US seeking to cut Afghan civilian deaths
The new commander of NATO in Afghanistan says that troops will adopt new war tactics aimed at reducing the number of civilian deaths across the war-ravaged county, Press TV reported.
Gen Stanley McChrystal, who took charge of some 90,000 US-led troops last week, said that he would release new combat rules on minimizing civilian deaths.
"This is appropriate for the conventional battlefield where it is army against army, but not appropriate for the counter-insurgency battlefield," the commander said on a visit to the new US Marine base in southern Helmand Province.
His remarks comes after a US report confirmed last week that the American Air Force made significant errors in carrying out airstrikes in western Afghanistan that killed 140 civilians in early May.
However, Defense Secretary Robert Gates had earlier said that an influx of more than 21,000 US troops would not reduce the demand for such strikes across Afghanistan.
Friction between Washington and Kabul emerged after President Hamid Karzai repeatedly condemned the US troops for causing civilian casualties across the country over the past several months.
Karzai has demanded a halt to US airstrikes in the country following the several deadly incidents.
The civilian deaths in Afghanistan continue seven-and-a-half years after the US invaded the country to allegedly destroy Taliban and al-Qaeda, and bring stability to the country.