- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

STRASBOURG, FRANCE (AP) - There’s a new Afghan law that critics say makes it legal for men to rape their wives.

President Barack Obama says the law is abhorrent.

Obama was asked about it at a news conference Saturday following his participation in a NATO summit in France. He said the law came up in conversations among the allies, and that NATO’s closing statement specifically says that human rights should be respected.

Obama also said that while improving conditions in Afghanistan is a commendable goal, people need to remember that the primary reason that U.S. troops are fighting there is to protect Americans from terrorist attacks.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the law will be studied and possibly sent back to parliament for review.

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