Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with a top U.S. lawmaker in Kabul
Saturday to discuss a new American strategy to confront a Taliban-led
insurgency in Afghanistan.
A statement from Mr. Karzai's office
says he and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy
Pelosi, also talked about long-term security and economic development.
The statement says Pelosi is happy with the progress of democracy in Afghanistan.
Afghan delegation, including the foreign, defense and interior
ministers, is leaving for the United States Sunday to continue talks on
the new strategy. They will also meet with Pakistani officials, so all
three sides can talk about the fight against terrorism.
another development, the U.S. military says an investigation conducted
with Afghan forces confirmed that a recent military operation in
western Afghanistan left 13 civilians and three militants dead.
U.S. military spokesman, Brigadier General Michael Ryan, said the
inquiry into Tuesday's operation in Herat demonstrates the military's
concern about civilian casualties.
U.S. President Barack Obama
recently announced plans to send 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan,
bringing the total U.S. force there to about 55,000 soldiers.
The international force in Afghanistan includes another 30,000 foreign troops, mainly from NATO countries.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.