Um... sorry about that.
...but here's a couple grand. Have fun.
WASHINGTON -- A US Army brigade commander in Afghanistan yesterday told the families of 69 civilians who were killed or wounded by members of an elite Marine Special Forces unit in March that he is "deeply, deeply ashamed" about the event , describing the series of shootings along a civilian thoroughfare as a "terrible, terrible mistake."
Colonel John Nicholson said he apologized to a group of Afghan people in the eastern Nangahar province on behalf of the US government and delivered solatia payments of approximately $2,000 to the families of 19 innocent civilians who died as a result of the March 4 attacks.
US commanders have said that the event began when a suicide bomber drove a small van filled with explosives into a Marine Corps Forces Special Operations convoy that was on its way to a base in Jalalabad.
The Marines then fired on people nearby and along several miles of their ensuing route through a crowded roadway, according to early investigative findings and an Afghan government human rights group.
Early estimates showed that about a dozen civilians were killed; Nicholson said yesterday that the death toll has been confirmed to be 19, with 50 wounded.
The event , which resulted in the largest number of civilian deaths from a single US action in the country since the war began, raised significant ire within Afghan communities in the region.