Civilian deaths threaten to undermine Afghan support for international forces, and the U.S. commander in Afghanistan has made protecting innocent Afghans a priority. Wednesday night's incident in Logar province is a reminder of how difficult the task can be.
A military statement says the troops came under fire as they entered the compound. They shouted for everyone to come out multiple times before attacking, and some women and children complied. Col. Wayne Shanks, a U.S. spokesman, said they killed some insurgents but also wounded a young boy who was inside. The boy later died of his wounds.