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Nightly News   |  March 12, 2012

‘Low point’ for US-Afghan relations

The recent killings have brought great sadness to Afghanistan, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called the killings ‘unforgiveable.’ NBC’s Atia Abawi reports.

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>> thanks. now for the reaction on the ground in afghanistan, nbc's atia abawi reporting from our bureau in kabul tonight.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. there is outrage here over the gruesome loss of innocent lives. but there's mostly sadness among afghans who know what happened. the killings happened in a remote rural village in afghanistan. so news has traveled slowly. but there is fear and uncertainty as to what will happen next because, so far, we have not seen protests. but this is what the americans here are afraid of, deadly protests like these that happened after the koran burnings just a few weeks ago. although we haven't seen these protests just yet, the taliban have called for revenge. afghan president hamid karzai has condemned the killings as well, calling them intentional and unforgivable. u.s./afghan relations are at a low point in an already difficult relationship, one that relies on cooperation. and this incident is the latest in a series that make that much more difficult. brian?

>> atia abawi from our kabul