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Joint Investigation into Reported Civilian Casualties


Press Statement
Robert Wood
Acting Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 5, 2009

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The United States deeply regrets any injury or loss of life among innocent Afghans resulting from operations in which its forces are involved. We regard any loss of innocent lives as tragic and promptly provide humanitarian assistance to affected communities. We take all reports of such incidents seriously and investigate them thoroughly.

Coalition forces and the Afghan Government have received reports of civilian casualties in conjunction with a militant attack on Afghan National Security Forces in Farah Province on May 5. A joint investigation will be conducted to determine exactly what happened.

U.S. and international forces take extensive precautions to avoid loss of life among Afghan civilians as well as international and Afghan forces during operations against insurgents and terrorists.



PRN: 2009/423

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