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AFP | June 8, 2011

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday expressed his “sorrow” in a video conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over recent civilian casualties in Afghanistan, his spokesman said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama spoke to Karzai for an hour and discussed a number of topics, including the implications of the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a US special forces raid in May.

“The president expressed his sorrow over tragic civilian casualties, most recently in Helmand province,” Carney said. (more…)

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TONY EASTLEY: Civilian casualties at the hands of foreign forces is a hugely sensitive issue in Afghanistan.

In the past President Hamid Karzai has said no civilian casualty is acceptable.

Overnight at least 13 Afghan police and civilians were killed in two incidents involving international forces. In one clash both sides mistook the other for Taliban militants.

Alison Caldwell reports. (more…)

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