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Germany Urges Review in Wake of Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan


Germany is calling for a review of the tactics used by international forces in Afghanistan after a series of civilian deaths in recent weeks.

German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung told reporters Monday in Brussels that the international community must make sure that future operations do not result in civilian casualties. He said troops serving in Afghanistan must not turn the local population against them.

Last week, the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan confirmed that civilians were killed during fighting with Taleban militants in southern Afghanistan. But angry Afghans said a U.S. air strike killed more than 40 villagers. A joint Afghan-U.S. team is investigating.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said civilian deaths are unacceptable and has urged foreign troops to coordinate military operations against Taleban insurgents with his government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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