Sunday 22 July 2018

Afghanistan hails US bomb blunder confession

Afghanistan's government today welcomed a US report accepting blame for a bombing mission which killed dozens of villagers, saying it confirmed that international military forces were not doing enough to safeguard civilians.

The investigation into a May battle against Taliban militants which killed at least 26 civilians was released in Washington yesterday.

The report recommends tighter controls, including how air strikes are conducted, to limit the civilian deaths that risk turning Afghans against the US war effort.

The report comes as US President Barack Obama funnels thousands of new troops into Afghanistan to combat a strengthened Taliban insurgency which is claiming growing numbers of American lives as well.

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