No products in the cart.
Her legacy is a war-ravaged nation in “total shame and disaster”.
“As Afghans we acknowledge all of our mistakes, but what about the larger armed forces and powers that have come here for that very purpose? Where are you leaving us now? ”He asked and replied:“ In total shame and disaster. ”
Still, Karzai, who had been in conflict with the United States during his 13-year rule, wanted troops to be withdrawn. He said Afghans were united behind the overwhelming desire for peace and must now take responsibility for their future.
“We’ll be better off without their military presence,” he said. “I think we should defend our own country and take care of our own lives. … your presence (gave us) what we have now. … We do not want to go on with this misery and humiliation that we face. It is better for Afghanistan that they go. “
Karzai’s rule followed the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001 by a US-led coalition invading to hunt down and destroy the al-Qaeda network, and its leader, Osama bin Laden, was chosen for the 9/11 attacks. September 2001 blamed on America.
Under Karzai’s rule, women reappeared, girls went back to school, a lively, young civil society emerged, new high-rise buildings, roads and infrastructure were built in the capital Kabul. But his rule was also marked by allegations of widespread corruption, a flourishing drug trade and, in recent years, relentless disputes with Washington that continue to this day.
“The (US / NATO military) campaign was not directed against extremism or terrorism, the campaign was directed more against Afghan villages and hopes; Put Afghans in jails, create prisons in our own country … and bomb all villages. That was very wrong. “
When President Joe Biden announced the final withdrawal of the remaining 2,500-3,500 soldiers in April, he said America would have achieved its goals. Al-Qaeda had shrunk badly and bin Laden was dead. America no longer needs boots on the ground to combat the terrorist threats that could emanate from Afghanistan, he said.
Yet the US attempts to politically end the decades-long war were elusive. It signed an agreement with the Taliban in February 2020 to withdraw its troops in exchange for a Taliban pledge to denounce terrorist groups and prevent Afghanistan from being a stage again for attacks on America.
There is little evidence that the Taliban are fulfilling their end of the bargain. The United Nations claims that the Taliban and al-Qaeda are still linked. The architect of the US deal and current US ambassador for peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, says some progress has been made without giving details.
Karzai has uttered harsh words and uncompromising criticism of US war tactics in Afghanistan for the past two decades. Still, it has become something of a lynchpin in a joint effort by the United States and Britain to unite a contentious Afghan leadership in Kabul to speak with the Taliban about peace. The insurgent group has shown little interest in negotiations and has instead stepped up its attacks on government positions.
The Taliban have made significant strides since the US and NATO began withdrawing on May 1. They overrun dozens of districts and often negotiated their surrender to the Afghan security forces.
But in many cases the fighting was intense. Just last week, a brutal Taliban attack in northern Faryab province killed 22 of Afghan elite commandos, led by local hero Col. Sohrab Azimi, who was also killed and widely mourned.
“The desire of the Afghan people across the country is predominantly for peace,” said Karzai, who despite his powerlessness has lost little of his political influence since 2014 and is mostly at the center of the country’s political machinations.