Karzai orders Afghan forces not to request NATO airstrikes

02/18/2013 | Army Times · San Francisco Chronicle · Stars and Stripes

Afghan President Hamid Karzai today banned Afghan security forces from requesting NATO airstrikes in residential areas. Recently, an Afghan-requested airstrike killed at least 10 civilians, according to officials. U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said Sunday that the ban will not undermine operations in the region, as international forces can still carry out airstrikes on their own accord.

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