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Karzai warns nato

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    The Afghan president Hamid Karzai has joined Taliba in condemning NATO air strikes against innocent civilians.
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    KABUL (AFP) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned Tuesday that the US-led foreign military in Afghanistan risks becoming an "occupying force" if air strikes continue to cause civilian casualties.
    In some of his strongest remarks yet, Karzai harked back to Afghanistan's long history of "dealing with occupying forces" such as the Soviet Union and reiterated that bombing the homes of ordinary Afghans was now "banned."

    The outspoken comments came after he issued a "last warning" on Sunday to foreign forces over civilian casualties, following the killing of what he said were 14 innocent Afghans in an air strike.
    Karzai's relationship with the West has become increasingly strained in recent years, with the controversy over civilian casualties a key factor as US-led efforts to put down a nearly 10-year Taliban insurgency intensify.

    NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) insists it does all it can to limit such deaths.
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    "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," Karzai told a news conference in Kabul.

    "And in that case, Afghan history is witness to how the Afghans deal with occupying forces."
    This was an apparent reference to historic Afghan defeats of foreign invaders, including the Soviet Union, which entered Afghanistan in 1979 and withdrew 10 years later.
    Karzai added: "Bombing Afghan houses is banned."

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