- In Helmand, in the south, local authorities said at least 14 civilians, including women and children, were killed and six injured on Saturday after US Marines called in air support after their base came under small arms fire.
- In Nuristan, in the north-east, the governor said that 18 civilians and 20 police were killed on Wednesday by "friendly fire" during US-led air strikes against insurgents.
Nuristan was the scene of heavy battles last week between the Taliban and Afghan security forces, while Helmand has been one of the centres of the battle against the Taliban for several years. Civilian casualties in the US-led war are a sensitive issue and have led to numerous protests on the streets and by President Hamid Karzai.
Karzai on Saturday ordered Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak to take over control of night raids from the Nato forces.