News Brief 3/11/2013, Adar 29, 5773
Afghan President Accuses US of Collusion with Taliban
President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of colluding with the Taliban to justify its presence in Afghanistan, dumbfounding US officials during a problematic visit by the new Pentagon chief.
A joint news conference by Karzai and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was cancelled Sunday, as the Afghan leader's allegations compounded the troubled nature of the visit after a security scare from twin bomb attacks on Saturday, AFP reported.
"The bombs that were detonated in Kabul and Khost were not a show of force, they were serving America," Karzai said in a televised speech.