|arya||Date: Friday, 15-February-2013, 5:48 AM | Message # 1|
KABUL — A NATO air strike killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children, Afghan officials said Wednesday, as Kabul welcomed President Barack Obama's pledge to withdraw more US troops.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai "strongly condemns the NATO airstrike in Shigal district which killed 10 civilians", the presidential palace said in a statement.
"Condemning the raid, he once again reaffirmed his long-standing stance that terrorism does not exist in Afghan homes and villages, and the fight there will not yield any successful result," the statement said.
NATO forces said they were investigating the claims of civilian deaths and took "every allegation of civilian casualties very seriously".
If the deaths are confirmed it will be another blow to the prestige of US-led forces as they prepare to withdraw combat troops from the war against Taliban Islamist insurgents by the end of next year.
The civilians were killed by a NATO air strike during an overnight raid on a Taliban hideout in a remote eastern region, local officials said.
"Five children, four women and a man were killed in the raid," Kunar provincial governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi told AFP.
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