Kunduz, Afghanistan - A New York Times journalist visiting the site of the deadly NATO airstrike in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz was kidnapped along with his Afghan interpreter on Saturday, the provincial governor said.
The journalist, who went to talk to villagers in Omarkhel village in the Chardarah district was kidnapped by Taliban militants, Mohammad Omar, the provincial governor, told the German Press Agency dpa.
A NATO airstrike on Friday exploded two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban,
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In explaining the civilian deaths, military officials speculated that local people were conscripted by the Taliban to unload the fuel from the tankers, which were stuck near a river several miles from the nearest villages.
ecently, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American and NATO commander here, severely restricted the use of airstrikes, arguing that America risked losing the war if it did not reduce civilian casualties.
Underscoring his concern, on Friday he recorded a video message, translated into Dari and Pashto, to be released to Afghan news organizations.
The general began by greeting “the great people of Afghanistan, salaam aleikum.”
“As commander of the International Security Assistance Force, nothing is more important than the safety and protection of the Afghan people,” General McChrystal said in the brief message. “I take this possible loss of life or injury to innocent Afghans very seriously.”
General McChrystal said he had ordered the investigation “into the reasons and results of this attack, which I will share with the Afghan people.”
The Taliban invite you to come and get FREE FUEL, stolen from the Americans. If you go to get the stolen fuel form the Taliban you assume certain risks.
You know the drones attack the Taliban, just being physically near the Taliban you assume certain risks.
While I grieve the loss of any civilians they assume some of the risks associated with the Taliban, even when collecting stolen fuel from tankers; stolen, guarded and controlled by the Taliban.
Some were even warned by family members not to go. "defied his father’s orders". and went to get the stolen fuel.
They know the risks, then they also have some responsibility for their actions and the consequences for their actions.
STAY AWAY FROM THE TALIBAN,