Karzai: In Wake of Latest Civilian Killings, US Apology ‘Not Enough’

Protests in Kabul Over Deaths of Children in Kunar Province

Tensions are once again rising in Afghanistan in the wake of a Tuesday incident in which US helicopters killed nine children in the Kunar Province who were gathering firewood on the side of a mountain.

The killings were quickly admitted to by officials, and Gen David Petraeus officially apologized, as did President Obama. But President Karzai, in a teleconference with Obama today, insisted that an apology was simply not good enough.

The people of Afghanistan are fed up from these brutal incidents and apologies and condemnation cannot cure their pain,” Karzai insisted, and indeed with a number of high profile killings all coming in the past few weeks, claims that they are isolated incidents are becoming harder and harder to sell.

And the protests against the killings are spreading too, as hundreds took to the streets of Kabul today, burning an effigy of President Obama and condemning the air strikes. Previous protests against the strike had been reported in Kunar Province.

Author: Jason Ditz

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