War News for Thursday, August 06, 2009

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A roadside bomb hit a wedding party on its way to a ceremony in southern Afghanistan, killing 21 people including women and children, Afghan officials said Thursday. The large group of men, women and children heading to the wedding were riding a tractor in the Garmser district of Helmand province Wednesday morning when they were hit by a roadside bomb, provincial police chief Assadullah Sherzad said. The Afghan Interior Ministry said 21 people were killed and five others were wounded.

#2: A local police chief said that a Western airstrike hours later killed five farmers loading cucumbers into a taxi in a neighboring province. A U.S. spokeswoman said the men were militants placing weapons into a van. A U.S. Apache helicopter opened fire Wednesday night in neighboring Kandahar province when it spotted men it believed to be loading weapons into a van, said Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, a U.S. spokeswoman. District police chief Niaz Mohammad Sarhadi said the five were farmers trying to move cucumbers from the rural Zhari district to the city of Kandahar around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

#3: A separate roadside bomb exploded next to a police vehicle on Thursday in another part of Helmand, killing five policemen and wounding three others, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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