Afghan president addresses UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Afghanistan's president says civilian casualties from bombing raids can seriously undermine the legitimacy of fighting terrorism.

And Hamid Karzai says it can undermine the credibility of the Afghan people's partnership with the international community.

Karzai told the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday that he wants the Afghan army and police to take on a greater role in fighting terrorism.

He said the international community should redouble its efforts to strengthen Afghanistan's army and police.

U.S.-Afghan relations have suffered over the issue of civilian deaths.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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