Submitted by Cheston Catalano
Civilian casualties have been a source of friction between the U.S. and the Karzai government.
An Afghan minister earlier told Reuters that a lone U.S. soldier had killed up to 16 people when he burst into homes in villages near his base in the middle of the night..
NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it had detained one of its soldiers and that an investigation was under way. It said the soldier reportedly went to more than one village near his base.
“I cannot explain the motivation behind such callous acts, but they were in no way part of authorized ISAF military activity,” ISAF deputy commander Lt. Gen. Adrian Bradshaw said in the statement.