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Pentagon denies claims of civilian casualties near Afghan City of Kunduz

Reports of civilian casualties, following a July 19, U.S. airstrike near the Afghan City of Kunduz, have been refuted after an investigation, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a press release on Friday.

FILE: Pentagon

“After carefully considering all relevant and reasonably available information, which included a review of the Afghan Government’s report of findings, our investigation found no credible information to corroborate the allegations,’’ U.S. Forces spokesman, Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, said.

The U.S. investigation began July 24, following allegations that U.S. airstrikes in defence of Afghan forces during Afghan-led ground offensive operations in the Chahar Darah district, Kunduz province, led to civilian casualties.

Media reports quoting area residents and local officials claimed a U.S. airstrike had killed 14 members of a family.

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