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Nato 'kills cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai'

10 March 2011 Last updated at 11:16 ET

A relative of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been mistakenly killed by Nato troops in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

Yar Muhammad Khan was at his home in Dand district near Kandahar city when he was shot dead in an overnight raid.

Nato says it is investigating the incident.

Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets of the capital, Kabul, last week to protest about civilian deaths at the hands of foreign forces.

''There were operations taking place near his house. He was killed by mistake. He was not a target," Ahmad Wali Karzai, the brother of President Karzai and head of Kandahar's provincial council, told the BBC.

It comes just days after President Karzai lashed out at US-led forces over the recent accidental killing of nine boys in eastern Kunar province.

US President Barack Obama, Gen Petraeus, the commander of international troops in Afghanistan, and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates have all apologised for the incident.

'Extremely sad'
The man killed on Thursday does not appear to have been a close relative of Hamid Karzai. He has been described by various sources as a cousin of President Karzai and a cousin of his father's.

However, President Karzai's spokesman said that the president knew the man and that they came from the same village.

"He was extremely sad, just as he's sad over any incident that takes the life of any innocent Afghan civilian," Waheed Omer said.

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2010: A BLOODY AFGHAN YEAR

2,777 civilians killed - 75% by the Taliban
83% rise in abductions
105% increase in targeted killings
588% and 248% rise in civilian killings in Helmand and Kandahar provinces
26% decline in the number of civilian deaths caused by coalition and Afghan forces
21% rise in the number of child casualties
6% rise in the number of women casualties
Source: United Nations

Nato apology for civilian deaths
The president "once again calls on Nato forces to avoid killing civilians," he is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

Mr Khan is thought to be a farmer between 60 and 65 years old. He is reported to have left the house at night carrying a weapon.

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says it is not unusual to carry weapons at night in such volatile areas, especially for those in the Karzai clan. However, reports say he was spotted by the Nato team with a weapon and shot dead.

A record number of civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year. More than 2,700 civilians were killed in 2010 - up 15% on the year before.

A UN report on civilian deaths said that the Taliban were responsible for 75% of all deaths. The numbers killed by Afghan and Nato forces fell, accounting for 16% of civilian deaths.

Nevertheless the issue of civilian deaths is highly sensitive in Afghanistan.

Our correspondent says that public anger over the deaths of the nine boys in Kunar shows that the deaths of Afghans by foreign hands provokes greater outrage than killings by the Taliban.

In 2009 Gen Stanley McChrystal, the former commander in chief in Afghanistan, made reducing civilian casualties a priority for coalition forces.

Analysts see this as a critical year for the conflict: fighting is expected to get worse and human rights groups fear that the Taliban are becoming more brutal.

They say civilians will continue to be caught in the middle, with even higher casualties expected in the year ahead.

Kandahar province, where Mr Khan was killed, is the spiritual homeland of the Taliban and is a key focus of the coalition offensive to drive out insurgents.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12700630


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  • So what! Everyone in Afghanistan is his first cousin :p

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  • outch! karzai better not say anything or he is gona get accused of being high on drugs again...

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  • Why are there no protests for all the civilians who the taliban DELIBERATELY kill?

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    • Because Taliban are terrorists But NATO are not.
      Taliban Do not give a shit about civilian.
      What do expect from a TERRORIST like Taliban?
      The killing of civilian by NATO is not good ,this is a good reason for taliban to get more young men aginst Afghan National Army,Police and NATO Forces.

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    • Muslim on Muslim is OK. Same reason nobody gets upset when a gang banger kills a gang banger.

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    • Same reason the LEFT isn't getting their shorts all up in a "wolrd can't wait" bunch(D)

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    • So afghans are a nation of pussies who will only bitch about people they know won't try to kill them?

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    • Please Do not talk about Nation and nationality !!!
      If you are not agree with my comment leave a comment but Do not touch someone's Nationality.It is easy for me as well to answer you with very bad and offensive language But i will not do it.
      You know how is my Nation,If you do not know go please read history about Afghans & Afghanistan.
      Have a Good Day .

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  • is Karzai the king of Afghanistan or something? His family is deep in the drug trade, his brother is CIA and a huge opium trader. If they all died, we'd find new puppets within minutes.

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  • Well maybe this shit wouldn't happen if Afghans were a little more aggressive in helping to drive out the Taliban. Anyway, I'd just as soon NATO leave. Muslim countries are doomed to internal strife, pain, and suffering. That's the nature of Islam.

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    • Agreed... let karzai and his cronies stew in their own juices.

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    • Funny, only a couple years pre-9/11 the US govt. said the taliban was the only force capable of uniting afganistan and bringing peace there.

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    • Indeed. Well, I guess our government was wrong about that, wasn't it?

      An loose analogy: It takes several shocking deaths at an intersection before a county decides to put up a stop sign. Shocking incidents happen before our eyes, and we say "That intersection ain't that bad... let's leave it alone."
      Only when we see the brutal nature of the intersection over-and-over do we do something. Happens all the time. We don't act until shit really hits the fan.

      That is why I am all for profi More..

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    • All your talk about 'slapping down muslim countries' is exactly what will continue to cause terrorism as long as that idea prevails.
      The US ONLY went into Afganistan because the Taliban wouldn't hand Osama over. Before 9/11 the Taliban had never been tied to terrorism and had spoken out against it on many occasions. The taliban asked for evidence before they hand over Osama, the US didn't provide it. The taliban then tried to strike a deal with pakistan to hand over Osama to the pakis with t More..

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    • Thanks for your thoughtful reply.
      For sure, we had our chance with Bin Laden, and our government blew it.

      I also see what you mean about Muslims coming in all shapes and forms. But the fact remains that all the highjackers identified in the 9/11 attacks were Arab Muslims - their attacks carried out as jihad based on Islam. Not all Muslims are Arab. But almost all Arabs are Muslim - about 98%.

      The USS Cole bombing? Muslims? Beirut barracks suicide bombing? Muslims. Ft. Hood? Muslim. Beslan scho More..

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  • When we kill civilians it is an accident, the taliban do it on purpose. Big difference.

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  • has anyone noticed that UN list up top there ?, the percentages on that list, are ALL mostly casualties inflicted on Muslims by Muslims,.
    and a decline in deaths by coalition forces by 26 % ?
    looks like Muslims are their own worst enemy,..statistically anyways,...wonder if they realize this?

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  • Are we supposed to mourn?

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  • Poor donkey, rip.

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  • if the taliban were still in power they would have killed any political opponents...karzai and his whole family....we give and give and give and they still don't appreciate what the us has done for afghan.

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  • maybe they did the moe green special--right trew the eye to show that they're watchin....

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