Karzai Cousin Killed In NATO Raid, Relative Says : The Two-Way The incident further strains U.S. and Afghan relations over the use of force and civilian casualties. President Karzai's office has condemned the nighttime raid.
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Karzai Cousin Killed In NATO Raid, Relative Says

"President Hamid Karzai's brother said Thursday that U.S.-led coalition forces mistakenly killed one of the president's cousins during a raid in southern Afghanistan," The Associated Press reports. "NATO forces stormed 65-year-old Mohammad Karzai's home in the southern city of Kandahar late Wednesday, killing him and detaining his son, according to the president's brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai."

The New York Times writes that the incident "brought the sensitive issue of civilian casualties into the presidential palace and added to the already tense relationship between the Afghans and the Americans."

President Karzai's office "immediately criticized the assault and renewed a call for U.S. forces to end night raids, a sensitive issue in Afghanistan," The Wall Street Journal says. "This case reaffirms the fact that night raids can be very devastating to the cause that we all jointly pursue," said Waheed Omar, Mr. Karzai's chief spokesman.

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from Kabul, says NATO is investigating. The coalition initially said NATO forces had captured a Taliban leader in the raid and killed an armed man who was approaching, Corey says.