The Nato commander in Afghanistan says a military operation to drive militants out of Kandahar will move at a slower pace than planned.
General Stanley McChrystal said the operation would happen “more slowly” in order to ensure local support.
President Hamid Karzai has said that no operation will begin without the support of tribal elders.
Meanwhile, officials are seeking to confirm reports that a seven-year-old was hanged by the Taliban for spying.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that if the report of the boy’s public hanging was true, “I don’t think there is a crime bigger than that that even the most inhuman forces on Earth can commit”.