NATO Will Not Launch Air Raids Near Homes, Says Afghanistan [View all]
NATO will not launch air raids near homes, says Afghanistan
Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:08am EDT
KABUL (Reuters) - NATO will not conduct any more air strikes in residential areas, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said, after 18 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in a recent raid provoking fresh rage against foreign forces.
The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, has apologized for the killings in Logar province during a joint operation with Afghan forces on Wednesday and promised an investigation into circumstances leading to the air strike.
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NATO initially said its forces and Afghan troops came under fire during the operation to capture a Taliban commander and they called for an air strike.
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Later, as villagers displayed bodies of women and children from the ruins of two houses, the NATO-led force said it had ordered an investigation. Nine of the victims were children, including an infant, five were women and three were elderly people, police said.