Karzai tells Nato to stop bombing homes

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday Nato air strikes on common people's homes in pursuit of the Taliban would no longer be allowed in the country.

At least nine people, including women and children, were killed in a Nato attack in Southern Helmand on Sunday. "From this moment, air strikes on the houses of people are not allowed," Karzai told a news conference.

"If after the Afghan Government said the aerial bombing of Afghan houses is banned and if it continues, then their presence will change from a war against terrorism to an occupying force," he said. Nato has said such strikes are only carried out with Afghan Government approval.

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