Hundreds of university students blocked main roads in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nangahar province, to protest the alleged deaths of 10 civilians, mostly school children, in a Western military operation on Saturday." Shooting Handcuffed Children: Afghans Take to Streets by Ralph Lopez, OpEdNews, 1/4/10
"KABUL - The United Nations said Thursday that a weekend raid by foreign troops in a tense eastern Afghan province killed eight local students and that it warned against nighttime actions by coalition forces because they often cause civilian deaths.
The Afghan government said its investigation has established that all 10 people killed Sunday in a remote village in Kunar province were civilians. Its officials said that eight of those killed were schoolchildren aged 12-14.
U.N.: Afghans slain in troop raid were students AP Release, 12/31/09
"The occupied government of Afghanistan and the United Nations have both concluded that U.S.-led troops recently dragged eight sleeping children out of their beds, handcuffed some of them, and shot them all dead." Preventing Shooting of Handcuffed Children, AfterDowningStreet.org
Democracy Now! | Headlines for January 04, 2010
Friday, January 01, 2010
'In news from Afghanistan, hundreds of people, mostly students, protested in Kabul and in the province of Nangarhar earlier today against the US killing of civilians. Another protest against civilian deaths was held on December 30. Over the past ten days, Afghan civilians have been killed in a number of attacks. Four civilians were killed during an operation of NATO forces in Baghlan. Eleven Afghans, including eight schoolchildren, were killed in eastern Kunar, and thirteen more Afghans died in an air raid in Laghman province. The killing of the schoolchildren has sparked the most outrage. According to the Times of London, US-led troops dragged innocent children from their beds and shot them during a night raid on December 27. Afghan government investigators said that eight schoolchildren were killed, all but one of them from the same family. The headmaster of the local school said seven of the children were handcuffed and then executed. A preliminary investigation by the United Nations determined that students were killed in the raid. Kai Eide, who heads the United Nations in Kabul, said the UN remained concerned about nighttime raids by coalition troops "given that they often result in lethal outcomes for civilians."
"Afghanistan has demanded that foreign troops responsible for the killing of 10 civilians be handed over to the custody of the government. The demand has been made via the National Security Council chaired by President Hamid Karzai on Thursday.
The statement comes just days after the victims, including eight school-children, were dragged out of their homes in the Kunar province and shot to death over the weekend.
NATO forces have disputed the results of the Afghan probe. The US military insists that the victims were armed militants. The killing of civilians sparked public outcry on Wednesday, when hundreds of students took part in anti-US demonstrations."
And from an American ally nation:
Australian Soldiers Kill Afghan Children: SBS Dateline Video of Afghan Father of Slain Interviewed by reporter Sophie McNeil, 1/4/10
But in war promoting conglomerate media one receives only prime news of the deaths of seven CIA and of course praise for their work in protecting America from very Taliban that President Reagan invited and praised in the White House.
P.S. As far as U.S. is concerned, more damning evidence of American disrespect of international norms of treatment of children? (Apart from the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of captured in war). There are two thousand two hundred twenty-five children in U.S. prisons with no possibility of parole, and underage uncharged prisoners at Guantanamo and other U.S. military facilities.