Monday, March 11, 2013

President Karzai accuses US of colluding with Taliban to keep the army in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai hijacked US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel's debut visit to the region yesterday by accusing America of conspiring with the Taliban.

A day after two Taliban bombings killed 17 people, Karzai accused the United States and the Taliban of colluding to convince Afghans that foreign forces were needed beyond 2014, when NATO is set to wrap up its combat mission and most troops withdraw.

'Those bombs that went off in Kabul and Khost were not a show of force to America. They were in service of America. It was in the service of the 2014 slogan to warn us if they (Americans) are not here then Taliban will come,' Karzai said in a speech.