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    Assessment of civilian casualties in Takhar complete



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    ISAF Joint Command

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A joint assessment team composed of representatives from the ministries of interior and defense, and International Security Assistance Force officials, completed an assessment of possible civilian casualties in an operation in the Takhar province Sept 2.

    The team determined the intended target of the operation was in the vehicle that was struck in the air strike, but could not rule out the possibility of civilian casualties in the strike.

    "We are very confident that the targeted individual was in the vehicle struck by the air weapons team and was killed. The question remains why an election official or candidate was traveling with a known terrorist," said Italian Army Brig. Gen. Luigi Scollo, ISAF Joint Command operations chief and team lead.

    The target of the operation was Muhammad Amin, an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan senior member, and assessed to be the deputy shadow governor for Takhar province. Also in the vehicle was a Taliban commander, with other passengers who were carrying weapons.

    Initial media reports indicated the vehicle struck was part of an election party. However, after reviewing the air weapons system video, the team saw no evidence of political campaign material on the outside of the vehicle.

    "The information that led to this strike was extremely accurate. Intelligence had tracked Amin traveling in a sedan on a series of remote roads in Rustaq District. He was in a six vehicle convoy, and only the vehicle he was in was hit. It was selective, surgical and legitimate," said Scollo.

    No other vehicles in the convoy were hit in the strike.



    Date Taken: 09.12.2010
    Date Posted: 09.12.2010 11:00
    Story ID: 56137
    Location: KABUL, AF 

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