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Call with President Karzai Following the Report of Afghan Civilian Casualties
March 11, 2012
08:04 PM EDT
Sunday afternoon, President Obama called President Karzai to express his shock and sadness at the reported killing and wounding of Afghan civilians. President Obama extended his condolences to the people of Afghanistan, and made clar his Administration's commitment to establish the facts as quickly as possible and to hold fully accountable anyone responsible. He further reaffirmed the United States' deep respect for the Afghan people and the bonds between the two countries.
In a statement earlier in the day, the President described the incident as "tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan."