the outcome of this operation, accept responsibility for our actions that night, and know that this loss will be felt forever by the families,” said Brigadier General Eric Tremblay, an ISAF spokesperson, in a prepared statement. “The force went to the compound based on reliable information in search of a Taliban insurgent and believed that the two men posed a threat to their personal safety. We now understand that the men killed were only trying to protect their families.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Gardez Investigation Concludes (International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan)
Afghan Investigators Say U.S. Troops Tried to Cover Up Evidence in Botched Raid (by Richard Oppel Jr. and Abdul Waheed Wafa, New York Times)
Joint Force Operating in Gardez Makes Gruesome Discovery (International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan)


Billy Khan. 13 years ago
Why are the soldiers who killed and lied not in jail?........Why are the soldiers who killed and lied not in jail?........ Why are they even in Afghanistan?
Chino 13 years ago
heh, i wonder how many "terrorists" the amercian soldiers have killed, how many children lie dead in the streets, and yet the united states continues to send in a reign of terror and bloodshed in all corners of the world.... peace to the deceased, may you find peace in another life -Chino
Beautiful 13 years ago
The news about NATO admitting a role in the deaths of two pregnant woman in a botched Special Operations raid February 12, has led me to ask for assistance for these poor women's children and families! As a current pregnant woman, the admission of this travesty has brought anger, confusion, etc. but what I want to DO most of all is to try and get as many pregnant mothers, expecting couples, ANYBODY together to collect sympathy cards for these poor children and families! Please, Americans, let's show these victims and their families that we care and are NOT like the perpetrators of these crimes, but that we have compassion and do CARE for their loved ones at this dark time! Please contact me at: if you would like to help or contribute!

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