COALITION EXPRESSES ‘REGRET’ OVER CIVILIAN CASUALTIES IN AFGHAN OPERATION
International Security Assistance Force officials today expressed regret that an Oct. 14 coalition operation against suspected insurgents planting roadside bombs in the Nawa district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province may have killed three Afghan civilians.
“The coalition extends its deep regret for this tragic incident,” officials said in a written statement issued from ISAF headquarters in the Afghan capital of Kabul. “We also extend our sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who died, and we take full responsibility for what occurred.”
Officials said the coalition will work closely with Afghan officials to determine what happened and why, and that they also will meet with the family members of those who died to personally express ISAF’s regret and condolences.
The operation did not involve close air support as reported in some media, officials said, adding that the incident remains under investigation.
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