On POTUS, Petraeus, and their reaction to the Nine Afghan Boys Killed by the US on Tuesday

By Kristina

Mar 3, 2011 11:23am

A source tells ABC News that President Obama was upset to hear about the nine Afghan boys killed by US forces in the Pech Valley in Kunar Province Tuesday, and that it will assuredly be discussed at today’s monthly about the US strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

U.S. Commander Gen David Petraeus issued a quick apology the attack, saying: "We are deeply sorry for this tragedy and apologize to the members of the Afghan government, the people of Afghanistan and, most importantly, the surviving family members of those killed by our actions. These deaths should have never happened."

Lt. Gen. Rodriguez issued a video apology as well, which was translated into Pashto and Dari.


At about 9 am local time on Tuesday, Afghan insurgents attacked Camp Blessing by rockets, wounding one US civilian. The US returned fire. Later that morning, insurgents fired another rocket. Two US choppers were called in and fired on who they thought were the insurgents in the area they were told the rockets were coming from.

It turned out to be 10 boys gathering firewood. Nine of them were killed.

“We had made a terrible mistake,” Rodriguez says in the video. “These incidents are rare.”

-Jake Tapper

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