Saturday, September 5, 2009

Wire: Gen. McChrystal Inspects Afghan Tanker Airstrike Site

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2009 -- Newswire services this morning reported that the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan is visiting the site of an airstrike where American jets bombed two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban.

The Associated Press said that Gen. Stanley McChrystal traveled to inspect the site in northern Kunduz province Saturday as NATO began a formal investigation into the attack in which up some reports claim to 90 people died. It is unclear how many of the dead were militants and how many were villagers siphoning fuel from the trucks.

Preventing civilian deaths has been an Obama Administration priority for McChrystal since he took command in Afghanistan this year. However, it is proving to be a daunting task in a war where all enemy combatants are civilians.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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