Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan shot dead two children tending cattle, officials said Saturday, in an incident likely to escalate tensions over the conduct of international troops.
An Australian soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrols Tirin Kot, the capital of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, on February 17, 2007. Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan have shot dead two children tending cattle, local officials said as the international coalition launched an inquiry into the incident.
Civilian casualties caused by NATO-led forces have been one of the most contentious issues in the campaign against Taliban insurgents, often triggering widespread public anger and harsh criticism from President Hamid Karzai.
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