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Karzai bans Afghan security forces from asking for NATO air support

Last modified: 16 Feb 2013 18:57

Hamid Karzai, Afghan president, has said he will prohibit Afghan National Security Forces from calling in NATO air support while in residential areas of Afghanistan.

Karzai's statements at a press conference in a newly-opened military academy in Kabul, comes after a joint Afghan-NATO operation this week killed at least ten civilians in northeastern Kunar province.

I announce this today and I will issue a decree tomorrow, that no Afghan security forces, under any circumstances, any circumstances, can ask for the foreigners' planes for carrying out operations on our homes and villages.

If issued, the decree would for the first time bar Afghan security forces from relying on NATO air strikes.

At the opening of the three-day conference in the Afghan capital, Karzai went on to say that ANSF were ready to take over control of the Central Asian nation's security.

The propaganda by our own local media and international media, to scare us from 2014, is just a tactic and not reality ... We are happy that foreign forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, we will defend our own country.