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Taliban Demand Civilian Casualties Committee

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Posted on Aug 17, 2010
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

Responding to a U.N. report that found that most of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan are caused by Taliban attacks, the insurgent group released a statement calling for the creation of a joint committee to investigate the deaths of noncombatants. The U.N. and NATO are considering the proposal.

The Taliban statement, which can be read here, refers to the reporting of civilian casualties as a “propaganda tool” and accuses the U.N. report of being “biased and subjective.”

The civilian casualties committee, as proposed by the Taliban, would consist of “special representatives of Islamic Conference, UN’s human rights organizations as well as representatives from ISAF forces [U.S. and NATO] and Islamic of Emirate of Afghanistan [Taliban]” and would be “given a free hand to survey the affected areas as well as people in order to collect the precise information and the facts and figures and disseminate its findings worldwide.”  —PZS

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By SusanSunflower, August 18, 2010 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

Absolutely—this is great news ... even baby steps (towards a great big negotiating table with many chairs) must be encouraged ...

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By ofersince72, August 18, 2010 at 2:32 am Link to this comment

Dear Taliban Leaders,

  That can never happen..not that the U.S. is worried

about another one of their lies being outed, shit , they

could care less about that.  It’s the Europeans, they

are a fickle bunch,  they don’t have the stomach for the

blood and guts,  but they have the lust for money.  The

Europeans that don’t give a crap one way or other came

to America several centuries ago,  they don’t give a

crap if everyone in the whole world knows how many

innocent people they kill.

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By PatrickHenry, August 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

How about a withdrawal committee?

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By rico, suave, August 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

Great idea. At least they’re talking to each other.

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