KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF is conducting a detailed investigation into the airstrike in Helmand Province late yesterday morning that was reported in the media to have resulted in the deaths of local civilians.
The ISAF investigation is complicated by the fact that shortly after the airstrike, two indiscriminate enemy force missile attacks appear to have been launched into the residential centre of Lashkar Gah that reportedly caused civilian casualties. We have also heard reports of other non-ISAF related incidents around Lashkar Gah which may have caused casualties. All of these unrelated incidents are complicating the ongoing ISAF investigations into the alleged civilian casualties. Therefore, ISAF has yet to conclude its investigation into what exactly has happened, the casualties caused and by whom.
ISAF always works to protect the people of Afghanistan by conducting its operations in a manner that minimises risk to the civilian population. ISAF is saddened to hear of these reported casualties and will work tirelessly with the Afghan authorities to identify the cause and any lessons that can be learned to provide better security to the people of Afghanistan.
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