Afghan leader warns NATO not to become "occupying force"

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  1. (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai warned NATO-led forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday that they were at risk of being seen as an occupying force rather than an ally after a spate of civilian casualties, and said he would take unspecified "action" if they continue.
    Raids on Afghan homes in pursuit of insurgents were "not allowed," and the patience of the Afghan people with the tactic had run out, Karzai said, underlining the challenge of winning popular support for an increasingly violent war.

    "We see NATO from the point of view of an ally... If they don't stop air strikes on Afghan homes, their presence in Afghanistan will be considered as an occupying force and against the will of the Afghan people," he told reporters.

    The fiery speech also underlined Karzai's desire to forge an image as champion of Afghanistan and distance himself from the Western troops who have spent nearly a decade fighting the Taliban, as resentment against the foreign presence grows.

    Karzai's rise to power in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban was due in no small part to Western support, something which his critics have not forgotten.

    Karzai sharply condemned NATO air strikes which inadvertently killed at least nine people -- most of them small children -- in southern Helmand on Sunday. The strikes were ordered after a patrol had come under fire.

    Civilian casualties caused by foreign troops, usually in air strikes or night raids on Afghan, have long been a major source of friction between Karzai and his Western backers.

    Karzai warned that the tactics were a violation of Afghanistan's sovereignty.

    "They must stop bombarding Afghan homes... If they do not, the Afghan government will be forced to take unilateral action," Karzai said, declining to go into detail about what his government would do if the tactics were not stopped.
    Afghan leader warns NATO not to become occupying force | Reuters
  2. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    shouldnt the ANA be the occupying force then instead of the die hard runaways they seem to mostly be unless the dinner bell goes.
  3. So, they want us to sort their country out for them, but we're not allowed to search civilian homes for Taliban/insurgent fighters? What's the point in us being there then
  4. Whinge, whinge, whinge... Wait, please help us out, disgusting infidels...

    This one's worse than even our lot for shameless vote-hunting. Let's see him take 'action' and throw NATO out and see how he manages!
  5. unspecified "action" = nothing.
    The sooner we pull out of that hole the better.
  6. HHH

    HHH LE

    I wonder how long Hamid Karzai would remain as President, if NATO forces were withdrawn.
    I don't think,too long,so I think his comments are bluster and political manoeuvring.
  7. Why dont you guys piss off and fight Pakistan, Pakistan is the one sending the terrorists and giving shelter to them.

    Plus nato has been killing alot of innocent civilians for the past few weeks, obviously he has concerns.

    Its not about NATO sorting Afghanistan's problems, its your ****ing duty and consquence of using others to fight the Soviets and the Socialist government of Afghanistan.
  8. Shut up your boring
  9. you feeling ok, that was very polite for you not even a mention of his questionable parentage or what you'd do to his avatar with a bowie knife
  10. I was going mention that his mothers teeth resemble a row of broken tombstones and that he's a leatherfooted dune coon with a love of child touching and kissing other male sand niggers.

    However the sun is in the sky, there's beer in my fridge so I decided against it as he's too easy now.

    The smelly goat ****ing baby rapist.
  11. This is his real picture.....**** persec!

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  12. and this is your real pictures,even your priests love abit of black cock eh haha

  13. Shut up Porky pie

    90 percent of your women prefer to be Sand-skinned than your fugly pale complexion. No wonder your women go after big cock than that limey small penis of yours lol!

    dye your hair ginger and shoot yourself you limey ****! I hope a Russian Topol sinks Limey-land to the depths of the sea, you bitch!
  14. oh go on AK do me next, mention how I **** my sister/dad/dog/mum or how I'm a fat ****** with a biscuit addiction
  15. Funny British Military!

    Whats the record for calling in a Airstrike during a gunfight?

    British Army preparing for a goat **** hahahaha, theres the nobby head Bear Skin fag