Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Karzai Warns NATO Against Air Attacks on Afghan Homes

[President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan warned on Tuesday that NATO risks becoming an “occupying force” if aerial bombings that cause civilian casualties continue]
KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai warned NATO on Tuesday that Afghans will no longer tolerate airstrikes that result in civilian casualties. If they continue, he said, “we will be forced to take unilateral action in this regard.”
The Afghan president, speaking at a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, declined to offer specifics on what actions the government would take, saying only that Afghanistan “has a lot of ways of stopping it.”
In an admonishment that carried an air of threat, he said NATO forces were on the verge of being considered occupiers rather than allies.
“If they continue their attacks on our houses, then their presence will change from a force that is fighting against terrorism to a force that is fighting against the people of Afghanistan,” he said, “And in that case, history shows what Afghans do with trespassers and with occupiers.” Read More...

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