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Nato defends Afghan air strike forces

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A Nato deputy commander in Afghanistan has defended the air strike in southern Afghanistan which killed 27 civilians while saying an investigation into the incident had been launched.

Lieutenant General Nick Parker, said forces in Afghanistan "have to make snap judgements" and "sometimes these incidents occur".

He said such incidents were not deliberate, as "if we kill the people we're trying to protect, our credibility is undermined".

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