Afghan president calls on Obama to stop civilian casualties

WECH BAGHTU, Afghanistan (AP) -- The president of Afghanistan says it's his "first demand" for the new U.S. president: he wants an end to civilian casualties like those that reportedly took place when U.S. warplanes bombed a wedding party.

Villagers say 37 people were killed, most of them children. One resident says U.S. troops and Taliban fighters had been fighting nearby. The U.S. military says it's investigating.

President Hamid Karzai spoke about the deaths at a news conference that was called to congratulate Barack Obama. Karzai says he hopes yesterday's election will "bring peace to Afghanistan" and "life to Afghanistan," as well as "prosperity to the Afghan people and the rest of the world."

He applauded America for what he calls its "courage" in electing Obama.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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