The Straits Times
Published on Feb 16, 2013

Afghan forces banned from calling in Nato air strikes


KABUL (AFP) - Afghan ground forces will be barred from calling in Nato air strikes after an attack killed a number of children this week, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.

"I issue a decree, from tomorrow none of the Afghan forces are allowed to ask for foreign air support under any conditions," he said in an address to young officers at a military academy in Kabul.

"Our forces ask for air support from foreigners and children get killed in an air strike," he said.

This was apparently a reference to an attack during an overnight raid by combined Afghan and Nato ground forces on a Taleban hideout in a remote eastern region on Wednesday.