Are Afghan Parents Burning Their Own Children to Make America Look Bad?

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And you thought Tiger Mom was bad: Local leaders and the Karzai government claim that a battle last week between American soldiers and insurgents in the dangerous Ghaziabad district left 50 civilians dead. A spokesman for the United States military in Kabul insists that, based on the evidence, they don't see how civilians could have been killed. Furthermore, General David Petraeus reportedly suggested to Afghan officials that pro-Taliban Afghan parents may be burning the hands and legs of their own children and passing them off as injuries caused by the United States. [WP]