NATO air-strikes kill 14 Afghan road building workers by mistake

NATO is investigating claims that its planes killed 14 members of an Afghan civilian road construction crew while hunting Taliban fighters in a mountainous region. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said its warplanes conducted airstrikes against Taliban fighters in eastern Nuristan province on Monday night, and that a militant leader was targeted. "ISAF was engaged in Nurgaram and Du Ab (districts), and in those places we used airstrikes against (Taliban)," ISAF spokesman Brig. Gen. Carlos Branco told a news conference. "The situation is not clear at all at this stage. We are carrying out the investigation and trying to get a clear picture." But Afghan officials said bombs hit two tents housing Afghan engineers and laborers contracted by the US military to build a road, killing 14 workers. They blamed faulty intelligence for the mistake.