At least 14 civilians, including women and children, have been killed in a NATO air raid in the Afghan southern province of Helmand, local authorities say.
US Marines in Helmand's Nawzad district called in air support after their base came under attack from small arms fire, the provincial government said in a statement.
"During the air strike, two civilian houses were targeted, which killed 14 civilians and six others were wounded," it said.
The statement said the dead included five girls, seven boys and two women.
Afghan authorities said on Sunday NATO had killed 52 people, mostly civilians, in air strikes against fighters, as violence picked up in recent weeks with the start of the fighting season.
Separately, the governor of Nuristan on Sunday said that 18 civilians and 20 police were killed by "friendly fire" during recent US-led air strikes against al-Qaeda-linked fighters in his troubled northeastern province.
But the murderers, whose rotten deeds we're supposed to celebrate in an orgy of militaristic fervor on "holidays" such as Memorial Day, are to be called "heroes" and thanked "for their service" in "defending our freedoms" by their killing of innocents. The reality is that every last member of the U.S. Military is a criminal scumbag worthy of nothing more from you and I than to be spat upon and cursed at and called what they really are, filthy vermin and agents of evil.
End the Empire! Stop the terrorism of the U.S. Government!