The alliance in a statement said, an initial investigation has determined that efforts near Kunduz on November 3 to defend Afghan National Defense and Security Forces likely resulted in civilian casualties.
“I deeply regret the loss of innocent lives, regardless of the circumstances. The loss of innocent life is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the families,” said General John W. Nicholson, Commander of US Forces-Afghanistan. “We will work with our Afghan partners to investigate and determine the facts and we will work with the Government of Afghanistan to provide assistance.”
According to RSM, on November 3rd, Afghan forces advised by US forces, conducted a mission in Boz Village, Kunduz district, Kunduz targeting Taliban leaders who were planning additional attacks in Kunduz city.
“During the course of the operation, friendly forces encountered significant enemy fire from multiple locations and defended themselves with ground fire and US air-to-ground engagements. Initial reports indicate that several Taliban leaders and Taliban members were killed in the engagement,” RSM said.
The statement by RSM further added “As the Government of Afghanistan has said, the presence of Taliban in Kunduz province continues to present a threat to the people. We will continue to support our Afghan partners as they defend the people of Afghanistan.”
Earlier the Afghan officials said at least 30 civilians were killed and 25 others were wounded during the operation.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) blamed Taliban for the deadly incident, slamming the Taliban group leaders for using the civilians as human shield, even their own family members who were among those killed.