Major attacks deadly to civilians

Associated Press / February 23, 2010

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Sept. 4, 2009: US pilots bomb two hijacked fuel tankers in a German-ordered airstrike near the northern town of Kunduz. Afghan leaders estimate 30 to 40 civilians were killed.

May 4-5, 2009: An Air Force B-1 bomber drops a bomb on a building in western Farah province. Area officials say the attack killed 140 villagers. A US report estimates 26 civilians were killed along with 78 Taliban fighters and five police.

Nov. 3, 2008: A US airstrike in the remote village of Wech Baghtu in southern Kandahar province destroys a housing complex where villagers say a wedding celebration was being held. A US-Afghan investigation finds that 37 civilians and 26 militants were killed in the battle.

Aug. 22, 2008: US airstrikes hit Azizabad village in western Herat province. Afghan officials and the UN say 90 civilians died; the United States says 33 died.

July 4, 2008: Fighter aircraft battling militants accidentally kill 47 Afghans walking to a wedding ceremony in eastern Nangarhar province, according to the Afghan government. The US military says only combatants were killed.

June 2007: Artillery fired into the town of Chora during a battle in Uruzgan province kills 52 civilians, Afghanistan’s president says. NATO acknowledges that civilians may have died, but offers no specifics.