The commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan has apologised for civilian deaths in a coalition airstrike south of capital Kabul earlier this week. This is the first confirmation by NATO forces that civilians were killed in the operation.
Marine General John Allen flew to Logar province to personally deliver his regrets to villagers and provincial officials. Afghan officials say the airstrike killed 18 civilians. Coalition troops were on an operation to capture a Taliban leader hiding out in a village. As they tried to breach the compound, they came under fire and fought back, eventually calling in the airstrike.