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Karzai thorn in U.S. objectives' side

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 28, 2009 | Last Updated: 11 years ago
Posted: Jan 28, 2009 | Last Updated: 11 years ago
Karzai thorn in U.S. objectives' side

WASHINGTON: The U.S. administration hinted that President Barack Obama would take strong stance about Afghan President Hamid Karzai whereas new U.S. policy for Afghanistan would be based on war rather than development.

U.S. officials said Karzai is considered to be a big hindrance in the way of attainment of U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.

International support for Karzai has waned spectacularly, amid worsening violence, endemic corruption and weak leadership. But until very recently, diplomats insisted there were no viable alternatives even as fighting has intensified and the Taliban insurgency in the south has grown.

Obama has already started getting to grips with the challenge of Afghanistan, he received a briefing on the coming American troop “surge” from General David Petraeus, his first full day in the Oval Office.

On Tuesday night, Obama appointed veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke as his new special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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