arly 16 years after invading Afghanistan, the United States has no consistent policy for compensating the families of tens of thousands of civilians who have been killed or injured by the US military. Pentagon documents obtained by Reuters show payments to relatives of the dead can range from thousands of dollars to nothing at all, raising questions of fairness.
The family of one Afghan woman getting $1000 from the US after she was killed in 2014 along the border with Pakistan. But an Afghan father getting $10,000, after his child was killed in the western part of the country. The dollar figures may seem stunningly low by Western standards, but the Pentagon says the payments are based on local norms.
Critics instead questioning the lack of consistency. Pentagon correspondent Idrees Ali reported the story.>> Advocacy groups and Afghan civilians who have been effected by this tell us, if they do lose family members who were injured or killed in this warlike situation, they need to know that the Americans who were carrying out strikes and raids are willing to compensate them.
It's where you say, if someone is killed, they should receive at least this amount, but we can vary it depending on the circumstances. So we've asked the Pentagon and they say, the reason for this is because the local commanders, the commanders on the ground, are best in the position to look at the different factors and then come up with the amount that they feel is appropriate in that situation.
>> Another man didn't receive anything after he lost several relatives in a battle in Kunduz Province last year.>> The individual, Haji Allah Dad, had to leave his profession as a teacher and tend to his fields because those people who were tending to them were actually killed in the strike.
When you don't get compensation like many others who have gone, that just creates more resentment. And it creates a chance for family members to then join movements like the Taliban, which are obviously making a sort of resurgent move in Afghanistan.>> According to the Pentagon, the United States has made 380 payments totalling $1.2 million in the last three years.
When a US airstrike destroyed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in 2015, President Barack Obama monitored the Pentagon's payment process. The United States paying $3,000 to those who'd been injured and $6,000 to the families of those who had been killed.