US Commander Apologizes for Killing Afghan Child in Drone Strike

NATO Promises Investigation Into Attack

US Commander Gen. Joe Dunford has offered a statement of apology today after a US drone strike in southern Afghanistan destroyed a civilian home, killing a two-year-old child and two women.

Dunford reportedly called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express “deep regrets” for the killings. Karzai has demanded an end to all drone strikes in the country, saying he would never sign a deal to keep US troops there unless such killings end.

NATO also issued a statement on the matter, confirming the attack but insisting only the two-year-old was actually a civilian, and claiming the two women were only “wounded” in the strike.

NATO promised an investigation into the matter, saying they “regret” any civilian deaths but insisting that the attack hit its intended target, an “insurgent” on a motorcycle. There was no report of such a person being killed in yesterday’s reports on the matter.

Author: Jason Ditz

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