Representatives of the US Armed Forces rejected the accusation that US Air Force pilots took the festive fire at an Afghan wedding for an enemy attack, which was the reason to bomb the Afghan village, killing 40 people. "Normally, when you think of celebratory fire — which is something that is not necessarily uncommon — it's random, it's sprayed. It's not directed at a specific target," U.S. military spokesman Col. Roger King said to reporters at Bagram Airbase. Colonel King said that the pilots had an impression that the fire was aimed at them.
The Pentagon is sending a group of investigators to Afghanistan, and they are supposed to find out how an American laser guidance bomb fell down on one of the villages of the southern province of Uruzgan.
This was not the first time that the American aviation has hit a wrong target. AC-130 and B-52 aircraft of the American Air Force bombed a column of 14 buses and trucks, which were transporting many elders of the local tribes and former Mujahideen commanders. They were heading to Kabul in order to participate in a ceremony when the power was vested to the interim government of Afghanistan and to congratulate the new head of the country, Hamid Karzai.
American planes struck Northern Alliance positions in October of the same year. Several soldiers of the Alliance were killed as a result. Four Canadian soldiers died in April of the current year when an American jet dropped bombs on them by mistake during a training exercise.
It seems that Americans are rather tired of the longstanding war in Afghanistan: it is a very unintelligible country for them. The Americans perceive each Afghan national as the enemy, and if not an enemy, then as someone who is sympathetic with Osama bin Laden. That is why they drop their bombs at random, even on those who have just been married.
Dmitry Litvinovich PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
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