War on Terror: Chemical Warfare Claims a Lie - Pentagon
Byline: Robert Porter
The US Defence Department said yesterday it could not immediately confirm or deny Taliban charges that American warplanes had bombed a hospital in Afghanistan and killed up to 100 people there.
'We have heard nothing on that. I can't confirm or deny it yet,' said Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke.
But she denied allegations by the ruling Taliban militia that the United States was using chemical and biological weapons in Afghanistan and that Taliban forces might have shot down an American helicopter.
Clarke spoke as U.S. warplanes struck Taliban targets, including military troop concentrations around the capital Kabul and the key northern crossroads of Mazar-i-Sharif in a sixteenth consecutive day of bombing and missile strikes across Afghanistan.
The ambassador to Pakistan for Afghanistan's puritanical Islamic rulers said yesterday that up to 100 people were killed when warplanes bombed a hospital in the western city of Herat.
While the US military has admitted that some bombs have gone awry during the campaign and killed civilians, it has rejected Taliban claims that hundreds of civilians have died in the bombings. …