Afghanistan: NATO strike said to kill family

Washington Post

10/01/09

A NATO airstrike on a compound in southern Afghanistan killed a family of six, a local tribal leader said Thursday, despite orders by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in the country, to avoid air power if civilians are at risk. The U.S. military said the airstrike occurred after troops came under fire from the compound late Wednesday. … A British military spokesman, Lt. Col. Nick Richardson, said there were unconfirmed reports that 12 people were killed — six children, two women and four insurgents...

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McChrystal: “Humility” needed in Afghanistan

CNN

10/01/09

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the coalition in the war-torn country is going to have to do things ‘dramatically differently, even uncomfortably differently’ in order to succeed. ‘We must operate and think in a fundamentally new way,’ Gen. Stanley McChrystal said in a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think thank. He stressed the importance of connecting with the Afghan people, who he said are ‘frustrated’ that more has not been accomplished in the nearly 8-year-old war...

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