More than a hundred civilians are now said to have been killed in yesterday’s US-led air strikes in Afghanistan, according to local police.
The Afghan Red Cross has also confirmed many women and children are among the dead. Images have emerged of the survivors of the bombing, which US forces say was meant to target Taliban positions in the western Farah province. Meanwhile, authorities in northwestern Pakistan have lifted a curfew so residents there can flee the Swat valley. This amid reports that security forces are preparing to launch a fresh offensive against Taliban militants. It comes as the US President hosts his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts for talks on how to combat Islamic extremists. Washington says it wants both leaders to deal more aggressively with the Taliban and al Qaeda. It is thought the meeting could produce new agreements for cooperation on policing and border issues.