Hamid Karzai: US colluded with ISIL in Afghanistan

FILE PHOTO – Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview in Kabul December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo – RTS12FHP

Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, has accused the the US of working with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in his country.

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera’s UpFront aired on Friday, Karzai said the US government had allowed ISIL, also known as ISIS, to flourish inside Afghanistan.

“In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh [ISIL] has emerged,” he said.

“And for two years the Afghan people came, cried loud about their suffering, of violations. Nothing was done.”

Karzai said the US administration of President Donald Trump made ISIL as an excuse to drop a massive bomb in Afghanistan on April 2017.

“And the next day, Daesh takes the next district in Afghanistan,” he said referring to the Arabic name of the armed group.

“That proves to us that there is a hand in it and that hand can be no one else but them [the US] in Afghanistan.”

GBU-43, the largest non-nuclear bomb, the US used in combat was dropped in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan, reportedly killing at least 36 ISIL fighters and destroying tunnel complex of the armed group.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said the strike was designed to minimise the risk to Afghan and US forces conducting clearing operations in the area.

The explosive, also known as the “mother of all bombs” (MOAB), was equal to 11 tonnes of TNT with a blast radius of 1.6km.

Witnesses said they felt the ground shake after the explosion, while others described towering flames in the aftermath.

At that time, Karzai also condemned the attack as “inhuman and most brutal misuse” of Afghanistan as “testing ground for new and dangerous weapons”.

READ MORE HERE:   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/hamid-karzai-colluded-isil-afghanistan-171110191715544.html

1 reply

  1. At first glance for a ‘normal’ citizen it sounds strange, but if you reflect: The USA needs reasons to stay in Afghanistan. This is a good one.

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