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Afghan forces banned from calling Nato air strikes

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Afp, Kabul

Afghan ground forces will be barred from calling in Nato air strikes after an attack killed a number of children this week, President Hamid Karzai said Saturday.
"I issue a decree, from tomorrow none of the Afghan forces are allowed to ask for foreign air support under any conditions," he said in an address to young officers at a military academy in Kabul.
"Our forces ask for air support from foreigners and children get killed in an air strike," he said.
This was apparently a reference to an attack during an overnight raid by combined Afghan and Nato ground forces on a Taliban hideout in a remote eastern region on Wednesday.
Initial reports said 10 civilians, including five children and four women, were killed when the air strike was called in.
Three Taliban commanders, including a notorious al-Qaeda-linked militant leader called Shahpoor, were also killed in the raid, Afghan officials said.

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