The Daily Star

Your Right To Know
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Front Page

Afghan forces banned from calling Nato air strikes

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.

Share on



 






 

 


advertisement

 


The Daily Star

© thedailystar.net, 1991-2015. All Rights Reserved