Thursday, May 21, 2009

Afghan life is cheap

US says only 30 Afghan civilians died in bombing

U.S. military aircraft hit eight buildings with 13 missiles, Julian said.

Based on the new evidence, the investigating team "estimates that 60-65 Taliban extremists were killed in these engagements, while at least 20-30 civilians may have been killed during the fighting," the U.S. statement said.

"We regret the loss of any civilian life and express our condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this fighting with insurgents firing from and regrouping in villagers' homes," Julian said.

He said that because some 300 villagers were seen fleeing before the fighting, no more than 30 would likely have remained.

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