Friday, December 21, 2007

Karzai (the real one, not the Palestinian): Troops needed for ten more years

AFGHANISTAN President Hamid Karzai said that his war-torn country will need foreign troops for at least another decade.

""I believe it will take another 10 years, at least 10 years," he told German newspaper Bild when asked for how much longer the country will need German troops.

"We need more time. The destruction was massive. Rebuilding Afghanistan will take longer than we thought."

Mr Karzai said the most important step in restoring security to Afghanistan was closing down insurgents' rear bases, and accused the international community of failing to realise this.

"Our biggest security problem is that the international community has not been concerned enough about the rear bases of the Taliban and terrorists outside Afghanistan," he said.

"This is the most important element in the fight against terrorism. And we are suffering because of this."....."

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