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Karzai to Make Civilian Casualties a Topic with President Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is likely to hear
objections about civilian casualties from Afghanistan's lead when
they meet today.
Obama holds talks today with President Hamid Karzai and
Pakistan's leader as Islamist militants grow bolder in both
countries.
A key reason the president ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan
is because of the Taliban offensive from bases shared with al-Qaida
on the Pakistani frontier.
And President Hamid Karzai says Obama is right to treat his
country and Pakistan as one problem.
Karzai also plans to bring up the issue of civilian casualties,
after allegations that dozens died in a U.S. bombing raid this week
in western Afghanistan. Civilian casualties have been a sticking
point for some time.
But increasingly, it's Pakistan that's a concern. Troops and
militants have clashed within 60 miles of the capital, and Obama
will urge President Asif Zardari to press home the fight.


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