‘War on terror’ should be staged beyond Afghan borders, says Karzai

Afghan president says war’s consequences being felt across region

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that he is convinced that the ‘war on terror’ initiated by former US president George W Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the US in 2001 should not have been fought in Afghan villages and homes.

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, he said that the ‘war on terror’ should have been prosecuted in ‘sanctuaries beyond our borders.’ “I believe that the war on terror was not fought with honesty and not fought genuinely,” he said. “The consequences are being felt across the region.”

He also said that the Al Qaeda had no presence in Afghanistan. He said that he was in regular dialogue with the Taliban. “They are in contact with me every day,” he said. “There is even an exchange of letters, meetings, and desire for peace,” he said. Karzai – who has served two terms as president – is obliged by law to stand down after the latest presidential election in Afghanistan.

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