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Referencing the Herat allegations, Chairman of the Military Committee (CMC) Henault told the NAC that he had spoken with SACEUR and COMISAF, and initial indications were that Coalition special forces elements were involved in the fight, but that NATO provided resupply and close air support. The Spanish PermRep called for a statement of regret by NATO, SHAPE, or ISAF. Ambassador Nuland supported this call, noting that NATO needed to be prepared in the future to respond to allegations of civilian casualties within minutes, as the Taliban was increasingly using civilians as shields.
The standard ISAF response should be similar to U.S. response times and messaging, which typically regrets ...