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President Karzai Summons the Commander of the Coalition Forces in Afghanistan for an Explanation about the Kandahar Incident
Office of the Spokesman to the President


Arg, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, summoned Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry, Commander of the Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, to his office for an explanation about the incident in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province this morning.

General Eikenberry gave the President a full account of the incident in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province and said “Last Sunday, the terrorists had taken up position in a village in Panjwayi district of Kandahar at midnight and began moving out of the village in a queue to carry out terrorist activities.”

“The Coalition Forces knew the terrorists were there, but did not take action to avoid civilian casualties. When the terrorists moved some distance away from the village, the Coalition Forces launched a military operation against them.”

“During the operation, our helicopters opened fire on the terrorists. The terrorists dispersed and fled into a nearby village and broke into people’s homes. The Coalition Forces entered the area to control the situation and secure the area. As soon as our forces entered the area, the terrorists began heavy arms fire on them.”

According to General Eikenberry, unfortunately, during the mopping up operation there were some civilian casualties as well. We provided emergency medical assistance to the injured.

The President expressed his deep regret at the unfortunate death of innocent civilians and said “While the people of Afghanistan stand firmly with the international community in their effort to defeat terrorism, but it must be ensured that civilians are not affected during the operations.”

The President emphasized that civilians’ safety is a top priority for the Government of Afghanistan and every effort should be made to ensure their safety in any circumstance.

The terrorists use people’s homes as a shield to hide themselves during anti-terrorist operations as a tactic and on the other hand they endanger civilians’ lives for their propaganda.

The President called on the noble and devout people of Afghanistan to resist the terrorists and not to allow them to use their homes as a shield and for other purposes.


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