Afghanistan: Civilian casualties, stop to night air raids

President Hamid Karzai has demanded an immediate end to night raids and incursions into the homes of Afghan citizens by foreign troops after NATO leaders announced that these operations would, in fact, continue.
Despite the death of a pregnant woman last Saturday night during a raid conducted by U.S. and Afghan troops in the eastern province of Paktia, a spokesman for the NATO force in Afghanistan (ISAF) announced that such nightly raids would continue. The victim was the wife of the head of the anti-drugs agency in the province of Paktia.
“These statements are in total contradiction with the conclusions of the Loya Jirga – the Afghan assembly of dignitaries – that, last month, demanded an end to nightly raids in Afghans’ homes,” said Auimal Faizi, a spokesman for Karzai. For some time the president has raised his voice against certain types of armed operations, but his words remain unheeded.
The high number of civilian casualties of the war in Afghanistan raise anti-American and anti-Western feelings among the population. The withdrawal of foreign troops should be completed in 2014.
Source : Relief Web
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