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Karzai warns NATO over civilian deaths

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Karzai warns NATO over civilian deaths


Hamid Karzai says NATO risks being seen as an “occupying force” in Afghanistan if it continues attacking homes with air strikes.

The Afghan leader’s warning at a news conference in Kabul came two days after at least nine people, mostly children, were killed by NATO by mistake.

The local governor said 14 civilians died, 12 of them children, in Helmand province. The commander of the NATO-led force has apologised for their deaths.

Civilian casualties caused by foreign troops hunting insurgents have long been a source of friction between Karzai and the West. The latest NATO strikes come at a time of high anti-Western feeling in Afghanistan.

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