AFP – February 23, 2012
Obama said the incident was unintentional and pledged a full investigation, the president’s office said, as fierce anti-US protests swept the nation in which at least 14 people have died, including two American soldiers.
“I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident,” Obama wrote in the letter presented to Karzai by US ambassadorRyan Crocker. “I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies.”
“The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible,” the letter said.
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