NATO Air Strike on a Wedding Ceremony in Afghanistan Killed Women and Children
June 7, 2012 • 2:36PM

The abject failure of the ten-year old war in Afghanistan, waged by the United States and NATO, came into full view on June 6 when an airstrike on a wedding ceremony killed at least 18 Afghans in the eastern province of Logar. An AP photographer at the scene reported seeing the bodies of five women, seven children, and six men piled in vans. AFP news agency also released a photo with victims piled into the back of a vehicle. NATO says it has received no reports of civilians killed in the pre-dawn operation targeting a Taliban leader.

Local villagers are now reportedly driving the bodies to the capital of Logar province to protest the NATO strike, which they say hit a house in the district of Baraki Barak.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is in Beijing to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting and is expected to conclude a strategic pact with China, has spoken out repeatedly against the killing of Afghan civilians. Last month, Karzai summoned U.S. General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, to his palace to convey to them the anti-American feelings of ordinary Afghans in a war that is becoming increasingly unpopular and is dragging into its 11th year.