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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

"Friendly Fire"

Sunday, June 24, 2007

BBC: 24.06.07

Anger against foreign forces is rising among ordinary Afghans. Nato has said it needs to do better in its operations in Afghanistan, after coming under criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Mr Karzai accused Nato and US-led troops of failing to co-ordinate with their Afghan allies, thereby causing civilian deaths.

A Nato spokesman said Mr Karzai had a right to be "disappointed and angry" over the scale of civilian casualties. It came after a week in which up to 90 Afghan civilians were killed. More civilians have been killed this year as a result of foreign military action than have been killed by insurgents, correspondents say.


Separately, rockets fired by coalition forces in Afghanistan killed at least nine Pakistani civilians, the Pakistan military said on Saturday. Mr Karzai said innocent people were becoming "victims of reckless operations" because foreign troops had ignored Afghan advice for years. "You don't fight a terrorist by firing a field gun 37km (24 miles) away into a target. That's definitely, surely bound to cause civilian casualties," he said.
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