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Gen. David Petraeus On Deadly Afghan Bombing

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Gen. David Petraeus On Deadly Afghan Bombing

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Gen. David Petraeus On Deadly Afghan Bombing

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

The U.S. military says it will soon explain its conduct in an aerial bombardment that killed civilians in Afghanistan. Afghan officials say that U.S. planes killed more than 170 civilians in the incident May 4. The U.S. says that number was much lower and the U.S. planes were targeting Taliban fighters.

Now, General David Petraeus says he's seen a video that supports the U.S. version of events. He is commander of all U.S. forces in the region. He spoke today with NPR's Steve Inskeep.

General DAVID PETRAEUS (Commander, U.S. Army): And there is indeed video from a B-1 bomber that very clearly shows bombs hitting individuals who are the Taliban, who are reacting to the movements of the Afghan and coalition forces on the ground.

STEVE INSKEEP: How are they identifiable as Taliban? Men with guns, men who had just been fighting with Afghan allies in the grounds, what is it?

Gen. PETRAEUS: Well, it's a combination of intelligence reports, sources and it is - it all comes together that is then confirmed by this actual video.

BLOCK: The general says that video will be released soon.

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