Monday, October 07, 2013

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai says Nato caused 'great suffering' --- President Hamid Karzai has criticised Nato for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan in over a decade there. --- "On the security front the entire Nato exercise was one that caused Afghanistan a lot of suffering, a lot of loss of life, and no gains because the country is not secure," he said. --- He said Nato had incorrectly focused the fight on Afghan villages rather than Taliban safe havens in Pakistan. --- Mr Karzai has had troubled relations with his Western backers in recent years for openly criticising Nato, whom he has accused of having no respect for Afghan sovereignty. --- "Our government is weak and ineffective in comparison to other governments, we've just begun," Mr Karzai said. "But the big corruption, the hundreds of millions of dollars of corruption, it was not Afghan. Now everybody knows that. It was foreign. - Yalda Hakim, BBC


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