Posts Tagged ‘apology’


By Dan De Luce

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has visited southern Afghanistan’s pivotal battleground, a day after flying into the country and publicly apologising over civilian deaths.

The US-led coalition views the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar — traditional Taliban heartlands bordering Pakistan’s tribal areas where insurgent leaders reside — as crucial to turning the tide in the long war. (more…)

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Associated Press
By Patrick Quinn
Sunday, March 6, 2011
KABUL, Afghanistan


Afghanistan’s president on Sunday rejected a U.S. apology for the mistaken killing of nine Afghan boys in a NATO air attack and said civilian casualties are no longer acceptable.

According to a statement from his office, President Hamid Karzai told U.S. ArmyGen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, that expressing regret was not sufficient in last week’s killing of the boys, ages 12 and under, by coalition helicopters. (more…)

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VOA News, 3/7/11

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has apologized for the accidental deaths of nine Afghan children in a coalition airstrike last week, calling it a setback.

His comments came during a joint press briefing Monday in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who accepted the apology. (more…)

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Sunday, 06 March 2011

Pakistan has apologised over its rocket attacks striking a district in eastern Nangarhar province in the past 20 days, a senior official in Afghan ministry of interior said Sunday.

At a press conference Interior Ministry Spokesman Zemarai Bashari called on Pakistan to stop such attacks targeting Afghan soil. (more…)

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03 Mar 2011 23:27

Source: reuters // Reuters

By Jonathon Burch

KABUL, March 3 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama expressed “deep regret” over an air strike in Afghanistan that killed nine children, the Afghan presidency said on Thursday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s palace said in a statement that Obama had offered his condolences during a video conference the previous evening. (more…)

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