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No air raids on civilian homes, vows ISAF

No air raids on civilian homes, vows ISAF

Jun 13, 2012 - 11:41

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): NATOinfo-icon on Wednesday assured Afghanistaninfo-icon that its troops would not carry out airstrikes on civilian homes but maintained the raids would be used as a last resort in self-defence.

International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) commander Gen. John Allen said he had directed coalition forces not to carry out airstrikes in populated areas.    

“This measure is a further step in our efforts to protect the lives of Afghan civilians. Other conventional methods will be deployed against the insurgents, in coordination with Afghan National Security Forces," he said.

A statement from the multinational force quoted Gen. Allen as saying: “As always, Afghan and coalition forces retain the inherent right to use aerial munitions in self-defence if no other options are available.”

NATO’s announcement comes weeks after an air raid on a house killed 18 civilians in central Logar province, fuelling anger among residents and senior government officials.

An infuriated President Hamid Karzai harshly condemned the act and asked ISAF to stop striking houses under any circumstances.  

It was the second attack on a civilian home in less than a month, killing mostly innocent womeninfo-icon and children. Civilian casualties are on the rise and the United Nations revealed that 3,021 people were killed last year alone.






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