May 14th, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Karzai ends U.S. trip with visit to military base

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will end his four-day U.S. trip on Friday with a visit to a military base in Kentucky, officials said.  Karzai is scheduled to visit Fort Campbell where the 101st Airborne Division is preparing to go to Afghanistan. The visit caps a week of high0level meetings for Karzai: he has huddled with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama, among others. The trip is Karzai's first to Washington since his controversial re-election and some recent well-publicized spats with the Obama administration.

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Filed under: Karzai • Obama • White House
May 14th, 2010
08:05 AM ET

Afghan official: Troops killed civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan - A local Afghan leader says coalition forces shot and killed civilians on Thursday night, a claim disputed by the NATO-led force in Afghanistan.

Nasrutullah Arsala, head of the provincial council of Nangahar province, told CNN on Friday that troops killed nine civilians in Kushkak, a village in the Surkh Rod district of Nangahar, in eastern Afghanistan.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Afghan and international troops traded fire with insurgents during an operation in Surkh Rod that left a Taliban sub-commander and other militants dead. The NATO-led command says evidence shows that civilians were not killed. FULL POST

Filed under: Civilian deaths