Saturday, October 2, 2010

'Occupiers pursuing their own interests'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the US-led foreign forces are pursuing their own national security interests in Afghanistan.
Speaking at the presidential palace on Saturday, Karzai criticized the US-led forces, saying they will leave the country when they no longer believe the need to stay for their own national interests. The Afghan president added that the US and its allies came to Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism and establishing democracy after the 9/11 attacks. Karzai also encouraged Afghan national security forces to prepare to take over responsibility for defending the nation and maintaining security. The Afghan president has recently been critical of the unsanctioned US airstrikes that have caused a large number of civilian casualties. Hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming more and more outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults. And this situation is adding fuel to the fire of anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan.
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