TEHRAN (defapress) - Afghanistan's former President Hamid Karzai claims that the new US strategy for his country is against Afghanistan's national interests.
News ID: 65723
Publish Date: 25August 2017 - 17:22
Afghanistan's former President Hamid Karzai has slammed the
new US strategy for his country and the use of private US security firms as
anti-Afghan, in an interview with a Russian newspaper out Friday.
President Donald Trump set out his Afghan policy on Monday,
saying US troops would "fight to win." He said there was no deadline
and refused to disclose how many personnel would stay behind. Defense officials
told US media the actual number of US troops serving in Afghanistan was several
thousand higher than the official estimates, Sputnik reported.
"I strongly oppose the new US strategy for Afghanistan
as it is against the country’s national interests," Karzai told the
He said increased presence of private US contractors on the
Afghan soil breached the national sovereignty and constitution and would lead
to a drawn-out conflict and more bloodshed. US firm Blackwater (Academi)
previously gained notoriety for killing civilians in the Iraq war.
"The use of private security companies is an anti-Afghan
project," Karzai concluded.
The United States has been in Afghanistan for almost 17
years following the September 11, 2001 attacks in Washington and New York.
Before his election, Trump condemned sending US troops and resources to this
Central Asian country.
The stated goal of the 2001 US invasion was to defeat the
al-Qaeda terrorist group but Afghanistan has also been ravaged by the Taliban,
a major fundamentalist political movement in the 1990s, which held power over a
large part of the country in 1996-2001 before being overthrown. The movement
was then able to regroup and regain some of its prominence, waging war against
the Afghan government.