KABUL, Afghanistan (March 2, 2013) – It is with deep regret that the International Security Assistance Force announces that its forces were responsible for the unintended death of two young Afghan civilians during an operation Feb. 28 in Shahid-e Hasas District, Uruzgan Province.
“I offer my personal apology and condolences to the family of the boys who were killed,” said Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of ISAF. “I am committed to ensuring we do the right thing for the families of those we harmed, as well as for the community in which they lived. We take full responsibility for this tragedy.”
The boys were killed when Coalition forces fired at what they thought were insurgent forces. A joint Afghan-ISAF investigation team visited the location today and met with local leaders.
ISAF remains committed to taking appropriate actions to minimize the likelihood of similar occurrences in the future.