March 3, 2014

In an emotional interview the departing Afghan president tried to explain why he has been such a harsh critic of the 12-year-old US war effort in his country. He said he’s deeply troubled by all the casualties Afghanistan has seen and feels betrayed by what he calls an insufficient American focus on targeting Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan.

Karzai assumes that America was indifferent to Afghan interests when waging the war.

“Afghans died in a war that’s not ours,” he said in an interview, the first in two years.

In Karzai’s opinion, al Qaeda is “more a myth than a reality” and the majority of the United States’ prisoners here were innocent. He’s certain that the war was for the US security only and for the Western interest.

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