Rights group urges US to respect laws of war to prevent Afghan civilian deaths Jaclyn Belczyk at 3:29 PM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday called on the US government [press release] to make "fundamental changes to reduce civilian casualties" in Afghanistan after attacks last week reportedly left more than 140 civilians dead. HRW said that a review announced by chief of the US Central Command General David Petraeus [official profile] must result in "measures that genuinely minimize civilian loss of life." HRW called on the US to heed international laws of war, under which attacks cannot be indiscriminate or cause disproportionate civilian loss. On Friday, US Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway said that the investigation will show [AP report] that the Taliban [JURIST news archive], not US air strikes, are responsible for the civilian deaths.
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