The government of Afghanistan on Saturday confirmed a UN report alleging child deaths due to the ammunition fired by NATO, especially the US troops.
Civilians casualties during ISAF operations 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 maintain that 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.
Civilians’ casualties have been one of the main controversial issues 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 to ensure regard for the life and property of common Afghan during military operations