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Did U.S. kill civilians?

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Sagatho, Afghanistan

Afghans and U.S. officials were at odds this week over an air raid in southern Afghanistan. Village leaders said the airstrike on a house killed 11 civilians, including four children. But the U.S. military said the raid killed five armed militants and harmed no civilians. “Typically, the Taliban are attempting to spread disinformation, propaganda, in order to discredit the coalition,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a military spokesman. “Our aircraft did not engage noncombatants.” But U.S. officials confirmed that two attacks last month went astray, killing 15 children.

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