Again today reports coming out of Afghanistan indicate more dead children. Three were killed and seven injured when western troops fired artillery shells at a civilian house in western Afghanistan. This occurs in the wake of the August 22 bombing that resulted in the deaths of 90 people, 60 children, 15 women and 15 men. Afghans and UN officials have confirmed the numbers but the U.S. insists there were only 5 dead children and 25 dead Taliban. Civilian casualties are a perpetual reality in Afghanistan. In July 47 were killed in another air strike. Last year there were said to be 320 civilian deaths due to U.S. and NATO attacks, this year no improvement appears evident.