Karzai Slams NATO in Deaths of 4 Afghan Kids
NATO says it's aware casualties in Oct. 20 operation are possible
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2012 8:41 AM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – A NATO operation killed four Afghan kids tending livestock in the country's east, Afghan president Hamid Karzai said today, again lambasting the US-led forces over the ever-contentious issue of civilian casualties. "Despite repeated pledges by NATO to avoid civilian casualties, innocent lives, including children, are still being lost," Karzai said. NATO admits that casualties in the October 20 operation are possible, reports Reuters, but also released figures today that show such deaths decreased 58% since July-September of 2011.