Practice Relating to Rule 15. The Principle of Precautions in Attack
Section B. Avoidance or minimization of incidental damage
In 2012, the Office of the President of Afghanistan issued a press release entitled “President Karzai strongly condemns the killing of four children in NATO operation in Logar Province”, which stated:
President Hamid Karzai condemns in the strongest possible terms the NATO military operation in Baraki Barak district of Logar province in which four children were killed.
As per the information by the provincial governor … , NATO forces carried out an operation on Sunday afternoon to detain two armed militants, but resulted in killing four innocent children who were just grazing animals.
Strongly condemning the attack, President Karzai stressed that “despite repeated pledges by NATO to avoid civilian casualties, innocent lives including of children are still being lost in fighting a terrorism whose havens and sanctuaries remain safe outside Afghanistan’s borders.”
This morning, President Karzai telephoned the provincial governor to inquire more on the incident and instructed an all-out investigation, to be reported back to the President.