In Afghanistan, officials said that 27 people were killed last night in Uruzgan province, when NATO aircraft fired on what was believed to be a convoy of insurgents.
It turned out that the people were all civilians, including women and children. The Afghan government called it “unjustifiable,” and the top U.S. commander, General Stanley McChrystal, apologized.
Meanwhile, the offensive against the Taliban continues in the town of Marjah in Helmand province.
For more on the civilian toll in Afghanistan, Martin Savidge interviews Alex Thier, director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the United States Institute of Peace.
James Bays of Al Jazeera English has more about the war’s impact on civilians.