The Afghan government is accusing the CIA of responsibility for a U.S. air strike that killed 17 Afghan civilians, including 12 children, earlier this month. The victims were killed after violence broke out between militants and U.S. forces. A CIA employee who headed a covert group of paramilitaries was also killed. A spokesperson for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said: “It was a CIA operation using a security structure that was in full service of the CIA and run by the CIA.” At the White House last week, McClatchy reporter Amina Ismail asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney whether the strike can be considered a form of terrorism.
Amina Ismail: “President Obama said that what happened in Boston was an act of terrorism. I would like to ask, do you consider the U.S. bombing on civilians in Afghanistan earlier this month that killed — that left 11 children and a woman killed a form of terrorism? Why or why not?”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “Well, I would have to know more about the incident, and obviously the Department of Defense would have answers to your questions on this matter.”