Yesterday’s New York Times (8/24/10) brought this headline: “Afghans Say NATO Troops Killed 8 Civilians in Raid.” About those claims, we were told this:
Maj. Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, as the NATO force is known, said NATO authorities were unaware of any such attack.
Today’s Times (8/25/10) brings this headline: “New Case of Civilian Deaths Investigated in Afghanistan.” Of civilian casualties, we are told that “the issue is a delicate one between NATO and the Afghan government.”
Afghanistan is a tribal society, and the results of botched raids are often difficult to overcome.
Tribal societies sure are strange.