Afghan Death Probe

What happened in the bombing in Afghanistan? The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Army General David McKiernan, dispatched a joint American-Afghan team to investigate the airstrikes this week that killed at least two dozen people and maybe, The Times of London reports, up to 100, including women and children. The attacks were ordered when the governor of Afghanistan’s Farah province called for U.S. support after his police were overwhelmed by a battle that started when the Taliban beheaded three civilians. McKiernan also hinted, however, that the U.S. may not be responsible for the deaths. "We have some other information that leads us to distinctly different conclusions about the cause of these civilian casualties," he said.