My Bad

From Holden:

US forces in Afghanistan continue to kill civilians.

President Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation Friday into the killings of eight people in eastern Afghanistan during a raid that U.S. forces claimed targeted al-Qaida members, according to a government statement.

The U.S. military said seven al-Qaida suspects and a child were killed in Thursday’s joint American-Afghan operation in eastern Kunar province’s Shigal district. Police said civilians, not al-Qaida members, were targeted.

The statement said Karzai had ordered a “thorough investigation” into the killings, including the death of a 10-year-old child. Kunar’s governor and local lawmakers have gone a fact-finding trip to the area.


Thursday’s raid came a week after coalition aircraft destroyed two trucks used in an insurgent attack that killed an Afghan soldier in southeastern Paktika province. Afghan officials said 10 border police were killed in the strike.

Karzai quickly condemned coalition forces for that strike, but U.S. officials said they were confident that they had targeted militants and not police.