UN backs Karzai concerns over loss of civilian life in allied raids
A doctor treats an Afghan girl injured in a Nato air raid. Photograph: A doctor treats an Afghan girl injured in a Nato air raid. Photograph: Reza Shirmohammadi/Getty
Tensions increased today between Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, and US and Nato troops, with the government ordering a review of foreign military activities amid claims that dozens of civilians have died in raids and air strikes over the past week.
The ministries of foreign affairs and defence said they would seek to regulate raids with a status of forces agreement and a negotiated end to "air strikes on civilian targets, uncoordinated house searches and illegal detention of Afghan civilians".
The UN mission in Afghanistan has backed the government. Afghan and foreign soldiers entered the village of Nawabad in Shindand district last Friday and called in air strikes, villagers told UN investigators.