US, UN launch joint probe into deadly Afghan raid
By FISNIK ABRASHI
Associated Press / August 30, 2008
KABUL, Afghanistan – A top NATO official says the U.S.-led coalition, the United Nations and Afghan officials will launch a joint probe into a deadly raid in western Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. Richard Blanchette, the chief spokesman for the NATO-led force in Afghanistan, says the investigation will aim to clarify what happened during the Aug. 22 raid in the village of Azizabad in the western Herat province.
The Afghan government and U.N. say some 90 civilians were killed.
The U.S.-led coalition maintains that 25 militants and five civilians died in the raid.
Dan McNorton, a U.N. spokesman in Kabul, confirmed the decision Saturday to launch the joint probe.