May 29th, 2011
05:43 PM ET

NATO apologizes for Afghan airstrike that it says killed 9 civilians

A coalition commander offered his alliance's "sincere apologies" Sunday for an airstrike that he said killed nine civilians in southern Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. John Toolan, the head of the International Security Assistance Force's command in southwest Afghanistan, said his apology was being made "on behalf of the coalition" and its top leaders, including U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus. He pleaded with Afghans to not only forgive, but also to work with coalition forces in hopes of bolstering their security.

"I offer our heartfelt apologies to the families and friends of those killed," Toolan said in a statement. "I ask that the Afghan people continue to trust and assist their security forces, so that together we can stop the senseless killing brought upon us by an enemy who wants to exploit the Afghan people through fear and violence."

Earlier, Afghan and NATO officials said that Saturday's attack in Helmand province killed a dozen children and two women. There was no immediate explanation for the disparity between this figure and the toll of nine civilians killed offered Sunday by Toolan, who also noted that a U.S. Marine was killed immediately before the strike.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)

    "CNN attorney accidentally sues self."

    Also this hour:

    "Confusious say man that stand high on top of toilet, high on pot"

    May 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. George Patton

    It's horrific how this one joker keeps on posting his meaningless comments under all these names for his personal amusement trying to make a sick joke out of what happened over in Afghanistan today. What's wrong with CNN anyway,letting this worthless idiot post here? Is he another stupid Tea Partier or what?

    May 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Here goes another foul-mouthed,anti-intellectual,ignorant,pea-brained Tea Partier. How do I know,his profanity gives him away! Is there anybody here besides George who can think their way out of a wet paper bag? That appears to be quite dubious!!!

    May 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    You mean that NATO bombed these people accidently on purpose,don't you,Phunnie boy? Of course you did or otherwise don't post your right-wing mumbo-jumbo under my name and don't use that filthy Tea Party lingo like you did in your first post here!!!

    May 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mad Hatter

    Ooops. My bad.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    Where in the world can there be absolute perfection in the commission of protection anyways.
    Terrorists continue using the innocent as human shields abroad, which make an impending attack, executed with a calculated amount of uncertainy.
    9/11 showed everyone in the U.S., just how vulnerable we could be, and no one apologized for this tradgedy did they?
    I'm sure the apoplogy was out of humility. They have an awesome responsibility.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    Killing for peace is a lot like screwing for virginity Dick Head.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ben

    Funny how you pea brained liberals spout off total nonsense. Why don't you try opening your minds up for a change.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ben

    That the best you can do. Just like a small minded liberal. Simpleton.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nur amabo nur

    Will someone please ask Mr. Bush to come back and explain again how terrorists are created out of hatred of Americans freedom. It certainly couldn't be all the killing of women and children that makes a terrorist. The UN didn't apologize for the bombing of the Libyan downs syndrome society (privately owned) or the orphanage that normally houses 40 to 60 children under the age of 6. Hurry up and apologize then sweep it under the rug quick.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nur amabo nur

    NATO is the enemy who wants to exploit the Afghan people through fear and violence.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Very well said,nur amabo nur. Thank you.

      May 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rivi

      Ignorance is bliss!

      May 30, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. ben

    @Nur amabo nur, I'll try to put it into words you can understand. 1.terrorists want to be in control, period. 2.terrorists started killing Americans long before we ever bombed them. 3.terrorists from the middle east were once closely associated with fascism and there are still very strong remnants of that association today. 4.terrorists are only concerned about power-nothing else, that's why they kill so many of their own people. Do you understand now or are you still blind.

    May 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. nur amabo nur

    @ ben that's exactly what I said – 1 terrorists (NATO, UN, last 6 (at least) white house administrations) want to be in control, period. 2-2.terrorists ("^") started killing Americans we never bombed them. 3.terrorists from the white house are closely associated with fascism and there are still very strong remnants of that association today. 4.terrorists ("^") are only concerned about power-nothing else, that’s why they kill so many of their own people.

    May 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Again nur amabo nur,very good posting indeed.

      May 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    In war people die! I believe that is 1 of the main points of war, to kill the percieved enemy. To appologize for killing is silliness. "Oops, sorry for bombing the ish out of your village, we meant to only kill the bad guys. Co-ordinates must be wrong!" War equals: shooting, killing, maiming,raping, looting, plundering, usurping power over the "enemy!" That's it cut & dry! Bush brought us these wars, Obama has inherited them, & thrown another in for good measure! When will it stop, when will intelligent men (& women) say:Enough!! I dont think I'll live to see the day! Sad, very sad!

    May 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ben

    @nur amabo nur, 1. I'm going to assume that you're stating that the UN, NATO and the US have conspired together over the last 24 plus years to commit acts of terrorism on America and other countries. 2.For that to be plausible the UN and Nato would have to be in agreement on nearly every aspect of it's operations. 3.Given how hard it is for members of the US Congress to agree on anything it is highly unlikely that many different Countries could agree on acts of terrorism especially when many of those countries barely get along. 4.Even bitter enemies like Iran and Israel would have to be in on something together that could most probably kill their own people. 5. Your reasoning lacks any facts to support your deductions.

    May 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
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