By now many have embedded this video, including fellow bloggers Ghosts of Alexander and Péter Wagner. I just wanted to quote one of the villagers who talked to al-Jazeera about the Azizabad bombing (August 22).
A beardless, young man, in a black shirt says (his family's house was searched after the bombardment):
"I saw their facial expressions when they realised that civilians have been killed."
This USIP report warned about this in advance back in July. Quote:
"One of the main challenges that NATO and the U.S. military face in successfully targeting militants is incomplete or faulty intelligence. There are many instances where soldiers have to make quick decisions based on incomplete data that is difficult to verify, and even some cases where the military has been manipulated into targeting the rivals of informants. Often, if soldiers wait for confirmation of intelligence, the suspected militants have already moved. Other means of gathering intelligence can often conflict with Afghan culture. Searches of compounds and forced entry into houses are deeply offensive, especially when women and children are present. Arbitrary detentions also provoke anger and frustration."
Maybe in these cases it's much better to do some intrusive house searches. Even one Azizabad villager suggests something akin to that in the video mentioned above. I'll embed it so you can watch it here, too.