The US defence department has said troops in Afghanistan failed to follow "proper procedures" when they carried out air raids on Taliban militants last month.

The Afghan government says 140 civilians died in US air strikes in the western province of Farah on 4 May.

The Pentagon has admitted there were "problems" with tactics and procedures during the raids, with spokesman Geoff Morrell saying it appeared a B-1 bomber had "to break away from positive ID of their target at one point".

The findings of a US investigation into what happened are expected this week.

Is it the tip of the iceberg, a new "transparent strategy" or an admission of failure?

Our guests on this show are Bill Roggio, editor of the Long War Journal and former marine; Prince Ali Saraj, president of the National Coalition for Dialogue with the tribes of Afghanistan; and Erica Gaston, human rights lawyer representing DC human rights NGO Civic.

This episode of Inside Story aired on Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera