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Afghans Protest Civilian Deaths

KABUL (AP) - Police in Afghanistan have been clashing with
protesters angry over the reported deaths of civilians in alleged
U.S. bombing runs.
The Afghan president has ordered an investigation into the
reports, and the U.S. military has dispatched a brigadier general
to head the U.S. probe.
The top American general in Afghanistan is casting doubt on
whether it was a U.S. airstrike that killed dozens of Afghan
villagers over the weekend.
A former Afghan official says as many as 120 men, women and
children were killed. The International Red Cross has found bodies.
And U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have
apologized.
But Gen. David McKiernan who commands both U.S. and NATO forces
in Afghanistan says the military has "other information" that
leads to a "distinctly different conclusion."
Marine special operations forces think the Afghan civilians were
killed by grenades hurled by Taliban militants.


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