26 Jul 2010

Newspapers detail unreported Afghan war incidents

2:47 pm on 26 July 2010

Three newspapers have released details of what they say are thousands of unreported incidents from the war in Afghanistan, in what is being called the biggest leak in United States military history.

The New York Times, The Guardian in Britain and German weekly Der Spiegel say they received more than 90,000 secret records from online whistleblower Wikileaks.

The documents include unreported killings of Afghan civilians, as well as covert operations by US special forces against Taliban leaders.

The Guardian cites examples recorded in the logs, including French troops firing at a bus full of children in 2008, wounding eight.

A US patrol machine-gunned a bus, wounding or killing 15 of its passengers, the paper says, and in 2007 Polish troops mortared a village, killing a wedding party including a pregnant woman, in an apparent revenge attack.

The US has condemned the leaks. In a statement, national security adviser General James Jones says the documents covered the period from 2004 to 2009 before President Barack Obama announced a revised strategy for Afghanistan that included more troops.