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.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Obama's Terror Policy Criticized Amid Claims of 'Progress' - July 2nd, 2015
- Egypt Attacks ISIS Targets in North Sinai, Killing 35 - July 2nd, 2015
- As Egypt Lashes Out at ISIS, Gaza Could Be in Line of Fire - July 2nd, 2015
- Egypt May 'Invite' Israel to Join Sinai Fight Against ISIS - July 2nd, 2015
- Afghan Troops Raid Doctors Without Borders-Run Hospital - July 2nd, 2015