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Reuters

By JONATHAN BURCH

HOW HAS IT AFFECTED FOREIGN AND AFGHAN RELATIONS?

Civilian casualties have become a deep source of friction between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers, largely stemming from an incident in August 2008 in which Afghan and U.N. investigators say U.S. strikes killed 90 civilians.

Washington initially denied large numbers of civilians had been killed in that incident, only to acknowledge three months later that at least 33 had died.

Tensions were further strained in May this year, when the U.S. military carried out an air strike in the southwest. Afghan officials say that killed 140 civilians while U.S. estimates were between 20 and 35 civilians and 80 to 95 insurgents killed.

Although more civilians die in insurgent attacks, deaths at the hands of foreign forces cause the most outrage among ordinary Afghans and have made many question the presence of international troops. (more…)

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