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    Children Killed in U.S. Afghan Attack

    The lifeless bodies of Afghan children lay on the ground before their funeral ceremony, after a NATO airstrike killed several Afghan civilians, including ten children during a fierce gun battle with Taliban militants in Shultan, Shigal district, Kunar, eastern Afghanistan, Sunday, April 7, 2013. The U.S.-led coalition confirms that airstrikes were called in by international forces during the Afghan-led operation in a remote area of Kunar province near the Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Naimatullah Karyab)

    Naimatullah Karyab/AP

    On Saturday, a joint airstrike by Afghan and American forces left a senior Taliban leader dead—but also took the lives of 17 others, including at least 10 children and injuring five women. The attack targeted high-profile commander Ali Khan and four Taliban insurgents, according to the district governor. Airstrikes have become increasingly controversial, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai barred his forces from requesting them after a February attack that left 10 civilians dead.

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