Karzai slams new US policy on Afghanistan


LONDON: Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai has condemned America’s new policy on Afghanistan as a `message of war and bloodshed`.

The Afghan leader, who worked closely with US political and military officials when he was in power, said at a reception on Tuesday that more emphasis should be placed on negotiations.

In August President Trump said that he had overcome his initial reluctance to keep US troops in Afghanistan because he feared a hasty US withdrawal would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill. He said the US had decided to fight to on and that he would not impose a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops.

The US, he added, would focus less on nation building and more on “killing terrorists”. Washington is expected to send up to 4,000 additional troops top back the Trump plan.

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