President Hamid Karzai vowed to punish those responsible for killing as many as 90 civilians in a raid last month by US and Afghan commandos, saying Afghanistan’s relationship with “the foreigners got worst,” the AP reports. The US and NATO claim at least 30 militants and no more than seven civilians died Aug. 22; the UN backs Karzai’s figures.
The US says Taliban militants have villagers file false death reports to claim rewards, with the attendant negative publicity hurting American credibility. But in this case, Afghan officials claim there is video and photo proof that children were present during the attack, with as many as 60 killed. Karzai has asked for an updated force agreement between his government and foreign militaries.