Admits to Growing Strains With NATO Forces
With tensions growing with the NATO occupation forces, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has issued a statement today insisting his weekend criticisms of the US military’s operations were aimed at “correcting” the relationship, as opposed to making it worse.
Karzai apparently hoped that pointing this out would convince the US to knock it off, but it instead sparked a major row in relations, with General Dunford condemning his “inflammatory” comments and putting the military on alert.
Such rows are not unusual between the US and Karzai, but the student torture is a notable incident because it is well documented and Karzai seems to have a legitimate gripe about it, one which the US doesn’t want to address. Still it shows this “relationship strain” is not just Karzai making up stories, but rather that the US military is increasingly out of control on the ground and is alienating the Afghans.
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