US probe finds 30-35 Taliban, 7 civilians killed

The US coalition says its probe into allegations of civilian deaths in western Afghanistan this month has found that 30 to 35 Taliban militants and seven civilians were killed. An Afghan government commission has said that around 90 civilians were killed during a US-led operation in the village of Azizabad on Aug. 22. A preliminary UN report backed that finding. No conclusive photos or videos to back the claim of 90 dead have emerged. The US probe says that the "intensity" of incoming fire justified the use of force in responding. The report says the range in casualty numbers was determined by observation of "enemy movements" during the engagement and on-site observations immediately following the fight.