Military officials are investigating the reported deaths of at least six civilians, all members of the same family, in an airstrike in Afghanistan. As U.S. forces try to contain the Taliban, civilian casualties have infuriated many ordinary Afghans. The issue was addressed on Thursday by the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, who said “We must protect the Afghan people from all threats — from the enemy and from our own actions.”
McChrystal has also recommended up to 40,000 additional troops for Afghanistan. That recommendation is being considered by U.S. President Barack Obama, who held a three-hour meeting Wednesday night on Afghanistan with key members of his national security team, some of whom are divided on the troop issue.
Alex Their, the director of the Future of Afghanistan Project at the United States Institute of Peace, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the administration’s options.