KABUL (AP) - The U.S. military is calling claims of massive
civilian deaths in recent fighting "extremely over-exaggerated."
The military today denies reports that as many as 147 civilians
died and says investigators are still analyzing the data collected
at the site.
Officials say preliminary findings of the joint U.S.-Afghan
investigation could be released today.
A local official says he collected from residents the names of
147 people killed during fighting on Monday night and Tuesday in
Western Afghanistan. If true, it would be the deadliest case of
civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion
that ousted the Taliban regime.
But the U.S. military describes that toll as over the top.