U.S. Army General John Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support forces in Afghanistan has apologized for the civilian casualties in recent airstrikes in northern Kunduz province.
Gen. Nicholson who traveled to Kunduz on Tuesday with top Afghan security officials to assess the security situation in the province, said: “I am sorry for the civilian casualties that have occurred recently again.”
“Will do everything we possibly can to avoid any civilian casualties,” he said.
According to the United Nations mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), at least 10 civilians have been killed in the U.S. airstrikes which reportedly targeted three villages in Chahardara, a district west of the provincial capital where Taliban fighters have long maintained a strong presence.
The report of civilian casualties comes as U.S. has stepped up its air raids against the militant groups in Afghanistan.