Nato defends Afghan mission

WASHINGTON – NATO’s secretary-general on Monday defended the war in Afghanistan as the alliance faced Afghan anger over civilian deaths, and the possibility of an imminent withdrawal of Dutch troops from the country.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he had called Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai on Monday morning after a Nato air strike killed 27 civilians, including women and a child, in an attack the Afghan government called ‘unjustifiable.’

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