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NATO agrees to stop bombing homes in Afghanistan

Karzai says he got "commitment" from the US to end strikes on residential buildings.

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Smoke billows from the top of a hill after US army soldiers fired rounds at believed insurgent positions at Outpost Monti in Afghanistan's Kunar province on September 25, 2011. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO has reached an agreement with Afghan authorities that will end its assaults on residential buildings in Afghanistan, reported the Los Angeles Times

President Hamid Karzai met with American commander General John Allen about the issue on Saturday night, said the LA Times, after which Karzai said he had secured a "commitment" that the US would change course, according to The Guardian

More from GlobalPost: NATO strike in Logar province killed 18 women and children, Afghans say

The agreement comes less than a week after a NATO strike on a home reportedly killed 18 people, sparking widespread anger in Afghanistan and prompting outspoken criticism from Karzai, said The Guardian.

While the new deal with help prevent similar incidents, NATO soldiers will continue monitoring militants who try to hide in residential areas, said NATO International Security Assistance Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings.

"[W]hen there is concern over the presence of civilians, air delivered bombs will not be employed while other means are available," Cummings said, according to the LA Times

Also Saturday, Karzai spokesman Aimal Faiz said that the US strike in Logar province on Wednesday was "a one-sided decision, and not co-ordinated with Afghan security forces," reported The Guardian.

Pakistan News Service said Logar province residents brought out the bodies of those killed in the attack, revealing that nine were children, one an infant, five were women, and three were elderly.

General Allen on Saturday apologized for the Logar attack, according the Pakistan News Service.  

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