Tag Archives: Karzai

16 September 2013

Karzai: Fighting terrorism is a shared responsibility

At the 13th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, Afghan President Hamid Karzai stated that the war against terrorism is a shared responsibility and cannot be tackled by one country.

The SCO, founded in 2001, is a political, economic and military organization, originally established by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Karzai urged the other heads of state to begin counterterrorism efforts on their own and not wait for NATO, ISAF or the United States to get involved.

Source: Tolo News | Karzai Calls Fighting Terrorism a 'Shared Responsibility' at SCO Summit

19 February 2013

Karzai to Forbid Afghan Forces From Requesting Foreign Airstrikes

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that he would forbid his military forces from requesting American or NATO forces to conduct airstrikes. The announcement follows a joint Afghan-NATO attack last week in the Kunar Province (in eastern Afghanistan), that killed ten civilians. The airstrike was reportedly requested by the Afghan National Directorate of Security.

Source: The New York Times | Karzai to Forbid Afghan Forces From Requesting Foreign Airstrikes

13 January 2013

United States to accelerate withdrawal from Afghanistan, but troops will be left behind

On 11 January 2013, President Barack Obama, after meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, said that the United States (US) would accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in the coming months, because of gains made by Afghan security forces.

After the NATO combat mission will end in 2014, the mission would be focused on advising and supporting Afghan troops, and targeting the remnants of Al Qaeda. Mr. Karzai said the United States had agreed to turn over control of the prisons that house terrorism suspects to Afghan control. He also said he would push for legal immunity for US soldiers – which is a requirement for the US to leave troops behind in Afghanistan.

Source: The New York Times | Obama Accelerates Transition of Security to Afghans