Afghan leader tells not attacks on Afghan homes "not allowed"

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Posted: May 31, 2011 2:35 PM
Afghan leader tells not attacks on Afghan homes "not allowed"

KABUL (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai warned the NATO-led force in Afghanistan on Tuesday that launching attacks on Afghan homes in pursuit of insurgents was "not allowed" and that patience with the tactic had run out after a spate of civilian casualties.

"NATO must learn that air strikes on Afghan homes are not allowed and that Afghan people have no tolerance for that anymore," Karzai told a news conference in Kabul.

Karzai reacted angrily after NATO air strikes on two homes inadvertently killed at least nine people -- most of them children -- in southern Helmand on Sunday. The strikes were ordered after a patrol had come under fire.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Paul Tait)