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Karzai Criticizes US Timeline For Leaving Afghanistan

Friday, 27 August 2010 09:27 AM

KABUL - In a sign of his growing frustration with U.S. policy, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that President Obama's timeline for withdrawing troops was aiding insurgents and also suggested that the United States must do more to force Pakistan to stop supporting the Taliban, The Washington Post reports.

The statements come amid a growing controversy over a corruption investigation centering on one of Karzai's security advisers, Mohammad Zia Salehi, who was arrested last month then released the same day on Karzai's order. The case has prompted Karzai's advisers to criticize the Obama administration for focusing so much on corruption and ignoring more pressing issues, such as the Taliban havens in Pakistan.

In one statement, Karzai said that despite the "outstanding progress" that has been made in reconstruction, "we haven't progressed in the war against terrorism." He blamed two factors: a lack of focus on insurgent sanctuaries and the killing of civilians during military operations.

He also said the July 2011 date that Obama set to begin a drawdown of U.S. troops "has given courage to the enemies of Afghanistan."

Karzai's office issued the statements after Karzai met with a U.S. congressional delegation and with Gen. James Mattis, the head of the U.S. Central Command, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read the entire story at washingtonpost.com

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