Civilian Deaths in Bombing Investigated

KABUL (AP) - President Hamid Karzai has ordered a probe into
allegations that more than 30 civilians died in a U.S.-led bombing
in western Afghanistan.

Karzai said in a statement that Afghan and U.S.-led coalition
officials headed to Farah province Wednesday to investigate the
incident.

Local officials say civilians died during bombing runs ordered
by U.S. forces late Monday in Farah.

Civilian deaths have caused increasing friction between the
Afghan and U.S. governments, and Karzai has long pleaded with
American officials to reduce the number of civilian casualties in
their operations.

Karzai says he will raise the issue again with President Barack
Obama during their planned meeting on Wednesday.


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