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Afghan president warns NATO against killing civilians

Other News Materials 31 May 2011 12:31 (UTC +04:00)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday warned the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to stop harming civilians in the military operations.
Afghan president warns NATO against killing civilians

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday warned the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to stop harming civilians in the military operations, Xinhua reported.

"This is my last warning to the NATO forces. No more attacks on the homes of Afghans will be allowed," Karzai told a news conference in his fortified office.

"Afghans suffer from both the terrorism and the war against terrorism," Karzai said.

According to Afghan government 14 civilians including women and children were killed during NATO raid in Naw zad district of Helmand province on Saturday. However, NATO forces confirmed nine civilians were killed when the troops retaliated after coming under attack from Taliban militants hiding in residential houses.

Although the NATO-led troops have apologized for the killing of civilians, the alliance spokesman Brigadier-General Josef Blotz said Monday that "night raid operations were very necessary element of ongoing counter-insurgency campaign against Taliban insurgents."

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