Clinton says deeply regrets Afghan civilian deaths

Wed May 6, 2009 11:16am EDT

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WASHINGTON May 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday expressed deep regret for the deaths of civilians in U.S.-led airstrikes in Afghanistan this week and promised to try to avoid these in future.

"We deeply, deeply regret that loss," Clinton said as she opened three-way talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

(Editing by Sandra Maler)