Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, made the unusual move of directly apologizing to the Afghan people on local television.
He sought to control the damage in the aftermath of Sunday’s U.S. airstrike that killed at least 21 people in central Afghanistan.
American and Afghan forces are trying to defeat the Taliban in Helmand province and win over the people there.
For more about the fallout from Sunday’s airstrike, Martin Savidge speaks to Rick Nelson, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former member of the U.S. Special Operations command.
And James Bays of Al Jazeera English reports how Taliban are saying their support among the Afghan people is only increasing.