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Video by Luke BROWN , Clovis CASALI

Latest update : 2009-05-06

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a joint address with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, following reports of high civilian death tolls in US-led air strikes.

AFP - The United States deeply regrets the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday after reports that US-led air strikes against insurgents had killed 100 people.


  
"I wish to express my personal regret and certainly the sympathy of our administration on the loss of civilian life in Afghanistan," Clinton told a joint meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
  
"We deeply regret it. We don't know all of the circumstances or causes. And there will be a joint investigation by your government and ours," Clinton said.
  
"But any loss of life, any loss of innocent life, is particularly painful," the chief US diplomat said.
  
"And I want to convey to the people of both Afghanistan and Pakistan that ... we will work very hard with your governments and with your leaders to avoid the loss of innocent civilian life," Clinton said.
  
"And we deeply, deeply regret that loss," she added.
  
Police in Afghanistan said Wednesday that US-led air strikes against insurgents had killed 100 people including civilians, in one of the deadliest attacks in nearly eight years.
  
The US military opened an investigation into strikes late Monday and Tuesday in the remote western province of Farah, as Karzai ordered his government to probe reports of high civilian casualties.

Date created : 2009-05-06

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