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Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai's government lashed out Saturday at his foreign critics, accusing a top U.N. official and other international figures of interfering in the country's Afghanistan's internal affairs.
The Foreign Ministry took issue with U.N. Special Representative Kai Eide, who recently issued a list of reforms that he said he expected Karzai to make. Such comments "exceeded international norms" and "violated respect for Afghanistan's national sovereignty," the ministry said in a statement.
In an incident that could exacerbate tensions between Karzai's government and the West, international and Afghan forces were investigating Saturday whether a NATO airstrike in the northwest killed eight Afghans and injured 22 people, including five U.S. troops. The casualties, most of them Afghan soldiers and policemen, occurred during a joint manhunt for two U.S. paratroopers missing since Wednesday.