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US-led forces kill 7 Afghan civilians


The victims, most of them children, died in Zhari district of Kandahar Province late on Wednesday when US-led International Security Assistance Force launched an air strike in the area, AFP reported. 

Afghan President Hamid Karzais office, in a statement, "strongly condemned" the strike. The statement said the aerial attack killed seven people including six children, as well as injuring two young girls. 

President Karzai has also tasked a team with investigating the incident. 

The loss of civilian lives at the hand of foreign forces has dramatically increased anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan. 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on October 17 called on US-led NATO force to provide an explanation for the killing of three members of Sameh Jan Sherzads family in an operation in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday in the Chaki Wardak district of Wardak Province. 

Insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan despite the presence of nearly 150,000 US-led forces in the war-battered Asian country. 

A United Nations report on Afghanistan issued on September 28 said that the average monthly number of security incidents recorded for the year through the end of August has risen nearly 40 percent. 

The report also said civilian casualties, already at record levels in the first six months of the year, rose 5 percent between June and August 2011 compared with the same three-month period in 2010. 

Around 130,000 people were displaced by the conflict in the first seven months of the year, up nearly two-thirds from the same period a year earlier. 

Afghan civilians have paid a heavy price since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. 


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