Afghans Riot Over Death in US Night Raid

Back in March, Afghans told General McChrystal to jump, and he asked how high? He then restricted our great troops even more, and changed the policies on night raids. Apparently the General knows little about the Islamic world. He seems oblivious to the fact, that the more we give, the more they want. Their demands are never ending. Besides having the troops fight with one hand tied behind their back, it is time to move away from this nation building plan. The infidel does not get to dictate to Muslims what Islam is. It is time to bring the troops home, and end all Muslim immigration.

Afghanistan war: US night raid sparks protest over civilian deaths
By Dion Nissenbaum Dion Nissenbaum – Thu Apr 29

Kabul, Afghanistan – Irate demonstrators burned tires and blocked traffic in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday after U.S.-led forces killed an armed relative of an Afghan lawmaker during a night raid on her home, according to military and Afghan officials.

The confrontation was another setback for the American-led military coalition in Afghanistan, which has declared an aim of reducing civilian deaths and winning support from skeptical Afghans as it prepares for a prolonged summer offensive meant to hobble the Taliban.

U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the head of coalition forces in Afghanistan, has issued a series of orders meant to curtail civilian deaths, which alienate the public and provide fodder for insurgents.

McChrystal recently put new constraints on controversial night raids, requiring Afghan forces to play an integral role and to take the lead when homes are entered.

The American military said Afghan soldiers took part in Wednesday night’s deadly search, but the Afghan family that was caught up in the raid questioned that contention.

“I didn’t see any Afghan forces,” said Shah Fasial Sidiqi, the younger brother of Afghan lawmaker Safiya Sidiqi and one of those whom U.S. forces held for several hours during the raid.

Demonstrators took to the streets in Nangarhar province Thursday as Safiya Sidiqi denounced the U.S. for the raid that killed one of her relatives.

“I was afraid of Taliban, and now I can say the Americans are the enemy of the women of Afghanistan,” she told McClatchy.

Sidiqi wasn’t home when the raid began late Wednesday night at her village in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul.

However, her brother, Shah Fasial Sidiqi, a resident of Canada who’d returned to Afghanistan earlier this week to visit his family, was there when the Americans came looking for a Taliban leader.

He said that more than 80 U.S. soldiers took over the family compound before midnight. The Americans tied up 15 men, women and children and blindfolded the Sidiqi relatives, he said.

The grocery store worker from Toronto said he told the Americans that they were taking over the home of a lawmaker.

“They said, ‘We know,’ ” he told McClatchy on Thursday.

During the search, Safiya Sidiqi said, one of her brothers-in-law emerged from a neighboring house with an old hunting rifle and was shot.

In a statement, U.S. forces said that the man was killed after he took aim at American and Afghan troops who were taking part in the raid. The news release said that intelligence had led them to search the homes for a “Taliban facilitator,” though no arrests were made.

The controversy is the latest to hamper U.S. efforts to win increased support from Afghans.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has long been critical of night raids. Last month, McChrystal imposed tighter rules on the operations.

An Afghan man is “conditioned to respond aggressively in defense of his home and his guests whenever he perceives his home or honor is threatened,” McChrystal said at the time.

“In a similar situation, most of us would do the same,” he said. “This reaction is compounded when our forces invade his home at night, particularly when women are present. Instinctive responses to defend his home and family are sometimes interpreted as insurgent acts, with tragic results.”

The directive was part of an ongoing effort by McChrystal that had some initial success in reducing civilian deaths.

Last year, civilian deaths due to American-led forces and the Afghan government fell by nearly 30 percent, according to a U.N. report this year. Civilian deaths rose 14 percent in 2009 and hit their highest levels of the decade. The U.S. and its allies were responsible for about a quarter of those 2,412 deaths, the U.N. report said.

Since then, the campaign to contain such deaths has had a series of setbacks.

There’s been a dramatic spike in civilian deaths in the first three months of this year. According to military figures, the international coalition and its Afghan allies killed 87 civilians in Afghanistan over that period, a significant jump from the first quarter of 2009, when the coalition said it was responsible for the deaths of 29 Afghan civilians.

American officials said the jump was the result, in part, of accelerated military operations and a flood of new troops into Afghanistan.

Even so, a series of military missteps in recent months has undermined McChrystal’s overriding message.

Earlier this month, the U.S. military apologized for a botched special forces raid in February that killed five civilians, including two pregnant women.

The military was forced to admit responsibility for the deaths after The Times of London questioned the official version of the attack, which suggested that Taliban fighters had killed the women.

Two weeks ago, protesters denounced the United States after American forces in Kandahar killed four civilians when they fired on a bus that was following a military convoy outside the city.

On Thursday, U.S. military officials said they were looking into the latest controversy.

“We are taking Safiya Sidiqi’s allegations seriously and thoroughly reviewing our actions and intelligence connecting the Taliban facilitator to that particular compound,” said U.S. Army Col. Wayne Shanks, the chief of public affairs for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Shah Fasial Sidiqi criticized the Americans for the raid and said that even if his relative was armed, they shouldn’t have killed him in the murky circumstances.

“This is a shame for America,” he said. “They are worse than the Taliban.”

Nice comments there, if that is the way that many of feel, they do not deserve our help. Let the fend for themselves.

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19 comments for “Afghans Riot Over Death in US Night Raid

  1. April 30, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I don't see why the arselifters are getting so upset. Don't the ones killed get 72 Susan Boyles? All except the women, that is. But what do arselifters care about them?

  2. Robin Shadowes
    April 30, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Why not just get the hell out of Backwardistan and let the muz kill each other instead? I couldn't care less how many arselifters who croak in Backwardistan.

  3. April 30, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Yes, and once we get out, they'll be begging us to come back.

  4. Mike Elmore
    April 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    When Muslims look back over the fall of western civilization by the Islamic world, they will be asking them selves what was the US doing setting up Islamic Republics, didn't they ever read our constitution, that they wrote, that says no laws will abrogat Islamic law? Didn't they know our type of goverment was the complete opposite of theirs? Good thing to be rid of such stupidity, thanks be to alla….. We can't get out of that shit hole of the world fast enough. Maybe in a sick way our involvement there will help educate Americans to the zero sum game of Islam. I ain't holden my breath though….elmore

  5. Mike Elmore
    April 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Of course it won't help educate the western world, what was I thinking, we've been there over nine years and I still haven't seen out raged over our involvement in that part of the world, they still think that because we are there fighthing we are safer here at home. Having the fox in the chicken house in not making us safer at home. elmore

  6. April 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Time to bring out the halal hippies to protest the war.

  7. Robin Shadowes
    April 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    What is happening is that the global elite is setting up many new Retardistans all over the western hemisphere. The former civilisations will no longer be involved in finding new cures for diseases, discover new theories in physics or invent new forms of technology. There are a few far more important things that will trumph all that in the future. Like lifting your arse five times a day, stoning you adulterous women and cover them in cloth from top to toe and many more much more essential things in life. Like having sex with pre-pubescent girls and boys and goats and such. That is the road we're heading. Ain't that wonderful?

  8. greg_o
    April 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    what is a halal hippie?

  9. April 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    LOL! I picked that up from a Swedish blog. It refers to the aging 1960s leftards who love arselifters.

  10. April 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Don't worry. Once you're forcibly converted and given a lobotomy, you won't worry about anything else. Just remember, get your odd number of stones ready and polish them. Nothing worse that getting a rash from rough stones after you've forgotten about toilet paper.

  11. April 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I just googled halal hippie. There were 720,000 odd hits!

  12. Robin Shadowes
    April 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I worry that I will drool too much maybe.

  13. Robin Shadowes
    April 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    The phrase is coined by a danish secular muslim immigrant by the name of Naser Khader.

  14. Mike Elmore
    April 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Gary, If only more people knew that Islam is so intrusive to your personal life that it tell you how to wipe your ass. Doesn't that say it all, that the Arabs were to stupid to even know how to correctly take a shit.I know any day I am going to wake up from this dream..elmore

  15. April 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Get the troops home…let the Taliban go back in . The Afgahns will then say…."Holy Shit! We had it pretty good under the Americans!!"

  16. May 1, 2010 at 3:58 am

    LOL! Don't worry, once you start head slapping in prayer, drooling will be the last of your problems.

  17. May 1, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Oh, right! Danish! I might have known.

  18. May 1, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Yep. But when they beg us to come back, just refuse.

  19. May 1, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Not only does hislam tell you how to wipe, but it also tells you which foot to use when entering a toilet and leaving. It also tells you what to do and what not to do while taking a dump.

    Its like there's a fatwa for everything. Mainly because arselifters are all dumbed down so much they have to be told how to do everything.

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