President Hamid Karzai said U.S. forces had bombed a home in southern Afghanistan, killing a small child and wounding two women, and condemned the attack as a sign of disregard for civilian lives, his spokesman said on Thursday.
The strike could not have come at a worse time, as Karzai is engaged in a stand-off with the U.S. government over a bilateral security agreement that will decide whether U.S. troop stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
“It shows that U.S. forces have no respect for the decisions of the Loya Jirga and life of civilians in Afghanistan," said Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi.
“If such operations continue, there will be no agreement.”
The United States has threatened to pull its troops out of Afghanistan after 2014 - an outcome known as the “zero option”, as it did in Iraq two years ago - unless a deal is clinched by the end of this year,
Karzai, however, has so far refused to sign, despite getting approval from the Loya Jirga last week. The council almost unanimously advised him to seal the agreement promptly, saying this was in the national interest.
Karzai instead has refused and made additional demands on the United States, including the return of all Afghan prisoners from its prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and that the U.S. refrain from raiding Afghan homes.
The child killed in Thursday’s bombing was two or three years old, Faizi said, adding that the attack took place after the targeted individual ran into a home for safety.