The remarks got his opponents chattering that his comments in New Hampshire was maligning the efforts of the troops.
The Republican national Committee today issued a statement demanding that Obama apologize for his --quote-- "offensive statement."
The U.S. and NATO say they don't have civilian casualty figures. But The Associated Press has been keeping count based on figures from Afghan and international officials.
As of August 1, the AP count shows militants have killed 231 civilians in attacks in 2007, Western forces killed 286.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his concern about the civilian deaths during a meeting last week with President Bush. President Bush said he shares those concerns.