WAR ZONE

U.S. Forces Under Fire for Civilian Deaths

U.S. Special Operations may not have tried hard enough to avoid killing civilians in the latest deadly airstrike in southern Afghanistan that has left 27 dead. Afghanistan's cabinet has called the strike "unjustifiable," and Afghan and NATO officials have ordered an immediate investigation into the strike, which hit a group of minibuses on Sunday and killed at least 27 civilians, including at least one child. Since 2001, coalition forces have killed thousands of civilians, many of them in errant airstrikes. A NATO spokesman said he could not confirm that U.S. Special Operations Forces ordered the latest strike.