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Karzai surrounding himself with anti-US advisers...Warlords taking more power

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posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 06:39 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai is increasingly isolated and has surrounded himself with an inner circle of advisers who are urging him to move closer to Iran and Pakistan as the U.S. draws down its role in Afghanistan, several friends and aides tell The Associated Press.

Their advice is echoed in Karzai's anti-West rhetoric, which has heightened both in his public speeches and in private. He met recently with Iran's defense minister, and constantly cautions against trusting the U.S. to have Afghanistan's best interests at heart.

So which group is Karazi getting buddy-buddy with nowdays?

Several of Karzai's close friends and advisers now speak of a president whose doors have closed to all but one narrow faction and who refuses to listen to dissenting opinions. They say people allowed to see the president are vetted by an inner circle of religious conservatives who belong to a nonviolent wing of Hizb-i-Islami, a radical Islamic group whose relentless attacks on American soldiers forced the U.S. to withdraw from bases in northeastern Kunar and Nuristan provinces.

So if im reading this right, Karazi is surrounding himself with a non-violent part of a group that is killing US troops?

The group's leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, was once an American ally but has since been declared a terrorist by the United States.

Although Hekmatyar shares the Taliban's goal of an Islamic regime, his men have also fought Taliban militants over the past year, and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is said to despise him. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, Hekmatyar spent five years in exile in Iran.

So there is 2 terrorist groups fighting eachother.....and we are helping one side of the terrorists?

Huh? I thought we didnt help terrorists? So who are we actually trying to help in Afghanistan now? I wonder if Karzai is getting buddy-buddy with other countries now?

Inside Afghanistan's presidential palace, Iran, Pakistan and China are most often referred to as reliable allies, according to Karzai's friends and advisers. Last year, Karzai openly acknowledged taking "bags" of money from Iran to finance his administration.

Oh geee, what are the odds China and Iran would be the ones starting to roll in?

I wonder how Afghanistan is going nowdays?

"A lot of Afghans are very concerned about the direction the country is taking, moving away from the international community ... toward a more conservative practice in which the religious people and warlords have more power," Human Rights of Afghanistan Commissioner Nader Nadery said.

Moving away from the international community.....religious warlords taking on more power....This is what we originally wanted Afghanistan to turn into when we invaded....right?

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 06:42 PM
What I notice every time the US manage to invade a country disaster strikes. For example before Iraq was invaded Saddam was able to control Al Qaida now Al Qaida is running around.

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 06:43 PM
Sounds smart.

If I was him I wouldn't want to be friends with the U.S either.
edit on 23-6-2011 by Rockdisjoint because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 06:58 PM
If they are ready to take everything over then by all means pull our people out and bring them home. But this won't happen very soon because as one of our Generals said we are about to hit the fighting season you know that starts after the opium has been harvested and slows down when it's time to harvest the marijuana. I don't see him as anti US he's just saying we can handle things now and you guys need to go home.

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