Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld maintains that the US has kept "collateral damage" in Afghanistan to a minimum, striking only intended targets in military air attacks. But the United Nations is voicing concern that US planes are bombing civilians in Afghanistan because of faulty intelligence. How many civilian deaths can be justified by America's mission? Is the loss of US troops more important? We look at America's effort to prevent civilian casualties in Afghanistan with military strategists and ethicists, and hear from a reporter in Afghanistan about the difficulty of even determining the extent of casualties from high-altitude bombing.
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