US forces accidentally kill Afghan boy, strain ties further
KABUL (REUTERS) - US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot dead a four year old boy, Afghan officials said on Friday, the latest violence to strain ties between the uneasy allies.
The Afghan-US relationship has been damaged by President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a bilateral security deal that would pave the way for a US military presence after the withdrawal of most foreign troops this year.
The United States has said its troops cannot remain without a deal. Their complete departure of US troops would leave Afghan security forces on their own to battle the Taleban.
President Karzai is demanding that the United States end all unilateral military operations on Afghan territory - among other things - before the pact is signed, because they cause avoidable civilian deaths.