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Afghan Official Wants U.S. Troops Under Officials' Watch

NANGARHAR, Afghanistan -- The governor of the eastern Afghan province of Konar says it would be best if the new U.S. soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan are monitored by Afghan officials.

Governor Fazlullah Wahedi told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that "military operations under the observation of the Afghan government will decrease civilian casualties."

Wahedi was speaking at a meeting of the Konar, Nangarhar, Khost, and Laghman provincial governors and U.S. military officials in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province.

The governors urged the U.S. military to launch operations in better coordination with Afghan forces in order to prevent civilian casualties. Some 700 new U.S. soldiers are soon to be deployed in eastern Afghanistan.