When even the New York Times points out the Taliban are killing innocent civilians… well, maybe we’re making progress…
Meanwhile, NATO said 25 Afghan civilians had been killed and 60 injured so far in September as the result of the Taliban insurgency.
”While the Taliban talk of protecting the people and issue disingenuous directives claiming to shield Afghans from harm, instead they have increased their use of indiscriminate violence, killing scores of innocent Afghans,” NATO spokesman Rear Admiral Greg Smith said in a statement. ”Their rhetoric does not match reality.”
Civilian deaths in NATO military operations are a major source of contention between the alliance and Afghanistan’s government, even though the United Nations says the insurgents are responsible for most civilian deaths and injuries.