Uruzgan wedding bombing

On 1 July 2002 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, the United States Air Force carried out an airstrike on a wedding party in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.[1][2][3] An AC130 attack plane and a B-52 bomber mistook the traditional nighttime wedding celebration as a gathering of Taliban. Weapons are often shot at weddings, and thus the presence of weapons and gunfire at a wedding is not unusual. The US planes thought they were being targeted by anti-aircraft fire and attacked. Four villages were attacked and 54 civilians were killed, with 50 more injured.[1][4][3] The Afghan government backed up that it was a wedding, and that guests had fired bullets into the air in celebration.[1][3] The attack is cited as one of many criminal negligence made by Coalition forces in the early days of the Afghan War, which increasingly drove more Afghans to fight for the Taliban. The killing of innocent family members demands severe revenge in the Pashtunwali tradition.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "CNN.com - Afghan: U.S. bomb hits wedding party - July 1, 2002". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  2. ^ "US bomb blunder kills 30 at Afghan wedding". the Guardian. 2 July 2002. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "US justifies Afghan wedding bombing". 7 September 2002. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b Malkasian, Carter (2021). The American war in Afghanistan : a history. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-19-755077-9. OCLC 1240264784.