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Karzai repeats strategy change call

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has again criticised coalition strategy in fighting the stubborn insurgency, saying it produced nothing but civilian deaths.

The sharp comments fit a pattern of greater outspokenness by the Afghan leader as he appeals for support among the beleaguered Afghan public.

In a meeting with visiting German Parliament speaker Norbert Lammert, Mr Karzai said there was a "serious need" to alter strategy against the Taliban and other groups linked to al Qaida.

The presidential office quoted Mr Karzai as saying "there should be a review of the strategy in the fight against terrorism".

Mr Karzai's statements come at a time when the US is increasing pressure on the Afghan leader to do more to stamp out corruption.

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