KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said Thursday that its forces had inadvertently killed an unknown number of women and children during a fight with insurgents in eastern Afghanistan this week, adding that it is also investigating a separate allegation of civilian casualties in the same region.
The two incidents, in Khost and Ghazni provinces, could pose a test for President Hamid Karzai, who has called for a halt to NATO airstrikes on Afghan homes and vowed to take "unilateral action" to stop them if they persist. Karzai's office did not immediately issue a statement on either case.
BOMB KILLS 2 SOLDIERS IN IRAQ: A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers Thursday outside the main American military base in Baghdad in what U.S. officials said appeared to be another attack by Shiite militias hoping to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq. The attack follows the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years. Fifteen U.S. soldiers died in June, nearly all in attacks by Shiite militias.
MULLEN SPEAKS ON PAKISTANI JOURNALIST: Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday he believed that the government of Pakistan had "sanctioned" the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of Islamic militants into the country's security services. Mullen, who is due to retire at the end of September, is the first U.S. official to accuse Pakistan, a U.S. ally, of the kidnapping, torture and death of the journalist, Saleem Shahzad, 40.
YEMEN PRESIDENT LASHES OUT: Embattled leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is undergoing treatment in Saudi Arabia, lashed out at opponents seeking to drive him from power, but made no mention of a possible return to his country. The recorded TV address was his first public appearance since he was injured last month in a blast at his palace compound.
25 EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS CHARGED: An Egyptian prosecutor charged 25 Mubarak-era officials with manslaughter, attempted murder and assault for their part in organizing a February attack on anti-regime protesters in which assailants on horses and camels charged into crowds. SYRIAN PROTESTS ERUPT: Hundreds demonstrated against government forces, nearly a week after a protest against President Bashar Assad.