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Obama says Karzai, Zardari united with him in fight against terror

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Video by Luke BROWN , Clovis CASALI

Latest update : 2009-05-06

Following a meeting in Washington with Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari, US President Barack Obama said that the three nations had renewed their commitment to fight extremism.

AFP - President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States would make every effort to avoid civilian casualties in Afghanistan, after police said 100 Afghans died in US-led air strikes.


   
"I made it clear that the United States will work with our Afghan and international partners to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties," Obama said after talks with the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan here.
   
Earlier, police in Afghanistan said that clashes and US-led air strikes against insurgents had killed 100 people, most of them civilians, in one of the deadliest battles in nearly eight years.
   
The US military opened an investigation into the operation overnight Monday into Tuesday in the remote western province of Farah. Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered his government to probe reports of high civilian casualties.
   

Date created : 2009-05-06

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