US Commander: Sorry We Killed 2 Afghan Boys
Gen. Joseph Dunford: Coalition takes full responsibility
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 2, 2013 1:42 PM CST
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – The US-led coalition says its forces accidentally killed two Afghan boys during an operation in southern Afghanistan. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commander of US and allied forces in Afghanistan, offered his "personal apology and condolences to the family of the boys who were killed" and said the coalition takes full responsibility for the deaths.

A statement issued by the coalition says the boys were killed Thursday when coalition forces fired at what they thought were insurgent forces in the Shahid-e Hasas district of Uruzgan province. It says a joint Afghan-NATO investigation team visited the location today and met with local leaders. The killing of civilians by foreign forces has been a major source of tension with the Afghan government throughout the nearly 12-year-old war.

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clmsman
Mar 4, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Why as we constently apologizing to the scumbag afgahs? These are folks that kill woman for going to school and we have to apologize because a couple kids get caught in the crossfire. We should tell them knock the crap off or what the Russian did to will be a day in the park if you don't get it together. First that should be stood up against a wall with a 21 gun salute is karzi.
HANKHILL
Mar 3, 2013 1:07 PM CST
no big deal! just give them 5 goats and 10 pigs each and go on with it!
19_56_19_55
Mar 3, 2013 12:10 PM CST
Maybe if the Afghan people would fight their own battles and not leave it up to other countries than they would see for themselves it's not hard to kill innocent people. I know when your on patrol or out looking for the terrorist you get in a hyped situation where your nerves are on edge and bad things can happen and usually does. When ever did Karzai ever say he was SORRY for the cowards that turned their weapons on the coalition troops. Karzai I believe will be done and probably killed when we all leave the Godless place. Look at that other S.O.B in Iraq he has already made good friends with Iran. Karzai don't have a clue Iran, Russia and China have been feeding the Taliban arms. Our country has already said I'm sorry way to many times I'm sick of our government and especially our Military & Obama for saying I'M SORRY over anything. How many times do we go into battle looking to kill any innocent people and when it comes to kids that just tears the parents harts out but if the people of Afghanistan truly want to be a free country than every abled body should be helping root out the terrorist cause if Karzai thinks he smart he should sit down and talk to the different Muslim factions and get them on the same page. To me they should all want the same things out of life. Don't worry Karzai as soon as we all leave we will see the Taliban killing innocent people again under shariea law and the killings the Taliban will bring back to the people. I hope the Afghan military can really strike the death blows to the Taliban and the Afghan people live life the way they want. I believe the leaders of most terrorist groups that had an education are gone and the dumb ones should see the masses of people don't want them around. all the terrorist when captured should be put to death if they picked up weapons against the new government that's how Karzai is going to have to do it otherwise they will continue to get foreign fighters and stay supplied with men and equipment till the Karzai government falls.