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Coalition forces comply with Karzai on airstrikes

Afghan leader seeks to protect residential areas

KABUL — General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the new commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said Sunday that he would comply with an intended order by President Hamid Karzai that prohibits Afghan forces from calling in NATO airstrikes on residential areas.

Dunford, who has been on the job here a week, said the international coalition would find ‘‘other ways’’ to support Afghan ground forces, which frequently depend on NATO air power in their operations against Taliban insurgents.

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