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Karzai Asks NATO To Stop Operations

Posted by Newshoggers.com on March 13th, 2011

From our partners at Newshoggers.com

By Steve Hynd

Is Afghanistan a sovereign nation or not? I guess we'll find out. During a meeting in Kunar to discuss recent civilian deaths including those of children, President Karzai said:

"On behalf of you and the Afghan people, today I would like to respectfully, and not arrogantly, ask Nato and the US forces to stop their operations in our land"

Karzai urged NATO to take its fight elsewhere, to "the places that we have been showing them in the last 9 years" – i.e. Pakistan.

I don't think Petraeus will be pleased. This is a quantum jump over Karzai's comments last November that NATO should "scale down" operation, and those comments got the Viceroy's panties all in a twist.

Somehow, I don't think NATO will stop. As Viceroy Petraeus, Obama and SecDef Gates have all reminded us in the last year, we pay lip-service to Afghan sovereignty but don't actually believe in it.

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