NATO officials have registered Afghan President Hamad Karzai’s strong criticism of the Western coalition’s recent tactics, which have resulted in tragically high numbers of civilian deaths, and are offering conciliatory words in response.


Responding to Mr Karzai’s comments, Nato spokesman Nick Lunt said the Afghan leader’s anger was justified.

“President Karzai has a right to be disappointed and angry over the scale of civilians casualties in the last few days,” Mr Lunt was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying.

“We need to do better than we have been doing so far. But unlike the Taleban, we do not set out to cause civilian casualties, and that is a critical difference,” he said.

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