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Casualties of War

February 15, 2010 2:05:24 PM PST
What's the old saw about truth being the first victim in war?

It's so difficult to ascertain the truth in the whiz-bang rapid fire of combat. Sure, sometimes there are outright lies, like the Taliban leader in southern Afghanistan saying the infidels - that means U.S. troops - suffering heavy casualties from roadside bombs.

But then there are the more subtle forms. There are, for example, differing accounts tonight about what happened yesterday when a dozen (or is it 11?) civilians were killed by an errant U.S. missile launch.

The head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan apologized. But today, Afghan officials said that among the "civilians" killed were three insurgents, who had been using the civilians for cover.

Who to believe?

What we do know - or at least think we know - is that this surge ordered by Pres. Obama has begun. And casualties will happen. We can only hope that the truth isn't among them. And when some of the casualties are civilians - that's the best ammunition for the Taliban. And that's the truth.

We'll have the latest on the war in Afghanistan, at 11.

Also at 11, our investigative reporter Jim Hoffer tonight is raising some serious questions about what Toyota knew about its problem cars - and when they knew it.

He takes a look at one case - nearly eight years ago: An unexplained crash of a brand new Toyota; the driver running down three people after losing control. One of them was killed. It's a disturbing story - and it mirrors reporting by ABC News over the weekend that Toyota executives may have known about problems long before they became public. Jim's report is at 11 tonight.

And meteorologist Lee Goldberg is tracking yet another snow storm moving into our area - the third in about two weeks. This will not be a major storm - more of a nuisance? a couple inches possible in New York City, more in the northern 'burbs. Lee will have his AccuWeather forecast, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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