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Karzai asks US to intensify peace efforts; stop bombing Afghan homes

AT-KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai “most vehemently” condemned a foreign airstrike that targeted civilians in the southern province of Helmand, calling on the United States to intensify peace efforts in Afghanistan rather than bombing homes and villages.

At least 16 members were killed in the airstrike launched in the Sangin district, according to local officials and residents, who said all the deceased were members of the same family and that women and children were among them.

The defense ministry said in a statement on Friday that it had dispatched a team to investigate the incident.

It added that a large-scale operation was underway against Taliban in the district and that the strike could had gone stray, striking civilians.

Karzai has been long criticizing the US aerial attacks, night raids and detention of civilians. Stopping airstrikes and night raids were the major conditions the former president put to sign the Kabul-Washington security pact in 2013.

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