Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

Global Times: According to reports, terrorist attacks near the Kabul airport on August 26 killed and injured hundreds of people. Some of the injured revealed, US forces shot at civilians after the blasts, which led to more casualties. On August 29, US forces based in Afghanistan launched drone attacks at a civilian residence on counter-terrorism grounds and left ten civilians dead. The youngest victim was only two years old. What is your comment?

Wang Wenbin: China has noted relevant reports. Public reports show the US killing of innocent people in Afghanistan happened frequently.

In 2002, US Air Force carried out an airstrike on a wedding in Uruzgan province, which claimed the lives of more than a dozen civilians and injured more than a hundred. In 2008, US troops attacked a village in Herat province, which killed nearly a hundred civilians including about 50 children and 19 women. In 2010, NATO forces bombed Daykundi province, which took at least 33 lives away. In 2015, an Afghan anti-narcotics police force on a mission was attacked by NATO fighter jets and 15 officers died. In 2019, a US drone strike mistakenly killed at least 30 Afghan farmers in Nangarhar province. A former US soldier and a drone pilot said in a testimony for a UN expert committee that the drone strikes were purely killing for the sake of killing, and that the US airstrikes led to far more Afghan civilian deaths than the official statistics of the US government. Data shows at least 47,245 Afghan civilians died by April 2020 in the war in Afghanistan launched by the US.

The US forces have withdrawn from Afghanistan. But the murder of civilians by the US forces and their allies over the past 20 years must be investigated thoroughly and the killers must be brought to justice. The lives of Afghan people should be protected and the human rights of Afghan people should be defended. At stake is international justice and the rule of law and world human rights development.

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