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By: Sally Sara

April 10, 2011

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has condemned the killing of five civilians during a raid by NATO forces.

An Afghan government investigation has found the five civilians were killed in an offensive by coalition troops in the northern province of Sari Pul on Monday.

The local provincial governor said at the time that those killed were civilians, but the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said they were insurgents.

The Afghan president then ordered an investigation by provincial officials. (more…)

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By: Bilal Sarwary

April 6, 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into reports that a Nato-led raid killed a number of civilians earlier this week.

There have been conflicting accounts of what happened during the raid in the northern province of Sar-e Pol.

The local governor said five of those killed were civilians and only one was an insurgent. Nato says all those killed or arrested were militants. (more…)

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By: Ismail Sameem

March 31, 2011

(Reuters) – Foreign troops killed two Afghan civilians in restive southern Kandahar city on Thursday, a police detective said, days after the publication of gruesome photos of the body of an unarmed teenager murdered by U.S. soldiers nearby.

NATO soldiers opened fire after a car with brake failure sped toward a checkpoint set up by foreign and Afghan troops, who thought the vehicle was part of a suicide attack, said Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, a senior detective in Kandahar city. (more…)

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By: Ray Rivera
March 26, 2011
KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO airstrike targeting Taliban fighters Friday accidentally killed seven civilians, including three children, in the southern province of Helmand, one of the most insecure regions in the country, Afghan officials said. (more…)

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By: Aunohita Mojumdar

March 24, 2011

Anti-American sentiment is at record high levels in Afghanistan, a factor that promises to complicate what is already shaping up as a tricky transfer of security responsibilities from Western forces to indigenous military and law-enforcement entities. (more…)

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The Los Angeles Times

By LAURA KING

Kabul bombing seen as warning to Afghan voters

With the car bombing outside a NATO base in the capital just days before national elections, militants appear to be signaling that they can strike at will, even in heavily guarded areas.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan – The thunderous explosion Saturday that targeted Western military headquarters in the heart of Kabul carried an ominous message aimed at ordinary Afghans just five days before national elections: Vote at your peril.

The audacious suicide car bombing, which killed at least seven people and injured nearly 100, appeared designed to signal that insurgents can strike at will even in the capital’s most tightly guarded districts.

“The intent here is clear,” said Aziz Rafiee, executive director of the Afghan Civil Society Forum. “To give the impression, as we approach the vote, that measures taken for security by the Afghan government and the international community are fragile.”

President Hamid Karzai, facing a tough challenge in Thursday’s presidential and provincial assembly balloting, declared that “enemies of Afghanistan . . . are trying to create fear among the people as we get close to the election.” He predicted that people would defy the Taliban’s campaign of intimidation and go to the polls. (more…)

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By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, July 24 (Reuters) -

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, setting out his election manifesto, vowed on Friday to make foreign troops sign a framework governing how they operate in a bid to limit civilians casualties. (more…)

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