Continued from page 1

Pakistan’s foreign minister, meanwhile, was in Kabul for talks with Mr. Karzai, who has been increasingly outspoken about the need for Pakistan to take a stronger role in the fight against militant groups. Trilateral talks on security began Tuesday between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States, though top U.S. regional envoy Marc Grossman did not attend after he fell ill, officials said.

Also Tuesday, NATO said a French aircraft crashed but that no one was injured. French military spokesman Col. Thierry Burkhard said the Mirage fighter jet crashed while escorting a convoy in Helmand province, likely from mechanical problems with the plane.

It was the first crash of a French aircraft in the near decade the nation has been involved with the NATO operation, Col. Burkhard said. In April, a helicopter from the NATO-led coalition crashed in a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan, killing one foreign service member.

NATO forces have faced violent protests over night raids on villages as they try to flush out insurgents. On Monday night, NATO forces in southern Helmand province conducting a search shot and killed an Afghan who they said acted hostile and raised an object toward troops, the coalition said in a statement.

The man had only a flashlight in his hands, NATO said.

The man continued forward despite translator “instructions and warnings which were relayed in multiple ethnic languages,” the coalition said. “This series of callouts was ineffective in allowing the security force to detain the individual peacefully.”

NATO also said Tuesday that a service member died in an explosion Monday in southern Afghanistan. The British Defense Ministry said the soldier from the 1st Battalion the Rifles was killed while on patrol in Helmand province.

Associated Press writers Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez in Kabul and Mirwais Khan in Kandahar contributed to this report.