NATO rockets kill Afghan civilians

Operation Moshtarak

Twelve Afghan civilians were killed Sunday when two NATO rockets aimed at Taliban insurgents missed their target. The incident occurred in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, an insurgent-infested area where British troops are operating.

General Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in the country, says he “deeply regrets” the civilian deaths and has apologized to Afghanistan President, Hamid Karzai.

NATO, which launched the campaign Saturday, announced the offensive before it started so that civilians could get out of harm’s way. Hundreds of war-weary Afghan families have packed their belongings and left their homes, taking shelter in safer areas.

About 15,000 coalition troops are involved in Operation Moshtarak—the biggest military offensive in the country since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.