Afghan president demands an end to air raids on Taliban amid claims of 130 civilian deaths
US accused of using white phosphorous in raids
Afghan president Hamid Karzai has called for an end to air raids in his country after scores of civilians were killed in the latest attack on the Taliban.
Karzai, who went on U.S. television to make the call has put the death toll at up to 130 people.
If his figure is confirmed, it would be the biggest such case of Western forces killing civilians since they invaded in 2001.
His spokesman said the Afghan leader was ‘very serious’ about his demand.
Afghans are furious about the bombing of two villages in Western Farah province during a drawn-out battle last week, when homes full of civilians were hit.
…Karzai’s warning comes after the U.S. was accused of using white phosphorus bombs during the raids.
Doctors say they found horrific burns on victims of the slaughter a week ago.
They believe they could have been caused by the chemical, which bursts into fierce fire on contact with the air and can stick to flesh and burn deep into it.
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