8 Afghan Civilians Killed in US-Led Airstrike

Coalition forces called for air backup during firefight
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2008 7:22 AM CDT
Afghan boys walk outside a house damaged by a NATO air strike in Kapisa province, north of Kabul. An air raid in the western Farah province has left 8 civilians dead.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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(Newser) – Eight civilians were killed in a coalition airstrike targeting suspected militants in Afghanistan's western province of Farah, Reuters reports. The deaths occurred after American-led forces called for air backup during a roadside firefight Tuesday. A military statement said that officials "deeply regret any occurrence such as this." There were reports of more civilian casualties in another airstrike today.