US: Afghan leader is `commander in chief'

Paramedics and Afghan civilians carry a coffin containing the body of one of the five Afghan deminers killed in a road side bomb a local hospital in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 11, 2010. A bus carrying Afghans working for a U.S.-supported demining group was struck by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province Sunday, killing five workers and wounding 13 others.(AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

April 11, 2010 1:04:14 PM PDT
After days of discord, U.S. officials on Sunday went one step farther in their new gentler approach to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, expressing sympathy for the pressure he faces and promoting him as commander in chief of the warring nation.