7 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan; Floodwaters Receding in Pakistan

BY Tom LeGro  August 30, 2010 at 9:25 AM EDT

Updated 12:29 EDT | Seven American service members were killed Monday in two separate roadside bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan, NATO said. Witnesses in the southern city of Kandahar said an armored U.S. Army Humvee hit a roadside bomb in the early afternoon. Fourteen U.S. troops have been killed in action in eastern and southern Afghanistan over the past three days.

Original post | Seven U.S. troops died over the weekend in separate attacks in Afghanistan, an Afghan district chief was killed Monday in the east and the bodies of five kidnapped campaign aides were found Sunday in a western province.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai sharply criticized coalition strategy on Sunday. “There should be a review of the strategy in the fight against terrorism, because the experience of the last eight years showed that the fight in the villages of Afghanistan has been ineffective apart from causing civilian casualties,” Karzai was quoted as saying, reports the AP.

Meanwhile, one of Afghanistan’s most senior prosecutors said Saturday that Karzai fired him last week after he repeatedly refused to block corruption investigations at the highest levels of government, reports the New York Times.

Karzai has condemned U.S. media reports that Afghan government officials have received payments from the CIA in return for information.

The New York Times has reported that the CIA had been paying Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for Afghanistan’s National Security Council, who was arrested last month as part of an investigation into corruption.

The Washington Post reported the CIA was making payments to a large number of officials in Karzai’s administration.

Floodwaters in Pakistan Receding

Emergency officials say flood levels southern Pakistan are beginning to recede, but warned that they were still “exceptionally high,” reports the BBC. More than 1,600 people have died and about six million are homeless after Pakistan’s worst flooding.

Floodwaters are also receding in northwest Pakistan. The BBC’s Jill McGivering reports from the town of Kalam in Swat where the whole community has been cut off and desperately needs help with rebuilding.

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